Acupuncture is an ancient art of therapy that originated in China 5,000 years ago where a doctor places fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints in the body to enhance recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. It also can improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless, and effective way to support a wide variety of medical problems.
Acupuncture can work in three main ways.
At Clayton Chiropractic Center, we use a guide to gently place the hair thin needles just millimeters into the skin. Where the acupuncture needle has been inserted, you may experience a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling, or dull ache. Most people don’t feel the needle going in. Sometimes people experience a sensation of energy spreading or moving around the needle. This is called the “Qi sensation.” All these reactions are good and are a sign that the treatment is working. After treatment you may feel energized or may experience a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.
The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some experience immediate relief, others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes. Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors including condition, history of condition, and overall health. An acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week, monthly visits for health maintenance or seasonal “tune-ups.”
Each patient and condition has a unique protocol where the needs are placed. Most patients receive needles along the hands, arms, and lower leg. Other common places include the lower abdomen, back, face, ears, head, and feet. If you are uncomfortable getting acupuncture on a certain area of your body, the acupuncturist can find other acupoints that you feel comfortable with.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points on arms and legs. Between visits, take notes of any change that may have occurred, such as alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas or changes in the frequency and type of problems.
While we do not accept insurance for acupuncture, many medical flex spending accounts can be used for acupuncture.
After a consultation and exam to make sure acupuncture to right for you and to understand your goals, the hair-thin needles are places in the customized spots. You then rest alone in a relaxing environment with the lights dim and a sound machine for twenty minutes before the needles are removed.
Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System
such as arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain
such as food allergies, peptic ulcer, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis.
such as irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, infertility in women and men, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
such as stress incontinence, urinary tract infections and sexual dysfunction
such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies and bronchitis
such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia
such as depression and anxiety
such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs
for other chronic, painful and debilitating disorders