A brief overview of acupuncture and how it can achieve your wellness goals.
Acupuncture has become a popular type of holistic health treatment, but there is still a lot of confusion about what acupuncture is and how it can help you achieve your wellness goals.
If you don’t know about holistic healing as a type of treatment, compass chiropractic is here. We have compiled a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about acupuncture.
What is acupuncture?
According to Dr. Jennifer Sutherland, an acupuncturist with a degree in chiropractic compass, acupuncture treats various medical conditions by stimulating specific activation points on the body. This is done by inserting small sterile needles at these points. Ancient practitioners of Chinese medicine are believed to have pioneered what we now call acupuncture more than 3,000 years ago.
How does acupuncture help you achieve your wellness goals?
At Compass Chiropractic, our goal in any wellness intervention is to always restore homeostasis or balance to the body. By inserting needles into specific acupuncture points to stimulate the body’s central nervous system, biomedical changes in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain help balance the body’s energy, stimulate healing, and promote relaxation.
Acupuncture treatment can also be used for various ailments. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture is effective in treating more than 100 conditions. Sutherland says headaches, chronic pain and inflammation are the most commonly treated conditions in compass chiropractic.
Who can receive acupuncture treatment?
Pregnant women and children can receive acupuncture treatment. In pediatric acupuncture, compass chiropractic professionals use their hands to stimulate the body’s activation points. Acupuncture during pregnancy has been used to treat pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, low back and pelvic pain, depression, headaches and sleep problems. Sutherland says she avoids stimulating acupuncture points that are thought to induce contractions when performing acupuncture treatment during pregnancy.
What can you expect from your first treatment?
Prior to the initial appointment, you will be asked to complete new patient paperwork regarding your health history. During the approximately 30-minute consultation, the acupuncturist may ask you about your health problems, diet, sleep, stress level, appetite, and other lifestyle habits.
After the consultation, you can start acupuncture treatment. Sutherland says five to 20 needles are used in acupuncture. The needles are left for 20 minutes. During this time, the acupuncturist can twist the needles for an added effect, according to Sutherland.
If you’re not sure how or where to start, call Compass Chiropractic. Our team can help you determine what acupuncture services can do to help you achieve your wellness goals.