Acupuncture is a popular treatment method used to relieve a number of health conditions and symptoms like pain. It is a traditional Chinese medicine that consists of very thin needles that are inserted into the patient’s skin at strategic points to rebalance the body’s energy. Acupuncture
can also cause your body to release natural chemicals to fight illnesses and symptoms.
Acupuncture needles can be placed in different parts of the body, including your back, neck, head and face. This treatment can treat different health issues like arthritis, back pain, neck pain, headaches, knee pain, sports injuries, migraines and menstrual cramps, just to name a few examples. Acupuncture can also be used to treat infertility, immune system problems, menopause, hot flashes and side effects
caused by cancer treatments.
The Physical Effects
The fine, hair-like needles are placed throughout the body to stimulate your body’s central nervous system and immune system. This can help rebalance your body and react to an illness or symptom. The needles can also release natural chemicals like endorphins which are your body’s natural painkillers, and neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that control nerve impulses.
A reputable acupuncturist will first discuss your condition during your initial consultation and will examine your body to determine which areas will react to acupuncture. They will then tap the needles into points in your skin throughout your body and will insert them at various depths, which can range
from a fraction of an inch to a couple of inches. Acupuncture needles are sterile, disposable and will stay in place anywhere from a few minutes to as long as 20 minutes.
Some patients will feel a slight prick with each needle, but the process is not considered painful. Many patients find acupuncture has a calming effect.
The Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncturists will monitor how your body responds and will recommend how often you should get treatments based on this information. The number of treatments will generally depend on your condition, and some people will need to attend acupuncture appointments once a week while others will require treatment more or less often. Your body may not get the full benefits of acupuncture after your first or second appointment, and your acupuncturist will create a schedule that is right for you and your condition.
Acupuncture can also be used alongside other treatments to provide your body with even better results. If you suffer from chronic pain, for example, you may require medications and acupuncture for optimal results. Acupuncture can make your body feel really good, but you should continue with any prescribed medications or treatments recommended by your doctor.
Do you want your body to enjoy all of the benefits acupuncture provides? Dr. Michelle Camastra can provide you with more information. My office serves patients in the Oshawa area, and you can contact us at any time to learn more about acupuncture and how it affects the body.
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