Acupuncture is full-person medicine. We cannot separate out mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Though acupuncture is becoming more known for treating physical ailments such as pain and digestive issues, it is just as effective in treating mental and emotional upset as well.
I consider acupuncture needles to act as "traffic cops" for your body's energy. They are giving your body instructions (suggestions, really) on how to adjust its energy so that things flow more smoothly and evenly.
When things are flowing more easily, our symptoms dissipate and our quality of life improves.
Here are the most common questions I get about acupuncture:
Does it hurt?
While you occasionally may feel a pinch when the needles first go in, that sensation disappears immediately. You are not feeling "needly" the entire treatment. When you are uncomfortable, it's natural to begin to resist the treatment, ultimately making it less effective.
If you feel any discomfort, we will work to adjust things so you are comfortable.
The most common thing I hear after clients experience their first needle is, "Oh, that's it??" This is meant to be a gentle process.
Do you have to believe in acupuncture in order for it to work?
No, all I ask is that you are open to the possibility that it will help.
How many treatments will it take until I feel better?
Because I treat you as an individual and base my treatments on what is happening in your life, there are no "supposed tos" when it comes to your healing process.
Ideally, you will begin to feel better after the first treatment. I prefer to see clients initially once a week for four to six weeks to get a clear sense on how the treatments are working. While we all want symptoms to disappear immediately, the path towards the longest success and well-being is to have slow, measured improvements. If things suddenly disappear, they can reappear just as suddenly.
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