With a history dating back over 2,500 years, acupuncture is a traditional Chinese method centred around stimulating specific points on the body to balance the flow of energy. Most commonly, very thin acupuncture needles are inserted through the skin at specific anatomic points — commonly referred to as acupuncture points.
Wondering if you should give acupuncture a try? Keep reading to learn more about its benefits, as well as some important things to consider before undergoing treatment.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture is an effective method used to balance your body’s flow of energy (also known as life force, or “qi”). Qi is believed to flow through pathways in the body — and the overall goal of acupuncture is to remove any energy blockages in these pathways and help the body achieve better health.
By inserting thin, metal needles into specific points along these pathways, your body’s muscles, nerves and connective tissue are stimulated. If you are experiencing physical pain, mental health distress or a wide range of other symptoms, acupuncture is a safe and effective way to treat a variety of conditions.
Acupuncture benefits many different health conditions, including:
Given its holistic benefits, acupuncture is also commonly referred to as a better alternative than surgery or pharmaceuticals. Not only does it serve as a form of preventive medicine — iit also involves quality time with a specialist who can tailor your treatment plan based on your symptoms and unique needs, providing you with the opportunity to receive personalized, one-on-one care.
Acupuncture carried out by a trained professional is also entirely safe for women to undergo during pregnancy. In fact, it’s an excellent way for pregnant women to alleviate common symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, heartburn and lower back pain.
Most patients report experiencing a difference in their symptoms after their first or second treatment. Others may require additional sessions to respond to treatment, depending on their condition(s) and the overall severity of their symptoms.
It’s common for acute injuries to be treated as soon as possible, with daily sessions being the chosen treatment plan. Those with chronic conditions often require repeat maintenance treatments in the long-term, to keep the momentum going after undergoing more frequent sessions at the start of their treatment plan. To maintain continued recovery and improvement of symptoms, proper post-treatment exercise and a healthy diet are highly encouraged.
Usually, the rule of thumb is that if a patient still doesn’t feel a difference by the end of their fifth or sixth acupuncture treatment, further medical advice may be the best course of action.
A common myth about acupuncture is that it is painful, which unfortunately also deters many people who are seeking alternative treatment methods. We’re happy to report that this is very much not the case! While patients often report experiencing some sensations during acupuncture, most report not being able to feel the needles being inserted or experiencing any notable pain or discomfort during treatment.
So, what does acupuncture feel like? According to most reports, you’re more likely to experience a mild, dull ache, a feeling of heaviness or a tingling sensation in the targeted areas. These are all normal signs that the treatment is working and that the acupuncture points are successfully being activated.
At Delta Physiotherapy & Rehab, our team offers acupuncture to GTA residents to help them improve their emotional, mental and physical health. If you’re looking for an effective treatment method that is safe, natural and personalized, our specialists are ready to work with you to help you achieve a better state of wellness.