Frequently Asked Questions
Acupuncture is an ancient method of medicine that uses the body’s energy or Qi (chee) to treat conditions such as pain, dizziness, nausea, chronic conditions, and some types of addictions.
Acupuncture uses very fine, sterile, single-use needles placed in specific locations around the body to manipulate that energy. There are acupuncture points all over the body, including the ear, face, hands and feet. Where you will have needles placed will depend on your symptoms. Other techniques used in your treatment can include electro-acupuncture or cupping. Please read below for more information.
The acupuncture treatments themselves typically do not hurt. Occasionally you may feel a pinch as the needle is inserted. Once the needles are in place, you may feel a little pressure or tingling. This is the Qi in the body and is a desired response. It is not expected to be uncomfortable or painful. If you do experience any pain or discomfort please advise us as your needles may need to be adjusted.
You will be asked to lie down on a massage table and the insertion sites will be cleaned with alcohol. The needles will be inserted into various locations and then you will be left to rest. There may be an occasional adjustment of needles, as needed. You may receive other treatments such as moxibustion at the same time as acupuncture.
Electro-acupuncture uses small electrodes attached to acupuncture needles to send an electrical impulse into the point of insertion. You will feel a mild pulsing in time with the electrical impulse. It is not painful or uncomfortable. Again, if you experience pain or discomfort, please let us know. We will adjust the strength of the electrical impulse to a more comfortable setting.
Cupping is a technique that is most often used for musculoskeletal pain, such as back pain. In this technique, small glasses or plastic cups will be placed on the affected area and suction will be created, drawing some of your tissue inside the cup. Your clinic practitioner may apply a thin layer of oil to your skin and may move the cups around the affected area. There is no bleeding. You may feel a sensation similar to that of being massaged. You may experience round bruises or bruising over the affected area that can last 3 to 5 days.
Moxibustion is a heating method of treatment using the Chinese herb mugwort. Moxibustion is used for treating pain, trauma, and certain cold-related injuries or conditions. The mugwort is compressed into a stick that is burned near the body or into small cones that are placed on the body with a protective barrier that prevents burning. Both of these methods introduce heat into the affected area, providing relief of pain. There is some limited smoke and odor when using moxibustion. Please advise your practitioner if you have asthma or other respiratory conditions, or if you are sensitive to odors.
Diversified is considered the most generic chiropractic manipulative technique and is differentiated from other techniques in that its objective is to restore proper movement and alignment of spine and joint disfunction.
Thompson Drop-Table Technique uses a precision adjusting table with a weighing mechanism which adds only enough tension to hold the patient in the "up" position before the thrust is given, which in turn, sets the drop piece into motion and targets the specific joint or tissue.
This chiropractic treatment method and device were created by Arlan Fuhr as an alternative to manual manipulation of the spine or extremity joints. The device is categorized as a mechanical force manual assisted (MFMA) instrument which is generally regarded as a softer chiropractic treatment technique.
Flexion distraction involves the use of a specialized table that gently distracts, or stretches, the spine. The chiropractor is able to isolate the area of pain while slightly flexing the spine in a pumping rhythm.
The Cox Technique is a chiropractic method developed by Dr. James Cox. The system and table developed by Dr. Cox allow for a gentle spinal decompression of herniated or ruptured discs. This decompression reduces the pressure inside the disc, rapidly reducing the bulge (herniation) and relieving painful pressure on spinal nerves.
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