Is Acupuncture painful?
In general, acupuncture should not be painful. The needles I use are extremely thin (0.2 mm) and are lubricated to unsure comfort. Once the needles are placed, they are manipulated to achieve a sensation. This may feel “nervy” or like a dull ache or a tingle. This sensation fades as soon as the practitioner releases the needle and at no time should the treatment feel painful. Acupuncture stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which causes clients to feel relaxed and calm while they rest with the needles in place.
What can I expect during a typical acupuncture appointment?
During your first visit I will ask you to sit and chat about your health history; I will ask you additional questions about your ailment(s), general health and lifestyle. You will be asked to show your tongue and I will take your pulse to complete my TCM diagnosis.
Next you will be asked to position yourself on a massage-type table either facing up or down or on your side depending on where the needles will be placed. While you get settled I will leave the room to wash my hands.
To begin the treatment each point will be swabbed with alcohol then each needle is inserted to the correct depth. The needles used to stimulate acupuncture points are very slender; only the finest quality solid stainless steel, pre-sterilized, single-use, disposable needles are used. They are inserted beneath the skin’s surface into the muscle to a depth appropriate for each point. The sensation from the needle varies – you may feel nothing or you may feel heaviness, a dull ache, a nervy sensation or tingle.
Once all of the needles are in place, you will be left to relax for several minutes (up to 30). Many people fall asleep during this time since the treatment puts the body into a relaxed state. When the treatment time has elapsed the needles will be removed and any other complimentary therapies will be administered as needed.
Do you use other modalities other than acupuncture?
Depending on the condition being treated, electro-acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, basic massage, and/or diet therapy may be used.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine theory that our vital energy (Qi – pronounced “Chee”) circulates in our body along defined paths or meridians. When this flow of Qi is out of balance due to trauma/injury, poor lifestyle, stress or improper diet, acupuncture helps restore the flow and allows your body to heal itself. Modern science tells us that acupuncture also stimulates certain areas of the brain, triggering hormone balance, inflammation reduction, blood circulation, pain reduction, appetite control, etc. There is so much more to learn in this area.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is completely safe when administered by an expert. Acupuncturists are required to use only single-use needles which are disposed of after use. Any mild side effects such as bruising or dizziness is self correcting.
What education is needed to become an acupuncturist?
Admission into the Acupuncture program at Macewan University requires at least 36 credits of post-secondary education. Graduates of this diploma program receive three years (30 months) of training in Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, anatomy/physiology, pharmacology, medical microbiology, pathophysiology, Chinese herbology, and nutritional therapy as well as over 600 hours of hands-on clinical practice in the teaching clinic. To become a Registered Acupuncturist (RAc), students must pass the provincial registration examination administered by the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA).
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
Dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps)
Amenorrhea (Loss of Period)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Headache and Migraine
Back and Knee Pain
Sports Injuries and Pain
Common Cold and Flu
Spotting & Excessive Menstrual Bleeding