What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one the oldest medical procedures in the world. It originated in China more than 4,000 years ago and is used to encourage the body to heal naturally and improve its function. This method uses needles that are inserted into the body at very precise, high energy acupuncture points.
How acupuncture works
In order to understand how acupuncture works, we need to start with energy channels, or meridians. The classical Chinese explanation of this procedure is that channels of energy run in regular patterns throughout the body and over its surface. Meridians are like rivers that flow through the body. When this energy is blocked, it can lead to pain, discomfort or disease. With acupuncture needles, the obstructions are cleared and energy is allowed to flow freely. This helps you return to a state of balance.
The modern, scientific explanation is that the needle points stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals will either trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones, influencing the body’s own internal regulating system, or they will change the experience of pain. With improved energy and a renewed biochemical balance, the body’s natural healing abilities are stimulated and one’s physical and emotional well-being are enhanced.
What to expect during your appointment
People experience the procedure in different ways, but most patients feel little to no pain as the needles are inserted. You might feel a slight ‘Qi’ sensation when the needles are inserted. ‘Qi’ sensations range from warmth or tingling, to heaviness or a brief ache in the treated area. Many people describe the experience as deeply relaxing.
One of the many benefits of acupuncture is that it is very safe, with very few side effects. The most common post-treatment complaints bruising and minor needle pain. All of the needles are sterilized, individually packaged and disposable. We never reuse acupuncture needles.
What to expect from the results
Everyone is unique and will respond differently to acupuncture. Generally, you should start to feel improvement within 3-5 sessions. If the problem is acute and minor, improvement can be felt after a single treatment, and may only need 3-5 treatments to resolve. With chronic, long-standing conditions, it often requires several treatments to notice improvement.
Typically, treatment occurs twice a week. If your condition is painful and acute, we may want to do treatments three times a week for the first few weeks. Biweekly treatments tend to achieve faster relief with longer-lasting effects, compared to single, weekly treatments. Treatments are needed less often, as a result. Eventually, occasional maintenance is all that is recommended.
Request an appointment in Fairbanks, Alaska
We provide acupuncture treatments at Mountain View Medical Center (where Revive Aesthetics is located). Whether you’ve experienced treatments in the past or you’re completely new to the procedure, we can reduce your pain and help you feel better. To get started, call (907) 371-1766. We look forward to seeing you!
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.