What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture restores health and harmony through the insertion of fine, single-use, pre-sterilized needles at specific points chosen in accordance with the Client's individual needs and diagnosis.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Some form of sensation is usually experienced during an acupuncture treatment. Generally, pain is not the desired result, although a pricking sensation is commonly felt when the needles are first inserted through the skin.
What will I feel?
Acupuncture may invoke a variety of sensations based on the location and manipulation of the needles and of course, the individual's response. Common experiences include tingling, heaviness, distension, numbness, a dull ache, and a sensation that radiates away from the point of insertion or perhaps nothing at all.
Are there any harmful side effects?
A common side effect is the worsening of the original symptoms for a period of 24-48 hours after an acupuncture treatment. Other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel/urination patterns or emotional state may be triggered. However, these should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that acupuncture is starting to work as the blocked Qi (energy) that is wedged in areas of your body is being released. This effect is analogous to a kinked garden hose; when the hose is straightened, the built up pressure makes the water burst out and immediately afterwards flow returns to normal.
Other common side effects usually experienced immediately after treatment include dizziness and nausea, but these effects quickly subside. Bruising of the needled area may also occur.
Done properly, acupuncture rarely causes serious side effects. As a matter of fact, National Institutes of Health recently concluded that acupuncturists have an extremely good safety record. However, there have been documented cases of skin infection and disease transmission, which have been the result of poor practice. Acupuncture is an invasive procedure and should therefore only be practiced by those who have had proper training. In such cases, it is proven to be a safe and effective form of treatment. At Kneaded Care, we use pre-sterilized, single-use needles that are appropriately disposed of upon removal.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
Because of its holistic and natural approach to treating illness, Acupuncture also provides many long-term general health benefits such as:
- Strengthening and balancing the vital energy (immune system) for prevention and treatment of disease;
- Regulating and strengthening the functional activities of the internal organs;
- Relaxing and strengthening the musculoskeletal system; and,
- Calming the mind and relieving anxiety.
Hundreds of studies have shown positive results for acupuncture, and herbal medicine treatments, including a review by Harvard Medical School in 2002. The World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for many common health problems, including the following:
• Acid Reflux
• Appetite Suppression
• Carpal Tunnel
• Chronic Fatigue
• Common Cold and Flu
• Emotional Problems
• Eye Problems
• Facial Paralysis
• Facial Pain
• Frozen Shoulder
• Heart Disease
• Immune Deficiencies
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• Lower Back Pain
• Menstrual Irregularities
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Poor Memory
• Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
• Smoking Cessation
• Sore Throat
• Stomach Problems
• Tennis Elbow
• Thyroid Disease
• Urinary Tract Infection
• Work/Sports Injuries
How much time should I set aside for a typical appointment?
Appointment times vary in length depending on various factors such as the Client's condition, the type of treatment necessary, etc. A new Client requires a full one hour for the initial visit. A typical follow-up appointment takes 30-60 minutes.
What can I expect during my first appointment?
Please inform the front desk of your arrival and someone will assist you with completing an application form for acupuncture. Your Acupuncture Practitioner will take you to a private treatment room where you will be consulted and treated. This is a two-step process:
1. Information gathering:
We discuss the main reasons of your visit, look at your medical history and ask a series of questions specifically related to your concerns.
Based on our conclusions, we will design a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This treatment plan may involve more than one aspect of acupuncture (acupuncture, herbs, etc.) and typically a number of follow-up appointments.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for my appointment?
- Eat or drink as you normally would throughout the day prior to your appointment. It's best not to overindulge immediately before a treatment, but don't deprive yourself of nourishment either.
- If necessary, use the washroom as needed before treatment.
- Bring a list of any medications, supplements, or herbs, etc. that you are currently taking.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing that is convenient for accessing areas such as the arms, legs, abdomen and back of the body during treatments.
Treatment Benefits and what can I expect:
- takes 5 - 10 years off your face;
- helps eliminate fine lines and makes skin appear softer;
- relaxes muscle tone therefore reduces wrinkles, erasing fine lines and deep line reduction;
- improves circulation and oxygenation of the skin;
- lifts and firms skin;
- lightens age spots;
- firms under-eye bags and lightens dark circles;
- lifts droopy eyelids and reduces puffiness;
- increases natural collagen production;
- minimizes double chins;
- tightens pores;
- brightens eyes;
- controls acne; and,
- gives you a natural and healthy complexion.
For maximized benefit, a series of 10-12 sessions are suggested 1-2 times per week.