What is acupuncture and how does it work?
Acupuncture uses very thin, sterile and disposable needles to stimulate certain points on the body to correct imbalances, detoxify impurities and strengthen weaknesses. It works by stimulating the body’s own self-healing mechanisms. The needles manipulate the bodies own energy and make it move faster if it is going too slow and/or if it is stuck. It also helps to reverse it’s course if it is going in the wrong direction.
What is Community acupuncture/Affordable acupuncture?
In Asia, acupuncture has traditionally been practiced in a group rather than individual settings for most of it’s long history. For acupuncture to be most effective, patients need to receive it frequently and regularly — far more frequently and regularly than most insurance plans will pay for. As acupuncture has moved toward the mainstream, it has been forced into a paradigm of one-on-one treatments and high prices, which has decreased not only patient access, but treatment efficacy. MIA Acupuncture offers more affordable and accessible treatments by promoting the practice of acupuncture in a community setting for $30 a treatment (plus a one time fee of $25 for the for the preliminary paper work and the initial consultation).
What is a community setting?
The treatments will be given in a quiet and relaxing room where there are 2 other patients being treated as well. The patient will will be lying down on a massage table or seated in a comfortable reclining chair while the needles are inserted and for the duration of the treatment. The tables and recliners are separated with room dividers for some privacy. The needles are usually only inserted in areas from the elbows down and from the knees down so one is to wear loose clothing that could be rolled up. There are occasionally times where patients will need to be face down on the massage table but this is seldom. If any undressing needs to be done, the patients are treated in a private room.
How many times will I have to get treated?
Every now and then, acupuncture will act like a “miracle cure”, and a person will have all of their symptoms disappear after only one treatment – but that is a rare event. Acupuncture is gentle, safe and usually gradual. Almost everyone who receives acupuncture will need a series of treatments to get good results, which is one big reason why MIAacupuncture has it’s community clinic component. The number of acupuncture sessions needed depends upon the nature and severity of the symptoms, and how long they have been present. Initial acupuncture sessions are scheduled as often as four times per week or as seldom as once a week. As symptoms improve, fewer visits are needed.
Rememeber, if you do not come often enough, acupuncture probably will not work to it’s full potential. Your practitioner will suggest a treatment plan for you, meaning how many treatments they think you will need to get good results. Be sure to stick with it to the best of your ability.
Does it hurt?
Insertion of the needles goes unnoticed by some, while others may feel a very slight prick, a quick pinch, a heavy sensation, or a pleasant dull ache. These sensations are the needles connecting with your vital energy, known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as Qi.
How long are the needles in for?
Needles remain in the body anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour depending on what is needed by the patient. The time with the needles unblocks stuck energy and initiates transformations across all levels of the patient.
How will acupuncture make me feel?
After the treatment, patients usually become aware of changes ranging from intense relaxation, reduction of pain or other symptoms, or an increase in energy and lucidity. Yet, responses vary. This is precisely the reason why some individuals require only a few sessions, while others need sustained care in order to reverse deep-rooted patterns present over a long period of time.
Can acupuncture help me?
Here are some conditions commonly treated with acupuncture. This is a very general list – it is by no means exhaustive! If you are seeking help for a condition not listed here, please do not hesitate to call Danielle with questions.
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