At Acupuncture Clermont it is rare for a person to feel any discomfort with the acupuncture needles, this is because we locate the acupuncture points correctly first, and then use high-quality needles with a desensitizing guide tube that make our treatments more comfortable.
What should I feel during and after an acupuncture treatment?
During an acupuncture treatment, most people feel a deep sense of relaxation; what we call "induced meditation." This meditative effect occurs when using the neurological actions of acupuncture to regulate the nervous system.
Individuals may experience; a heavy, numb and tingling sensation or gentle electrical signals traveling through the nervous system. Some individuals may feel “acu-stoned” after treatment, this is a calm but euphoric feeling from endorphins and natural opioids released into the body but this will not affect driving home or going back to work after the treatment.
It is usual for an individual to experience a reduction of pain or an increased range of motion after an acupuncture session while some chronic issues improvement may be felt hours and days after the therapy.
Many people feel tired for several days after the treatment as the body is using your energy to heal itself and gets less as the body heals more after each treatment, it is strongly recommended to not do vigorous exercise after the treatment. Wait until the following day or even several depending on your energy levels as you do not want to use your energy for exercise or you will get less from your body to heal itself.
How many acupuncture treatments are needed?
This will depend on the type and severity of the conditions being treated plus ongoing exposure to aggravating factors, the general rule is: chronic issue takes a longer time to heal and than acute problems.
An approximate number of treatments needed to stabilize, maintain and prevent your condition is assessed in the Initial Evaluation and outlined in the treatment plan you receive.
Generally, as a guide for a condition that has been present longer than 12 months you should expect at least six treatments to relieve symptoms, some conditions can not be completely resolved but occasional treatments can keep a person free of pain and correctly functioning, acupuncture can be also used to prevent illness and increase performance.
The number of treatments needed to resolve or only to stabilize symptoms depends on many individual factors on including;
The skill and experience of the acupuncturist to diagnose the condition.
Acupuncturist's ability to locate and test for the most effective acupuncture points for each individual.
Conjunctive therapies in treatment like cupping therapy, scraping and micro-needles are speed up results when used with acupuncture treatment.
Shorter periods between treatments-especially at the beginning
The type and duration of the condition being treated.
Aggravating factors and lifestyle of patients between treatments.
How often should I have acupuncture treatments?
Four acupuncture treatments in 2 weeks will give significantly better results than 4 acupuncture treatments in 4 weeks. Having treatments closer together can save you money and time suffering.
Many conditions will change with treatments once a week but severe pain is recommended twice a week until pain is manageable, many chronic and incurable conditions may still have symptoms significantly improved after an initial course of treatment once or twice a week and then may require a once a month treatment to keep you symptom-free.
How long does the acupuncture effect last?
If the acupuncturist has diagnosed correctly and tested to find the most effective acupuncture points, treatments will stimulate the body to repair and regulate for about 3 to 5 days after that the effects will start to slow in the initial stages of treatment. That is why Acupuncture is best repeated again 3-5 days later to gain momentum until symptoms are stabilized, then treatments are spread to weekly and then monthly if needed, the effects of acupuncture are usually accumulative.
How long does an acupuncture treatment take?
Acupuncture treatment at Acupuncture Clermont takes 45 to 60 minutes with Acupuncture, Infra-red lamp, Cupping or Scraping therapy and micro-needles procedures in each treatment.
Late arrival to an appointment may reduce the number and time of procedures used.
Do I need a Doctor referral before having acupuncture?
A referral from your primary care or specialist is not required and there are no contraindications to having acupuncture.
Many progressive Doctors refer to acupuncture, there are thousands of research studies that explain how acupuncture works by current scientific understanding and standards but the Qi, energy and meridians cultural folklore is still the most commonly taught understanding of acupuncture around the world today and many medical professionals are rightfully skeptical of acupuncture.
Acupuncture Clermont understands and respects Traditional Chinese Medicine but we also understand modern science and communicate with patients and their medical providers in current accepted medical standards and language of today.
Currently, hundreds of the most prestigious medical institutions including Harvard Medical University, Mayo Clinic, and Cleveland Clinic now offer acupuncture as a medical specialty and 1/4 of all acupuncturists in the United States are actually MDs or DOs.
Can I have acupuncture when taking medications like blood thinners?
There are no contraindications for having acupuncture when taking any medications including; blood thinners (anticoagulants), blood pressure, cholesterol, heart, anti-depressants, anti-histamines, allergies, cortical-steroids, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
We do not recommend you stop or reduce any medications while having acupuncture, if you are seeking treatment to find a natural safer alternative we will work directly with your prescribing doctor to help do this safely and responsibly.
If you have any concerns contact us for a telephone conversation with the acupuncture physician.
Can I have acupuncture in conjunction with other treatments?
Acupuncture will enhance the benefits of osteopathy, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy, steroid injections, stem cell therapy, regenerative medicine, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), plastic surgery, hormone replacement, and post-surgical recovery.
It can also be used to help with the symptoms of radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery in the treatment of cancer.
What do I wear to an assessment and treatment?
You are not required to undress for assessment or treatment but please wear short pants that easily go above the knees and a tank top or t-shirt. Yoga pants, jeans, and dresses are not recommended but we have changing facilities and gowns if needed.
Can I have acupuncture when pregnant?
Yes, It is safe and very beneficial for the mother and baby, Acupuncture is used for Conception, Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum, Dr. Walsh has successfully treated thousands of women over the last 25 years related to Obstetrics that include;
Infertility. I.V.F. & I.U.I.
Lower back pain
Braxton's Hicks contractions
C-Section scars & Adhesions
Epidural Site Pain
Low milk supply, mastitis or difficult letdown.
What are the side effects of acupuncture?
Occasionally side effects can include a pinch when the needle is inserted, rarely is soreness felt after the needle is inseted or removed.
A small bruise at the site of the needle can occur in some people but the acupuncture should not hurt or be uncomfortable during treatment, it is very common for bruising to appear when treating scar tissue. This bruising is not uncomfortable or even sore to touch but is old damaged tissue released from scar tissue, it is harmless and broken down by the body over a week or less.
Dizziness, light headiness, and fatigue may also occur after treatment especially if you have not eaten for many hours before treatment and low blood sugar may result after treatment, Acupuncture practiced by a licensed physician with extensive knowledge of western anatomy is very safe with few side effects.