When people hear the word acupuncture, snapshots of human pincushions often come to mind. This picture alone can be scary enough to stop you from approaching acupuncture as a treatment option. But be assured that although the images can be shocking, the results after treatment can be equally so.
Most people describe acupuncture needles to be extremely tolerable.
Some people report barely feeling anything, even sleeping through the procedure. Others have reported a minor pinch or pain that goes away within a second or two. The comfortability of treatment depends greatly on your own personal tolerance, the area of the body you are seeking treatment for, the number of points that need to be activated, and how often you are being treated.
Acupuncture is based on the belief that we function on an energy that must be balanced to maintain good health.
Acupuncturists pinpoint locations on the body they believe to be connected to specific regions. While modern science has not come to a solid conclusion on why acupuncture works, there are several science-backed theories that most acupuncturists believe work in tandem to restore balance in the body and thus provide relief from many different ailments.
These theories are:
- Needles stimulate the nerves to help them regenerate.
- Acupuncture decreases inflammation.
- Nerve stimulation increases endorphins.
- Chemical reactions are induced to provide pain relief from within oneself.
Acupuncturists are known to treat a variety of medical conditions such as neuropathy, chronic pain, migraine headaches, anxiety, and depression (in combination with other treatment). And acupuncture does not always mean the use of these hair-fine needles. Some acupuncturists also offer treatment by cupping, massage, heat, and electromagnetic energy. If you are suffering from a medical condition and are interested in a natural medical treatment, acupuncture is a great place to start.