Acupuncture is widely known for its effectiveness in the treatment of pain. Research has shown that acupuncture is effective for many chronic health problems including musculoskeletal pain, low back pain, arthritis, migraines, headaches, and more. Acupuncture works by causing the body to make and release its own natural pain-relieving substances.
A treatment takes approximately 60 minutes. A common treatment plan for a single complaint would typically involve one treatment a week. The number of treatments will depend on the condition being treated, how long you have had it and how severe it is. In general, it is common to receive six to eight treatments, although based on the intensity, it may require twelve or more. Follow up treatments may be needed after the initial course of treatment.
Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. Sometimes the points are not in the painful area. The acupuncturist will tell you the general place of the treatment and whether you need to remove any clothing. A gown, towel or sheet will be provided if needed. Then, you relax on a cushioned table for the treatment, which involves: