What is Acupuncture?

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At Lander Chiropractic, we offer chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture. I’m Mike Worley, licensed acupuncturist and

I am the acupuncturist at Lander Chiropractic. When I tell people that I’m an acupuncturist, the first thing they usually respond with is, “I’ve always wanted to try acupuncture but I’m a afraid of needles. I’ve compiled the most common acupuncture questions below and we will address the “needle concern” and other frequent questions.
Do acupuncture needles hurt?
This question is always a little tricky because it depends on what you mean by “hurt.” I usually tell patients it won’t be painless, because of the application of the needle, but acupuncture should not be painful.  Acupuncture needles do not feel like getting a shot. Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are thin, tiny and flexible, they are not inserted deeply. However, you might feel something. Sometimes you may feel a prick—similar to getting a mosquito bite. You may feel tingling or fullness when I adjust the needles. But in most cases, you’ll forget about the needles as you rest on the table.
Are there any side-effects from acupuncture?
There are rarely side-effects from acupuncture. Sometimes there may be bruising or soreness, especially if you have a cupping. Or you may feel light-headed or ungrounded after a session. Occasionally there is an emotional release. When people complain of worsening symptoms or fatigue from acupuncture, often it is actually a sign of healing. If your Qi has been blocked, it can cause uncomfortable symptoms as it resumes flowing. To understand this, imagine a garden hose with a kink in it. The kink stops the water from flowing; when you straighten it out, the water bursts out of the hose before it begins flowing normally again. Qi behaves the same way. If you notice your symptoms getting worse after a treatment, contact me. I can suggest ways to reduce your discomfort and speed your healing.
Will acupuncture needles make me bleed?
Generally, no. Sometimes there is a tiny droplet of blood but it is easily wiped away with a cotton ball. Acupuncture needles are very fine.
Can you treat young kids?
Acupuncture is effective for all ages, all stages of life, from babies to the elderly. I welcome kids and have found some kids respond even more quickly to treatment than adults.
Does acupuncture help ______________?
I get all sorts of questions about what acupuncture can help. Can it help allergies? Can it treat infertility? Does it help turn a breech baby? Will it help me lose weight?  Yes, it can probably help but every person is different and every person’s body is different. We can give it a try.
If you have any other questions – please give us a call to schedule an appointment – 714-626-0074
By | 2018-09-14T20:32:44+00:00 September 14th, 2018|Acupuncture Series, Blog|0 Comments

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