Acupuncture is quickly becoming a popular treatment for many in Phoenix to treat many different health issues. Southwest Integrative Medicine offers Acupuncture in Phoenix, and close to Scottsdale. Below are answers to some common questions Phoenicians have about acupuncture.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting filiform (very thin) needles into specific points through out the body to improve your health. One of the tenets of acupuncture is that energy flow can be used through the process of acupuncture to have a positive effect on the body. This happens through specific channels where the energy is located. The acupuncturist focuses on points on the channels that lie along the body. Using the thin hair like needles, they insert and manipulate the points to help the body release hormones and endorphins, and stimulate blood flow and positive healing effects. This occurs through from the movement of energy through the channels.
How can acupuncture help me?
Acupuncture is used to cure or prevent many diseases of the body, it is part of a whole body wellness program. Our Phoenix acupuncture clinic offers effective treatment form for quite a few disease conditions of the body. The World Health Organization published a review listing 28 conditions that acupuncture relieves to include:
- Stomach Ailments
- Skin Ailments
- Thyroid Problems
- Chronic Pain Management
- Back Pain
- Sleep Disorders
Amongst other ailments. Acupuncture is very useful for pain management. It is thought that pain can be controlled by stimulating the flow of beneficial hormones and other chemicals found in the body. Many people have benefited from acupuncture for pain control, it is a drug free way of assisting the body with healing itself. Our Phoenix Acupuncture and Scottsdale acupuncture locations use acupuncture to treat or prevent many maladies that effect the overall health of the body. Pain management has proven most effective with acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture actually works under the 'gate control theory' of pain management. By manipulating acupressure points, pain receptors can be manipulated to not fire as often or not at all, alleviating the pain. There is published research to confirm the effectiveness of acupuncture. Acupuncture can be used as a sole treatment or in conjunction with other treatments to provide relief from nausea as experienced with chemotherapies, and other undesirable effects of medical treatments.
History of Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been practiced for well over 2000 years. It is a tried and true method of Chinese medicine. It is a holistic approach to pain management and a host of other disease processes that afflict the body. The Chinese practice acupuncture to cure and prevent many illnesses. Acupuncture became better known to western culture during the 1970's. Since the 1970's it has become recognized as a leading form of alternative medicine. Now days even the IRS allows medical deductions for acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture treatments at our Phoenix and Scottsdale locations are a part of a holistic approach to well being.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe when applied by a trained professional. Acupuncture in our Phoenix and Scottsdale locations are done in a safe and soothing environment where the knowledgeable staff take a holistic approach to healing and overall well being.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
The short answer is no. The needles that are used in acupuncture treatment are hair thin, there is no pain involved in the insertion or in the manipulation. The Scottsdale and Phoenix locations use the latest equipment and techniques, the staff is well trained in the application and manipulation of acupuncture.
Can Acupuncture Worsen My Health Condition?
Acupuncture will not worsen a pre-existing condition. There is no evidence that suggests that acupuncture will increase negative effects of any condition. As with any therapeutic treatment there is some risk, which include bruising and bleeding at the acupuncture site, but the risk is considered minimal when applied by a well trained practitioner. At our Scottsdale and Phoenix acupuncture facility our practitioners are well trained and take every opportunity to insure a safe and positive experience. The side effects of acupuncture are minimal when compared to other therapeutic treatments such as pharmaceutical drugs, surgery, epidural, etc.
How Many Acupuncture Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments needed will vary from person to person. It may be one or two treatments a month for a few months or one or two treatments a week for a few months. It is entirely based on the individual, their response to treatment, the length of time they have had the condition, their age, and other factors. At our Phoenix acupuncture clinic the whole person is taken in to account and each treatment plan is individualized. After an assessment is done your practitioner can best advise you as to how many treatments will be best suited for you and your specific condition. On average we tell our Phoenix patients that 5-7 acupuncture treatments should be expected to treat your condition. To learn more, click on the link below for an acupucnture consult.
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