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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a wellness treatment that dates back thousands of years to its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It involves the insertion of needles into the body in order to help soothe ailing muscles that would otherwise create chronic pain.
Your acupuncturist will use a special type of needle to penetrate your skin in carefully-chosen areas that have an influence on your tissue, nerves, and muscles. These needles are specially designed to be very thin so as to not create discomfort when they penetrate your skin.
IMS, or Intramuscular Stimulation, also involves the insertion of needles but is based on the knowledge of anatomy and physiology utilized in Western Medicine.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is believed to release chemicals into the body — specifically the spinal cord, brain, and muscles — by stimulating the central nervous system. These chemicals are said to expedite the body’s healing abilities, and are also instrumental in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
What is Acupuncture Used to Treat?
Due to its versatility, acupuncture can be used to treat a number of ailments, such as:
- Pain (whether it’s acute or chronic)
- Headaches (including tension headaches or migraines)
- Digestion issues
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Chronic pain
- Dental pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Respiratory disorders
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Given that it is an invasive practice, it is natural to wonder whether or not an acupuncture treatment will hurt. This is especially true if it is your first treatment. However, acupuncture doesn’t hurt. Although it can vary based on the sensitivity of the individual, most acupuncture patients do not feel anything.
Of course, everybody is different, and some areas may be more vulnerable to pain for some patients. It’s important to communicate with your acupuncturist if you are experiencing any pain. They will be sure to re-position you so that you are more comfortable.
Acupuncture Services at Get Well
Get Well offers acupuncture services at our clinic in Abbotsford. While the average treatment plan will generally involve more than five or six weeks of sessions, an intact session will help your practitioner determine a customized treatment plan for you. Get in touch today to determine how we can best help you live a life free from pain.