WHY WOULD I WANT TO GET ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used and dependable medicinal therapies in the world. It is by nature simple, safe, and effective health care. As this medicine has gained popularity over the last 40 years in the United Sates it has been proven by an increasing body of scientific evidence to not only be exceptionally safe, but statistically effective as well.
People get acupuncture for many different reasons. The simple list of conditions that can be treated without hesitation include:
Athletic sprain/strain, acute back and/or neck strain, temporal mandibular disorder (TMJ), Bell’s palsy, headaches (including migraines), palpitations, early stages of cold/flu, asthma, tendonitis, arthritis, insomnia (poor sleep), Raynaud’s, anxiety, high levels of stress, addictions, digestive issues, irritable bowel syndrome, reflux, bladder issues, restless leg syndrome, reproductive issues, menstrual issues (including PMS), herpes zoster (shingles), cancer treatment support, and pre/post-surgery for accelerated healing.
Acupuncture can be used to address an extensive number of physical, emotional, and internal ailments, restoring your health and returning you to an active life. If your condition is not on this general list, or you have questions about treatments, please call us any time and we are happy to chat.
DO THE NEEDLES HURT?
Not much, if at all. Acupuncture needles are very thin and sharp, designed to slip painlessly into the skin with minimal sensation.
Here’s what we would like our patients to know: You may feel a little pinch when a needle is tapped in, but this should ease right away. If you continue to feel a pinching or a burning sensation at the needle site any longer than this, let us know. It means we need to adjust the placement of the needle. If on the other hand you are feeling a slight ache or heavy feeling near the needle, this is usually a good sign- a clue that the body is reacting in a productive way.
The bottom line is that as long as the feelings around the needled areas don’t keep you from closing your eyes and napping for a little while, we say let them be. More than anything a treatment should be a deeply relaxing and sleepy slice of time for you.
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO KEEP COMING IN FOR TREATMENTS?
For short term issues, a handful of acupuncture treatments should do the job. For chronic or long-standing issues, a maintenance schedule of some sort would be in order to keep everything running smoothly and steadily after the initial period of relief and change. The goal of your practitioner is to restore health and wellness to the whole person, addressing the cause of the condition, and at the same time addressing the immediate symptoms.
DO I HAVE TO TAKE MY CLOTHES OFF FOR TREATMENT?
Absolutely not. Occasionally, we may need to have access to areas just above the knee or up to the shoulder joint, in which case we’d ask you to wear shorts or a tee shirt. All it usually takes to get ready for treatment is to roll up pant legs and shirt sleeves, as points on the lower arms and legs are the most commonly used in community acupuncture clinics. If you do need more privacy during your treatment, please let your practitioner know. We have a screen available any time you would like a bit more privacy.
IS IT HARD TO RELAX IN A SHARED TREATMENT SPACE?
It’s surprisingly easy! In accordance with our mission of fulfilling a true community based healing environment, your treatment area is a shared space.
You will always have appropriate privacy during your appointment, All of our treatments tables are separated with curtains, but please silence your cell phone and speak in a soft voice or whisper, so as not to disturb other clients. There is always a private room available to discuss sensitive information. Please let your practitioner know if you would like privacy during your appointment intake.
While Good Medicine cannot always guarantee complete silence during your appointment, we are diligent about creating a space of relaxation and wellness. If you have any concerns you are encouraged to speak with your practitioner at any time.