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If you are struggling with chronic pain or recurring health problems, you may be wondering whether acupuncture treatments from Vitality Health & Wellness would be a good fit for your health needs. Acupuncture an increasingly popular pain management technique and alternative to traditional medication and surgery. Below, our wellness center answers five of your most frequently asked questions about acupuncture:
Acupuncture is a contemporary pain management technique based on Ancient Chinese medicine. Traditionally, the Ancient Chinese believed that imbalances in the body’s energy levels (known as the ‘qi’) were responsible for pain and illness. The Ancient Chinese used long, thin needles to remove blockages and restore balance to the qi. Today, contemporary scientific research has shown that the Chinese concept of “qi” is very similar to our contemporary understanding of the central nervous system. Stimulating the central nervous system as specific pressure points produces physiological and neurological changes in the body that increase circulation and increase an individual’s pain threshold.
Acupuncture may be beneficial for a number of different health conditions, including pain management and injury rehabilitation. Following evidence-based care principles, our acupuncturist will stimulate specific pressure points to correspond with our patient’s specific health complaint. We have used acupuncture to treat back and neck pain, migraines and headaches, fibromyalgia pain, pregnancy pain, dizziness and nausea, stress and anxiety, and chemotherapy-induced nausea.
Our Milwaukee acupuncturist uses long, thin needles to stimulate the central nervous system. These needles are ultra-thin, single-use and sterilized. While some patients may experience a minor pinprick sensation, most patients do not experience pain or discomfort. In fact, many individuals find their acupuncture treatment sessions to be so relaxing that they even fall asleep!
Acupuncture is an effective component of a long-term pain management program. Together with chiropractic care and other drug-free treatments, acupuncture can help manage your pain and reduce or even eliminate the need for medication or surgery. Since every patient experiences pain differently, our treatment programs are fully customized to your specific pain management needs. Some patients even find that after several treatment sessions their health problem has been resolved and they no longer need additional care. For other patients, acupuncture treatments form a core component of their long-term pain management program.
Most acupuncture treatments sessions last between 15 and 30 minutes. During a treatment session, you will lie down on a table in our quiet, relaxing treatment room. Our acupuncturist will place long, thin needles at specific pressure points along your body. These points correspond with your health complaint or pain concerns.
While treatments are safe and effective, not everyone is a good candidate. For example, you should not receive acupuncture treatments if you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder. Prior to treatment, our Milwaukee wellness team will discuss your full medical history to determine if treatment is right for you.