What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and the practice of inserting thin needles into areas around the body called 'meridian' points. The needle handles can be twisted/turned/flicked for added stimulation (other variants include electroacupuncture, which uses a T.E.N.S (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machine to assist in stimulation to varying degrees of intensity based on controllable knobs, and fire acupuncture, which heats up the needle before insertion). Acupuncture is used to alleviate pain and help good energy/blood flow/circulation. 

Acupuncture treatment promotes relief for symptoms such as muscle stiffness/tension, back pain (both upper back and lumbar region), pain in extremities; pain in arms (including shoulders) and legs (including knees), headaches, certain stomach discomforts such as indigestion and nausea, and minor sprains. 

Is Acupuncture Painful?

Certain areas are more or less painful than others for reasons such as there being more or less skin and/or because the area is already sore. None of the more common points are painful and should only have a minor sensation upon the initial insertion. 

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture is safe as long as the practitioner knows, understands and practices his/her precautions. This can range from proper sanitization to disposal of needles to avoiding tendons, pulses and vital organs when needling. 

Who is Acupuncture For?

Acupuncture is for anyone that wants to try alternative medicine as an option for pain relief.