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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a health therapy developed around 3000 years ago in China whereby the body is directed to focus or increase its innate healing systems to correct a health complaint. Many different styles and forms of using very thin, solid needles to stimulate known points on the surface of the body have developed over the centuries; all of which can be very effective when used correctly by a trained professional. The human body has extraordinary capacities to heal and repair itself. Injuries, stress or less-than-perfect lifestyle choices can dull or interrupt these maintenance systems. The aim of acupuncture (and all modes of Chinese medicine, like herbs, exercise or diet changes) is to re-train the body’s own systems to do the healing they were originally designed to carry out.
What can Acupuncture treat?
Most Americans think about Acupuncture as a treatment for musculoskeletal pain, and it is very effective this. What is less commonly known is that acupuncture, as a system-wide therapy, is effective for many internal medicine issues as well. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for digestive issues, allergies, sinus problems, migraines , chronic headache, stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, PMS, and menopause – plus many others.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
No. The needles used for acupuncture are not hollow like a syringe, so they can be inserted with much less chance of the patient even noticing them. Most people feel no pain or very little discomfort when they are inserted. The sessions are actually quiet relaxing, and a lot of people doze off for a short and restful nap during their treatment waking up energized.
What happens during an Acupuncture appointment?
At your very first appointment you will be asked to fill out a health assessment and we will go through the information with you, focusing on areas that apply to your current health situation. We will ask you to do some range-of-motions tests or to move to assess your current physical abilities or limitations. Once the intake and exam are complete, you will be asked to lie down on the treatment table
and directed to expose specific spots on the body for treatment. We employ an advanced style of treatment that allows patients to remain mostly clothed during the session. Most points will likely be located on the forearms, hands, lower legs and feet. If points on the torso are indicated, a cover will be supplied to keep the patient warm and covered. The points are then swabbed with alcohol to clean the site and needles gently placed. Once you are comfortable the lights are dimmed and you are left alone to relax for 20-30 minutes while the treatment takes place. After that time, the needles are removed, you replace shoes and socks and are on your way! You may be given lifestyle suggestions, like dietary, stretching or other info to help your treatments go as quickly as possible.
How many treatments are needed?
Everyone’s body is unique in how it responds and heals, but a general rule of thumb is that newer, less intense issues heal faster than severe or long-term ones. Musculoskeletal pain and stiffness tend to heal faster that internal organ (digestive, breathing etc.) issues. Having said this, a patient who is willing to take lifestyle advice and make healthy changes will tend to heal faster and stay feeling great longer. Patients are generally started out with a short (2-3 week) course of treatments and then review their needs at that point. Our goal is ALWAYS to get you the best results as fast as your body will allow.
About Brenda our Licensed Acupuncturist
Brenda Sherman, L.Ac., graduated Magna cum
Laude from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine
(Racine, WI) with a Master of Science in Acupuncture
and Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in
Nutritional Therapy. She has lived and practiced for
the last 11 years in the Greater Milwaukee area,
most recently as an Associate at one of the Midwest’s
busiest clinics. Recently re-located to New London,
where she was born and raised, to be closer to family.
She is excited to be able to offer this unique and powerful
medicine to the community where she grew up.