What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body—most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. It is one of the practices used in traditional Chinese medicine. There is plenty of info available – for Acupunctuur Rotterdam click here http://www.acupunctuurleman.nl/.
What is the Effectiveness of Acupuncture
Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches. Therefore, acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider. However, clinical practice guidelines are inconsistent in recommendations about acupuncture.
The effects of acupuncture on the brain and body and how best to measure them are only beginning to be understood. Current evidence suggests that many factors—like expectation and belief—that are unrelated to acupuncture needling may play important roles in the beneficial effects of acupuncture on pain.
Common Treatments Using Acupuncture
- For Low-Back Pain
- For Neck Pain
- For Osteoarthritis/Knee Pain
- For Headache
Here is a Full List of Treatments Using Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations and the National Institutes of Health. These bodies have declared acupuncture an effective treatment for the following conditions:
- Back pain
- Carpal Tunnel
- Chemotherapy nausea
- Digestive (ulcers, nausea, gastritis, irritable bowel)
- Ear problems (ringing, earaches)
- Infections, cold, flu
- Menstrual and female disorders
- Muscle & joint pain (tendonitis, bursitis, sprains)
- Post-op dental pain
- Skin Disorders
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Urinary problems
- And many more!
Your acupuncture provider will give you an exam and ask questions about your pain and how well you are functioning. He or she will also ask about your overall health.
Acupuncture is considered cumulative in nature, meaning one may need to undergo a series of treatments. The first session will include a private conversation with the acupuncturist. Allow at least one hour for the first appointment to accommodate your consultation and session. If your condition requires lengthy discussion, arrange time outside the scheduled appointment to communicate with the acupuncturist.
Treatment takes place in a double or single room with others. Insertion of an acupuncture needle will not feel like an injection or blood draw. Acupuncture needles are flexible, solid and fine enough to tie in a knot (about the size of a human hair). Reaction to and number of sessions can vary. Expect to retain the acupuncture needles for at least 20 minutes. The acupuncturist should be able to predict reaction based on the consultation and the body’s responses to the initial session.
What does it feel like?
You may feel slight pressure when a needle goes in. Most people find that it doesn’t hurt. The area may tingle, feel numb, itch, or be a little sore. Providers believe that this is a sign that the energy flow, or chi, has been accessed.
After the needle is placed, your provider may roll the needle slightly back and forth. Or he or she may use heat or electrical current on the needle.
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