Many health care professionals take additional training in acupuncture.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body called acupuncture points.
Acupuncture is used to relieve pain, encourage healing, promote circulation, decrease swelling, reduce muscle tension, and improve function of the affected areas of the body.
It is a safe and effective treatment option for many people.
Frequently Asked Questions
An acupuncture point is the place on the body we have a nerve, artery, and vein bundle called a neurovascular bundle. By stimulating the nerve endorphins are released that help reduce pain and assist in relaxing muscles. The artery and vein component of the bundle assist with reducing swelling and improving circulation to promote healing and recovery of an injury.
You may feel a small pin prick upon inserting the acupuncture needle. Generally you will feel relaxed and perhaps slightly tired. You may also experience a warm sensation as the needles work.
To get the best therapeutic effect the acupuncture needles are left in at least 20 minutes.
No. All acupuncture needles used at RRP&WC are single use sterile disposable needles that are disposed in a sharps container after use.
Related techniques include acupressure which involves the application of pressure on acupuncture points using thumbs or fingers. Electrical or laser stimulation may also be used.