I follow CNT (Clean Needle Technique) standards inline with OSHA and the CDC.
Only single use, sterile disposable, surgical stainless steel acupuncture needles are used and are discarded in a container designed for the collection of sharps biohazard waste.
As a healthcare provider your privacy + confidentiality are a a core value. This encompasses personal space (physical privacy), personal data (informational privacy), personal choices including cultural and religious affiliations (decisional privacy), and personal relationships with family members and other intimates (associational privacy).
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture stimulates your body's natural immune response. Super fine needle insertions trigger micro-trauma to a localized area, initiating a healing response, increase blood flow, promoting circulation, and the release of dopamine and serotonin; your bodies natural feel good hormones. Sessions induce the parasympathetic (relaxation) mode, allowing cortisol levels to decrease.
Does it hurt? What will I feel?
Acupuncture needles are as thin as a hair follicle, and practically painless. What you do feel, is what we call "Qi sensation"; something directional, electric, moving, pulling, etc. The muscle is "grasping" the needle. Points are chosen for specific effects they have on muscles, regions, or systems (i.e digestive, reproductive, endocrine, etc.) Sensation occurs because the needle connects with the bodies innate electromagnetic frequency, since we are mostly water and highly conductive.
How many sessions do I need?
This depends on your condition and goal. Benefits of acupuncture are best with frequency. For conditions that are long-standing or have developed over time, a comprehensive treatment plan will be recommended.
Setting a goal requires healthy choices and habits. We will work together on forming these habits.
Come in for a consultation and treatment and we can discuss your unique course of treatment.
What should I expect after my treatment?
It is common to feel relaxed or tired. That night you may sleep better than usual. Increased energy or a sense of euphoria is natural, similar to the body's response after a massage.
You may still feel as though the needles are in long after they are gone. It is important to hydrate to help promote circulation and flushing of any inflammation.
One should avoid excessive sweating or exertion directly after an acupuncture (and cupping) treatment to allow the body to integrate.
Are there side effects?
Bruising and/or soreness in one or more places may happen, but is benign. I do my best to avoid bruising patients with the use of thin disposable needles and a gentle technique.
Dizziness or feeling faint during acupuncture may happen if you have not eaten before the session, had too much caffeine, are prone to fainting, or are experiencing nervousness or anxiety, especially if you are scared of needles. I suggest having a small nutritious meal and avoiding caffeine or alcohol prior to our session. We will always discuss your needs and concerns prior to treatment.