Acupuncture can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress, and promote a healthy lifestyle. At APMI Wellness Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, the team offers acupuncture to help patients achieve lasting pain relief. Studies also show that acupuncture may treat many hormonal and metabolic conditions, as well as help with weight loss. To explore the benefits of acupuncture, call the office today or request an appointment online.
Acupuncture Q & A
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine for more than 3,000 years. Today, millions of people worldwide find relief through acupuncture treatments.
During an acupuncture treatment, your practitioner inserts very thin needs into your skin at strategic points on your body.
In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture needles are believed to alter your body's flow of energy. Western physicians also believe that acupuncture stimulates certain nerve endings and muscles. This process encourages your body to release chemicals that can improve your health.
In addition to acupuncture, APMI Wellness Center also offers cupping, Sasang constitutional medicine, far-infrared therapy, and herbal medicine.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
Acupuncture can relieve pain or other unpleasant sensations. Many practitioners also use acupuncture to treat:
Chemotherapy side effects
Headaches and migraines
Back and neck pain
Acupuncture helps release calming chemicals, which relieve pain and help your body to relax. Many patients also find that acupuncture helps control their emotional eating.
During your consultation, the team reviews your medical history and determines if acupuncture is a good fit for you.
What happens during an acupuncture treatment?
During treatment, you sit or lie comfortably on a table. Your provider examines your skin and asks questions about your overall health. They may also check your pulse and examine your tongue. Depending on your treatment goals, you may need to remove some of your clothes.
Your acupuncture provider uses disposable needles to ensure a safe, sanitary environment. During each treatment, your provider may insert several needles, or just a few.
Acupuncture seldom causes sharp pain. Instead, the treatment area may feel heavy or achy. Some patients also report a tingling, warming, or electric jolt.
During your session, your provider may move, reinsert, or twirl the needles. Your provider may then leave the needles in place for 10-20 minutes.
What results can I expect from acupuncture?
After receiving an acupuncture treatment, most people report less pain. You might also notice changes in your mood. Some may feel relaxed and mellow after acupuncture while others may feel energized. Your provider checks in with you after treatment to make sure you're responding well.
Curious about acupuncture? Let APMI Wellness Center help you explore the benefits of this treatment. Call the office today, or request an appointment online.