Ever wondered about acupuncture, but you don’t know enough about it to get it done? Acupuncture is proven to provide pain relief throughout your body. Here’s everything you need to know about acupuncture and its benefits.
How Does it Work?
Acupuncture is a Chinese method practiced by placing thin needles throughout your face and/or body. These needles are supposed to balance out your energy flow, also known as your “chi”.
A few main benefits to acupuncture include:
- If executed correctly, acupuncture is very safe.
- This method can be effective if you don’t prefer medication.
- Side effects are minimal.
- This method can be combined with other treatments.
So why use acupuncture? There are several reasons to give this method a go. Acupuncture is shown to relieve tension migraines and headaches. Additionally, it has also been proven that acupuncture can help relieve knee pain, lower back pain, and osteoarthritis.
What to Expect
Trying a new method of pain relief can be worrisome if you don’t know what to expect. Here’s the general process: the acupuncturist will examine you and see where the appropriate areas are to insert the needles, as well as what size needles. You will then be asked to lay down in a certain position depending on where the needles will be placed. The acupuncturist will then insert sterile, single use needles throughout the area. You will then feel a small, brief sting. Depending on the treatment, the needles will remain in your skin for 5-30 minutes.