Acupuncture is the use of acupuncture supplies, which are very thin needles that are inserted into a person’s skin at certain points on their body. There are many therapeutic benefits associated with acupuncture.
Benefits of Acupuncture
During acupuncture, the thin needles are inserted into a person’s body in certain spots at a certain depth. Usually, the person lies down and the acupuncturist uses the needles. The patient can usually feel the needles, but they should not cause pain. In some situations, the needles are stimulated with electricity or heated. When the acupuncturist inserts the needs they usually stay in for about twenty minutes.
The benefits of acupuncture are that there are fewer side effects than with medicines, is a very effective treatment, is helps in pain control, it helps pain in patients that do not respond to pain medications and is used as an alternative to pain medications in people that do not want to use them. While acupuncture is very beneficial there are risks to everything. If you have a bleeding disorder, take blood thinners, feel sore or starts bleeding when needles are inserted do not continue your acupuncture treatment.
In some rare cases, a patient may have a needle that breaks and may damage an internal organ while this is very rare make sure to discuss the risks with your acupuncturist. Make sure to find a licensed massage therapist. Licensing recommendations or laws differ from state to state. If you have questions on the laws in your area call the licensing board and ask. By choosing to use a licensed massage therapist you will have the confidence that they know what they are doing.
Make sure that they use sterile single use needles also if a sick person is stuck with a needle and then it is used on you it could make you sick. If you are looking for an acupuncturist make sure to ask family and friends for referrals. You will want to choose and acupuncturist you really trust and feel is knowledgeable. If you are unable to get a personal referral, use the internet to research acupuncturists in your area.
Acupuncture is an alternative for of pain management. If you are tired of using pain pills or they are not working for you anymore, ask your doctor about using acupuncture. Choose a professional acupuncturist that is licensed. In most states, a licensed massage therapist has had to complete some form of schooling and pass a test to receive their license. An acupuncturist should be reputable and trustworthy. Make sure you are completely comfortable with your acupuncturist so that you will have confidence when they are doing the treatment. Remember to speak up if at any time your treatment does not feel right.