Advanced Health of Naperville is excited to be offering acupuncture! Acupuncture started about 3,000 years ago, making it older than many other forms of medicine. Acupuncture has been extensively studied, and is even used in some hospitals today for pain management. The World Health Organization views acupuncture as a safe and effective treatment for over 300 conditions. We’ve answered some of the common questions that we hear in our office below, if you have any others- feel free to reach out to us!
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that has been around for thousands of years. There are many theories on how and why acupuncture works, but it is thought that the stimulation of the needles increases blood flow, while at the same time triggering the activity of the body’s natural painkillers. Other theories include the idea of balancing the body’s energy.
What can it help with?
Acupuncture can help with neck and back pain, headaches, reflux and nausea, menstrual pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, and much more! Since chiropractic is also effective at treating these conditions, many patients pair them together!
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture should not hurt. There are certain areas that are more sensitive than others, such as the hands and feet, but we will always tell you ahead of time. Acupuncture needles are so small that multiple can fit into the barrel of one needle that is used to draw blood. They are about the size of a strand of hair. Many patients fall asleep during their acupuncture sessions!
How long does it take?
One session of acupuncture takes between 30-45 minutes, however the needles are only in for about 20 minutes.
Can I get adjusted on the same day I receive acupuncture?
Absolutely! In fact, we recommend it. Acupuncture and chiropractic are both effective at boosting the body’s natural healing abilities.
How many sessions do I need?
Similar to chiropractic, it varies based on person to person and condition to condition. At AHN, we never force any one into any treatment plans. While we will give a recommendation, it is your body and your decision!