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Acupuncture is a complete medical protocol focused on correcting imbalances of energy in the body. From its inception in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture has been used traditionally to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as to improve general health. Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into sites on the body known as Acupuncture Points. Each of these sites have known effects on the function of various body systems. A number of points are combined to increase circulation to an area of the body to stimulate healing.

What to expect from treatment

Acupuncture needles

Acupuncture has been used traditionally to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as to improve general health

Most patients report being sore after the procedure. The soreness is described as muscle soreness over the area treated and into the areas of referred symptoms. Typically, the soreness lasts between a few hours and two days. Recommendations vary depending on the amount of soreness you have and on the individual response to treatment, but may include applying heat or ice over the area, gentle stretches and modifications of activities. We also recommend drinking a lot of fluids/water to prevent any excessive amounts of soreness.

Are there any side effects?

Usually not. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.