Acupuncture is a therapy developed by the Chinese as a means of balancing the energy flow within the body. This energy, known to the Chinese as ‘qi’, is believed to flow through conduits throughout the body. Acupuncture in Norwalk involves the placement of very fine needles along these pathways to bring balance to the body. These needles are not placed deep within the skin, but rather superficially. In some cases, acupuncture is used as a solo therapy for the treatment of certain symptoms, such as chronic pain or headaches. However, many people use acupuncture as a supplement to physical therapy and medical treatment.
Did you know…
that an estimated 3 million Americans undergo acupuncture every year? Even children are recognizing its benefits, with the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine reporting that 150,000 kids have had acupuncture in the past year alone. Although the therapy is relatively new to Westerners, it has been a mainstay in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Research is currently ongoing to determine its efficacy in treating a number of conditions, such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, and migraines.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for acupuncture in Norwalk?
You may be a candidate for acupuncture if you are bothered by chronic pain, headaches, or other symptoms. You’ll need to consult with your doctor or therapist before undergoing acupuncture. Together, you can determine if the therapy is right for you.
What should I expect during Norwalk acupuncture treatment?
During acupuncture, you will be asked to lie flat while an acupuncturist places very fine, sterile needles into your skin. The process may sound painful, but most people experience little or no discomfort at all. However, you may experience some tingling or numbness near the puncture points. The needles will be left at strategic points on your body for several minutes and then discarded. You may feel relaxed, energized, or nothing at all after the treatment. However, many patients do report feeling pain and symptom relief nearly immediately.
Will I need to follow any special instructions after undergoing acupuncture?
You may be instructed to avoid alcohol and caffeine after acupuncture treatment, as well as strenuous activity. Try to rest, eat healthy foods, and drink plenty of water too. Talk to your doctor or therapist about how often you should return for additional acupuncture treatments.