Needle therapy involves placing very thin needles into the skin at strategic points on the body. Needle therapy, a key component of traditional Chinese medicine, is often used to treat pain. Needle therapy is widely used in other areas of health, including stress management.
Traditional Chinese medicine considers acupuncture as a way to balance the flow of energy or vital force that it believes flows through the pathways (disciples) in your body. The life force is called qi. Acupuncturists believe that by placing the needle at specific points along these paths, your energy flow will be rebalanced.
Contrary to many people’s beliefs, acupuncture is considered by many Westerners to be a place to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. Some people believe that this stimulation increases the secretion of natural painkillers in your body.
Why is Needle therapy performed?
Needle therapy is mainly used to reduce discomfort associated with a variety of diseases and conditions, including:
• Nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy and after surgery
• Headaches, including migraine headaches
• Birth pain
• back ache
• Neck Pain
• Menstrual cramps
• Respiratory disorders, such as inflammation of the allergic nasal mucosa
If you see a reputable Needle therapy and the needles are sterile, the potential risks of Needle therapy are minimal. Common side effects include minor pain and bleeding or bruising at the site of the needle. Disposable needles are used in Needle therapy, so the risk of infection is minimal. Not all people are good candidates for Needle therapy.
You may be at risk for side effects if you:
Have a bleeding disorder. If you have a bleeding disorder or if you are taking blood thinners, you are more likely to have bleeding or bruising from the needles.
You have an artificial pacemaker for your heart. Needle therapy, which involves the use of light electrical pulses to the needle, can cause the pacemaker to malfunction.
You are pregnant. Some types of Needle therapy stimulate labor and can lead to preterm labor.
How to prepare for Needle therapy?
No special preparation is required before Needle therapy treatment.
What to expect?
During treatment, an acupuncturist inserts very thin needles into specific areas of the body. Inserting a needle usually causes a slight discomfort.
Acupuncture has its own unique style for each person and often combines the eastern and western aspects of the procedure. Your doctor may ask you questions about your symptoms, behaviors, and lifestyle to determine the right acupuncture treatment for you.
He or she may also look closely at the following:
• Parts of your body that are painful
• The shape, coverage and color of your tongue
• The color of your face
• The strength, rhythm and quality of the heartbeat in your wrist
This initial examination and treatment may take up to 60 minutes. Subsequent treatment sessions usually last about half an hour. A typical treatment plan for just one problem involves one or two sessions a week. The number of treatment sessions depends on the condition and its severity. Generally, six to eight sessions of treatment are usually needed.
During the acupuncture process
Acupuncture points are located on all parts of the body. Sometimes the right places are away from the pain area. Your acupuncturist will explain where to treat and whether you need to remove clothing from a specific part of the body.
A sheet is placed on the bed and you lie on the bed for treatment, the treatment includes the following:
Needle Insertion: Acupuncture needles are inserted deep into different parts of your body. The needles are very thin, so they usually cause a little discomfort. Most people do not feel the needles at all. Between 5 and 20 needles are used during normal treatment. When the needle reaches the right depth, you will feel a slight burning sensation.
Needle Manipulation: Your therapist may move, rotate, or apply light thermal or electrical pulses to the needles after inserting them.
Removing the needle: In most cases, the needles stay in place for 10 to 20 minutes while you are still asleep and resting. There is usually no discomfort when removing the needles.
After this procedure, some people feel relaxed and others get energy after acupuncture treatment. But not everyone responds to acupuncture. If your symptoms do not improve within a few weeks, acupuncture may not be right for you.
Measuring the benefits of acupuncture is sometimes difficult, but many people find acupuncture useful as a means of controlling a variety of painful conditions.
Acupuncture has few side effects, so if you have a problem that does not improve with conventional methods, acupuncture is worth trying.