Application of hair thin, sterile needle on the body area known as the acupuncture points. It is practiced in China for more than two thousand years for health maintainance and disease prevention.
What are these points?
Anatomically these points are distributed throughout the body. There is about more than three hundred points that is well documented in Chinese Medicine Textbook. These points form pathways that are called the meridians by the Chinese. The acupuncture points are said to change biochemical balance in the body when stimulated.
When the needles are inserted, are they painful?
Most people feel very little sensation when the needles are inserted and some may feel a quick tapping or pinching when the needle is applied. Most people find the experience extremely relaxing and uplifting and even fall asleep for the duration of the treatment.
How many points will I get during the treatment?
Based on the presentation of the symptons and the experience of the Acupuncturist, points selection for different complains vary.
How does the Acupuncturist know where to put the needles?
By an unique way of getting to know the body, the Practitoner will have a sense of where the problem locates It invovles the inspection of the tongne and palpation of pulses and sensitive areas. In addition, question regarding how your body response to different situation is asked to facilitate the Acupuncturist to make treatment decision. Your Acupuncturist will choose the most appropriate acupuncture points for treatment based on the information collected.
Can acupuncture be combined with Physical Therapy treatment?
Acupuncture has shown to be very effective with pain control, stress reduction, and symptoms management. As you know, pain limits range of motion, increase anxiety, and can become the limiting factor for increase mobility.
A consultation with Yi Lily Zhang on appropriate exercise and physical therapy modalites will be provided in certain condition.
How long is the treatment?
The length, number and frequency of treatments vary. Typical treatments last between 20 to 60 minutes, with the patient being treated once or twice a week.
Generally, acute problems require less time and frequency of treatment, for example, an acute sprain may require only one treatment, whereas more chronic or severe ailments may require several (or several dozen) treatments.
How Should I prepare my self for the session?
Wear loose fitting clothing that can be easily removed. Areas that are needled need to be free of restriction to allow comfort. Make sure you tell the acupuncturist any positions that you cannot assume. Alert the practitioner for any medical device/implant you might have. If you are pregnant, please let the practitioner know.