Acupuncture treatments and results may vary per individual and they are generally very relaxing and enjoyable! Dr Chee has been trained in several acupuncture styles, and often uses a Japanese style that is intended for pain-free needle insertion. He tailors the acupuncture treatment style to your specific condition.
The needle gauge, or size, is also very different than needles typically used for blood draws. A standard size needle for a blood draw is 21 gauge. That needle is 0.82mm in diameter and hollow to allow blood to flow through. We generally use acupuncture needles that are 0.16mm diameter and are solid. Solid acupuncture needles are less painful than thicker and hollow blood draw needles. We also utilize only the highest quality acupuncture needles available which helps ensure the most comfortable and nurturing experience possible.
Patients simply rest during treatments, and may even fall asleep, as many find it very relaxing. He will also retain the needles in longer and let you rest privately for additional time for maximum benefit.
Acupuncture is very safe. Complications are very rare especially when using individually sterilized, disposable needles. Complications such as organ puncture are rare occurrences with well-trained practitioners.
Acupuncture is also safe during pregnancy. There are certain points that should be avoided during pregnancy which can possibly stimulate uterine contractions that well-trained acupuncturists are aware of.
This depends on the condition that is being treated. The range is generally from 1 to 3 times a week, depending on the intensity and severity of the symptoms. As the condition improves, the frequency of visits decreases. Dr Chee generally recommends a trial of at least 4 treatments to determine how well acupuncture will work. Depending on the condition, patients often feel better after the first treatment.
If possible, it’s best to wear something comfortable, like workout clothes. If not, we have a cotton gown you can use. It’s also best to have eaten something within a few hours of your treatment. If you get acupuncture on an empty stomach, although rare, people could experience transient light-headedness.
It’s best to avoid vigorous exercise or physical therapy for at least a few hours after treatment. The pain reducing effect from acupuncture could make it easier to over do it and lead to accidental injury. It’s best if you can rest or relax after treatment. It’s also best to avoid caffeine or alcohol after a treatment while making sure to have adequate hydration. In general, exposure to cold after a treatment is also to be avoided. Getting a massage after acupuncture is perfectly acceptable and potentially helpful for certain musculoskeletal issues.
According to Rakel’s Textbook of Integrative Medicine, Integrative medicine is healing-oriented and emphasizes the centrality of the physician-patient relationship. It focuses on the least invasive, least toxic, and least costly methods to help facilitate health by integrating both allopathic and complementary therapies. These therapies are recommended based on an understanding of the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of the individual.
Emphasizes relationship-centered care
Integrates conventional and complementary methods for treatment and prevention
Involves removing barriers that may activate the body’s innate healing response
Uses natural, less invasive interventions before costly, invasive ones when possible
Engages mind, body, spirit, and community to facilitate healing
Maintains that healing is always possible, even when curing is not
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