Acupuncture in the Miami area has been steadily growing in popularity among those that are looking for an alternative form of therapy. Known to be effective for a wide variety of ailments and conditions, acupuncture therapy has been in existence for thousands of years. It continues to be popular thanks to the effectiveness of this form of medicine.
Basics of Acupuncture
The form of treatment is unique as it involves the use of hair-thin solid needles that are inserted at specific points in the skin. This is done to stimulate pressure points to help correct imbalance in flow of Qi (oxygen) through specific channels called ‘Meridians’.
One of most commonly asked question by new patients is ‘Does acupuncture hurt?’ mainly because they associate it with the pain sensation felt when a needle pricks through their skin when getting a blood test done, for example.
Acupuncture in general does not hurt. And while some cite that they can sense the needle being inserted (associated with the opening of a blocked channel or Qi), others don’t feel anything at all. Unlike hypodermic needles that are hollow, the needles used in acupuncture are much thinner in diameter — as fine as the thickness of a human hair.
The needles which need to remain in the body from anywhere between 5 minutes to 45 are pre-sterilized, pre-packaged and are usually of the disposable variety.
What to Expect
After each session, patients claim to experience profound relaxation and a reduction in pain. The experience for each patient is of course different but never sharp. The prick is not more than that of a mild mosquito bite and if at all it surpasses this level; do let your acupuncturist know. Acupuncturists generally inform the patients to speak up if the patient is experiencing any discomfort during the treatment.
If the area is too sensitive, the therapist may remove the needle or simply insert it again.
A typical visit to any acupuncture clinic in the Miami Area begins with filling out a health history form that covers all your previous health details including any previous surgeries, the types of medications you are on, etc.
An initial visit usually takes around an hour and a half and can also involve an acupuncture treatment as well unless the previous health details needs to be investigated in detail.
At most centres, first time patients will undergo a complete assessment to identify the root cause of their ailments after which a customized treatment plan is designed.
The treatment requires you to lie flat on a massage table and wear loose, comfortable clothing that you can easily fold up to your knees or elbows when required.
The number of treatments depends on your personal condition, the severity of the ailments and how long it has been since you have had it. They can be scheduled as often as five times a week or as little as once a month. Positive results are often seen after the third or fourth treatment.