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When will I start to see results? There is often an immediate reduction in symptoms, but further improvement can be expected 1-3 days after treatment.
How long will I need chiropractic care? One study showed that 4-6 visits are required on average. Recovery time depends on many factors such as condition, age, and activity. Periodic follow-up care can help maintain healthy joints and prevent the need for invasive treatment.
Does chiropractic care have side effects? Temporary discomfort is common, and less than 10% will experience fatigue, headache, or nausea. These reactions typically resolve within a day.
How does each treatment help?
- Adjustments primarily restore function and mobility to joints.
- Therapeutic massage heals tight or fibrous tissues.
- Physical therapy utilizes movement for both healing and prevention.
- Learn more from our chiropractic services page.
What can I do to speed healing? Targeted, safe exercise stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Heat may also aid healing, but ice should be avoided as it limits blood flow and slows healing. (Learn more about replacing “RICE” with M.C.E. on our pain management post.)
What are Chinese Medicine and acupuncture? Chinese Medicine is one of the world’s oldest forms of medicine. Chinese medicine includes acupuncture, dietary therapy, herbal medicine, and other related practices including cupping, tuina, guasha, qigong, taiji, etc. Chinese medicine is based on the concept that the body is a complex matrix of interconnected systems that work in unison to maintain health and happiness.
How does acupuncture work? There is a saying in Chinese medicine: where there is no free flow of energy there is pain and disease. The goal of an acupuncture treatment is to encourage/restore the healthy flow of energy within the body by inserting acupuncture needles into specific points. There is extensive empirical evidence that acupuncture works even though the mechanisms that make acupuncture such a powerful treatment modality are not fully understood from the perspective of Western Medicine.
Does acupuncture hurt? Compared to hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are tiny and their insertion is usually quite painless. You may notice interesting sensations at the insertion site such as heaviness, achiness, or warmth, which indicate the movement of energy in that area. Most people find acupuncture treatments to be very relaxing and some people even nap.
Are the needles sterile? Of course! Acupuncturists in the US only use single-use, sterilized, disposable needles to ensure your safety.
How should I prepare for an acupuncture treatment? Please wear comfortable, loose clothing when coming for an acupuncture treatment. Treatment is also more effective if you are not excessively tired or hungry.
What can I expect after a treatment? Some patients feel immediate relief of symptoms after a single treatment, while for others improvement comes over time. Typically, some symptom relief will be noticed within a few days, but continued treatment ensure that the effects will be more enduring. The goal is to resolve the symptoms completely.
What are cupping, tuina, and guasha? Cupping helps ease the pain associated with sore and stiff muscles. It is also used for used in treating acute illnesses like colds and the flu. The technique uses suction. The cups pull on the skin and underlying tissue to affect the local flow of energy. Cupping is not painful but may leave the appearance of bruise-like circles that dissipate within a few days.
Tuina is a therapeutic form of massage that uses of rhythmic movements to encourage the healthy flow of energy in the body. The muscles and tendons are massaged using a variety of techniques. This technique is very beneficial in reducing the pain of neck, shoulders, hips, back, arms, highs, and legs. Other benefits of this tuina include stress relief and improvement of symptoms for conditions like insomnia, constipation, and headaches.
Guasha is a scraping technique that also relieves sore and stiff muscles. A medicated oil is applied and then “scraped” with a tool until the area turns red. This procedure can be somewhat painful, but it is usually quite effective. The “sha” (red spots) usually dissipate within a few days.