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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture uses small sterile needles to activate specific points on Qi Meridians (acupuncture points). Each of the over 600 points on the body has specific properties and actions on the Channels and Organs.

What to Expect

The course of single acupuncture treatment has three parts. To begin, a practitioner seeks to understand the course of pathology based on the four pillars of diagnosis:

  • Observation (complexion, body type, movement, tongue)
  • Interrogation (question regarding a patient’s state of health and medical history)
  • Auscultation/Olfaction (voice, breathing)
  • Palpation (pulse diagnosis, and body surface palpation).

Then the practitioner will employ one or more modalities to treat the imbalance. Finally, after the treatment has finished, the practitioner rechecks the pulse and conducts a brief post-treatment interview including discussing follow-up treatment.

Conditions Treated

  • Chronic Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Bladder Control Issue
  • Insomnia
  • Allergies
  • Hot Flashes
  • PMS
  • even Weight Loss
  • Musculoskeletal and Visceral Conditions
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • and Preventative Care.
Depending on a patient’s condition, typically 4 to12 hair-like thin needles are placed on selected acupoints along the channels in which Qi & Blood are carried throughout a body. The needles open up the channels to remove blockages, if there is any, and regulate the flow of Qi & Blood to restore balance within one’s body.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect to feel during and after my treatment?

Aside from a slight stinging sensation when the needle is inserted, acupuncture should be painless. Most of the time, you won’ even feel the needle going in, depending on the specific point desired result, and patient’s constitution, a practitioner may attempt to manipulate a needle until a patient feels a specific sensation called De Qi. De Qi is a feeling of heaviness, soreness, or a tingling sensation in the area around a point. After a treatment, you should feel relaxed or ever tired. Try to schedule an appointment a day you can take it easy afterward.

How long will it take for acupuncture to work?

You may start to feel better even during the appointment. The effects of each treatment will last progressively longer. The less severe, complicated, or chronic the condition, the less time it will take to restore the body’s balance. You should feel a significant improvement within the first 5-10 treatments.

How often should I have a treatment?

Most often, treatment should be scheduled about a week apart. As symptoms improve, appointments can be scheduled twice a month, until the underlying imbalance is restored and symptoms subside. Occasionally a practitioner may suggest a more aggressive treatment schedule at the start, to really affect a change., especially in a serious acute attack.

Get Started Today

Contact Fifth Avenue Place Chiropractic & Massage today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to meeting you soon!


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