FAQS (acupuncture)

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Acupuncture for Athletes
Acupuncture’s Effect on Your Brain (this page is under construction)
What’s the Difference Between Eastern & Western Medicine?
Acupuncture for Health Maintenance♥️
Acupuncture Treatment: Chronic vs. Acute Conditions
How to Take Care of Yourself After Acupuncture Treatment. ♥️
Aftercare: Acupuncture & Cupping Therapy

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What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
Many first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like the needles used in tattooing or drawing blood at the doctor’s office. They won’t, they can’t; they are SO much smaller. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you may not even feel when inserted. Following insertion, patients often describe a heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling, but there is no “normal”, everyone responds differently. You may also feel an “electrical” sensation moving down the meridian pathways or an increase in pressure or pulsating at certain points; all of these sensations are the feeling of energy moving. You will tend to experience more noticeable sensations around the areas that have more stagnation (pain) and therefore require more movement of energy to flow through them, to unblock them. It’s an indescribable  feeling, unlike any you’ve previously experienced; that most patients find deeply relaxing, both mentally and physically.

Acupuncture creates deep relaxation in both mind and body.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?
There really is no cut and dry answer to this question; everyone responds differently to treatment, and YOU are the most important factor that will determine how effective your treatment will be over the long run. The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, and as such, more then one treatment is necessary to achieve a lasting (potentially permanent) result. There are various factors/ energetic imbalances, that cause a condition, some are more easily treated than others. It is possible that an acute condition may be treated in as little as one session, whereas a chronic condition may take 5-12 treatments. As a rule of thumb, estimate four treatments for every year that you had the condition. Simple things like drinking plenty of water, getting enough rest, and following aftercare advice; can make all the difference in creating a more lasting result.

Understanding the need for continued treatment …
Acupuncture works to remove blockages and imbalances in the flow of your body’s energy. Every sleepless nights, bout of anger, stomach upset, muscle twitch, earache, ringing in your ear, period cramp … you get the point; ALL of these are, at the most fundamental level, symptoms of stagnant energy. Which is not to say you need acupuncture for all of them, all the time; BUT, they are signaling YOU, that something is out of balance. And, the longer these minor irritations, aches, pains … are ignored, the more deeply rooted, more chronic, more difficult to treat, a problem becomes. Ultimately, it becomes disease … which could have been prevented.

Unfortunately, THAT is not the way our society approaches health, and more often than not, people seek out acupuncture as a last resort (“I’m so desperate to feel better, I’ll try anything!”). At which point, the issue is often very deeply embedded, enmeshed and effecting a much larger area, than when it started. Some of these conditions are the result of an accumulation of energetic imbalances, that have been built up over your lifetime (i.e. DEEP!).

I.E. – not super quick and easy to TREAT.  This MEDICINE, is not like Ibuprofen, it’s WAY better, it’s actual medicine. Acupuncture works by getting to the ROOT of the PROBLEM, not covering it up; and THAT takes longer. And as an added bonus; it doesn’t come with horrific side effects (anal leakage, erectile dysfunction, lowered (or loss of) sex drive … again, you get the point.  If you wait a long time to get treated, it will take longer to achieve a lasting (ideally permanent) result. BUT, the good news is that, any day is a perfect time to start preventative treatments. With acupuncture; you can literally PREVENT disease from settling into your body, literally.

The initial phase of your treatment
Your body has a memory; muscular, as well as at a neurological and cellular level. It’s kind of like working against a very strong current or digging up an old tree with very long roots. It’s a non-linear process where each treatment creates balance, and then your body’s memory slowly shifts the flow of energy back to it’s “comfort zone” (imbalance).
With regular treatments which occur closer together (i.e. before your body’s memory is able to shift your energy back out of balance); we are able to strengthen the balanced flow of energy from one treatment to the next.   Ultimately, it’s a process of trying to deprogram / reprogram that memory to create a lasting effect; where the flow of balanced energy is strong enough to be maintained over longer periods of time. This initial phase of treatment lasts until your symptoms are relieved or your health goals are met.

 Then we move on to the “transitional” care phase.
The Transitional Care Phase
In this phase of treatment, we start to spread the appointments further out, but not so far that the symptoms start to come back! If that happens, it means that your body can’t go that long between treatments quite yet. My goal is to get you feeling better and STAYING better; we will keep pushing your appointments out further and further until you are ready for more sporadic appointments, “maintenance care”.

Maintenance Care
At this point in your care, the amount of time in between appointments,  is however long you can go before your body gets out of balance (i.e. aches, pains and symptoms resurface). Obviously, this will be different for everyone, and has much to do with how well you take care of yourself. Many patients do best when they come in for monthly treatments, others can go 6-8 weeks between treatments, and for some, several treatments a year is enough to keep them feeling great.

As with life, nothing is permanent and change is inevitable. Life creates stagnation; physical, mental and emotional, but with continued “maintenance” treatments (1-2 times a month is often adequate) it’s possible to maintain a relatively balanced state of energy (i.e. a feeling of health and wellbeing).  Just as the first few treatments are more effective when they occur closer together, maintenance treatments can occur less frequently while still achieving the same effect.

All of this, essentially means that it’s impossible to create lasting change in one session (of pretty much anything I suspect) and exponentially less effective with sporadic treatments. Just like you couldn’t do yoga once and expect to get or stay flexible. Although, you could have one treatment or yoga class and feel fantastic, that is likely … but not lasting.

Click here to watch a short video explaning the need for continued treatments. ☀️

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine are at their best when used as preventative medicine.
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Acupuncture has proven to be very effective at treating a wide variety of conditions, but where it really excels is in keeping you healthy!
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Acupuncture needles are simply a tool to manipulate your body’s energy, to keep it flowing freely.
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When your body’s vital energy (qi) is flowing freely, there is no place for disease to settle;  like trying to stand still in a river with a fast moving current; kind of impossible.
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Preventative medicine, like acupuncture, can not only improve your quality of life and overall health; it can also save you lots of time, money, energy, and pain!
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It really doesn’t matter what your current state of health may be, you will benefit from acupuncture. 

How will I feel afterwards?
Acupuncture aftercare:
 There is no cut and dry answer to this question, everyone is different. Your experience is, and will always be unique to you, your treatment will be tailored specifically for you, so how you feel afterwards is difficult/impossible to say for sure. But, it is quite common to feel relaxed, calm, “floaty”, perhaps a little sleepy or lightheaded. And, It is important that you take this into account after your treatment, especially when driving.
It is also common after your treatment to have a dry mouth or feel dehydrated. You should refrain from vigorous exercise, give yourself (at least) a little time to rest, drink plenty of water and avoid drinking alcohol (at least for several hours).

Most people find acupuncture very relaxing, often to an unparalleled degree. Whenever possible, it is best to schedule your treatment when you can relax, even if only for an hour or so, after your appointment.

❗️ How to Take Care of Yourself After Acupuncture Treatment. ♥️

Whatever you choose is entirely up to you. What is important to me, is that you understand how it works so that you are equipped with the right information to make the best choice, and so that you will get the best results … and not waste your money.

© 2018 Kristen Boze, thesunshinefactorymaine.com