how does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat injury and disease and to promote good health. It works through multiple effects, including reducing inflammation, increasing circulation, and regulating hormone levels. In general, acupuncture reduces pain, speeds healing, and helps you to function at your best by regulating your body’s systems, such as the digestive system, nervous system, and endocrine system.

One of the most common effects of acupuncture is a deep state of relaxation, which helps the body to heal and reduces any stress-related symptoms.

DOes it hurt?

Most people find acupuncture to be painless and deeply relaxing. Acupuncture uses very small, fine needles, and it is common to not even feel them. Occasionally there is some discomfort, in which case the needle may need to be readjusted. Most people who are afraid of needles or worried it will hurt find that acupuncture is a much more gentle and pleasant experience than they anticipated.

what kind of conditions can be treated with acupuncture?

Acupuncture is famous for its ability to treat pain, including back pain, neck pain, knee pain, and nerve pain. However, the range of conditions that acupuncture can treat is much broader than just pain. The list below is just a sample of the many conditions that acupuncture is effective for and that our acupuncturist is experienced at treating:

  • Digestive problems, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), as well as more general digestive problems including bloating, stomach pain, heart burn, and constipation.

  • Respiratory problems, including asthma, COPD, seasonal allergies, and sinusitis.

  • Women’s health concerns, including menstrual problems, PMS, pregnancy support, and menopausal symptoms.

  • Insomnia

  • Migraines

  • Low energy

  • High blood pressure

  • Diabetes and associated problems such as nerve pain and poor circulation

  • Anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Stress-related illnesses

is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?

In China, acupuncture and traditional herbal medicine have been used for thousands of years to support the natural process of pregnancy and birth. In the West, many studies have shown that acupuncture is not only safe throughout pregnancy, but also very effective at treating many of the common symptoms that women experience during pregnancy, such as nausea and vomiting, back pain, heart burn, and varicose veins. Acupuncture can also be helpful for women who have a history of miscarriage, and may increase their chances of carrying their baby to full term.

Acupuncture is a good way to prepare for a natural labour and delivery. Pre-birth acupuncture treatments start at 37 weeks and continue once a week until delivery. Studies have found that receiving a course of pre-birth acupuncture reduces the chance of needing interventions during the delivery and tends to result in a shorter labour. Acupuncture is also well-known as an alternative to a medical induction if the baby is past due, and many women are able to avoid the need for an induction by receiving one to three acupuncture treatments in the days before a scheduled induction.

does my insurance cover acupuncture?

Most extended health plans that cover chiropractic and massage therapy now cover acupuncture as well.  Please check with your insurance provider to see if acupuncture is included in your plan.

wolseley wellness can attempt to bill your insurance plan on your behalf. please ask our administration staff for more details.