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‣ Is acupuncture painful?

‣ Do you reuse acupuncture needles?

‣ How big are the needles?

‣ Will punctures leave scars?

‣ Are there any side effects to acupuncture?

‣ How does acupuncture work?

‣ Which diseases can be treated with acupuncture?

‣ How many treatments will be necessary before I begin to feel
   better?

‣ How long does a treatment session last?

‣ Can I get a refund from my professional insurance plan?

‣ How can I prepare myself for an acupuncture session?

‣ Do I have to remove my clothes to get a shiatsu massage?

‣ Are the pressures and stretching techniques of shiatsu painful?

 

 

Q : Is acupuncture painful?

A : Depending on the individual and acupoints used, pain associated to puncture can vary from little to none. When there is pain, it will only be for a short period of time, after which it will subside and make way for a feeling of relaxation and well being that will last throughout and beyond the session.

 

Q : Do you reuse acupuncture needles?

A : No. All needles are discarded after use or if the sterile packaging is open prior to use.

 

Q : How big are the needles?

A : Acupuncture needles are quite small, much finer than needles used for injections and vaccines. Their diameter ranges from 0.16 mm to 0.30 mm. Finer needles are used on more sensitive areas and/or individuals, while thicker needles are used on more robust areas and/or less sensitive individuals.

 

Q : Will punctures leave scars?

A : It is often impossible to see where the acupuncture needle was once it has been removed from the skin. Sometimes a small red dot can be seen if we look closely, but it will heal almost immediately and without leaving any scars. Some therapeutic techniques complementary to acupuncture (cupping for instance) will leave reddish spots on the skin that can last up to one week. If such techniques are to be used, your consent will be required before application.

 

Q : Are there any side effects to acupuncture?

A : In most cases, acupuncture treatment will produce little or no side effects. However, depending on the nature of the disease, some strong effects can be experienced (for example : drowsiness after insomnia treatment). Some symptoms related to the disease can also temporarily increase in intensity (see this document about the healing curve for more information on this phenomena). A few people will feel either energized or fatigued after treatment, others will notice changes in their sleeping routine or emotional state. These effects will almost always disappear within hours or days and will only on rare occasions interfere with your daily routine.

 

Q : How does acupuncture work?

A : That's a very interesting question! According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture needle are used to reestablish the natural flow of qi (vital energy) that has been disrupted by trauma or disease. Thus acupuncture uses the body's natural healing power and "directs" vital energy towards the affected organs. The acupoints are part of a large network of qi "rivers" (most often called "meridians") that connect internal organs to the rest of the body. This explains how an acupuncture point can have an effect on other parts of the body and even internal organs. For more information, don't hesitate to contact me.

 

Q : Which diseases can be treated with acupuncture?

A : Acupuncture treatment will soothe the pain and lower the intensity of other symptoms associated with a known or unknown pathology in almost all cases. However, some diseases are more difficult and longer to treat than others. Examples of health conditions that respond especially well to acupuncture are :
- all kinds of pain, whether explained or not
- sleeping disorders (insomnia, nightmares, nocturnal heat flashes, hypersomnia, etc.)
- various psychological conditions (anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.)
- various digestive system disorders (weight control, functional dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, etc.)
- chronic headaches and migraine headaches
- pain and physical limitations following trauma (car accident, working accident, sport injury, etc.)
- withdrawal (smoking cessation, appetite control, drug addiction, etc.)
- menstrual and premenstrual troubles
- discomfort and symptoms associated with menopause
- respiratory allergies and asthma
- temporary facial paralysis (Bell's palsy)

Please do not hesitate to contact me to know if acupuncture can help you.

 

Q : How many treatments will be necessary before I begin to feel better?

A : The positives effects of acupuncture will usually be felt within hours or even minutes after the treatments. However, some conditions and symptoms have a typically slower reaction time, so a few treatments might be necessary before improvement can be felt. There is a principle in Chinese medicine that states that a disease that develops quickly will heal quickly, and a disease that develops slowly will heal slowly.

 

Q : How long does a treatment session last?

A : A typical session lasts around 60 minutes. However, the first session can last a bit longer, up to 90 minutes.

 

Q : Can I get a refund from my professional insurance plan?

A : Most professional insurance plans will refund at least a part of the cost associated with acupuncture treatment. Please consult your insurance contract for more details on acupuncture and massage therapy coverage.

 

Q : How can I prepare myself for an acupuncture session?

A : Dress comfortably in ample clothing and, if you have chosen to receive treatment at your home, set up a room where you can lie or sit in a relaxed manner and where you will not be disturbed for the duration of treatment. Also, try to avoid engaging in strenuous and stressful activities in the hours following treatment.

 

Q : Do I have to remove my clothes to get a shiatsu massage?

A : No. Shiatsu massage techniques are done over your clothes, preferably ample and long ones (unless room temperature is very hot). No oil will be applied on your skin.

 

Q : Are the pressures and stretching techniques of shiatsu painful?

A : No. Different health conditions call for different, adapted treatments. The techniques used will thus be more or less forceful depending on your health condition and sensibility. Sometimes strong stimulation will be required, but your pain threshold will never be crossed.

 

 

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