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Acupuncture has been practiced in North America for over 40 years, but for many it is a new experience. Despite mainstream acceptance of acupuncture some misconceptions regarding what this therapy can and cannot do persist.
Acupuncture originated in China at least 2000 years ago and until the introduction of western medicine was utilized as a form of primary care. There is substantial body of empirical evidence pointing to the effectiveness of acupuncture for a wide variety pain conditions.
It is helpful to understand the effectiveness of acupuncture, like any other form of medicine depends on consistency and commitment. Sometimes people see immediate improvements after just one session. However, it may take a few treatments to judge if acupuncture is working. Generally there should be some encouraging results within 5 sessions.
How well someone responds to treatment depends on a number of factors:
Frequency and number of treatments
Depending on the severity of the condition acupuncture is typically done once or twice a week till symptoms have decreased by 50% or more. After significant gains have been made and the condition is stable the frequency of treatments is decreased accordingly. Maintenance visits once per month are suggested for chronic conditions.
Acute or Chronic illness
Acute conditions resulting from injury or illness tend to resolve quicker than conditions that are chronic in nature. Long term health problems are by nature deeper and more complex, therefore take more time. Advanced age can also be a factor in how quickly someone responds to treatment.
Avoiding stressors or re-injury
Chronic pain is rarely the result of a single event or cause. There are often deeply entrenched stress patterns established over years that predispose someone to chronic or degenerative disease. While acupuncture can provide significant relief from symptoms, it is important to bring these deeper issues to light and make some important life changes.
Often people are more than eager to return to the ‘normal’ routines of life once they start feeling better. Unfortunately, some of these activities are the source of their health challenge. No amount of acupuncture or allopathic medicine can offset poor lifestyle choices.
The benefits of acupuncture are greatly amplified when there is awareness and willingness to make changes.
Acupuncture is not a magic bullet cure, but it can often help when nothing else has.
If you have any questions regarding acupuncture and your health concern please send me an email via the contact page or call (250) 884 7061 to book a session today.