Can acupuncture help my condition?

While low back pain is the most common reason people seek out acupuncture treatment, it can be incredibly effective in treating quite a number of conditions, from sports injuries, migraines, stress, and digestive disorders, to orthopedic, pulmonary, psychological and neurological issues. The World Health Organization recommends acupuncture for the treatment of more than 40 conditions (see the list here).  If you are seeking a substantive change in your health, acupuncture may be the answer.


What is a treatment like?

Most people find acupuncture treatments at Dogwood Healing Arts to be very relaxing.  Your first visit includes a Holistic Health and Wellness Assessment to determine your level of health in areas such as pain, digestion, sleep, energy, and emotional well-being. Karen uses traditional Chinese Medicine methods to gain insight into your body’s systems, formulates a Chinese Medicine diagnosis and creates a treatment plan.      

Most acupuncture treatments are done fully clothed. However, from time to time, Karen needs to access acupuncture points or do cupping on your back, at which time, you’ll have a sheet covering all parts she’s not working on. 


Does it hurt?

This is probably the question we are asked the most!

 You might feel an occasional, momentary sharpness, a zing or some achiness with some points from time to time. But the feeling usually dissipates before you can even tell Karen about it! Most patients don’t feel any of the needles at all. Some are more sensitive but still don’t find the process painful.

Sometimes people come to Dogwood Healing Arts who have received “dry needling” from a physical therapist, which can be very painful. Karen’s work makes the pain go away without causing any more pain in the process!


How many treatments will I need?

The number of acupuncture treatments you’ll need to clear your health issue depends on a few factors, like your body’s constitution and the amount of time you have been experiencing the problem.

For example, if your back just went “out” recently, we can probably get you back to feeling pain-free and fully functioning in just a couple of treatments.

However, if you have a longstanding back condition, it will take longer, however, we’re confident you’ll begin to feel some relief in the first one to two sessions. But to fully resolve an enduring issue, we’ll need to take some more time to fully correct the underlying problem.

In the beginning we build momentum to re-establish health, balance and energy flows in your body. It’s kind of like pushing a car: we’ll put a lot of force and energy in the beginning to get things moving again, but once they do, your energy (and health) move along much easier with much less effort. 


Are acupuncture needles safe?

Absolutely safe. Acupuncture needles are sterile, single-use, medical devices. After one use, they are placed in a sharps container and disposed of as medical waste. All acupuncturists are required to be certified in clean needle technique.  


What should I look for in a good acupuncturist?

There are several things to look for to find the right acupuncturist for you. Here are a few questions to consider:

Are they fully licensed to practice acupuncture?

Are they trained in several techniques?

Do they truly embrace a holistic approach to gain the most from your treatments, or do they just talk about it?

Do you have a good rapport and clear communication with them so you can participate in the healing process?

Are they encouraging you to be involved in your own health?

What other services do they provide that might assist you in your speedy healing?

Do you feel like you can trust them with your health?

Do you feel safe and comfortable in their offices?


How often should I come in for sessions?

The effects of acupuncture are cumulative; each treatment builds upon the previous one. So, it’s recommended to come in fairly frequently at first to take advantage of the boost it gives you. Karen usually recommends that you receive a treatment two times a week for two weeks and then one time a week until your symptoms or condition has dissipated to your satisfaction.