Acupuncture in Hoboken NJ
Acupuncture has withstood the test of time, and has now become one of the most practiced forms of health care treatment across the nation. Other new-age surgeries and medications have garnered more attention on the national scale, while acupuncture continues to quietly improve year after year. Acupuncture has been practiced for more than 2400 years. Not only does it stand on its own as a proven treatment for a number of medical conditions, but it also plays a vital role in a wide variety of other treatment plans to maximize results and provide more efficient health care services. For more information on what Hoboken Integrated Healthcare has to offer in terms of acupuncture, please continue reading this brief article and see if you would like to join the millions of others who benefit greatly from this health care option.
Acupuncture’s roots predate recorded history, making it one of the longest known medical care practices. It is believed that early acupuncturists created needles by grinding stones into fine points. As time went on, fine-crafted metal needles were used, until the recent stainless steel needles became the go-to material. Stainless steel needles are extremely flexible, thus they will not break or rust. Nowadays, acupuncture has been integrated into plenty of western paradigms, and is now practiced in health care clinics around the world.
How does acupuncture work?
The world around us presents many toxins and potential bacteria to us on a daily basis. Acupuncture is a proven method to ensure that our bodies are prepared to take on anything in our paths. Explanations of acupuncture vary depending on what medical practitioners you ask, but the overwhelming sentiment is that it is used to acclimatize our bodies to our surrounding environment. Treatments are tailored to suit your needs and body type, and then fine needles are meticulously placed at specific spots to stimulate many aspects of our immune, hormonal and endocrine systems. Following stimulation, our bodies release a variety of hormones and natural painkillers to strengthen our systems. Patients have listed the following effects following their acupuncture treatments at Hoboken Integrated Healthcare:
- Decreases in muscles spasms and pain
- Decrease in swelling at various points across the body
- A general decrease in pain
- A decrease in illnesses due to stimulation of the immune system
- Lower levels of back and neck pain
- Fewer headaches
- Improved digestion
- Overall better sleep
- Fewer injuries during recreational sports
What should I expect during my acupuncture treatment?
The word “needle” often deters people, but rest assured, patients often describe their acupuncture treatment as an overwhelmingly calm and relaxing experience. The needles used are a very thin and flexible stainless steel, leaving many patients reporting that they didn’t feel anything at all.
Upon your first visit to our Hoboken Integrated Healthcare clinic, we begin the process by going through a thorough history and examination of your medical background. After we analyze the results, we identify and target the problem areas before devising an individualized treatment plan to suit all of your needs. Once the sterilized needles are in the proper position, patients typically rest for 30-45 minutes to allow the treatment to take effect. Depending on the patient, massages, moist heat or cold packs may be added to the treatment. Most treatment sessions typically last around one hour.
The effect of the treatment can vary depending on how severe the problems were in the targeted areas, as with many conditions. Many patients report immediate relief, while others start to notice strong changes around two days after therapy. Depending on the patient and the amount of visits, treatment can last anywhere from a few hours to several weeks. It is imperative to monitor this so that treatment schedules can be appropriately altered.
While often minimal, some patients have reported minor side effects on occasion. These effects include:
- Small bouts of nausea
- Light bruising
- Muscle pain
- Some difficulty sleeping
Do not be alarmed if this occurs, as it is fairly common. Just make sure to mention it to your treating health care professional prior to your next treatment session or visit.
For more information on acupuncture or to see if you might benefit from its use, please contact our team of health care professionals at Hoboken Integrated Healthcare.
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