The fear of the unknown and resistance to the unfamiliar keeps some people from experiencing the amazing benefits of Acupuncture therapy. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese form of medical treatment, and it’s not widely understood by those who are accustomed to Western medicine.
Misconceptions and fear of the unknown can cause people to dismiss acupuncture as a form of medical treatment, but for some, that would be a big mistake! Acupuncture can relieve pain, stress, and be used as to supplement other treatments for a variety of conditions.
Let’s set the record straight about acupuncture. Here are some common misconceptions people may have about the treatment.
Common Acupuncture Misconception #1: Ah! Needles! It will hurt!
This is false. As long as acupuncture is done correctly, it should hurt very little, if at all. The needles used in acupuncture are not the same kind of needles used for giving shots, putting in an IV, or even getting a tattoo. In fact, they are the same width as one strand of hair. You can barely feel when they are inserted.
It’s important to ensure that you’re seeing a reputable acupuncturist. If you find that you are in a lot of pain during an acupuncture treatment, it is a sign that it is not being done correctly. Make sure you check for recommendations and certifications that are required in your state.
Common Acupuncture Misconception #2: There is no way I can sit still for so long, I’ll get fidgety!
Most people report that acupuncture is very calming. Once the acupuncture needles are inserted, you will probably lie there for 30 minutes or so, depending on what you are being treated for. Some people are so relaxed they even fall asleep.
If you have concerns about not being able to lie still for very long, make sure you talk to your acupuncturist about this. It’s unlikely that you’ll be left alone for your first treatment, so you won’t have to worry about not having help if you need it.
Common Acupuncture Misconception #3: Traditional doctors would never recommend this “folklore” treatment!
This may have been true at one time, but most Western medical practitioners now admit there can be some benefit to acupuncture as a treatment for a wide variety of ailments. Your family physician might recommend acupuncture for:
- Pain management
- Addiction rehabilitation
There are many different issues acupuncture can manage. While most doctors would recommend it as a supplemental therapy to their course of treatment, the thought that this is not a viable option for some medical issues is far less prevalent today than it used to be.
When acupuncture can help to manage pain, insomnia, arthritis, or any other ailment you would normally be given a pharmaceutical solution for, it lessens the amount of medication you need to take. This is extremely positive for your overall health and wellness. There are not side effects to acupuncture, but there are a lot of side effects for most medication.
If you’re looking into acupuncture as a solution to any kind of medical problem, call the experts at Hoboken Integrated Health Services. We can make an appointment for you to discuss what areas of your health you’d like to improve and how we can help. Our offices offer a wide range of services including acupuncture. Any and all questions you have can be answered by our knowledgeable doctors and staff. Call us today and we’ll get your initial appointment booked, and get you on your way to a better quality of life!