Most acupuncture clinics follow the same treatment process, although some with be more thorough than other. A typical acupuncture session will last between twenty and fifty minutes, de;ending on the size of the area to be treated.
An initial acupuncture session should involve an assessment of your health as well as a brief physical examination. The acupuncturist will ask a serious of questions about your condition and your general medical history.
Once this assessment is complete, you will sit or lie down for the actual treatment to begin. You may need to remove certain items of clothing to allow the acupuncturist to access the area of your body to be treated.
The acupuncturist will then inset needles into so called acupuncture points on your body. These points are specific anatomical areas that are said to control the fundamental balance of the body.
The number of needles used during acupuncture treatment will depend on the size of the area to be treated. However, on average between forty and fifty needles will be used.
The needles are usually inserted just under the skin, although they're sometimes applied a little deeper to reach external muscle tissue. The needles will then be left in place for a period of time, generally twenty to thirty minutes.
The procedure shouldn't be painful mainly because the needles used as so thin. Some people don't feel the needles being inserted at all. However, most people will experience a tingling sensation or even a very minor ache.
If you do find the procedure painful, don't hesitate to inform your acupuncturist. She may be able to adapt her technique to make the experience more comfortable.
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