In recent years, studies have shown that acupuncture is effective in treating certain conditions including neck pain, knee pain, low back pain, headache, cancer treatment symptoms, infertility and more!
The way that it works is by stimulating certain areas of the body that have blocked energy or blocked qi, which is the Chinese term for energy. Energy is said to flow through pathways called meridians and the placement of the needles is determined by your condition, so as to unblock the corresponding pathway.
How many treatments are required before I experience relief?
Depending on the condition that you are being treated for, treatments can be as often as 1-2 treatments per week for a number of months or several sessions spaced out over a few weeks within just a few months.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture is relatively painless, with minimal risks and side effects. You may feel a stinging sensation when the needle is first inserted, but you also may feel nothing at all as the needles are extremely thin. For more information on the side effects of acupuncture, the office of Dr. Semente has an acupuncturist in St. James that can be contacted here.
Are there any risks involved?
As with any treatment involving needles, it is vital that your practitioner uses sterilized needles. In the case of Acupuncture, needles should be nontoxic, sterilized and one use only. If the needles are contaminated, communicable diseases can be transferred into the bloodstream. If a patient has a blood disorder or takes blood thinner medications, treatments can be dangerous.
What exactly are the benefits?
There are several benefits that patients have reported, a major one being pain relief. Acupuncture is very safe, drug-free, and generally painless. Some insurance companies cover part or all of the costs of treatment.
The office of Dr. Raymond Semente accepts most major insurance companies and all PPOs/POS plans. If you are looking for an acupuncturist in St. James, do not hesitate to call us for an appointment and any relevant information you need.
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