Acupuncture FAQ

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Not usually, no. An experienced Acupuncturist can give you an painless treatment. Some areas of the body and more sensitive than others, especially if injured, but these areas can be avoided. If there is a sensation felt, it’s usually very mild and quick to go away. People are often surprised how relaxing Acupuncture is, and usually fall asleep! At Freedom Chinese Medicine, we provide needle-free treatment using a low-level medical laser & finger pressure. These are painless.

Where will the needles be placed?

This varies, usually from knees down and elbows down. Not necessarily where the site of the problem is. Your body has amazing connections in it. Acupuncturists know how to work these to your benefit 🙂

How many Acupuncture sessions are needed to help my problem?

It depends on the nature of the problem. If Acupuncture is going to help a sore neck, back or knee.. you’ll know within 4 sessions. If Acupuncture is going to help your long term anxiety, digestion or hormonal issues, you’ll know within 6 sessions. That is, if the sessions are as close together as the Acupuncturist advises. This is not the amount of sessions needed to alleviate or manage the problem effectively. But you’ll know if it’s providing significant relief in these time frames.

What can Acupuncture help?

Acupuncture has a long history of use for many conditions. Although we only like to list the conditions that Chinese acupuncture research has current high quality evidence for. These conditions are: (click here for links to quality research for each of the below conditions).

  • Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Migraine
  • Tension-type headaches
  • Postoperative pain¹
  • Low Back Pain
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Shoulder Pain
  • TMJ Pain
  • There is currently insufficient evidence for advertising treatment of many other diseases, however Chinese medicine has an established role helping manage the symptoms of specific conditions or supporting the effectiveness of treatment, often as part of a multidisciplinary approach.

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