If you are not a fan of needles, you need not worry. Acupuncture needles are significantly thinner than syringes. Think closer to a sewing needle rather than the needles used to draw your blood. Acupuncture is (usually) painless. Acupuncture also has this amazing calming effect on your body – I like to describe it as that one glass of wine buzz feeling.
There are several theories about why acupuncture works but the one that makes the most sense to me is the interaction with our nervous system. Traditional acupuncture points follow the various nerve pathways in our body. By tapping into these spots, we can help calm and rewire the nervous system to relieve pain, ease anxiety, and regulate various processes.
Here are my favorite conditions to treat with acupuncture:
Pain + Arthritis
Acupuncture is an excellent natural pain reliever. It also provides longer term results than simply popping an Advil because it helps clear out inflammation and promote healing at the site of pain. It is also a great tool to help speed up recover from muscular and bone injuries.
Acupuncture is also a great tool for reduce pain caused by arthritis and helping prevent further damage.
Maximizing Fertility + Reducing Labor Time
This is one of the amazing ways we can use acupuncture AND the research is continuing to support it!
Research has shown that using acupuncture around fertility treatments significantly increasing the chances of conception. We can also use acupuncture to regulate periods and increase natural conception as well.
Once you are pregnant, keep acupuncture in your mind. Weekly acupuncture treatments starting at week 37 have been shown to reduce the time spent in labor. This reduces the chances of complications and of course speeds up your introduction to your beautiful baby.
Anxiety + Insomnia
Want to get that one glass of wine calm without the side effects of alcohol? Look no further than acupuncture. Regular acupuncture helps shift your body out of the sympathetic system (a.k.a fight or flight stress mode) into the parasympathetic system which is our calming rest and digest state.
Shifting into our parasympathetic state helps reduce anxiety, promote sleep, and support healthy digestion.
Not sure if acupuncture is for you?
Drop by the clinic or call for a complementary assessment. There are so many conditions that acupuncture can help with – find out if it is a good fit for you!
Melissa Bucking, naturopath and acupuncture provider, believes in educating and empowering patients to achieve their health goals. She is dedicated to providing care that supports the whole body for safe and long-term results. Every treatment plan is tailored to your specific needs and goals! Come visit her at Health Centre of Milton.