What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the most commonly practiced forms of medicine in the world and is used by approximately 2.5 billion people as a primary healthcare system. It originated in China over 4,000 years ago and is a safe, effective and painless method for supporting our body's natural healing process. This is achieved by inserting thin, sterilized, single-use disposable needles in specific points on the body.
How does acupuncture work?
In Western Medicine terms, inserting the needles stimulates the nervous system resulting in increased circulation, decreased inflammation, pain relief and immune system stimulation.
Eastern Medicine philosophy explains acupuncture using the Chinese Medical Theory that energy (Qi) flows through our body and can become blocked or out of balance creating a variety of physical, mental and emotional symptoms. While acupuncture is often used for pain-related conditions, many people also receive treatments as a preventative medicine seeing their acupuncturist at least once a month for a "tune-up" or "balancing" treatment.
What should you expect during your acupuncture appointment?
Your first appointment will last 90 minutes and we will spend the first half of the appointment discussing your medical, family and personal history followed by a physical exam. Then you will receive your first acupuncture treatment. After your initial treatment, it is recommended that you receive 60-minute follow-up treatments with some regular frequency as you build a healing condition in your body, then taper off treatments into a maintenance program.
How does it feel?
The sensation produced by an acupuncture needle is much milder than a shot or having blood drawn. Once the needles are in, some sensations may include a mild feeling of energy movement, a slight tingling feeling and almost always an increased sense of relaxation.
How should you care for yourself before and after your appointment?
To enhance the value of your treatment please be sure to have eaten before your appointment, however avoid heavy meals prior and immediately following treatment; do not use perfume or cologne prior to treatment; try to plan your activities so that you can rest after your appointment to allow your body to receive the maximum benefit; continue prescription medication exactly as directed by your personal physician; notice and report to me any changes in physical or emotional patterns that occur between treatment sessions as this information is valuable in planning the course of your following treatments.
Cedar Ridge Wellness Center
9199 Reisterstown Road, Suite 104B
Owings Mills, MD. 21117
Office: (410) 356-9200
Cell: (410) 499-8902