Acupuncture works with your body to engage your body's healing. Acupuncture is used for many health conditions including pain, mental health, obstetrics and gynecological concerns. Acupuncture works to reduce inflammation, improve circulation, decrease pain, release endorphins, increase tissue healing, and balance hormones. Acupuncture is deeply relaxing and many people rest or sleep during their treatment.
Yes, Accessible Acupuncture offers dry needling and IMS. Melanie is well versed in both acupuncture techniques, IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation), and dry needling techniques. If you would like a dry needling style acupuncture appointment please let your acupuncturist know at the beginning of your treatment.
Each acupuncture point has a unique sensation when it is pinned. The most common sensation is a dull and heavy feeling called de qi sensation, meaning, the arrival of qi/energy. If there is any pain or you find the sensation uncomfortable, you should let the acupuncturist know so they can remove or adjust the pin.
A common question is if acupuncture hurts and the answer isn't a straightforward yes or no. Fertility, energy, and mental health treatments usually don't have any strong sensations. Neck pain, low back pain, and injuries usually have strong sensations while the pins are being placed. There can be discomfort or pain for a minute or two. After that, there can be a strong de qi sensation, but usually, the sensation fades away.
Acupuncture doesn't need to hurt to be effective.