Acupuncture

Inserting needlesAcupuncture involves inserting very fine, sterile, disposable needles at specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of qi. The incredibly thin needles are barely felt when inserted, and are used only once. Needles are usually left in for approximately 30 minutes to rebalance the body’s Qi. Acupuncture is very safe with virtually no adverse effects or complications when practiced by a Registered Acupuncturist.

Clean Needle Technique
Alice practices Clean Needle Technique, which has been standardized by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). These protocols were developed and scientifically tested by experts in infection control.
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About Your Treatment

What to do Before Treatment
1. Maintain good personal hygiene to reduce the possibility of infection.

2. Wear loose clothing.

3. Avoid treatment when you are excessively fatigued, hungry or full, emotionally upset, or shortly after sex.

What to do During Treatment

Inserting Needle Close-up1. Relax. There is no need to be tense or frightened.

2. Do not change your position or move suddenly.

3. Feel free to let Alice know of any pain or burning sensations experienced so that appropriate adjustments can be made.

4. Inform Alice if you experience any dizziness, nausea, cold sweat, shortness of breath, or faintness during treatment. This rarely occurs when patients are lying down.

What to Expect Following Treatment
Many patients experience immediate pain relief following an acupuncture treatment. This relief may last or some of the pain may return. In some cases, pain may seem worse but only for a short time.

Most patients report a sense of pleasant relaxation after treatments. However, some patients report slight soreness, pain relief, emotional release, and/or calmness after treatments.

It is advisable to rest after a treatment in order to allow your body to relax and stabilize. It is best not to eat a heavy meal, engage in strenuous physical activity, engage in sexual activity, or become emotionally upset immediately following acupuncture treatments.