FAQ’s on Acupuncture
The Florida Pain Network has acupuncture providers listed throughout Fl including such cities as Tallahassee, Miami, Tampa, Ft Lauderdale, Palm Beaches, Boca Raton, Jacksonville, Naples, Orlando, St. Petersburg, and many more.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine practice that has been used for thousands of years. Modern studies have shown that acupuncture treatment has a substantially positive effect on the body, including increased circulation and blood flow, reduced pain and inflammation, and better range of motion.
Electrical stimulation is often combined with acupuncture for painful conditions and can add to the benefits of acupuncture for decreasing pain, inflammation, muscle spasms, scar-tissue pain, and conditions that present with pain in multiple body areas.
Acupuncture uses an ancient diagnostic system based on Qi (pronounced “chi”).
How Long Does Treatment with Acupuncture Last?
For pain management treatment, acupuncture would be received once or twice a week for a couple months at which point the acupuncturist will re-assess results and the future needs.
What Conditions Respond Well to Acupuncture?
Along with being great for pain management, the World Health Organization has put out a list of over 40 disorders that research shows does well with acupuncture.
- Common Cold
- Acute tonsillitis
- Acute sinusitis
- Acute rhinitis
- Low Back Pain
- Periarthritis humeroscapularis
- Tennis elbow
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Disorders of the Mouth Cavity
- Pain after tooth extraction
- Central retinitis
- Acute bronchitis
- Cataract (without complications)
- Bronchial asthma
- Eye Disorders
- Acute conjuctivitis
- Paralytic ileus
- Spasm of the esophagus
- Acute and chronic colitis
- Acute bacterial dysentery
- Acute and chronic gastritis
- Gastric hyperacidity
- Chronic duodenal ulcer
- Facial paralysis
- Nocturnal enuresis
- Intercostal neuralgia
- Paralysis after apoplectic fit
- Paralysis caused by poliomyelitis
- Meniere’s syndrome
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
What Should I Expect from Acupuncture Treatment?
On the first visit your acupuncturist will obtain a history of the problem you have and come up with a treatment plan. The first visit may be approximately an hour or more depending on the complexity of your case. Follow up treatments should take less time.
How should I prepare for acupuncture treatment?
Wearing loose fitting clothing with sleeves or pant legs that can be easily rolled up will allow the acupuncturist to access the treatment areas easily.
Is acupuncture painful?
No. Acupuncture needles go into the body smoothly, as they are hair thin. A slight bit of pressure or a warm feeling is a typical sensation during needle placement, but it’s nowhere near the feeling of a hypodermic needle like you may experience when receiving a shot or a blood draw.