Acupuncture FAQs

If you have never had acupuncture before, it’s only natural to have questions. These FAQs from Gordon Performance Acupuncture, PLLC in Flagstaff, AZ provide more information about acupuncture so you can decide if it’s the right treatment for you.  


Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is safe and effective and used to treat pain and a wide range of other conditions. The incredibly thin needles are sterile and single use, so the risk of infection is extremely low.  While you might feel a tiny prick when the needle is inserted, the sensation lasts only a second.  Certain needles may cause a dull ache, and if you are ever uncomfortable, just tell the acupuncturist and she will make an adjustment or remove the needle, By working with our experienced acupuncturist in Flagstaff, AZ, you can benefit from safe acupuncture treatments.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture can help reduce pain and promote natural healing of various conditions. Our Flagstaff acupuncturist will start with a review of your medical history and a comprehensive exam to get a better understanding of your individual situation. Based on the outcome of your exam, she will outline a plan for treatment.

Acupuncture treatments involve inserting needles in specific points on your body; some of the points are on acupuncture channels while others are in muscles or painful areas. Needles work in different ways depending on the location of insertion.  Some, for example, stimulate nerves to release endorphins and other natural chemicals to reduce pain and promote natural healing.  Other needles have been shown to increase the production of white blood cells, and still others, for instance, stimulate the salivary glands to help with dry mouth. 

How often do I need to come in for treatment?

That depends on the condition being treated. Some conditions require more frequent treatments than others. Our acupuncturist will monitor your condition and recommend how often to come in for treatment.

What conditions can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture has been used to treat a number of health conditions ranging from migraine headaches and dental pain to labor pain, acute bronchitis, asthma, blood pressure problems, sexual dysfunction, gastrointestinal issues like nausea and vomiting, osteoarthritis, neck and back pain, sciatica pain, and other musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. It can also help with emotional issues like stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression.  

What are the advantages of acupuncture?

Acupuncture offers an alternative to prescription drugs for pain relief or chronic conditions. It is a safe, natural means of managing pain, regulating body function, and helping your body heal. Regular acupuncture sessions can also help improve your overall health and wellness by alleviating the stress and pressures of everyday living.

See Our Flagstaff, AZ Acupuncturist for Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture has much to offer as both a primary and complementary medical treatment. To learn more about acupuncture or to schedule a treatment, contact Gordon Performance Acupuncture, PLLC in Flagstaff, AZ at 928-266-6261.


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