At MINTS Medical, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad and his team offer Acupuncture treatment. Give us a call or book a free consult online to schedule an appointment.
This treatment is a traditional Chinese practice for pain management. In this procedure, very fine needles are injected at certain pressure points of the skin. Sometimes the needles are paired with pressure, heat or mild electrical current.
Before the procedure, the practitioner conducts an exam to examine your pain tolerance and overall health conditions. He/she will then specify you the exact region where the treatment will be performed as the acupuncture points are situated throughout the body, and sometimes the suitable points may be totally away from the source of the pain. You may be given a towel, gown or sheet if required to cover your body.
You will be asked to lie on a padded table, and the treatment will begin:
This treatment is often used to soothe pain and treat certain health problems. Acupuncture has proven to be useful for curing nausea associated with pregnancy and chemotherapy. Other things that acupuncture may be able to help with include:
While the side effects of acupuncture are rare especially if your practitioner is trained and experienced, but the side effects do exist. This procedure has relatively less side effect as compared to the alternative medicines such as pain relievers and steroids that are used to treat problems like fibromyalgia.
The minor side effects of the treatment may include:
The procedure is safe as the equipment used in acupuncture is regulated by the FDA. The practitioners are required not to use a single needle more than once. All the needles that the practitioner will use are supposed to be taken out from a new sterile packet. Using sterilized needles will ensure that you get to prevent serious side effects such as hepatitis B or HIV.