Here at Family Practice Center, we understand that wellness can take on many forms. There is so much that goes into feeling your best, both physically as well as mentally, which is why we offer a large selection of specialty medicine areas in addition to our primary care services. We are very pleased to announce the addition of integrative medicine, an approach to holistic care that combines the best of traditional medical approaches with a variety of complementary healing strategies to provide relief from acute and chronic illness. Along with integrative medical consultations, acupuncture is fast becoming one of our most in-demand integrative medicine treatments.
Acupuncture is a staple of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the strategic insertion of very thin needles into the skin and soft tissues. By applying these needles precisely into certain points, the treatment is designed to stimulate the body’s natural healing and pain relief capabilities. There are a variety of philosophies and approaches for acupuncture, and we will work to determine the best approach for your individual needs.
Our professional acupuncture services may be able to benefit patients who experience many common medical concerns, including:
- Gastrointestinal disorders, including poor digestion, bloating, nausea, and vomiting, including symptoms that result from chemotherapy or surgical anesthesia
- Chronic headaches, including migraines
- Mental health issues, including depression and stress
- Back and neck pain, including chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia
- Menstrual cramping and pelvic pain
- Repetitive stress injuries, including tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome and so much more
When performed by our licensed and board-certified providers, including integrative medicine expert, Dr. Justin Kappel, acupuncture treatments can provide immense relief for a wide variety of patients and medical issues. For more information or to schedule an acupuncture appointment, please contact Family Practice Center today.
Acupuncture Services FAQs:
Q: What should I expect at my first visit?
A: At your first visit, the main goal is to complete a thorough evaluation of your medical history and current symptoms in order to formulate a care plan. Here at Family Practice Center, that will include a full review of your medical concern, any prior treatments you have tried, and the ordering of any indicated blood testing or medical imaging. Usually, we will also perform a gentle first acupuncture treatment as well to familiarize you with the process and jumpstart the body’s healing mechanisms.
Q: What can I expect during treatments?
A: Each acupuncture treatment is tailored to the individual, but most sessions will involve a brief check-in on your symptoms followed by the placement of 1-3 separate sets of needles. Depending on your symptoms, this is typically followed by some form of manual therapy which can include massage, cupping, fascial release, or other hands-on treatments from your doctor.
Q: Are acupuncture treatments painful or dangerous?
A: The needles used during acupuncture treatments are extremely thin and are inserted with a specialized technique. It’s normal to experience some discomfort in certain areas during the treatment, but this is typically short lived and the treatments themselves should not be painful. In most, the treatments will be relaxing and patients have been known to fall asleep during even the most intense of acupuncture sessions! All needles used during acupuncture in our office are sterilized to ensure patient safety and the individual risks and potential benefits are discussed prior to every treatment
Q: How often can I undergo acupuncture treatments?
A: Each treatment plan is highly individualized. In most cases, once-weekly treatments for 4-6 weeks will help determine the effectiveness of the treatment and provide appropriate, prompt relief of symptoms. Many people can begin to space out their treatments as they improve, often coming back for maintenance sessions a few times per year.