Q: Do the needles hurt?
A: The needles are so tiny. They are the size of three pieces of hair. It is a shame they are even called needles as the word needle conjures up images of shots in the Doctor's office. A better word might be filament, for that's how small they are. If we put a needle in a non point area, you will feel nothing - so the needles themselves do not hurt. When we get the point you will feel the Qi responding to the needle. The Qi is electrical magnetic energy (just like light) and the needle is stainless steel, so it "conducts" the Qi. Some people say it feels like a slight dull ache, some say it feels slightly electrical, some call it a drawing feeling. The sensation lasts only a few seconds. Many patients "like" the sensation.
Q: Are the needles clean?
A: Needles come pre-sterilized in blister packets and are single use.
Q: How long will it take for me to get better?
A: Every person is different. Some people have instant results - they are few and far between. The best formula I know is this: 1 month of treatments for every year you have had the problem. 6 years = 6 months of treatment. I also know that most patients feel better after the first treatment and continue to improve with each treatment. My goal is to start out weekly and as soon as the treatments "hold" spread the treatments out to every other week, then every third week, then once a month. Eventually, you'll be able to come a few times a year, usually when the seasons change for a "tune-up." I personally have a treatment every 4-6 weeks, and have done so since 1989. I see acupuncture as part of my health maintenance, like having my oil changed in my car regularly to keep my car healthy.
Q: How does Acupuncture work?
A: There are pathways of energy (Qi) that flow through the body and connect with each of the organs and with each other. It is a circulatory system very similar to the vascular system. The Qi moves from one organ to the next, from one pathway (Meridian) to the next and out smaller pathways to energize all the cells and connective tissue in the body, keeping everything vital. As long as this flow is smooth and uninterrupted, the person is healthy, happy and engaged. Anything from physical trauma, to toxic substances, to emotional upset, to mental stress can cause the flow to slow down, speed up, or block up. When this happens at first there may be little or no symptoms, but eventually over time symptoms pop up. They are the body's way of letting you know something needs to be addressed. The more they are ignored the louder the messages get. Eventually if left ignored, breakdowns occur and more serious illnesses show up. The ideal is to address the Qi early on before major symptoms arise, however culturally we are all taught to "suck it up" and keep going - so little things get ignored, medium things get ignored and suddenly (in our thinking) we have a major illness. In reality, it wasn't sudden, your body has been trying to get your attention all along. Acupuncture is the art of figuring out where the imbalance is and using the needles to slow down, speed up, unblock or redirect the Qi to restore balance and smooth flow. Once your body holds that balance, it knows exactly what to do to heal itself. Regular "tune-ups" help to catch those imbalances before they become illness.
Acupuncture is the ancient healing art of creating balance and harmony in your body, mind and spirit. All health is generated from balance and wellbeing. You are designed to heal.
When you cut yourself, your body immediately sends white blood cells to the site to begin the healing process. When you are exposed to infectious substances, your body immediately begins to create antibodies to fight that infection. Acupuncture is designed to help your body do what it already knows how to do.
If you aren't healing from something it simply means there is a block or imbalance. When put back in balance or when the block is removed your body will do what it is designed to do.
Acupuncture is a procedure involving the stimulation of different anatomical locations on or in the skin. This can be accomplished by a variety of techniques. The most thoroughly studied procedure is completed by the penetration of the skin by thin, solid, metallic needles, which are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.The gentle insertion of hair thin needles are used at specific points along the channels of chi energy, help restore harmony.
People experience acupuncture differently,
but most feel no or minimal discomfort as the needles are inserted.
Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed.
The majority of patients fall asleep or rest comfortably during the
treatment. Acupuncture needles are monitored and controlled by the FDA,
just as it does for other devices such as surgical scalpels and
hypodermic syringes, under good manufacturing practices
and single-use standards of sterility.
Your acupuncture session will be in a large, peaceful, private room.
Using traditional five element acupuncture, Deanna focuses on identifying
your blocks, weaknesses and root imbalances. In addition to treating the symptoms of your bad back, anxiety or pain she gets to the root of them, so they won't return. Deanna does this by working to restore your whole body's healthy, natural equilibrium. This includes balancing emotions or organs that are out of balance. This holistic approach using acupuncture can be used to treat most western diseases, either to help cure them or alleviate symptoms and side effects from prescribed drugs.
Acupuncture is often effective with a wide range of complaints, including:
Acupuncture is also helpful for many chronic illnesses and health concerns that have no clear origin or cause.