Acupuncture Specialist

Annandale Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Aesthetics located in Annandale, VA

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years for treating a variety of acute and chronic conditions. The medical team at Annandale Primary Care in Annandale, Virginia, has experience in using this alternative treatment to effectively treat pain and other conditions that may be keeping from your healthiest life. For a consultation regarding how acupuncture and help you, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Acupuncture Q & A

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an alternative health care technique that has been used for thousands of years. With roots in Chinese medicine, this method uses long, thin needles applied directly in specific points of the body to improve the functioning of the body’s systems.

Western, contemporary medicine suggests that this method stimulates the nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. This initiates the immune response, increases circulation, and decreases pain.

Ancient medicine attributes the therapeutic response of this technique to the stimulation and balancing of the body’s flow of energy — also referred to as chi or qi.

What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?

Traditionally, acupuncture has been used to treat pain or discomfort. In modern usage of the practice, it can help treat a number of health conditions that may include:

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Addiction
  • Dental pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Menstrual cramps

Acupuncture may be used alone, or in combination with a variety of other treatments to help improve the symptoms of these conditions.

What does acupuncture feel like?

The needles used for acupuncture are very thin and usually are not painful when inserted. Some describe the feeling of the needle as pressure or an ache.

Some people describe acupuncture as relaxing, while others say it’s energizing. For some patients, relief of their health condition is immediate, while others feel better in time. Everyone experiences this treatment differently.

What does an acupuncture treatment entail?

Initially, you have a consultation with your acupuncturist, who takes time to understand your symptoms and helps plan the best locations for needle placement.

There are three main parts of an acupuncture treatment:

  • Needle insertion: 5-20 needles are inserted at strategic points
  • Needle manipulation: needles are gently moved or twisted; sometimes heat or a mild electric current is applied
  • Needle removal: after 10-20 minutes, usually with no discomfort

Acupuncture is best used as part of a multi-faceted approach to your health conditions. Your physician can help determine whether this treatment will benefit you and your overall health.

If you’re interested in acupuncture, call the office or book an appointment online with Annandale Primary Care today.