- Acute pain
- Autoimmune disorders
- Chronic pain
- Digestive disorders
- Menstrual cramps
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- “Shift work” sleep disorder
- Stress management
- Trigger points
No. Acupuncture should never be painful. Rather, it is a comforting and restorative therapy.
On occasion, you may experience a sensation that indicates a therapeutic response to treatment. These sensations typically last just a second or two. Most people who undergo acupuncture feel no sensation at all during the therapy. Always discuss any concerns you may have with your therapist.
Prior to the treatment, your acupuncturist will discuss your symptoms, goals, and health history with you, along with performing a brief physical exam.
During the procedure itself, hair-thin needles will be gently inserted into specific points on your body, depending on your healthcare issues. The number of needles used in a single acupuncture session will vary, but anywhere between 5 and 25 needles are likely to be used. Depending on your needs, your acupuncturist may gently move or twirl the needles after each is in place. The needles generally remain in place for 15 or 20 minutes. During this time, you should feel no pain or discomfort and may be instructed to lie still and relax. After that, the needles will be removed, and the session will be complete.
There is minimal risk of injury and virtually no side effects when acupuncture is administered properly.
Expert acupuncturists take every measure necessary to keep you safe. The needles acupuncturists use are sterile, single use only, and regulated by the FDA.
All of the acupuncturists at Peak Medical Centers are licensed to practice in the state by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners and are certified by a national board.
Side effects of acupuncture are rare, but may include:
- Bruising or slight bleeding at the site of the needle insertion
- Temporary muscle fatigue or soreness
Please discuss any symptoms or concerns you have with your acupuncturist.
- Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
- Acupuncture and Infertility
- Pediatric Acupuncture
- Trigger Point Acupuncture
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
If you’re looking for nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, acupuncture is a wonderful, timeless technique that can do wonders for your skin and enhance your beauty.
Just as acupuncture is used to treat a variety of medical conditions, it is also an effective and painless way to achieve aesthetic improvements, such as:
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Achieve a youthful glow
- Stimulate collagen production
- Firm and tighten skin
- Reduce the appearance of scars
- Tighten pores
- Improve the appearance of a double chin, sagging jowls, and puffy eyelids
A complete course of facial rejuvenation treatment involves a total of 10 hour-long sessions, with 1 or 2 sessions per week. Noticeable results are usually achieved midway through the course.
Treatment involves a combination of acupuncture(face, scalp, and body), facial massage, and herbal facial preparations to use pre- and post-procedure. All products we use are 100% natural, contain no parabens or fragrance, and are cruelty-free.
Just like any other nonsurgical cosmetic improvement, the extent of your improvement through facial rejuvenation will depend on you – because factors such as diet, exercise, and lifestyle will contribute to the success of the procedure. Monthly follow-up treatments are recommended to maintain optimal results.
Acupuncture & Infertility
Acupuncture has been shown to dramatically increase a couples’ chance of conception, especially when used in conjunction with Western-style fertility treatments.
Men and women who undergo acupuncture can enhance their fertility in a number of specific ways, including:
- Improve the motility and morphology of sperm
- Improve ovarian function by increasing blood circulation in the pelvic cavity
- Produce better quality eggs by improving functioning of the ovaries
- Produce a larger number of follicles by regulating hormones
- Decrease the chances of miscarriage by strengthening the immune system
- Reduce stress
While some patients respond quickly to acupuncture treatments, most patients require a series of ongoing treatments for one month to a year for effective results. Talk to your fertility specialist about whether acupuncture is right for you.
Find out more on this topic:
- Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial – ScienceDirect, Fertility and Sterility, Volume 85, Issue 5, Pages 1341-1346 (May 2006)
- Effect of acupuncture on the outcome of in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a randomized, prospective, controlled clinical study – Science Direct, Fertility and Sterility, Volume 85, Issue 5, Pages 1347-1351 (May 2006)
Acupuncture can address a large number of health issues in children. At Peak Medical Centers, we focus on understanding your child’s health condition and create an individual healing program that effectively addresses your child’s symptoms along with the underlying cause.
Trigger Point Acupuncture
Trigger points are areas of knotted muscle tissue that are sensitive to touch. Trigger points can also cause pain to appear in other areas of the body, too. These knots of muscle are most likely to develop after an injury or repetitive strain.
With trigger point acupuncture, we treat these painful areas of knotted muscle as a part of your acupuncture service. This two-for-one approach can address any blocks in the flow of energy throughout your body – as well as relieve pain caused by trigger points.
Because many of the areas where acupuncture needles are placed also happen to be spots where trigger points tend to form, trigger point acupuncture can be particularly effective and efficient.
We can provide this treatment much faster than a typical acupuncture session, which is something many of our busy patients appreciate.