|The Center For
Medical Acupuncture, PA
6725A Fairview Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28210
Located in the Rejuvenation Center
|By Appointment Only|
A typical first visit would begin with a very thorough health history followed by a pertinent exam. For the treatment, the patient rests comfortably on a massage table. After the needles are inserted, they may be left alone or they may be stimulated with heat or electricity. Needles are left in place for approximately 20 minutes, more or less, depending on the treatment. During this time, people relax and listen to soft music.
People worry that acupuncture will hurt because it involves needles. Acupuncture needles are very different from hypodermic needles. Unlike hypodermics, they are much thinner and taper to an extremely fine, smooth point, so they do not cut the skin and tissues. People experience only minimal, if any, discomfort with insertion. Once the needles are in place, they are not felt for the remainder of the treatment.
The number of treatments depends on the complexity and duration of the condition. Sometimes improvement is felt immediately, however, several treatments may be needed before a significant effect is noticed. Acute problems may respond within a few treatments. Deep-seated, chronic problems will require more, perhaps once or twice weekly for several months. For health maintenance, four sessions per year may be sufficient.