If you’re new to acupuncture, it’s only natural to have questions about this healthcare system. These FAQs compiled by Ries Wellness in Chicago, IL explains how acupuncture works to treat medical conditions.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a holistic healthcare system used to treat a number of medical conditions. This age-old Chinese practice has been around for thousands of years. The practice entails inserting thin, sterile needles into specific acupoints on your body to reduce pain, boost your immune system and promote natural healing of health issues.
Is acupuncture safe?
When performed by a licensed acupuncture practitioner, acupuncture is a safe and effective means of treating acute and chronic health conditions. Our Bucktown chiropractor, Dr. Anthony Ries, has ample experience with acupuncture treatments in Chicago, IL and the surrounding communities. You’ll find our treatments to be relaxing, pain-free, and a positive experience.
How does acupuncture work?
According to ancient Chinese doctors, sickness occurred due to imbalances of energy in your body. During acupuncture treatments, doctors insert steel needles into specific areas of your body to stimulate your body’s energy-carrying meridians in an effort to correct imbalances and promote natural healing. Depending on the condition that needs to be healed, needles are commonly placed at or under your elbows or knees, on your abdomen, back, or ears.
What can I expect from my first acupuncture visit?
Dr. Anthony Ries will review your medical history, ask questions about your lifestyle and conduct a complete evaluation of your medical condition to get a clear picture of your state of health. We may also palpate certain meridians on your body to pinpoint tender areas that can be used for treatment. If you’re new to acupuncture, we’ll go over the treatment and answer any questions you may have to ensure you’re comfortable with the treatment.
How should I prepare for an acupuncture session?
We recommend eating a snack or light meal before your scheduled session to give your body energy for the treatment. Wear loose clothes to provide easy access to arms and legs for insertion of acupuncture needles. At the end of your session, drink water to stabilize your body after treatment.
What are the advantages of acupuncture?
Acupuncture offers a holistic, drug-free means of treating painful ailments and promoting better health and wellness. We’ll examine your response to treatment after each session and make necessary adjustments, if needed, to maximize your treatment.
What ailments can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture has been used to treat dental pain, migraine headaches, low back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, labor pain, nausea from chemotherapy treatments, respiratory illnesses, and more.
See Our Bucktown Chiropractor for Acupuncture Treatments
To learn more about acupuncture and how it can benefit you, contact Ries Wellness in Chicago, IL at (312) 636-3786.