At Quince Orchard Medical Center our licensed physician acupuncturist can perform interventions for conditions treated in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. We are confident that you will be satisfied with the quality of your acupuncture treatment.
What you can expect
Each person who performs acupuncture has a unique style, often blending aspects of Eastern and Western approaches to medicine. To determine the type of treatment that will help you the most, your practitioner may ask you many questions about your symptoms, behaviors and lifestyle.
This initial evaluation may take up to 45 minutes. Subsequent appointments usually take about 15 minutes. A common treatment plan for a single complaint would typically involve eight to 12 treatments, scheduled over a few months.
Acupuncture points are located in all areas of the body. Sometimes the appropriate points are far removed from the area of your pain. Your practitioner will tell you the general location of the planned treatment and if articles of clothing need to be removed. If appropriate, a gown, towel or sheet will be provided to preserve your modesty. After you lie down on a padded table, the treatment begins.
• Needle insertion:
Acupuncture needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes very little discomfort. Between five and 20 needles are used in a typical treatment. You may feel a deep, aching sensation when a needle reaches the correct depth.
• Needle manipulation:
Your practitioner may gently move or twirl the needles after they’ve been placed. Another option is to apply heat or mild electrical pulses to the needles.
• Needle removal:
In most cases, the needles will remain in place for 15 minutes while you lie still and relax. There is usually no sensation of discomfort when the needles are removed. Your practitioner should discard the needles after removal —reusable needles can spread infection.
Some people feel relaxed while others feel energized after a treatment. But not everyone responds to acupuncture. If your symptoms don’t begin to improve within the “gold standard” of 8 weeks, acupuncture may not be the right treatment for you.
Common injuries and conditions treated by our licensed physician acupuncturist:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee injuries
- Herniated discs
- Muscle pain
- Musculoskeletal disorders
The types of interventions performed by our Physician Acupuncturist:
Traditional acupuncture is based on the principle that there are energetic pathways, or channels, throughout the body that influence associated internal organs and structures. Energy from these pathways surfaces at various points on the body, identified as acupuncture points. Each of these acupuncture points serves as a tunnel, or access route, to the deeper circulatory channels within. Extremely fine gauge needles are inserted at selected points, stimulating these points and thereby activating the body’s natural healing abilities.
This system of acupuncture involves promoting balance in the acupuncture meridians of the body. This system can be used for both pain complaints and also for treatment of other medical conditions. French energetic acupuncture can also be employed in the prevention of disease. It is a frequently employed technique by physician acupuncturists.
This is the biomedical adaptation of Chinese methods, and is an effective and simple treatment approach based on current concepts of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and pathophysiology. As in traditional methods, Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture involves insertion of solid needles at relevant points on the body in combination with manual needle stimulation or electrical stimulation. A diagnosis is attained through thorough history taking and physical examination. Based on this process, anatomical points that are relevant to the condition are selected for needling.