When Acupuncture Does Not Work

AcuSignMany people believe acupuncture does not work.  This incorrect assumption is often the belief held by those who have tried acupuncture and received little or no relief.  So, why did acupuncture not work for these people?

In today’s society, instant gratification is in high demand. People who are new to acupuncture often expect immediate results and stop coming if they do not get it. Acupuncture works cumulatively, meaning one treatment builds on the next.  Similar to how medications are ineffective unless you take the prescribed dosage. If you don’t get acupuncture frequently enough or consistently, and within an appropriate time frame, you will unlikely get the desired result.

For acute conditions, I recommend 6 to 8 treatments, received twice a week, depending on the severity of your condition. Acute conditions such as back pain, neck pain, hip pain, pain in general, typically can be resolve in six to eight treatments.

For chronic conditions (3 months or more), I recommend 6 to 12 treatments received twice a week. For chronic diseases, Fibromyalgia, allergies, digestion, fatigue, immune disorders, etc., usually can be resolved within 12 treatments, depending on the severity of your condition and the nature of your condition.

After resolving your condition, whether it be acute or chronic, you may need a monthly follow up treatment to prevent the condition from reoccurring.

Another key factor in the success of acupuncture has to do with your overall health. Your body needs strength to heal. If you begin your acupuncture treatments physically or emotionally depleted, or suffering from a debilitating disease, it will take longer than usual to see results.  And I may need to work on restoring your strength first, before working on your condition.  Sometimes by restoring your strength, your condition and pain may lessen as well.

Diet and lifestyle contribute significantly to your likelihood of success with acupuncture. Stress can increase your pain.  Lack of sleep can increase your pain. Certain food can cause inflammation, which can adversely impact your condition, including pain conditions.

All of these factors gives me an overall picture of your health and helps me to determine the correct starting point for your treatments and get you on road to recovery.  Schedule your appointment today – (206-455-4172) or schedule online  to start your road to recovery.

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