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Dr. Michelle Sthamann, ND.
Various forms of acupuncture are available to customize treatment for each individual patient:
– stand alone treatment (auricular, traditional chinese acupuncture, trigger point release, facial acupuncture),
– acupuncture with the use of an electro-stimulation device,
– & acupuncture with simultaneous Bemer Therapy treatment.
1. How long is a series of treatments?
10 treatments administered 1-2x/week, up to 3x/week. Maintenance or “booster” sessions can be administered as desired.
2. Does it hurt?
The initial penetration of the needle can provide a mild poke. Once inserted, the needle may cause a feeling of pressure, or tingling which is normal but should not be painful.
3. How long does a session take?
The first session is usually 60 minutes, but the duration of the appointment can be reduced to 30 minutes for patients who are familiar with acupuncture treatments.
4. How big are the needles?
The needles range in size from 2 mm to 60 mm depending on the area of focus.
5. Are there any side effects?
There is a rare chance of bruising and/or irritation at the site of insertion.
6. How does it work?
Acupuncture works by combining both Traditional Chinese Medicine to promote smooth flow or energy in the form of Qi, and by stimulating your body to produce a local beneficial physiological response following introduction of a foreign substance to the skin. Acupuncture has also been shown to interfere with the opioid receptors, which decrease the sensation of pain.