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Southwest Family Physicians

Family Practice & Medical Weight Loss located in Tigard, OR

Acupuncture is a fantastic way to reduce symptoms of illness and relieve stress and pain. It has been used for thousands of years as part of traditional Chinese medicine. At Southwest Family Physicians in Tigard, Oregon, you can benefit from this holistic treatment for anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. Call the office or book an appointment online to learn more.

Acupuncture Q & A

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the process of inserting exceptionally thin needles into your skin at strategic energy centers in your body. The procedure stimulates your nervous system so it releases chemicals into your muscles, connective tissue and nerves to promote healing.

Acupuncture can treat many ailments and give you greater energy and reduced stress. It boosts your overall health and well-being.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture is an effective therapy for a number of conditions. The treatment reduces stress, promotes good health, and prevents illness, and also addresses several acute and chronic conditions, such as:

  • Anxiety and stress-related illnesses
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Chronic pain
  • Respiratory disorders, including asthma and allergies
  • Muscular disorders, such as back pain and tendinitis

Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other therapies, such as massage and physical therapy.

Do Acupuncture Treatments Hurt?

Even though acupuncture involves needles, it doesn’t usually hurt. The experienced acupuncturist at Southwest Family Physicians is skilled at inserting the needles into the right meridians, which is generally pain-free. You may feel a slight numbing or tingling sensation at the insertion points. As the needles penetrate your energy centers, you will likely experience deep relaxation, so the procedure is quite comforting. 

The needles are thin, so they don’t cause bruising and are sterilized and disposable, so there is no risk of infection.

What Should I Expect During an Acupuncture Session?

You sit or lie down comfortably as the needles are positioned at the relevant points in your body to address your specific pain and relaxation needs.

The needles remain in place for several minutes before the acupuncturist removes them. Once your treatment is complete, you’re ready to go home – no downtime is necessary.

How Many Acupuncture Sessions Will I Need?

The number of treatments you need depends on your symptoms and your goals of treatment. You receive a personalized wellness plan that matches your constitution and response to the treatment. Many people experience relief after just one session, while continued sessions promote long-term wellness.

To learn how you can benefit from an acupuncture treatment, call Southwest Family Physicians or schedule a consultation online.