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If you are interested in seeking treatment or discussing a condition or schedule an appointment. We offer a complimentary 20-minute consultation to determine if we can help.  To schedule an appointment call 206-261-8353. 

How Does Acupuncture Work?

While traditional and western explanations of acupuncture vary, each fundamentally deals with acclimating our body to our surroundings.  After thousands of years of research, various points across the body have been located that have a significant impact on our bodies overall physiology.  Typically, depending on the desired end result, fine needles are meticulously positioned at these points to stimulate various aspects of our hormonal, immune, and endocrine systems.  Once these systems have been stimulated, a number of neurotransmitters, natural pain killers, and hormones are released.  Patients at  our Living Well Acupuncture Clinic have described the following effects following acupuncture treatments:

  •  Decreases in muscles spasms and pain
  •  Decrease in swelling at various points across the body
  •  A general decrease in pain
  •  A decrease in illnesses due to stimulation of the immune system
  •  Lower levels of back and neck pain
  •  Fewer headaches
  •  Improved digestion
  •  Overall better sleep
  •  Fewer injuries during recreational sports
  •  Females report less gynecological issues
What Should I Expect During My Acupuncture Visit?

The first thing to understand prior to an acupuncture session is that the needles used are much different than those that you would typically encounter at a hospital.  In fact, most patients describe their acupuncture treatment as a calm and relaxing experience.  In fact, some patients report feeling little to nothing at all.

On your first visit to our clinic in Monroe, we will begin by performing a thorough history and examination.  After the results are analyzed, we will identify the problematic areas and develop a individualized treatment plan.  Depending on the individual case, massage, heat, or soft tissue therapy may be combined with the therapy.  The total visit typically lasts around 50-90 minutes.

As with many conditions, the treatment effect can vary depending on the severity of the problem.  Many patients report feeling immediate relief, while others describe noticing changes up to two days following the therapy.  Depending on the patient and the number of visits, relief may last anywhere from a few hours to several weeks.  It will be important to monitor this so that your treatment schedule can be altered appropriately.