Acupuncture is an increasingly popular treatment often used by chiropractors, naturopaths, medical doctors, and other practitioners. However, many of our patients are unfamiliar with what it is and what it can do for you. Our very own Dr. Ann Eggebraaten answered several questions that are frequently asked.
Q: What is acupuncture?
A: Acupuncture is a medical protocol focused on correcting imbalances of the body’s energy, known as chi or qi. A practitioner puts thin needles into the skin on different parts of the body. There are over 400 specific points throughout your body to use. No one is sure exactly how it works, but experts think it leads you to release endorphins, your body’s natural “feel good” chemicals, which relieves pain.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: There is very minimal pain associated with acupuncture therapy. The needles are very tiny and feel like a pin prick when inserted. It is nothing like having blood drawn or getting a shot. Once the needles are in, some people won’t feel anything, and others feel warmth or tingling. Most find it very relaxing and some will even take a nap!
Q: What can acupuncture help with?
A: The goal of acupuncture is to promote and restore the body’s energy balance, so the benefits can extend to a wide variety of conditions from emotional disorders (anxiety, depression) to digestive complaints (nausea, irritable bowel). It can be beneficial for pain due to an injury or for chronic degenerative diseases such as arthritis. It can also be helpful in treating neurological problems, like migraines and sciatica. Respiratory conditions, including sinusitis and asthma, have been relieved with acupuncture, as have many gynecologic disorders and infertility. Acupuncture has also been proven beneficial for reducing fatigue and addictions, and for promoting overall well-being.
Q: How long does it take?
A: Each session lasts approximately 20 minutes. The practitioner will discuss your condition and decide where to place the needles. The needles are then left in for about 15 minutes. Once the needles are removed, your appointment is complete.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Some insurance plans are now covering acupuncture therapy. If your plan does not cover it, we offer a time of service discount of $35.00 per 15 minute session. We also offer discounted pre-pay plans of 6 visits, 12 visits, or 18 visits.
Q: When can I make an appointment?
A: Dr. Ann is available in the Granite Falls office on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00-5:00 and in the Renville office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-4:00. Call 320-329-8185 to schedule!