Common Myths About Acupuncture & Why They Aren’t True

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Massage Therapist and Physiotherapy Blog

AcupunctureA treatment method that dates back to nearly 3,500 years ago, there are many misconceptions about acupuncture and how it works. If you are interested in acupuncture, but have concerns because of what you’ve heard about it, here are some common myths surrounding this treatment option and why they aren’t true.

  • Myth #1: Acupuncture is Painful. Since acupuncture involves using needles, many people believe that the process will hurt. However, the needles used during acupuncture sessions are extremely slender and fine. While you may feel slight discomfort for a brief moment, acupuncture is usually not painful. 
  • Myth #2: Acupuncture Can Conflict with Other Treatment Methods. You may have heard that the effectiveness of other medical treatments can be compromised if acupuncture is used. However, acupuncture can complement other medical treatments and is often used in conjunction with other solutions. 
  • Myth #3: Acupuncture Only Relieves Pain. Although acupuncture can relieve pain, it can also be used to treat a variety of different conditions. For example, at Sprains & Strains, we’ve seen it benefit people suffering from allergies, anxiety, high blood pressure, and many other conditions. 
  • Myth #4: You’ll Need to Take Some Time Off After Each Acupuncture Session. One of the main benefits of acupuncture is that there are few to no side effects. As a result, once you come into our wellness centre for an acupuncture session, you’ll probably be able to go on with your daily activities right afterward like normal.

If you’ve heard any other myths about acupuncture and feel like they aren’t true, contact us at Sprains & Strains. We’d be more than happy to go over them with you.

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