Yes, you can take your child to a chiropractor. My name is Anna, and I work for a chiropractic medical office. Some people believe that children are not good candidates for chiropractic services because they are still growing. This is simply not true. Kids' bodies experience the same kinds of stress and pressure as adults' bodies do, and they can also benefit from the attention a chiropractor can give. This is especially true for children who participate in sports and other physically demanding activities. This blog will help you understand what a chiropractor can do for your child and why you should make an appointment to see one.
Acupuncture can be recommended for everything from pain to stress and anxiety. If you've never been to an acupuncturist before, you may feel a little nervous about what to expect. Knowing more about the process can ease some of those concerns, and you should ask your practitioner any questions you have and discuss any concerns before your acupuncture session.
The Needles Aren't Painful
One of the biggest concerns many people have before undergoing acupuncture is whether the needles will hurt. The vast majority of acupuncture patients report no pain during the treatment, and many claim they can't feel the needles at all. This is because the needles are extremely thin -- thinner than hypodermic needles. They're about the width of a couple strands of hair and are very flexible, so while you might feel a very slight stinging sensation or pressure when they're first inserted, the process shouldn't be painful at all.
Expect a Lengthy and Thorough Exam and Conversation Before Treatment
Acupuncturists require a lot of information about their patients to diagnose them properly and decide on the best needle placement and overall treatment to best address their issues. Expect your acupuncturist to take your pulse and observe your tongue because the tongue is considered to be a good indicator of the state of the entire body in Chinese medicine. Your practitioner will also sit down for a long interview before your treatment. Be prepared to answer a lot of questions about your concerns, any existing medical conditions you have, and your overall health. Some of the questions may be a little embarrassing -- things like details about your bowel movements, urination patterns, and menstrual cycle. It's important to answer these questions as thoroughly and accurately as you can to get the most out of your treatment.
Be Prepared for How You Might Feel After Your Session
You may be surprised at how you feel after your treatment. Many acupuncture patients report feeling giddy and very alert. Others feel very relaxed and drowsy. Leave some wiggle room in your schedule to sit and relax after your appointment before driving. It's even better if you can clear your schedule for the rest of the day so you can listen to your body and enjoy the aftereffects without any pressure to do other things.
You May Need More Than One Treatment to Address Your Concerns
After your initial treatment, your acupuncturist will likely recommend that you come back for additional treatments. Many insurance companies have coverage for acupuncture, so check with your provider to see if additional treatments would be covered and ask your acupuncturist which, if any, insurance companies they are willing to bill.