This is a question I get asked a lot. Most of us have no idea how acupuncture works, and considering most of our education, it’s not something of which we have any basic knowledge, so it’s completely understandable that we don’t know anything about it. It’s not based on science or biology or anything that we can relate to, so the unfamiliarity of it can lead to some nervousness and apprehension before and during treatments.
So here’s a brief explanation of how acupuncture works and why “tune ups” are so important.
Your body likes to be at a perfect balance or homeostasis. Frequently, things we do (work, exercise, diet, stress, etc.) cause an imbalance in our bodies, which is when we tend to realize pain, discomfort, illness and disease. Acupuncture works by rectifying the imbalance in your body, basically helping it heal itself.
You have channels or meridians running throughout your body and located along these channels are points. So what we are doing is stimulating your own body’s qi (your energy or life force), blood and other fluids underneath your skin in order to redirect it to circulate smoothly in the direction that it is supposed to.
Because of all this, acupuncture works cumulatively. After your first treatment, your body can go back to the unbalanced state it was before, which is why a series of treatments will be necessary, making sure they are not too far apart, so your body can continue building on the progress. Again, for this reason, it is important to continue regular maintenance, where you come in at least once per month, to keep you in the perfect balance and feeling great!
I hope you were able to gain a little clarity when it comes to how acupuncture works and, if not, I hear a lot of people say “I don’t know what she did, but my back feels better, so I guess it works,” which is alright too!