What Can I Expect

In order to plan a personalized treatment plan, your first visit with Dr. Askeland will be to review your health history, and discuss what ailments or problems you hope to alleviate or improve through acupuncture. This visit will primarily be used to assess the health situation and to formulate a treatment protocol between the patient and the Acupuncturist.

During a typical acupuncture session, the patient will lie down comfortably and Dr. Askeland will place the needles according to the previously discussed health history and complaints. The needles will remain in place painlessly for an allotted amount of time until Dr. Askeland removes them. Typically the needles remain in place for 30-45 minutes. Most patients enjoy their acupuncture sessions very much and find them to be extremely relaxing and peaceful and often fall asleep for the session.

Individual results will vary, however, many patients notice symptom improvement after their first or second acupuncture session. But that is not always the case. Acupuncture results are cumulative and patients will notice more improvement with each session.

What does Acupuncture treat?

In the late 1970s, the World Health Organization recognized the ability of acupuncture and Oriental medicine to treat nearly four dozen common ailments, including neuromusculoskeletal conditions (such as arthritis, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness, and neck/shoulder pain); emotional and psychological disorders (such as depression and anxiety); sleep difficulties, circulatory disorders (such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia); addictions to alcohol, nicotine and other drugs; respiratory disorders (such as emphysema, sinusitis, allergies and bronchitis); and gastrointestinal conditions (such as food allergies, ulcers, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, intestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis).

In 1997, a consensus statement released by the National Institutes of Health found that acupuncture could be useful by itself or in combination with other therapies to treat addiction, headaches, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and asthma. Other studies have demonstrated that acupuncture may help in the rehabilitation of stroke patients and can relieve nausea in patients recovering from surgery.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

No. Patients typically do not feel pain or distress. The needles are very fine sterile needles and are gently tapped onto the skin. Most patients report it to be painless.

What should I wear when receiving Acupuncture treatment?

Be comfortable. Clothing should provide access to the area being treated. Gowns are provided when access to a particular area is required.