The word acupuncture comes from the Latin acus, meaning needle, and punctura or to puncture. This alternative form of medicine, which is a very important part of Chinese medicine, uses fine needles inserted at specific points in the body to relieve pain. Pressure, electric pulses or heat is applied through these needles. Acupuncture in Ft. Lauderdale is used alone or in conjunction with other methods of treatment. It is most commonly employed to relieve musculoskeletal problems like knee pain, back pain, and shoulder pain. Treatment starts only after a physical examination that involves checking the condition of the tongue as well as the pulse in both wrists. The number of sessions needed varies depending on the patient as well as the type of ailment being treated.

Processes Involved In Acupuncture

The acupuncturist decides on the treatment points after a discussion with the patient on the various locations and types of pain. Diagnosis in acupuncture includes visual inspection, a questionnaire form, and discussion of medical history. The visual inspection involves examination of the face and tongue including the shape, size, tension, color, and coating on the tongue. Basic categories of information collected during acupuncture treatment in Ft. Lauderdale include questions about perspiration, chills and fever, defecation and urination, appetite, thirst and taste, menses (if applicable), sleep, and pain.

All about Needles Used For Acupuncture

Palpation before acupuncture treatment in Ft. Lauderdale involves checking the right and left radial pulses and feeling the body at the site of pain for the presence of tender points. The needles used in acupuncture are very thin, metal needles, which are manipulated either by hand or the use of electrical stimulation once inserted into the body. This manipulation is possible because the needles are made of flexible, stainless steel that will not rust or break. The needles are individually wrapped and single use, which prevents cross contamination.

Using the Services of a Trained Acupuncturist in Ft. Lauderdale

Acupuncture in Ft. Lauderdale is generally not painful if done by trained and experienced acupuncturists. The stainless steel needle is guided into the skin in the blink of an eye with the help of a plastic guide tube. Manipulation of the needle involves flicking, spinning and moving it up and down the skin. A slight aching pressure may be felt during the movement of the needle. The purpose of the manipulation is to enhance the efficacy of the acupuncture. If you find the pressure to be uncomfortable or are sensitive to the manipulation, let your acupuncturist know and he or she will adjust the stimulation level accordingly.

Author's Bio: 

Li Zheng is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist and a graduate of the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine with 11 years of formal training, including 6 years of residency. She holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the US and is a Harvard Medical School-trained researcher and a professor at the New England School of Acupuncture. Her two practices are located in Needham, MA and Boca Raton, FL. She has 26 years of clinical experience. Here she is sharing the information about Acupuncture Ft Lauderdale