Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny, fine needles into the skin. At Metis Acupuncture Clinics, we offer a style of acupuncture known as distal or far-distance needling. We do not place needles into the affected areas but rather place needles into the arms, hands, legs, feet, scalp, and/or ears. By placing needles distally, we are not only able to stimulate the body’s natural pain killers or endorphins, but we are also able to retain the treatments longer since the endorphins must travel a further distance to get to the affected area. Since we place needles distally, no disrobing is required at our clinics.
Number of Treatments
Acupuncture is a therapy in which we are training the body to adjust itself. Just like physical therapy, radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy, multiple treatments are needed for the body to heal itself. The specific number of treatments depends on the nature and severity of your condition. Once we are able to determine your rate of response, we will custom design a treatment plan, which we call AcuTherapy™, for your specific condition. Usually, patients are able to see results right away and the number of treatments ranges from 5 to 15 for your chief complaint.
We offer distal acupuncture which allows a patient to be seen without undressing. Distal acupuncture utilizes the concentration of qi in the hands and feet, and that applying acupuncture needles to these areas is effective for the entire body. Needles are placed primarily in the hands, forearms, lower legs, feet, ears, and scalp. At Metis Acupuncture Clinics, we have found that distal acupuncture overall provides greater relief of symptoms with fewer treatments.
Traditional acupuncture uses eight principles of complementary opposites to create harmony in the body. These include yin/yang, internal/external, excess/deficiency, hot/cold. In traditional acupuncture, unlike distal acupuncture, needles are directly placed in the area of discomfort. If a patient has knee pain, needles are, thus, directly placed in knee joint.