Here at Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation & Pain Center, we recognize that medical care is often what is needed when health care fails. We are not just workers in the field of medicine; we are providers of care across the spectrum of wellness and illness making a difference. Today we’re taking a look at some more misconceptions surrounding medical acupuncture in Washington DC.

  1. You’ll need time off work because acupuncture has a lot of side effects. False! It actually has few to no side effects. You can carry on with your day without any restrictions after your acupuncture appointment with us.
  2. Acupuncture doesn’t really do anything – it’s all psychological. False! The effects are far from psychological. In fact, studies show that our brains release endorphins (natural painkillers) during acupuncture. Plus, also has an anti-inflammatory effect and can help your immune system.
  3. You’ll always need acupuncture once you start. False! Actually we work to improve your main problem so you do not have to return for more sessions. If you have a chronic condition, we may suggest that you stay on a maintenance schedule.
  4. You won’t benefit from acupuncture if you haven’t seen results after the first or second treatment. False! Individuals respond to acupuncture totally differently. While you might respond quickly — within 1 to 3 treatments – your friend might need a full course of 8 to 10 sessions. The effects are cumulative and they build with each treatment. This means that we will assess its effects after you complete a full series of treatments to see how your body has reacted.