Can acupuncture help my child?
Yes! There are many conditions that acupuncture has been shown effective for ailments our little ones suffer from. From allergies to asthma, digestive conditions to skin disorders, body aches and headaches, acupuncture can be very helpful!
Some conditions will respond immediately to an acupuncture session and others will require a commitment from the child and parent to engage in treatment over a length of time. Acupuncture is powerful! And it also can take time to correct the imbalance the body is in. I have worked with some kids for years, mostly because they love the effects and they really feel the difference.
Depending on the severity and longevity of your child’s trouble, you may already be seeing specialists or other doctors to help your child. Acupuncture is a wonderful adjunct modality to supplement your child’s healing journey when western medicine isn’t enough or is just treating the symptoms. It may minimize symptoms, reduce the need for medications, lower pain, and/or create a general calm for your child.
Is it safe?
In one answer, YES! I am a well- trained acupuncturist practicing for 8 years, and have given thousands of treatments. Acupuncture is certainly a safe and effective treatment option and I take the time to explain what I am doing as I am doing it, taking precautionary steps the whole way to deliver a safe treatment.
Does it hurt?
My technique is such a way that I press on the skin or stretch the skin slightly at the point of insertion that produces a distraction in the brain that the actual “tap” is nearly painless. The most I have had a reaction was a small pinch and then goes away.
What’s a treatment like?
A child’s body responds much quicker to an acupuncture treatment because they are so fast growing, changing and healing! Depending on the age of the child, an acupuncture tap may only be left in for 15 seconds, 30 seconds, or one to two minutes. Older children can typically expect to lay with the taps for 15 to 20 minutes if they are able. Most kids love it and are deeply relaxed by it, others warm up to it slowly so I can provide non-needle techniques to stimulate acupuncture points for our needle phobic kids. I also use massage in my treatments for therapeutic benefit of many problems.
Types of recommendations you typically make?
As many childhood problems are created by our environments I will typically make recommendations that address that environment. From habits in the home, to dietary intake, to assessing your own child’s constitutional element, there are many things I can recommend to address your concerns as a parent. Our children are exposed to many toxicities in the modern world and my job is to teach and explore how to minimize and eliminate the toxic exposure. We will talk a lot about food choices, bed time habits, work/play balance for kids, and unique characteristics of your child’s personality and needs. I love to send parents home with tools to help their child.
Will children really try acupuncture?
Yes, many children every day are receiving acupuncture! Some try it on the first visit, some not for some time. As I will always start with offering the taps I will always respect a child’s choice to say no. There are plenty of non-needle techniques to use if a child refuses the taps, and over time they may even want to try it. Every child is different and I always respect where they are at, with no tricking them and always building trust.