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Are there any side effects with acupuncture?

Generally speaking, no.  Most patients feel extremely relaxed afterward.  Almost like they are floating “on air”.  This is a natural process due to the boost of neurotransmitters and “feel good” chemicals the brain releases with the treatment.

In cases of treating tight muscles and acute pain, sometimes their might be some soreness associated with the treatment around the area where

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Is tipping customary?

No.  Unlike massage, acupuncture is a medical procedure. It would be the same as tipping your doctor which is not expected.

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What kind of licensing is required to be an acupuncturist?

I am licensed by the State of California after passing the state licensing board exam and am licensed to practice nationally by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) after completing 4 month of separate licensing exams.

As per California law, I am a considered as a primary care provider.

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What is Orthopedic or Sports Medicine acupuncture?

This is my specialty. Orthopedic acupuncture uses muscle motor points, trigger points and traditional Chinese medical points. Motor points are usually found at the mid section of muscles and have the greatest neural potential. Stimulating the trigger point literally encourages the muscle to “reset” and a slight painless jump in the muscle might be felt. This resetting of the muscle

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Where do the needles go?

 

This depends on the condition being treated. Although the acupuncture points are located throughout the entire body, usually the needles are placed on the extremities from your elbows down to your hands, and from your knees down to your feet. Other common areas include the abdomen, back, and ears.

When treating orthopedic/musculo-skeletal pain it is common to insert the

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