How should I prepare for my appointment?
Please eat a light meal before your treatment, and dress in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.

Does acupuncture  hurt?
Acupuncture is usually painless. The hair-thin needles are flexible, sterile, and only used once. After treatment, patients might experience sleepiness or a dull, heavy sensation where the needles were inserted. This is a desired effect and does not generally feel painful.

How does acupuncture stop pain?
There are many therapies that attempt to stop pain. Most of them mask the pain while hoping the body is able to heal itself or push the body to heal faster while offering limited pain relief. Acupuncture is an extremely powerful and effective approach to treat pain because it decreases pain levels as it stimulates the body's healing response. Acupuncture resolves pain by affecting several pain pathways and healing responses at the same time:

•raise endorphin levels and diminish the nervous system's pain response
• decrease inflammation and swelling
• relax muscles and stop spasms
• increase circulation to the local area

How many treatments will be necessary?
This varies considerably based on the specific condition being treated. Each person receives an individualized treatment plan based on age, past medical history, lifestyle, treatment goals and current pain status. Generally speaking, however, acute pain (less than 3 months duration) is often resolved in a short series of treatments spaced close together and chronic pain requires consistent regular treatment to achieve long-term pain relief.

Is it possible to make a same day appointment?
Yes. For walk-in and same-day appointments, we will be happy to accommodate you. To minimize your waiting time, or if you have a specific appointment time that you prefer, we recommend that you make an appointment in advance.




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NUGA Acupuncture Clinic
610 Thimble Shoals Blvd Suite 401B
Newport News, VA 23606


Tel.  757-597-8429
Fax. 866-832-4208