Acupuncture FAQ

Acupuncture FAQs: Our Reston & Purcellville Chiropractor Answers Your Top Questions

Acupuncture is a contemporary pain management technique based on Ancient Chinese medicine. Our Reston and Purcellville chiropractor, Dr. Oliver, uses acupuncture treatments to provide natural, drug-free pain relief and treatment for a variety of different pain and health conditions. Dr. Oliver follows evidence-based care principles to stimulate specific pressure points that correspond to a patient’s specific health complaint.

Are you new to acupuncture or wondering what to expect during treatment? Below, Dr. Oliver has answered five of our patients’ most frequently asked questions about acupuncture in Purcellville area:


1. How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing process. Inserting acupuncture needles at specific pressure points along the body stimulate the central nervous system and the production of certain neurotransmitters. This physiological response cues the body and brain to naturally regulate pain levels and increase circulation.

2. What does our Purcellville chiropractor treat with acupuncture?

Our Reston and Purcellville chiropractor, Dr. Oliver, treats acute and chronic pain conditions with acupuncture, including migraines, headaches, back pain, neck pain, arthritis in the knee, and fibromyalgia. Acupuncture helps to reduce nausea after chemotherapy and surgery, as well as decreasing dental pain. Studies show acupuncture offers a number of health benefits, including regulating the body’s emotional response to pain. Acupuncture treatments can help to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress in patients. Acupuncture enhances fertility, increases blood flow, promotes the implantation of embryos, and helps relax women who are coping with stressful fertility treatments. These are just a few of the pain symptoms and health conditions we treat. For more information on the benefits of acupuncture for specific health conditions, contact our clinic.

3. What should I expect from acupuncture in the Purcellville area?

Sessions last between 15 and 30 minutes. During an acupuncture treatment session, you will lie down on a comfortable table in our quiet, relaxing treatment room. Dr. Oliver will place sterilized acupuncture needles at specific pressure points along your body. These points correspond with your pain or health concerns. While some patients may experience a minor pinprick sensation, most patients find treatment to be very relaxing. Some patients even take a short nap!

4. Is acupuncture safe for long-term pain management?

Acupuncture is a safe and effective long-term pain management solution. For some patients, acupuncture is even able to eliminate the need for surgery or pain medications. Since every patient experiences pain differently, our treatment programs are fully customized to meet your unique health needs. Some of our patients even find that their health condition or pain resolves itself after a handful of treatments. Other patients benefit from ongoing care. The key is consistency, not intensity! There is no “quick fix” or overnight miracle cure for pain. Our goal is to reduce your pain, stabilize the condition, and maintain your health progress.

5. Am I a good candidate for acupuncture?

An in-person diagnostic appointment with our Purcellville acupuncturist is the best way to learn more about your treatment needs and whether you are a good candidate. For more information, call (703) 405-3108! 

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