Acupuncture Specialist

Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center -  - Otolaryngologist

Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center

ENT, Chinese Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Facial Pain Dentistry located in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Saint Charles, and Schaumburg, IL

Statistics from 2017 found that over 14 million people in the United States use or have tried acupuncture. Ryan Vaughn, MD, and the team at Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center located in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Saint Charles, and Schaumburg, Illinois, offer acupuncture as a complementary medicine in conjunction with conventional Western medicine practices. They use it to treat a number of health conditions and find it to be an extremely effective pain reliever. If you’re keen to explore acupuncture’s benefits, call the practice today or book an appointment through the website.

Acupuncture Q & A

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves inserting extremely fine needles into strategic “acupoints” in the body. 

The needles help to promote qi, what Chinese Medicine refers to as life force energy. When qi is out of balance, you experience disease and illness. Acupuncture is one way of restoring this balance. 

It’s a painless procedure. The needles are so delicate, people rarely feel them. Some people experience a twinge or muscle ache when the needle reaches the correct depth, however. Treatment usually takes 30-40 minutes, and there’s no downtime afterward.

Lisa Decatorsmith at Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center assesses whether acupuncture is an appropriate treatment based on your condition and health history.

Why do people choose acupuncture?

The medical profession has lots of research proving acupuncture’s success at treating a variety of diseases and conditions, including:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Respitory disorders
  • Dental pain
  • Labor pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lower back pain
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea

If these symptoms are familiar, speak with Lisa at Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center about how acupuncture can help you.

What happens during acupuncture treatment?

At the beginning of your appointment, your practitioner tells you where they plan on treating you. If you need to remove clothes, they offer you a gown, towel, or sheet. You lie on a table, and your provider begins the session.

Lisa Decatorsmith uses between five and 20 needles for each treatment area. They insert the needles to various depths in specific strategic points, and the needles stay in for 10-20 minutes.

Your provider at Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center makes sure you’re comfortable throughout the session.

How should I feel after acupuncture treatment?

Many people experience a sense of relaxation after acupuncture, while others feel energized. 

Lisa Decatorsmith at Exhale Sinus and Facial Pain Center creates a calming environment for acupuncture treatments. She explains the benefits and talks through what you can expect. Try it yourself — make an appointment through the online booking tool or call the office today.