Yes I know— needles are so scary and your child hates getting shots! Don’t fret mama! If you have never experienced acupuncture, know acupuncture needles are incredibly thin. Most do not experience ANY discomfort during acupuncture sessions. Acupuncture should be a relaxing and zen-like experience. I encourage patients to allow their bodies to feel heavy and relaxed during each and every session. Just as if they are sinking into the table, falling into a deep blissful sleep.
I am often asked if acupuncture is effective and also safe for children. Yes and yes! Acupuncture is very safe and very helpful for your developing child. It is also a wonderful way to introduce different healing modalities to your young, impressionable, and curious child.
What can acupuncture do for your child? Simple. Everything! Acupuncture is a mind, body, and Spirit healing modality from the East. Acupuncturists are trained to identify patterns of imbalances within the body. Once the pattern is identified, a treatment plan can be applied. For example, say your child has reflux or constipation. An acupuncturist will determine where the imbalance is taking place based on the child’s signs and symptoms. An acupuncturist will never assume one child’s reflux or constipation (or any illness) is the same as another’s; we are all individuals and every case is completely different. This being one of the reasons why Eastern modalities, like acupuncture, are so effective. By not lumping everyone into one basket, we are able to customize treatments creating a quicker recovery time for your little one . Aaaaand who doesn’t want a quicker recovery for your crying and constipated child? I know this mama sure does!