Acupuncture Specialist

Vitality Center San Mateo -  - Wellness Center

Vitality Center San Mateo

Wellness Center located in San Mateo, CA

Acupuncture is an ancient healing art that relieves pain and restores balance to your body. At Vitality Center San Mateo, Lorraine Mock, LAc, provides acupuncture and other holistic therapies to treat fertility issues, skin problems, and chronic or acute pain. To learn more about how acupuncture can benefit you, call the office in San Mateo, California, or schedule an appointment online today.

Acupuncture Q & A

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has been in use for thousands of years. The main philosophy of acupuncture is to keep your energy flow, or Qi, moving by applying pressure with ultrathin needles to some of the 2,000 acupuncture points in your body. 

Each point is connected by an intricate pathway system that serves as a corridor for your life energy. If the pathways become blocked, pain and disease can take root. 

Through a series of thin needle treatments, acupuncture unblocks or keeps your pathways clear, so your vital energy can flow.

What conditions does acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is a versatile treatment that benefits a wide range of problems, such as:

  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic pain
  • Fertility issues
  • Spine problems
  • Joint pain
  • Back pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Digestive disorders
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Dental pain
  • Allergies
  • Menopause complications

Talk to your acupuncturist about your specific health concerns to learn if acupuncture can help.

What can I expect at an acupuncture appointment?

Your acupuncturist meets with you to discuss your health history and your current condition. They customize a plan that may include a series of appointments. 

First, they have you lie back on the treatment table in your private room. Once you’re comfortable, they insert hair-thin needles just under the surface of your skin in the precise points that correspond with your pain or medical concern. 

While the needles are in place, typically for 30-60 minutes, they guide your breathing to help you completely relax. 

After your session, your acupuncturist withdrawals the needles and encourages you to rest and continue your deep breathwork for a few more minutes. 

Does acupuncture hurt?

Not at all. Many of the acupuncture patients at Vitality Center San Mateo find the treatment so relaxing that they fall asleep during the session. You may feel a slight pinch as the needles go in, but it’s not painful, and most people tolerate it well.

For a time-tested alternative to conventional therapies, consider the many benefits of acupuncture. Schedule your appointment today or use the online scheduling feature to book now.