Acupuncture stimulates the body’s own natural healing process to restore balance to the body’s systems, like healing from a cut or scrape.
During acupuncture, hair-thin sterile needles are placed into specific locations to tap into Qi or specific trigger points. This engages the immune system, brings fresh nutrients to the area, and activates the release of endorphins that reduce pain signals and relax the entire body.
In addition to helping prevent, treat, and manage illness, acupuncture helps maintain physical and mental well-being. Acupuncture is safe to be used alone or paired with other treatment approaches.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Classical Oriental acupuncture focuses on balancing and restoring Qi, a vital life force called that flows freely in each of our bodies. Qi allows our body to heal itself naturally, maintain balance and harmony.
Trigger Point Acupuncture
A trigger point is a tight, tender muscular “knot” that refers pain to other parts of the body. It restricts nourishing blood flow and the release of waste, causing the pain signal and often a decreased range of motion.
Trigger point acupuncture combines modern dry needling techniques with classical Chinese acupuncture by inserting needles into the affected muscle. Almost like a reset button, the muscle responds. The body sends fresh blood to nourish the area, flush out waste, and reduce pain. It is effective at releasing deep, chronic tightness and works well alone or with other therapies.
What to Expect
Insertion of the needles usually causes little discomfort. The needles may be gently restimulated, producing more sensation and Qi movement. The needles remain in place for 10-20 minutes while you lie still and relax. Removal of the needles is usually painless.
You may feel relaxed, energized, or fatigued after treatment. Plan a few minutes to relax and realign before jumping back into the day.
Patients often experience some of the benefits of acupuncture with each session. However, most conditions are successfully treated in 5-7 sessions.
Today many health insurance, FSA and HSA companies cover the cost of acupuncture treatments. Please check with your provider if your plan covers treatments.
Benefits of Acupuncture
There have been extensive studies on the benefits of acupuncture, with more emerging. Some of those benefits include:
Headaches & migraines, back & neck pain, joint pain, arthritis, menstrual cramps, dental pain
MANAGEMENT OF ILLNESS
Nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, allergies, asthma, stroke rehabilitation, gastrointestinal disorders
BALANCE & PHYSICAL WELLBEING
Nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy, infertility, hormonal imbalance
Emotional disorders, anxiety, depression, addiction & smoking cessation, insomnia
MUSCLE TENSION & PAIN
Sports injuries, overuse and repetitive strain, chronic tension, myofascial pain, carpo tunnel, tennis elbow