Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing modalities, having been continually used for nearly 4,000 years. Today, Acupuncture is used by ¼ of the world’s population as a primary healthcare modality. It is an extremely effective way to treat a wide variety of conditions without side effects.
Acupuncture was introduced to the United States in 1971, and has been slowly growing in popularity since then. The aim is not only to eliminate or alleviate symptoms, but to treat the underlying cause, increase function, and improve quality of life.
The human body contains over 2,000 acupuncture points. When these points are needled, they signal the body to improve nervous system function, blood and lymph circulation, reduce inflammation and muscle tension, and enhance organ function. In Acupuncture theory, balanced physiological function and health depends upon on the circulation of nutrients, substances, and energy called Qi (pronounced "chee") through a network of "channels" or "meridians." This network connects all parts of the body, providing balance, regulation, and coordination of physiological processes. In Western science, these channels are often compared to nerve, vascular, and lymph networks, muscular and ligamentous structures, and interwoven connections in fascial tissues.
During your acupuncture treatment, a selection of points most specific for you and your condition will be carefully chosen, and thin, thread-like needles will be inserted into each point. Our clinic only uses sterile, stainless steel, single-use needles. Patients often describe the sensation as a gentle "poke" or pinch, followed sometimes by a warm, dull, achy or itchy sensation. These sensations are considered a positive sign that the point has been activated and the body is responding appropriately. Many patients describe a profound sense of relaxation during and after treatment, and it's fairly common to fall asleep during treatment.
Electro-Acupuncture may be chosen for your acupuncture treatment, particularly in cases of traumatic injury, muscle tension, muscle atrophy, radiculopathy, paralysis, and chronic pain. "E-Stim" works by connecting electrodes to the needles to deliver a gentle current of electrical stimulation that is distributed more deeply into the tissues. One can expect a mild pulsing sensation during electro-acupuncture. If you experience any pain or discomfort, immediately tell your practitioner so they can adjust the stimulation and/or needles.