acupuncture is the use of fine needles
at various points on the body to
stimulate SELF-REGULATion AND HEALing.
Acupuncture has been employed as a health care approach for over 3,000 years as part of Chinese Medicine — the oldest system of medicine in continuous use. It evolved for independently of what we in the West refer to as conventional medicine, and is founded on the idea that Qi (“chee”), roughly translated as energy, is the basis of all things. Theories about how Qi is transformed developed from careful observation of the natural world. In the body, it was found that Qi moves along pathways connecting the muscles, organs, and the nervous system. Its smooth flow supports the function of our entire being and when this movement is disrupted by trauma, repetitive strain, stress, and the like, symptoms of dysfunction begin to appear. Through the stimulation of specific points on the body, acupuncture restores the proper flow and activates the body’s natural healing abilities.
Acupuncture has been used for centuries in many other countries around the world and has gained support in the United States more recently due to the increasing amount of published evidence supporting its use. Acupuncture treatment is tailored to the individual and involves the insertion of thin needles at specific anatomical locations with an intention to restore dynamic regulation and stimulate healing. It has been shown to regulate the functioning of the body and increase resistance to disease by enhancing the immune system and stimulating numerous other body functions. Clinical research shows that acupuncture can treat many conditions, but much remains to be understood about how it works. Of course, the same is also true of many medical treatments. In fact, scientists have only recently figured out how aspirin might work! Given that ineffective therapies fall out of use, the continuous practice of acupuncture over thousands of years is a resounding testament to its value.
Additional treatment methods often used by Acupuncturists:
Not just for Olympic athletes, Cupping, or myofascial decompression, is one of the oldest and best deep-tissue therapies available. Small glass cups are placed on the skin and suction is created causing the flesh to be lightly drawn into the cup. They are left in place for about ten minutes, or may be gently moved across the skin. Cupping helps break up adhesions, increase circulation, loosen muscles, and calm the nervous system. It's often used to relieve back pain, stiff muscles, and it can help clear chest congestion. For most patients, it is a particularly relaxing therapy. Purplish circles that form during cupping fade in a few days.
Moxibustion is a technique in which the Artemisia herb (moxa) is burned to apply heat stimulation to an acupuncture point. It is used in the treatment of many conditions, including arthritis and digestive disorders.
Similar to Cupping, Gua Sha is a healing technique used throughout Asia for pain, mobility, inflammation, and immunity. Using a simple tool, friction is applied to an area to promote circulation and release soft-tissue adhesions. Modern research shows it produces anti-inflammatory as well as immune-protective effects, and helps restore metabolic processes resulting in an immediate decrease of pain and stiffness. It feels much like deep massage and leaves some redness which disappears over several days.
Biologically compatible laser light stimulation of acupuncture points is an excellent way to get an effective treatment without needles. Low-level, or “cold lasers”, increase cellular energy production, stimulating cell growth and repair. Lasers can help wounds heal faster, minimize scarring, decrease pain, reduce inflammation, and improve circulation. In addition to local effects, laser stimulation shows measurable effects in the brain similar to needle acupuncture.
Electrical currents can be pulsed through acupuncture points to activate a variety of tissues and body systems. You may feel some tingling or mild muscle twitches during treatment. If you have a pacemaker, or a history of seizures or epilepsy, it's not recommended.
TDP Infrared Lamp
Provides a comfortable, penetrating heat that increases circulation, relaxes muscles, and improves metabolic activity in the tissues.
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