Acupuncture is component of an ancient system of holistic medicine called Traditional Chinese Medicine. The treatment is performed by inserting single use pre-sterilized needles into specific points on the body for 20-45 minutes depending on the treatment. Acupuncturists use very thin needles and generally treatments are not painful. In fact, many people find themselves very relaxed during treatment.
It is believed that the needles regulate the nervous system by releasing endorphins and neurotransmitters which have many different functions including reducing the perception of pain and the effects of stress. Acupuncture also works to release tight muscles and improve their function.
According to Acupuncture theory there is an energy that flows through the body called Qi. Qi has 2 forms: Yin and Yang. When Qi cannot flow freely, the Yin and Yang become imbalanced. The treatment works to bring balance back to the body, improving the flow of Qi and blood.
HOW CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP YOU?
Acupuncture can be used to treat many issues including:
- Chronic pain
- Women’s health including pre-natal health
- Weight loss
- Quitting smoking
- Stress and anxiety
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Respiratory problems including allergies and asthma
- Migraines and headaches
- Immune system support
- Dizziness and vertigo
- Anti aging – cosmetic acupuncture
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM ACUPUNCTURE?
Many people can benefit from the treatment. This includes most adults, pregnant women, and some children. The benefits of Acupuncture can be seen immediately but often take at least three sessions and may require maintenance treatments, depending on the individual. Its effects are also cumulative. Your Acupuncturist can discuss your treatment program with you.
Other modalities are often used in combination with acupuncture to improve the outcome of your treatment.
Cupping is a popular technique used by Acupuncturists. Thick glass cups are suctioned to the body to move the local Qi and blood to relieve pain and congestion. Cups may be left in one position or moved across the skin.
An effective component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Gua Sha uses specialized scraping tools on the skin to improve the flow of blood and metabolic wastes, stimulating the immune system and reducing inflammation. It is commonly used to relieve painful and tight muscles, and for respiratory issues.
Plum Blossom Therapy
Plum blossom therapy is a technique used on the surface of the skin only. A plum blossom needle is a small hammer-like instrument with tiny needles embedded into it. The hammer is used to lightly tap the skin which stimulates the area being treated. It is often used for those who are afraid of needles, or for children.
Electro-Acupuncture is the application of electrical currents to acupuncture needles to stimulate the affected areas. It is a useful treatment for ailments such as chronic pain and paralysis.
DRY NEEDLING VS. ACUPUNCTURE
Dry Needling and Acupuncture are two treatments that appear similar but are not. Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that uses needles all over the body simultaneously. It can treat many different disorders beyond musculoskeletal dysfunction. Dry Needling is a “western” form of needling designed to eliminate painful trigger points and is not based on the ancient principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.