What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of hair-thin, sterile needles into the body to activate special receptors which communicate with the body's central nervous, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems, resulting in the release of natural pain killing substances and dilation of blood vessels, delivering oxygen and nutrient rich blood, hormones, and immune factors to sick areas of the body.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works like a light switch.
Just as with a light you don't have to go to the light to turn it on you can flip the switch on the wall. This is an example of distal acupuncture and just like the lights in an office building, distal acupuncture points are strong and can turn on many lights with just one switch.
Some lights are different, such as a lamp where you turn on the light by flipping the switch that is on the lamp. This is an example of local acupuncture; each point turns on a light like the lamp.
Sometimes, when you flip the switch, the light doesn't turn on, and then you need to take more action such as changing the bulb. This is an example of sports/orthopedic acupuncture where you use more stimulation to directly release tight muscle knots or trigger points.
What to expect during a treatment?
1.) The acupuncturist will ask your top three health concerns.
2.) Based on examination and diagnosis using Chinese medicine principles, the acupuncturist will determine which style of acupuncture will be best for your specific case.
3.) You will relax in a quiet comfortable room. The acupuncturist will place the points needed for your condition and while the points are in place you will relax for about 30 minutes.
4.) The acupuncturist will come in periodically during your treatment to make sure you are comfortable, and also to stimulate the points. Be sure not to hesitate to communicate with the acupuncturist if you have any questions or feel any discomfort during the treatment.
5.) The treatment may be ended with additional therapies or advice such as: cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, herbal, exercise, or diet advice. Each session will take about 1 hour.
Please schedule a consult to discuss whether acupuncture is right for you!