Acupuncture is an ancient health science used to treat pain and dysfunction by the insertion of needles into specific points on the body. It is deeply rooted in China and believed to have been developed over 5,000 years ago. It did not become widely used in the U.S. until about 1971. The theory behind acupuncture is that there is an energy network under the skin which links the external world and the internal organs. The network travels through meridians or channels and these channels should be balanced to promote health. When the energy is in harmony there is health throughout the systems of the body. Should the energy become blocked or weakened the harmony is disrupted and pain and dysfunction occur. Needles or other types of stimulation are used over specific points along the body surface to restore the normal harmony of the external and internal worlds.
One would assume that the insertion of needles into the skin is painful however in most cases acupuncture is not extremely painful. The needles are quite thin and the insertion is done so quickly that patients report only a slight prick when the needle is inserted. The number of treatments required varies greatly according to the condition and the patient being treated. In some cases there is immediate relief while in others several treatments are needed to promote the balance and restore the harmony and health. In very few cases the patient may actually have a temporary worsening of symptoms as the body returns to a more normal state. That is not cause for alarm in most cases. In acute cases acupuncture can provide long lasting relief of symptoms without the need for additional care. In some chronic cases however the amount of tissue damage does not allow for permanent resolution and in those cases the patient is treated intermittently at a low frequency to control the pain and dysfunction.
A typical treatment with acupuncture at our clinic involves an examination to determine the exact nature of the problem. This can include more traditional examination techniques or the evaluation of the meridians themselves to determine the balance within those channels via a small, painless electrode on specific sites. The doctors will then determine what points are needed and the needles are inserted. The patient is allowed to rest for 20 minutes with these needles in place. They are then removed and the treatment session is concluded for that day. There is not typically bleeding when the needles are removed. The patient may return to their normal daily lives.
Acupuncture is a safe, effective and proven method to treat many types of conditions. Acute or chronic pain, headaches, sinus and allergy problems as well as neurological problems to include sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome are commonly treated at our clinic. At times acupuncture is used in combination with chiropractic manipulation. That seems to provide exception benefits as well. In general we do not address addiction issues or weight loss and we do not treat animals. If you have questions about whether your specific condition would be well addressed with acupuncture or any other questions about this type of treatment please contact our clinic.