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Acupuncture

AcupunctureAcupuncture is component of an ancient system of holistic medicine called Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture is performed by inserting single use pre-sterilized needles into the body for 20-45 minutes depending on the treatment. Acupuncturists use very thin needles and the majority of treatments are not painful. In fact many people find themselves very relaxed or even asleep during treatment.

It is believed that Acupuncture needles release a variety of endorphins which have many different functions including reducing the perception of pain and the effects of stress.

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. Acupuncture uses needles and other modalities such as cupping or electro-acupuncture to bring balance back to the body.

WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?

  • Chronic Pain
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Women’s Health
  • Fertility
  • Weight Loss
  • Quitting Smoking
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM ACUPUNCTURE?

Many people can benefit from Acupuncture. This includes most adults, pregnant women, and some children. The benefits of Acupuncture can be seen immediately but often take at least three sessions. Its effects are also cumulative. Your Acupuncturist can discuss your treatment program with you.

CUPPING & ELECTRO-ACUPUNCTURE

Cupping is a popular technique used by Acupuncturists. Cups are suctioned to the body to move the local Qi and blood in order to relieve pain and create relaxation.

Electro-Acupuncture is the application of electrical currents to acupuncture needles in order 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.

GUA SHA

A component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Gua Sha uses specialized scraping tools on the skin to improve blood flow, release unhealthy elements and promote healing.

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