Acupuncture can treat acute and chronic conditions and can also be used as preventive care. It promotes relaxation, pain relief, brain clarity and increases energy and stamina. It is also safe, gentle, and effective for the following conditions:
|●||Back/Neck pain||●||Circulatory Issues|
|●||Plantar Fasciitis||●||Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects|
This is not a full list, for more information please contact us.
The first question that most people ask is, “does it hurt?” Acupuncture needles are solid and very fine. You may feel a mild dull sensation as the needle touches the energy of the point and then the sensation will quickly diminish. Some people do not feel a sensation at all. We are happy to talk to you more about this and relieve any fears that you might have.
Acupuncture is one of the longest practiced medical systems in the world. It works by affecting the quality of our energy (chi) that flows through of the body. Our chi circulates through pathways within the body called meridians. An imbalance in the flow of chi is how illness begins. When the imbalance is found it can be treated by a gentle insertion of very fine, sterile, single-use needles in various points along the body.
The flow of Chi is assessed by feeling the quality of the twelve pulses, located on near the radial artery on both the left and right wrist. These flows are also assessed by careful observation by the practitioner.
Each session is between 45 minutes to 1-hour long. Your first treatment may be up a bit longer, as we will discuss your medical history, main concerns and answer any questions you may have.
Acupuncture is a process, and healing occurs over a series of treatments building on each other. The more frequent the treatment, the stronger the effect. The benefits of acupuncture are greatly increased by receiving regular, frequent treatments. Generally it is good to come in 1 – 2 times per week until there is a change in symptoms. This varies per person and will be discussed at your initial visit.
Techniques used with Acupuncture
Cupping Therapy has been used for thousands of years as an alternative pain therapy. Cupping is safe, comfortable and remarkably effective for many health disorders.
During a cupping session plastic, silicone or glass cups are placed on the skin and a partial vacuum is created in the cups through suction. This draws up the underlying tissues and opens the meridians, allowing energy to flow through every organ and tissue of the body. When the cup is left in place on the skin, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.
Cupping has the ability to stimulate the body and affect up to four inches deep into the tissues, causing the release and removal of toxins. It activates the lymphatic system, relieves muscles tension, joint pain and digestive disturbances and increases blood circulation. It also benefits the lungs, relieving symptoms of respiratory problems such as coughing and wheezing.
Most cupping techniques have a mild and tolerable pulling action on the skin. Depending on the treatment, the skin may show a discoloration of the skin, similar to a bruise. This is common after the cups are removed and can last up to a week after treatment. Cupping therapy is very safe and has no side effects.
Auricular Acupuncture is acupuncture done on the ear. It is used to treat conditions that are present anywhere in the body. By stimulating points in the outer ear it helps to send electrical impulse messages to the brain, which then stimulate other areas of the body. In this way, auricular acupuncture can relieve pain in the joints and muscles, stimulate the organs and the brain itself, and achieve a number of other therapeutic effects for the body.
Moxabustion or moxa, is the application of heat to a specific area on the body to warm, stimulate and increase circulation of blood flow and chi. The term moxibustion is derived from the Japanese term 'Moe Kusa', meaning 'burning herb'. Moxa comes from the herbal plant Arternisia Vulgaris, also known as mugwort. The sponge-like herb is formed into small cones and placed against the skin and heated.