Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Eastern medicine acupuncture is based on the philosophy that our energy or qi, is not moving correctly and this lack of energy flow leads to pain, illness, and disease. Correcting this flow of energy will promote health and wellness. According to this paradigm, energy moves through the body along 14 main pathways, called meridians, and when the flow along one or several of the meridians is obstructed, the result may be disease or injury. By stimulating key points in the body with needles, restoration of balance to the normal energy flow and, consequently to relieve pain or treat disease results.

During an acupuncture treatment, tiny one- or two-inch needles are inserted at selected acupuncture points. Patients generally complain of little or no discomfort from the needles. A common introduction is a feeling of heaviness or numbness at the insertion sites. Most importantly, acupuncture sessions should be relaxing to allow the body to heal.

Common condition that are improved with acupuncture:

  • Pain management
  • Anxiety / Depression
  • Stress
  • Chronic pain
  • Infertility
  • Induction of labor
  • Menopause related symptoms
  • Weight-loss
  • Smoking cessation
  • Tinnitus
  • Nausea/”morning sickness”
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Migraines/Headaches
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Sleep disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Allergies
  • Ear infections
  • Addictions
After a thorough exam and diagnosis your doctor will explain whether he or she thinks you are a candidate for acupuncture. A typical acupuncture session will last anywhere between 30 minutes to one (1) hour.

 

acupunctBiomedical dry needling can be thought of as more of a Western-medicine approach to acupuncture. Dry needling treats the direct source of pain, whether it be muscles, nerves, tendons, or ligaments. For example, needles are used at myofascial trigger points, or knots, that are causing pain or discomfort. Insertion of a needle causes a local twitch response that results in reduced pain, increased circulation and muscle stimulation of the muscles and overlying fascia. This technique is often used to help break the pain cycle and promote healing in conjunction with additional treatment modalities.