Traditional Chinese Medicine evolved over thousands of years and is widely practiced throughout the world. In contrast to typical western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners view the body as a series of meridians, energies and body systems that lead to a quite different treatment regimen than western medicine. Acupuncture is the most well-known and often practiced of these treatment methods. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles into the skin at specific places on your body. Don't worry, they are rarely painful. In fact, many patients report not feeling the needles at all. That is because they are so thin and inserted expertly, so as to avoid discomfort.
Once inserted, the needles work to improve the flow of chi, or life energy, through the various channels, or meridians, of the body. The result is accelerated healing, reduction of pain, and improvement of many body systems. In fact, many patients report falling asleep during the treatment or sleeping very well the night of the treatment.
Acupuncture in our clinic is primarily used to reduce pain, release tight muscles, and speed healing. It can also be used to reduce headaches, arthritis, menstrual cramps, and respiratory disorders.
Acupuncture is just one of many techniques used by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners to benefit their patients. They also use cupping, gua sha, and herbal treatment. Cupping involves using suction type cups on the body to draw out or focus certain energies, and these are known to both focus and stimulate blood flow to the treated area. Gua sha involves the use of a smooth stone or other tool to gently scrape across the skin to stimulate blood flow and energetic changes over injury sites. Herbs can be prescribed orally or applied topically such as in a liniment or oil, and these also stimulate certain healing properties in the body.
Acupuncture and the other traditional Chinese medicine treatments are a wonderful complement to chiropractic care and massage therapy, or can be utilized on their own. Come to our clinic and find out today how much better you can feel with the help of acupuncture.