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Q: What is acupuncture?


Acupuncture is an alternative medicine methodology originating in ancient China that treats patients by manipulating thin, solid needles that have been inserted into acupuncture points in the skin. According to Traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating these points can correct imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians.

Q: How does acupuncture work?

Certain points on the body connect with particular organs and bodily functions. In a healthy, normal functioning body, energy flows freely resulting in a balanced system. When the flow of energy is interrupted from causes such as stress or injury, this energy is reduced, throwing your qi (energy) off balance. By performing acupuncture using the points associated with the particular meridian involved, this qi or balance is restored.

Q: What should I expect for my first treatment?

The first appointment usually takes one to 1 1/2 hours.  The intake covers your main complaints, medical history, nutritional habits, pulse and tongue diagnosis.  Usually a treatment is given, unless you require emergent care.

Many experiences may occur after the first treatment. Immediate, total or partial relief from pain or other symptoms may be experienced. Some patients experience a sudden burst of energy while others may feel relaxed. Many people experience a calming satisfaction.

Small, localized bruises from minor bleeding under the skin are infrequent, but do occur. These are no cause for alarm, and despite the cosmetic inconvenience, they actually provide a kind of bonus treatment. The re-absorption of the blood continues the stimulation of the acupuncture point even without the needle in place.

Q: Is it safe?

Acupuncture therapy has been used for thousands of years in China and is the treatment of choice for one-fourth of the world’s population. The needles are approved, individually packaged, pre-sterilized and disposed of after a single use.


Acupuncture and Pain Relief


There are two ways acupuncture seems to relieve pain. First, it is very clear that acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the body's natural pain killers (endorphin means endogenous morphine). They are very potent, and they are produced naturally by the body, so they have no side effects. There is also evidence that acupuncture acts on the nervous system by blocking the transmission of pain signals to the brain. The needles do not cause pain, but they cause impulses to be sent along certain nerve fibers that reach the spinal cord and block messages transmitted by other fibers. These messages do not reach the brain, where they would be interpreted as pain. It is, of course, not always desirable to get rid of pain. Sometimes pain serves a useful purpose. It can tell us something is wrong, as for example in the case of appendicitis, or keep us from overusing an arthritic knee. But in many cases it serves no useful function. Often pain persists long after an injury has healed, and in the case of chronic problems, it can be persistent and severe, destroying the quality of a person's life. Acupuncture can then be very useful.


Sports Injury & Prevention

Acupuncture is great at both speeding up recovery and also preventing injury from your exercise regime. When we work out intensely for years of our life, our body is impacted in both positive, and sometimes, painful ways. To be in optimal health and pain free, you may need to adjust the amount and intensity of your exercise.
Whether you choose to adjust or not, acupuncture for sports injury and prevention can support your muscles in remaining supple and nourished, which decreases the potential for injury. Needles, electro-stimulation and cupping are all highly effective treatments for injury and prevention.
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