Based upon an early philosophy about balance in the universe, acupuncture stabilizes the body’s opposite forces of yin and yang and promotes inherent self-healing practices. The flow of energy or qi travels throughout the body and keeps the forces in balance. If the energy is blocked in some way, the qi is disturbed and often leads to pain and illness. Acupuncture efficiently and positively affects each body system, including the endocrine, immune, nervous and cardiovascular and digestive systems.
Well known as a component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is both safe and highly effective for many medical conditions, with no side effects that often accompany treatment with conventional medicine. Many insurance companies now cover acupuncture treatments which are extremely beneficial for relieving pain.
Acupuncture has proven to provide relief for dozens of ailments and conditions, including:
- back and neck pain
- chronic pain
- migraines and other headaches
The most notable method of acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny needles into specific acupoints on the body for relaxation and pain relief. Other techniques include cupping, applying topical liniments and herbal medicines, heat therapy and massage.
During a session, a trained acupuncturist takes your health history, performs a cursory physical exam according your particular health issues and supplies advice upon the best course of treatment. You will lay on a treatment table while acupoints are stimulated on different parts of the body. There is very little to no discomfort during the procedure and patients are often extremely relaxed. The number of treatments that will benefit you the most depends upon your situation.