About Acupuncture- it is a form of alternative medicine involving thin needles being inserted into the body at specific points. It is a safe and effective form of treatment used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental and emotional conditions. With it originating in China, acupuncture has been used in the East for thousands of years and is now greatly used in Western medicine as an alternative to drugs and surgery.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force-known as qi or chi (CHEE)- believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. Many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, by gently inserting the small fine needles, specifically made for acupuncture, into your problem area(s). Your body will then automatically send blood, energy or “chi” to that area to start a “healing” process. Many people that are leery of acupuncture become our best advocates, once they experience relief from their pain and troublesome symptoms.
About your Acupuncturist- Each of our practitioners who performs acupuncture have a unique style and uses different techniques, to determine the type of acupuncture treatment that will help you the most. Your practitioner may ask you about your symptoms, behaviors and lifestyle, he or she may also closely examine some or all of the following:
*the parts of the body that are painful
*the shape, coating and color of your tongue
*the color of your face
*the strength, rhythm and quality of the pulse in your wrist
*the recommendation of your doctor
The number of treatments and time spent on them will depend on the condition(s) being treated and its severity. Your comfort is of the utmost importance and often your insurance will cover treatment, including worker’s compensation and no-fault insurance.
During Acupuncture- Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. Sometimes the appropriate points are far removed from the area of your pain. Your acupuncturist will tell you the general site of the planned treatment and if you need to remove any clothing. You will then lie on the table or sit in a chair and needle insertion will begin.