Acupuncture is the use of sterile, single-use, micro-thin needles to stimulate various points on the body in order to increase circulation, release muscle and fascia tension, and activate the release of neurochemicals. Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been used to treat many ailments for over 2,000 years. It is a holistic medicine, addressing physical, mental, and emotional issues. All living beings are made of energy. This energy forms lines called meridians on the surface of the skin associated with specific organs. For example there is a liver meridian in the leg, a heart meridian line in the arm. These meridians both reflect and affect the associated organ. Sometimes there can be too much energy in one meridian and not enough in another, so the acupuncturist can make a diagnosis and treat according to what is happening in the meridian. By doing so they balance the energy of the body and the associated organ, bringing harmony to the system.
Cupping is a method through which suction cups are put on specific parts of the body to bring energy. The cups cause blood vessels to come to the surface stimulating blood flow and healing. While it sounds painful, cupping doesn’t hurt at all. There is a slight pinch or pulling feeling, but it is not uncomfortable. People who find cupping helpful include but are not restricted to, low back pain, shoulder pain, heart related issues, and digestive related issues.
Guasha is a traditional East Asian medicine healing technique in which the therapist gently scrapes the surface of the skin with a jade stone or similar tool, bringing blood vessels to the surface with the intent of improving circulation and healing to a particular area.
Does it hurt?
No. The needles that are used are as thin as a human hair, completely different then what doctors use to draw blood or give an injection. Most people experience a tapping sensation, pressure, or nothing at all. Highly sensitive people may feel a small prick that goes away immediately. Many patients have a fear of needles, but the acupuncturist makes the process easy, comfortable and will make sure you are feeling good. This allows all patients to experience the healing power of acupuncture. We also ask our patients to always communicate their comfort zone and their questions.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes, very safe with little to no side effects. Needles are sterile and single use.
Can acupuncture help me?
Most likely yes! Acupuncture therapy helps treat a variety of symptoms including: pain, insomnia, headaches/migraines, digestive issues, autoimmune diseases, stress, anxiety, depression, skin conditions, women’s health, nerve-related disorders, side effects from cancer treatments, recovery from surgeries, and more. The World Health Organization (WHO) also recognizes acupuncture to be safe and effective in the treatment in these conditions. Acupuncture gets your body back to optimal functioning, so if your body is not functioning at its optimal level acupuncture can help!
How often should I receive an acupuncture treatment?
This answer depends solely on the patient and the current state of their body. In general, it is recommended to receive treatment more regularly in the beginning, once a week or every two weeks depending on how long you have had symptoms. Generally, the longer you have had symptoms, the longer it will take to treat. We recommend having up to 4 treatments to determine your body’s response to treatment. The acupuncturist will recommend a personalized, individual plan going forward, and may also use some acupressure treatment to aid in healing.
Anything I should know?
Please arrive a few minutes early on first visit to fill out a health history form, or click here to bring it with you. Wear comfortable clothes that allow arms and legs to be exposed for treatment. It’s best to not to have an empty stomach during treatment, so eat something before coming.