Acupuncture

The classical Chinese explanation of acupuncture is the belief that your body has channels of energy that follow a very specific course. These channels are called meridians and can be affected and influenced by needling the areas along their pathway. The acupuncture needles help stimulate these channels and allows the energy of the meridians to flow freely. This helps the body begin the process of healing. Acupuncture also stimulate the nervous system and release endorphins throughout the body. 

Acupuncture Benefits:​

  • Alleviate pain

  • Enhance athletic performance

  • Balance mood and reduce stress

  • Improve digestion issues

  • Ease anxiety and depression

  • Reduce fatigue and increase energy

The most common side effect of acupuncture is slight tenderness or bruising at the needle site. Needles are always sterile and disinfectant is used on the area prior to needle insertion.Serious complications are extremely rare when acupuncture is performed by a qualified and licensed practitioner. 

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

This is a very common question. People can have different experiences with acupuncture.  Some people report feeling energized after their treatment while others become deeply relaxed. The sensation of the needles once they are inserted also tend to vary from person to person. Many people aren't even aware that the needles have been inserted while other people claim to feel energy moving around the acupuncture needle. 

Cupping

Cupping involves placing specialized cups of varying sizes on the skin and creating a negative pressure to lift the underlying tissue into the cup. Usually there is a feeling of slight pressure and tightening of the skin around the cup. The purpose of cupping is to remove stagnation in the acupuncture channels and increase circulation to relieve pain and remove toxins from the body. Many times the cups leave the skin red but will disappear within hours to a few days. 

Gua Sha

Gua Sha literally translates to "scraping bruises". People find great relief from this therapeutic, painless scraping technique. By scraping a lubricated area of your skin, the resulting petechiae will cause an anti-inflammatory and immune response which can reduce pain and tissue adhesion. 

Treatments typically include:

  • Tongue Evaluation

  • Pulse Diagnostics

  • Acupuncture

  • Cupping or Gua Sha as needed

  • A Plan for Continuing Treatment 

Acupuncture Tools
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