Acupuncture is the science and art of stimulating the body's natural ability to heal. It focuses on the whole person, not just the symptom or the disease. Over thousands of years, acupuncture has evolved to effectively treat most modern ailments, including many where Western medicine may have limited solutions.
In order for a muscle, joint or organ to function well, there must be adequate blood, nutrient and energy flow to that area. Most if not all of the imbalances that occur in the body can be traced back to a lack of sufficient flow to the affected location. To help the body recover from injury, overuse or misuse, acupuncture can increase flow to a specific region of the body in a targeted way. Many descriptions of acupuncture talk about "energy" or "qi" and how it flows through the body. This can be interpreted as simply an ancient Chinese way of describing the flow of blood and its nutritional components.
Systemic conditions (for example sleep problems, mental/emotional/spiritual issues, or addictions) are addressed by regulating the flow through the entire body, as opposed to a specific body part.
Through the use of needles, our flow is corrected. This is felt as an alleviation of symptoms and an overall sense of health, happiness, and well-being.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing if possible. Ideally, there should be easy access to your legs up past the knee, arms past the elbows, and abdomen. Feel free to bring such clothes to change into before your treatment.
While response to treatment varies, many people feel a change in their primary complaint by the third to fifth treatment.
Typically, there will be some relief felt after a treatment. This can begin immediately with the needles or not until the next day, and last anywhere from a few minutes to weeks or permanently. As we continue, that period will get longer and stronger as the treatments build on one another. The best time to come in next is close to the time that the previous treatment wears off. The sooner you come back in after the symptom starts up again, the faster progress we'll make. Often it takes more than one session to notice a difference. In these cases, I recommend starting with once a week unless the symptom is severe, in which case more frequent visits are better.
Perfectly. The sterile needles are used once then disposed of. Also, since treatment is tailored to the individual, side-effects are virtually unheard of.
The hair-thin needles that we use are much smaller than what we usually think of as “needles” (5 of them can fit inside the hole at the end of a dentist’s needle) and are not painful. I also do treatments without needles for those who prefer.
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Anyone! Students, teachers, yogis and yoginis, construction workers, servers, cashiers, programmers, and anyone who sits or stands all day. Treatment is tailored to age and condition. Young children and sensitive patients can request to be treated without needles.
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If you are nervous about the group treatment setting, just visit the clinic and check it out. Patients who had initially resisted the idea often forget they had any concerns about group treatment by their second and third sessions.