Acupuncture is a treatment method in which small thin needles are inserted through the skin at strategic points to help alleviate pain, improve sleep, digestive function, and over all well-being. Acupuncture can also help with migraines, mood, blood pressure, insomnia, allergies, injury, acid reflux, back pain, immune function, weight loss & more.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, health is the result of a balance between “yin” and “yang” of the life force known as “qi,” (chi). Illness is thought to be caused by an imbalance in these forces. Qi is said to flow through meridians in the body, which are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body. Inserting needles into these points is said to bring qi back into balance to help heal illness.
Neuroscience can also be used to explain how acupuncture works. Acupuncture points are areas that nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated to increase blood flow, while at the same time triggering the activity of the body’s natural painkiller response.
Our Chiropractors are certified to perform acupuncture. They will have you lay either face up or face down on a massage table and will insert thin needles into the proper acupuncture points for you condition. The may also use electric stimulation depending on the area and/or condition they are treating.
It is unlikely that the insertion of these needles will cause any pain or discomfort. However, if you are feeling something that seems unusual, please alert you doctor so he can make proper adjustments.
You can expect your treatment to last anywhere for 12 to 20 minutes.