Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system.
Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy.
An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body’s Qi and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. It also can improve overall function and wellbeing. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
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(Requires an initial Acupuncture Examination) Acussage is a unique 90-minute treatment designed to bring the best of two styles of treatment together. During the 90-minute treatment a patient will receive 45 minutes of massage to include stretching, deep tissue work, etc. While doing massage or bodywork, the practitioner will be looking for general tight muscle patterns or blocked areas of the body. After massage, the remaining 45 minutes will be an acupuncture treatment with needles, moxa, e-stim and/or cupping to complete the body’s natural state of being. Combining both massage and acupuncture in one treatment is great for patients who want the best of both worlds at a slightly less cost than two separate treatments, as well as saving time in busy daily schedules. (90 Minutes)
During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist will check pulses, your tongue and conduct a general physical exam relating to eastern medicine. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. After the interview process, you will receive an acupuncture treatment. (90 Minutes)
Once an initial exam appointment has been completed, follow-up treatments can be done as frequently as the patient or practitioner feel is best or necessary. (60 Minutes)
The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief; others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones.
Treatment frequently depends on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your physical and emotional states. An acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week, monthly visits for health maintenance or seasonal “tune ups.”
Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects except for feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.
An Acupuncturist will work with your western medical doctors to create the best results for you as the patient. In general, please do communicate with your doctors about your treatments, and in some cases, a doctors permissive note may be requested based on what patients are being treated for by their doctors.
Come with any questions you have—we’re here to help you.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points.
Don’t eat large meals just before or after your visit.
Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax and get plenty of rest.
Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems.
Cupping is a therapy designed to stimulate the flow of blood and Qi within the superficial muscle layers. It is used for sore muscles, tension, neck pain and the common cold. In this therapy, your acupuncturist will place small glass, silicone or plastic “cups” over specific areas on your body. A vacuum is created under the cup using heat or suction. They may be moved over an affected are or left in place. You may leave the office looking as though a large octopus gave you a big hug. There is no need for alarm. The slight redness will quickly dissipate.
Gua Sha is another technique used to release muscle tension, tightness and constriction. A specialized tool is used to gently scrape or rub the skin over a problem area. Gua Sha feels a bit like a deep massage. This too may leave some slight redness that will quickly dissipate.
Moxibustion is a treatment that uses an herb called mugwort. It may be burned on the handle of a needle, above the skin, on salt or on a slice of ginger. This is used to “warm” acupuncture points or areas in order to quicken the healing process. Moxabustion is fantastic for quicker healing and reducing pain of tendon evulsions (tears) and broken bones.
E-stim, or electroacpuncture, can be used for muscular trigger point therapy, muscle spasms, nausea or morning sickness, or general varied muscular-skeletal issues due to postural problems and professional or athletic overuse.
Electroacupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. Electroacupuncture uses two needles at time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously, usually for no more than 30 minutes at a time.