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What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a technique that originated in China over 4,000 years ago. There are a variety of techniques used in Chinese Medicine but most commonly known is the use of thin needles that are placed into specific points on the body that stimulate the brain to release our body’s natural painkillers, reduce stress and improve circulation and blood flow.
How does acupuncture work?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that disease is caused by the disruption of energy and blood flow. It is through the stimulation of specific points located by important nerves and nerve pathways that signals are sent to the brain to increase energy and blood flow to those parts of the body that may be experiencing a blockage. You might think of it like a kink in a garden hose, if a muscle or nerve is being impinged, its going to lack blood flow. By stimulating that area you unkink the hose and blood can surge through the area reducing and eliminating pain.
It has been shown in recent studies that acupuncture affects a network of systems in the brain that stimulate endorphin release with analgesic affect to reduce pain, stimulate blood flow and tissue repair and signal the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system to reduce stress levels and regulate breathing, digestion and heart rate.
What does acupuncture treat?
Low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, shoulder pain (frozen shoulder), knee pain, plantar fasciitis, sprains, facial pain, TMJ, arthritis of any kind, neurological headaches, migraines, stroke, facial pain, bell’s palsy, multiple sclerosis
Stress, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, insomnia, addictions
Menstrual issues, irregular / painful periods, menopause, pelvic pain, bladder and incontinence issues, fertility, induction of labor, morning sickness, correction of malposition fetus (breech presentation)
Acid reflux, nausea, vomiting, IBS, diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, abdominal pain
Allergies, common cold, flu, autoimmune diseases (fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s)
high blood pressure, stress, palpitations
What is cupping?
Cupping is a method of creating a vacuum on the patient’s skin to dispel stagnation (stagnant blood and lymph), thereby improving energy and blood flow, in order to treat musculoskeletal pain and respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis.