Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been around for over 2,500 years. The technique involves inserting a solid, stainless steel, single-use acupuncture needle into the skin at specific points to achieve a therapeutic effect. Nothing is injected.
Acupuncture points are located on the skin where there is a lower resistance to the passage of electricity. Most are found along ‘channels’ or ‘meridians’ that have been mapped for centuries by the Chinese. The meridians are believed to be pathways that allow energy to flow throughout the body. These points can be landmarked and needled on each individual based on their body proportions.
The needles are very fine, flexible and “atraumatic”, meaning they do not have a cutting edge, but instead slide smoothly through tissues. When the needle is inserted, there often is a deep, heavy or aching sensation, which in Chinese medicine is called, Qi (pronounced ‘chee’). The needles are left in place for 15-30 minutes.
Acupuncture is used to reduce or relieve pain, improve function of affected areas of the body, and encourage the body’s natural healing process.
Conditions it can help:
o Low back/sacroiliac joint pain
o Neck disorders, including whiplash
o Temporomandibular joint pain
o Ankylosing spondylosis
o Osteoarthritis (IE. hips, knees, shoulders)
o Tennis or golfer’s elbow
o Neuropathic pain
To book an acupuncture appointment, please call 204-925-5944.