Acupuncture originated in China and has been practiced for centuries. It is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve function. This is done by inserting sterilized, stainless-steel needles (that are as fine as a human hair) into specific points, called meridians, that are found all over your body. Acupuncture accesses these meridians to promote the balance and flow of an energy called qi. When qi is blocked it creates an imbalance and thus creates illness. Acupuncture balances and restores your body's energy and helps to heal your whole body.
Do the needles hurt?
This is a common question and it is quite understandable. Acupuncture does not hurt, in fact it is very relaxing and therapeutic. The needles are very small and thin and are solid, not hollow (hollow needles tend to hurt more)
What is an acupressure massage?
Traditional Chinese medical theory describes special acupoints, or acupressure points, that lie along meridians, or channels, in your body. These are the same energy meridians and acupoints as those targeted with acupuncture. It is believed that through these invisible channels flows vital energy -- or a life force called qi (ch'i). It is also believed that these 12 major meridians connect specific organs or networks of organs, organizing a system of communication throughout your body. The meridians begin at your fingertips, connect to your brain, and then connect to an organ associated with a certain meridian.
According to this theory, when one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance, illness can occur. Acupressure and acupuncture are among the types of TCM that help restore balance.
What is cupping?
Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups as suction devices that are placed on the skin. There are several ways that a practitioner can create the suction in the cups. One method involves swabbing rubbing alcohol onto the bottom of the cup, then lighting it and putting the cup immediately against the skin. Flames are never used near the skin and are not lit throughout the process of cupping, but rather are a means to create the heat that causes the suction within the small cups.
The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for about ten minutes while the patient relaxes.
What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are extremely successful in the treatment of a multitude of conditions.The most common ailments presented to an acupuncturist tend to be pain related conditions. For example; arthritis, back, neck, knee and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that is capable of diagnosing and successfully treating a wide range of conditions including but not limited to:
What do I need to do prior to the treatment? Do I need to bring anything with me?
Please make sure prior to your treatment that you have a balanced, healthy meal and that you are well hydrated. Also make sure to wear comfortable clothing. If you would like you may bring your health insurance card; our receptionist will make a copy and follow up to see if your insurance will cover your visit costs, however it is not required.
We accept the following forms of payment: (most) Credit cards/Debit cards, check and cash.
How long until I am cured?
This question is understandably one of our most commonly asked questions. Unfortunately, it is difficult to answer because results will vary based upon many different variables, such as your diet, how long you have had your ailment, age, how often you receive treatment and many other factors. We do guarantee that you will see change for the better. To get a better understanding please follow the link to this chart.
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