Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that treats patients by insertion and manipulation of needles in the body. It has been known to relieve pain, treat infertility, treat disease, prevent disease, promote general health, and can be used for therapeutic purposes as well. Acupuncture typically incorporates traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as an integral part of its practice and theory. Acupuncture dates back to prehistoric times, with written records from the second century BCE.
Benefits of Acupuncture
- harmonizes the body without chemical or secondary effects
- strengthens the immune system
- helps to prevent illness and promotes the recovery of health
- increases circulation of Qi & blood that is impaired in chronic illness
- promotes the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain killer
Contemporary Acupuncture is a safe, natural, and clinically effective option for the treatment of a variety of common orthopedic and functional health conditions. It involves the insertion of very thin needles over carefully selected areas of the body where nerves and their receptors are found. This stimulates numerous responses in the central nervous system.
Contemporary Acupuncture practitioners are conventional health care professionals who design your acupuncture treatments based on a thorough evaluation of your neuro-function. Using precise peripheral nerve stimulation, acupuncture promotes therapeutic responses through the regulation of physiological functions in the body.
The World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health have endorsed acupuncture, declaring it to be effective in the treatment of:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Low back and neck pain
- Pelvic pain
- Some visceral conditions
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture works by activating natural pain control and healing mechanisms in the body. It improves local circulation and muscle nutrition to problem areas. It helps restore muscle strength and decrease pain through nerve communication at many levels of the central nervous system.
In most cases, a positive response is seen even after the first session. Positive responses for simple pain problems require roughly 6-8 treatments, while chronic conditions may need 10-12 treatments.
Contemporary Acupuncture practitioners use a painless insertion technique with two hand contact. This provides comfort and control at all times, without any pain. Modern acupuncture needles are very thin, sterile and for single use only. They are solid with a round tip that gently parts tissues without damaging them.