Acupuncture is a well established technique used in the treatment of pain and injuries by inserting fine sterile needles into specific points in the body.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment to be used in conjunction with, or as an alternative to, medications, surgery, and/or other traditional Western medicine. Acupuncture has recently gained greater acceptance in Western medicine as recent data, research, trials and studies have proven its effectiveness.
What does acupuncture do?
It has been medically proven that acupuncture is effective in reducing pain by stimulating the release of the body’s own endorphins or natural painkillers. It’s also known that direct stimulation to contacted or tense muscles can aid in decreasing muscle tone, thus decreasing pain and improving mobility. This direct stimulation in the tissue capsules and joints is also shown to increase blood flow, thus bringing more nutrients to aid in tissue healing and removing more toxins or by-products of metabolism.
Do the needles hurt?
The sensation reported will vary, not only from person to person or point to point, but also from treatment to treatment. At times you may feel a minor discomfort as the needle pierces the skin, but often you will feel nothing at all. Some individuals report sensations of heaviness, ache or warmth.
What are the risks of treatment?
Side effects are minimal, which is one of the reasons acupuncture is a safe and effective choice. One may experience minor bruising, dizziness, fatigue, or a temporary exacerbation of symptoms. Pregnant women and hemophiliacs should exercise caution as well as induvial with pacemakers.
What is Qi?
Qi is known in China as the flow of energy through the body along pathways called meridians. This energy protects the body from pain, illness and disease by providing nourishment to every cell, muscle and organ in the body. This energy flow can be interrupted by physical injury, stress and emotional distress. This disrupting of the flow of Qi can create imbalance. Acupuncture removes the blockage or disruption by returning the flow of Qi and restoring balance.