Stimulating the body’s tissues with acupuncture needles alleviates pain,
reduces stress, induces relaxation, and promotes healing and balance.
Acupuncture is an ancient technique that promotes your body’s natural healing process through the placement of thin, sterile, single-use needles into precise acupuncture points.
Cupping therapy uses suction to pull or move stagnant fluids and blood out of an injured area, improving circulation which relieves pain and dysfunction.
By adding an electrical current to acupuncture needles, this treatment penetrates deeper into muscles to reduce inflammation, relax tight muscles, enhance rehabilitation, and reduce healing time.
We prescribe Chinese herbal formulas to reinforce acupuncture treatments, increase the speed and efficacy of treatment, and help build strength and vitality in the body.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (pronounced chee, energy) and Xue (pronounced sh-way, blood) through distinct meridians or pathways that cover the body, similar to the pathways of your nerves and blood vessels. Acupuncture allows Qi to flow toward areas where it is deficient and away from areas where it is in excess, thus restoring balance, which promotes general health and resistance to disease.
Why is acupuncture effective?
Studies have shown that acupuncture helps stimulate the body’s own pain relieving, opiate-like chemistry. In many studies acupuncture has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effect, as well as slowing the pulse rate, lowering blood pressure and relaxing the central nervous system.
Is acupuncture painful?
No, acupuncture should not hurt. Most patients are quite surprised about how little it hurts.Each unique person experiences acupuncture treatment differently. Some patients may feel a tingling sensation, and others may experience numbness, or a heaviness. Some don’t feel anything at all. A momentary prick is often felt around the needle as it is inserted. Most people are amazed at how relaxed they feel during and after the treatment. Often patients will fall asleep and nap soon after needles are inserted.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes. When performed by a licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture is very safe. Acupuncture has been used safely in China and all around the world. All needles are sterile and single use only.
If I'm pregnant, is it safe for me to receive acupuncture?
Yes, research shows that acupuncture is safe to receive during and after pregnancy as long as the acupuncturist has additional training in this area (our acupuncturist, Rhianna Weaver, has received this additional training). Needles are never inserted into the area of the baby.
Are there any side-effects to acupuncture?
The most commonly noted side effect is relaxation and a sense of calm and wellbeing. Occasionally upon removal of needles, a point may shed a drop of blood. Very rarely do points bruise or have a temporary, mild swelling after treatment.
What if I'm not comfortable with needles?
If you do not want needles, we can utilize alternative treatment methods such as acupressure and cupping, which can achieve the same results as acupuncture needles. Because acupuncture needles are so thin (they are about the diameter of a human hair), many patients who have an aversion to hypodermic needles find that they are comfortable with acupuncture needles.
Will I need to get undressed?
It is not usually necessary to undress as most of the commonly used acupuncture points are located between the elbows and the hands and from the knees to the feet. It is best to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. If loose clothing cannot be worn, then we encourage you to bring a pair of shorts to change into.
What should I expect during my visit?
Your first acupuncture visit will include a detailed intake as well as a treatment. During the intake, you will be asked questions relating to the nature of your health status. After the intake process, you will lie down to receive an acupuncture treatment, which usually involves the insertion of anywhere from a few to a dozen needles into specific acupuncture points on the surface of the body. They are generally left in place for 15 to 30 minutes while you rest.
How can I prepare for my visit?
- Try to avoid caffeine within 3 hours of your appointment.
- It’s best to have something light to eat an hour or so before your treatment, avoid being too hungry or too full during your treatment.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows for easy access to areas below your arms and legs.
- Avoid scraping or brushing your tongue prior to your appointment.
How many treatments does it take to see results?
Each situation is unique. Generally speaking, acute conditions often resolve within 4-6 treatments while chronic pain and complicated illness may take up to 10-12 treatments.We will work with your budget and schedule to design the best treatment plan that is cost effective and result driven.
How frequently should I come in for visits?
This also depends on the condition. Acute conditions respond well to 2-3 treatments per week for a short period of time. More intense situations and chronic conditions often warrant weekly treatments for a period of time. After their chief complaint is resolved many patients opt to come once or twice a month for wellness and prevention.
Acupuncture is effective in treating a very wide range of health challenges.
According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture has been proven or shown to be an effective treatment
for the following list of diseases, symptoms, and conditions:
- Abdominal pain
- Acne vulgaris
- Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
- Alcohol dependence and detoxification
- Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
- Bell’s palsy
- Biliary colic
- Bronchial asthma
- Cancer pain
- Cardiac neurosis
- Cholecystitis, chronic
- Competition stress syndrome
- Craniocerebral injury, closed
- Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
- Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
- Epigastralgia, acute
- Epistaxis, simple
- Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
- Facial pain
- Facial spasm
- Female infertility
- Female urethral syndrome
- Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
- Gastrokinetic disturbance
- Gouty arthritis
- Hepatitis B virus
- Herpes zoster
- Induction of labor
- Knee pain
- Labour pain
- Lactation, deficiency
- Low back pain
- Male sexual dysfunction
- Malposition of fetus
- Ménière disease
- Morning sickness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Neck pain
- Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
- Pain due to endoscopic examination
- Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
- Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
- Periarthritis of shoulder
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein–Leventhal syndrome)
- Postextubation in children
- Postoperative pain
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Prostatitis, chronic
- Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
- Raynaud syndrome, primary
- Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Renal colic
- Retention of urine
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sialism, drug-induced
- Sjögren syndrome
- Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
- Spine pain, acute
- Stiff neck
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
- Tennis elbow
- Tietze syndrome
- Tobacco dependence
- Tourette syndrome
- Ulcerative colitis, chronic
- Vascular dementia
- Whooping cough (pertussis)
Rhianna Weaver, LAc, MSOM
Rhianna was in nursing school when an injury from an on-the-job accident led her to discover a completely different approach to healthcare than the one she was studying. It was acupuncture, and it would eventually become her passion as well as a career in which she is now able to help patients in ways she never knew were possible.
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