What is Acupuncture? How does it work?
The theory and practice of acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a natural health care system that has been used in Asian countries for thousands of years to preserve health and treat illness.
Acupuncture treats health conditions by stimulating “acu-points” found at specific locations on the body. Acupuncturists stimulate these points by inserting very thin disposable needles through the skin to produce physiological effects. Other methods are also used to stimulate points, such as heat or cupping therapy. The general theory of acupuncture is that proper physiological functions and health depends on the circulation of nutrients, substances and energy called Qi through a network of “channels” or “meridians”. This network provides balance, regulation and coordination of physiological processes.
Pain and illness result when the flow of Qi through the body is disrupted or blocked by many things, including: disease, pathogens, injuries and medications, as well as lifestyle. Stimulation of the appropriate points through acupuncture treatments helps to restore sufficient, continuous and even flow of Qi and other nutrients throughout the body, while relieving pain and symptoms.
The acupuncturist uses a sophisticated and complex system of diagnostic methods that take into consideration the person as a whole. This method discerns the body’s pattern of disharmony rather than isolating the symptoms. The aim is not only to eliminate or alleviate symptoms, but more importantly to treat the underlying cause, increase the ability to function, and improve the quality of life.
Have you been in a car accident? What’s next?
If you have been involved in an auto accident, it is very likely that your body has sustained some type of trauma. More than half of all whiplash related injuries can happen when the car is going less than 12 MPH. No matter the size of your accident, it is important to see an acupuncturist immediately to have your spine assessed for trauma. The acupuncturist can ensure that your medical needs are correlated to the accident and financial responsibilities are covered by the appropriate party. We have found great success in acupuncture sessions and therapeutic massages for patients that have sustained whiplash and/or trauma. After having your consultation with the acupuncturist, they will share with you your options regarding care.