What is acupuncture and how does it work?
Acupuncture is an ancient and widely utilized method of healing that was originally developed by Chinese practitioners over 3,000 years ago. In its modern form, acupuncture treatment encompasses the insertion of thin, sterile needles into varying pressure points and nerves within the body, depending upon the condition being treated. The traditional Chinese philosophy behind acupuncture is founded upon the belief that the energy of the body (qi) flows throughout a person and is guided by numerous pathways, known as meridians. When this qi experiences blockage or stagnation, caused by stress, illness, or other obstacles, a person may experience negative symptoms, such as chronic pain. The use of specifically placed needles assists in relieving pressure and allowing the qi to move fluidly again, thereby promoting balance throughout the body. The movement of energy is essential in promoting healthy and productive internal organs, as well as strong and elastic muscle groups.
Our clinic combines the traditional with the modern when it comes to acupuncture. We acknowledge the intuitive and philosophical foundation from which acupuncture was created and are also deeply committed to the practical, scientific techniques that translate acupuncture into a clinical setting. Aside from the ideas of qi and meridians, a majority of acupuncture points are connected to or located near neural structures, and the use of the thin needles can stimulate the nervous system to release chemical transmitters that can alleviate pain, improve digestion, boost brain power, and more.
What kind of needle is used? Do they hurt? What are the risks?
The needles used in acupuncture treatments are extremely thin, solid stainless steel, and disposable. They are not designed to cut into the skin, unlike hypodermic needles, and are placed a relatively shallow level into the skin, usually no more than a half inch. The patient experience with the sensation of the needles varies from person to person. A majority of patients feel only minimal sensation as the needles are placed, while some feel nothing at all. These needles are unlike the normal medical needles used in syringes and shots, and do not cause the same feelings of pain and after effects of bruising.
A small risk posed by acupuncture is the risk of infection transmitted through the reuse of needles. All needles used at our clinic are immediately and consciously disposed of after a single use. Therefore, there is absolutely no chance of developing an infection.