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Originating in China about 5,ooo years ago, Acupuncture is the oldest continuosly practiced medical system in the world.
The fundamental principles of acupuncture are to treat the person as an integrated whole in body, mind and spirit and to remedy the root cause of illness and disease not only the symptoms. Acupuncture is based on the movement of Qi. Qi is the life giving energy that circulates along channels to all organs of the body and enables them to function. When the Qi is abundant and flowing freely you thrive. If your Qi is depleted or obstructed symptoms may begin to arise. If the underlying problem is not properly addressed, more serious illnesses or diseases may affect your physical body, mental clarity or emotional stability. Acupuncture is used to treat the underlying disharmony and focuses on both the root cause and symptoms manifested by the imbalance.

What does Acupuncture treat?acupuncture-needles

Pain management is important for ongoing pain control, especially if you suffer with long-term or chronic pain. Everyone experiences pain at one point or another. It’s often an indication that something is wrong. Each individual is the best judge of his or her own pain. Feelings of pain can range from mild and to severe and constant. Pain management can be simple or complex, depending on the cause of the pain. Pain is an unpleasant sensation  that is caused by actual or perceived injury to body tissues and produces physical and emotional reactions. Presumably, pain sensation has evolved to protect our bodies from harm by causing us to perform certain actions and avoid others. Pain might be called a protector, a predictor, or simply a hassle.  Acupuncture is an excellent tool to keep the body in harmony  many people seek its healing capability when afflicted with acute or chronic pain. The concept of acupuncture is rooted in the principles of internal energy flow (qi, pronounced “chee”). When qi becomes stagnant or stuck, discomfort or even disease is believed to occur. Acupuncture is capable of opening this energy, enabling it to once again move along its path, thus reducing or eliminating pain altogether.

The procedure itself is usually painless (some people feel a very slight pinch). During an acupuncture treatment, tiny, sterile, hair-thin needles are placed into intricate points throughout the body to “open” trapped energy. The meridians are not always located at the actual point of pain; treatment may be administered at other, correlating locations in the body. The acupuncture practitioner will take an individualized approach, tailoring  treatments and medicine to each patient’s specific symptoms, presentations and overall health and life history in order to achieve successful healing.corbis_rf_photo_of_acupuncture_needles_in_womans_back

There is no condition or disease that cannot be treated with acupuncture; its universal application makes it a unique and extremely beneficial tool in regaining or maintaining vibrant health. Acupuncture is an effective and safe way to relax tight muscles, release muscle spasms, relieve pain and restore normal range of movement of the musculature and joints. Our individual pain perception can vary at different times. The practitioner will help you to come up with a treatment plan to reduce your pain and improve your overall wellness.  As bodies age, strains and injuries heal more slowly or poorly. Repetitive-motion strains and stresses accumulate and are the source of numerous job-related injuries resulting in chronic pain.  Chronic pain can result from major trauma in accidents or as a result of surgery, persisting long after the initial injuries or conditions have resolved. The role of practitioner is to approach each patient who comes to the center with chronic pain through an integrative program that carefully identifies the sources of pain and prescribes a comprehensive course of action. After careful listening and examination of a patient’s complaints, symptoms, their medical history, and current physical condition, a combination of therapies will be suggested to develop the most effective treatment plan.  Listed below are common chronic conditions that can be treated with acupuncture.

Acupuncture for fertility and pain management

  • Headaches (Tension, migraines, cluster)
  • Neck pain
  • Arm and shoulder pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Osteoarthritis/Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Herniated/bulging disc
  • Post surgery pain syndrome
  • Spinal pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • pediatric pain 
  • Cancer pain treatment
  • Sciatic and pelvic pain
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Nerve damage/muscle spasm pain
  • Whiplash
  • Foot pain
  • Ankle pain/sprain
  • Hip pain

       and many more, call for a consultation to see what acupuncture can do for you.