What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing art form. It has been used to treat all manners of ailments for over 3000 years. Today, it is performed using disposable, surgical stainless steel micro-fine needles inserted into 10 to 30 acupuncture points.
The Details – How it works
There are a number of conventional medical theories on how acupuncture work. Yes! Acupuncture has been scientifically proven to work. We know that by inserting needles into painful locations in the body, endorphin, your body’s natural morphine, is released. This explains how acupuncture is able to provide pain relief.
By inserting needles into tight or injured muscles, we are also able to relax the fascia material wrapping around these damaged muscles tissues. This allows circulation to return fully to the muscles and begin tissue repair.
It also happens that many acupuncture points fall near superficial nerve tissues. As acupuncture needles are inserted, nerve tissues are stimulated to perform their normal functions.
Chinese Medical theory sees it differently. Blockages in the Meridian energy channels is believed to be the cause of disease condition. These energy channels runs throughout all living bodies. So when acupuncture needles are correctly inserted into specific locations, the blockages are removed, the meridian energy channel becomes free-flowing again, and disease is eradicated.
What to expect from an acupuncture treatment?
You will be resting in a comfortable position while allowing access to areas of treatment. You will be draped with treatment sheets to protect your privacy. Bare skin is cleaned with alcohol swab, then sterile needles are inserted into 10-30 points. The needles will typically remain in place for approximately 20 minutes. You may experience some sensations as the needles are inserted, but they should not be uncomfortable and should not persist. There is a slight risk of bleeding and bruising. Acupuncture treatments can be very relaxing. It is not uncommon for clients to fall asleep during their treatments.