ACUPUNCTURE AT PREMIER CHIROPRACTIC
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Acupuncture is a complete medical system that originated from China more than 2500 years ago. It applies traditional Chinese medicine to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being by inserting acupuncture needles at critical points through the human body. Due to its proven effectiveness, it has become more and more popular throughout the world. Please read the section below for more information on acupunture procedures.
1. How does it work?
The human body is viewed as an ecosystem, and the language of Chinese Medicine is based on metaphors from nature. Health results from the proper balance of contending forces. In simpler terms, diagnosis identifies imbalance while treatment seeks to restore harmony. In Western Medicine, diagnosis is an attempt to name disease, in Chinese Medicine the goal is to recognize patterns of disharmony. Just as a gardener adjusts irrigation and applies compost, the traditional Chinese doctor uses acupuncture, herbs, food, massage and exercise to recover and preserve health. It is believed that there are twelve main meridians, eight secondary meridians and more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the body that connect them. The biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulation of the body’s natural healing abilities, promoting physical and emotional well-being.
2. What does science say?
Clinical studies have documented the affects of acupuncture on both the central nervous system and the immune system, but have yet to fully explain it within the framework of Western Medicine. Various studies have shown that acupuncture points stimulate varying sites within the cerebral cortex, corresponding to specific functions and locations within the body. In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture can alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones, thus affecting the parts of the nervous system related to sensation and involuntary processes.
3. What is the scope of MEDICAL acupuncture?
Medical acupuncture is a system which can influence three areas of health care: promotion of health and well-being, prevention of illness, treatment of various medical conditions. While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained Acupunturist it has much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, or as the support or adjunct to other medial treatment forms in many medical and surgical disorders.The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including: Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea. Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections. Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis. Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems. Acupuncture is particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension and stress and emotional conditions.
4. How many treatments will I need?
Normally, each session will take 20-30 minutes. The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For minor problems, treatment may last less than a few weeks.
5. Are there any side effects?
Usually not. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to takeplace. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.
6. What are the needles like? Do they hurt?
Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and normally feel like a mosquito bite. The sensation does vary depending on where the needles are inserted. For most, the experience is relaxing. If you have a fear of needles, discuss it with the acupuncturist and alternatives will be suggested.
7. Do I have to BELIEVE in acupuncture for it to work?
No. Acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses and other animals. These animal patients do not understand or believe in the process that helps them get better. A positive attitude toward wellness may reinforce the effects of the treatment received, just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects of acupuncture or any other treatment. A neutral attitude (“I don’t know if I really believe in this.”) will not block the treatment results.
8. Are there any “do’s and dont’s” for the day of treatment?
Yes. To enhance the value of a treatment, the following guidelines are important:
- Do not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment.
- Do not over-exercise, engage in sexual activity, or consume alcoholic beverages within 6 hours before or after the treatment.
- Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some rest, or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially important for the first few visits.
- Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor. Substance abuse (drugs and alcohol) especially in the week prior to treatment, will seriously interfere with the effectiveness of acupuncture reatments.
- Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your response is to the treatment. This is important for your Acupunturist to know so that the follow-up treatments can be designed to best help you and your problem