Acupuncture Promotes Health & Balance in the Body
What is Acupuncture and how does it work?
Acupuncture is an ancient Eastern Medicine thousands of years old that promotes health and balance within the body. There are several energetic pathways that carry qi (vital energy), fluids and blood to all areas of the body. When a pathway is blocked because of trauma, age, injury, or habits, the qi and blood do not access all areas, resulting in pain or illness. The insertion of needles in specific points along the pathways correct the imbalances and treat the root cause of symptoms.
What does it treat?
In the 1970s, the UN’s World Health Organization stated that acupuncture treats over 40 symptoms, including:
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Female & Male infertility
- Respiratory disorders
- Musculoskeletal pain (neck, shoulder, low back, elbow & knee pain)
- Addiction to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes
What does it feel like?
The needles used in treatment are as thin as your hair. Upon insertion there may be slight tingling, numbness, a heavy or traveling sensation or nothing at all. These are all good feelings because it means that the body’s qi is activated.
Is Acupuncture safe?
When practiced by a licensed Acupuncturist it is extremely safe. With over 3000 hours of clinical and classroom training, Ana knows the proper needling technique and depth at all locations.
The needles are sterile, disposable (single-use) and FDA approved. In addition, since acupuncture is a drug-free treatment, there are no adverse affects.
What to expect during a treatment?
The first treatment is 1 ½ hour long and includes an in-depth health intake, channel palpation, tongue & pulse diagnosis. Using the information obtained, points are selected and the patient is treated on either the back or the front of the body. The needles are inserted and left for 30 – 40 minutes. Adjunct therapies such as moxa, cupping, gua sha or heat lamp may be used.
All subsequent treatments will be an hour long. A patient is recommended to wear comfortable clothing to treatments.
How many treatments?
Each person’s treatment is specific to their history. However, it is recommended to do at least six consecutive treatments within the timeframe of six weeks. Each week, Ana takes time to check in with the patient to see if there has been any improvement to determine whether or not the protocol needs to be altered to achieve the desired results.
What is Motor Point Therapy?
Motor point therapy is a treatment to strengthen weak muscles or relax tight ones. A needle is inserted to where the nerve enters the muscle belly and gently stimulated to allow for the muscle fibers to twitch. This response resets the nerve and muscle to function properly.
A muscle can be weak from not being used, trauma, age, or chronic disease. This will cause other muscles that have similar function to over fire to help the body move succinctly. Overuse of a muscles can cause shortening throughout the fibers which puts strain on the tendon and joints causing pain and dysfunction.