Acupuncture is the perfect addition to chiropractic care. We use acupuncture to help soothe the body and help with the alleviation of pain and other symptoms.
Acupuncture, a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been used for thousands of years, is a time- tested therapy aimed at naturally promoting health and alleviating sickness by restoring energetic balance throughout the body.
According to traditional Chinese theory, when qi, or life energy, flows freely and harmoniously along its natural channels, optimum health is achieved. These energy channels, known as meridians, pass through and along the surface of the body, bringing vital nourishment to the organs and tissues. It is believed that when these channels become blocked, pain and sickness occur. It is the goal of an acupuncturist to remove these blockages through the stimulation of specific anatomical points, known as acupuncture points, which lie along the course of the meridians. In modern day acupuncture, this stimulation is achieved by superficially inserting sterile, super thin, disposable needles into the acupuncture points. This may be done with or without the addition of gentle manipulation, heat, or electricity to further stimulate the points, break up obstructions, and restore a healthy balance.
In contrast to the classical Chinese theory, modern science proposes that needling acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release biochemicals, such as endorphins, immune system cells, and neurotransmitters, in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. In addition to alleviating pain, these chemicals can promote health by influencing the internal regulating system of the body and affecting involuntary bodily functions such as blood flow, immune reactions, body temperature, and digestion.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified that acupuncture is effective for treating a wide range of conditions. Although this is by no means a complete list, some the more common conditions include:
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- Tennis elbow
- Menstrual issues
- Smoking addiction
- Alcohol dependence
- Adverse reactions to chemotherapy and radiation
Disclaimer: No individuals, including those under our active care, should use the information, resources or tools contained on this website to self-diagnose or self-treat any health-related condition. Diagnosis and treatment of all health conditions should only be performed by your doctor of chiropractic or other licensed health care professional.