Acupuncture is part of a medical system that has been in practice for over 5000 years. It is applied by stimulating various points on the body using hair-thin needles and warming herbs to regulate the body’s blood cells, nerves, marrow, and fluids to encourage healing and maintain optimal health.
Acupuncture has the ability to treat both acute and chronic conditions that affect an individual’s mental, emotional, and physical state. It is a system of medicine that unblocks the body’s natural healing ability.
An individualized treatment plan is one of the biggest differences between Western and Eastern medicine. Acupuncture is an important treatment modality in Eastern medicine that has been around for thousands of years. The practice of acupuncture involves a varying set of procedures used to stimulate specific points on the body by the insertion of needles. The technique involves penetrating the skin with thin filiform needles that are manipulated manually by the practitioner’s hands or by electric stimulation. The needles vary in gauge and length and are dependent on the treatment and technique used.
The purpose of inserting needles into specific points is to ensure proper energy flow (also known as qi) on and between the different meridans of the body. Activating the points help remove obstructions and stagnation as well as expel pathogenic factors.
In Chinese medicine, health is achieved through the harmonious balance of yin and yang inside the body. Illness arises when this balance is disrupted. In every treatment, the practitioner will aim to balance the dynamic of yin and yang by either dispersing the excess or tonifying the deficiency. The balance could take multiple visits. However, each visit builds on all prior treatments so it is important to discuss and maintain a consistent schedule for treatments to hold.
Acupuncture and Sports Injuries
Can Acupuncture help my athletic injuries? Short answer yes.
Whether you are in the acute, recovery or maintenance phase of your condition, acupuncture can be a valuable tool in addressing your injury and returning you to your best possible health.
Sports-oriented acupuncture training is focused specifically on addressing athletes with sports-related injuries. In addition, anyone with physical trauma, age-related degenerative conditions, pre/post-surgical preparation, recovery, and rehabilitation may benefit from sports-oriented acupuncture treatments.
Conventional structural and functional evaluations are employed to isolate and more accurately identify injured areas. Integrating conventional assessment and treatment techniques with Traditional Asian Medicine principles allow for comprehensive understanding of how and why your injuries occur. This helps create individualized care plans designed to address the specific areas of your concerns.
As a new patient you will begin with a thorough intake and physical assessment. The physical assessment can include things such as orthopedic exams, postural evaluation, and manual muscle strength testing. After the evaluation we will discuss your findings and design an individualized treatment plan to effectively address your conditions.
We may also discuss the role of complimentary therapies including massage, nutrition in your care plan and potential referrals to conventional medical professionals.
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