Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. It originated in China more than 2,000 years ago and became better know in the United States in about 1971.
“Chi” is the energy that is flowing through your body. Chi is thought to flow along energy pathways called “meridians.” It is believed that a blockage or imbalance of the flow of chi (energy) at any point on a pathway may result in illness. Acupuncture unblocks and rebalances the flow of chi to restore health.
We a wide variety of therapeutic services, often used in conjunction. Methods of treatment include acupuncture, herbal and nutritional medicine, manual therapies, cupping, and lifestyle recommendations.
So, what is it like to get an acupuncture treatment?
Dr. Quan will use small, thin, sterile needles inserted into the skin to help stimulate energy, healing, and balance. Acupuncture needles are as thin as a human hair and are only left in the body for about 20 minutes. The number and frequency of treatments will vary from person to person. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment!
How many treatments will I need?
A standard course of acupuncture therapy generally consists of 12 treatments of 20-40 minutes over 1 to 2 months. These are estimates, however, as specific therapy depends on your condition. Our goal is to achieve quick and lasting results.
Will it hurt?
The individual response to acupuncture varies, but because the needles are so thin, their insertion is generally painless. During a treatment it is common to experience local or traveling sensations of "pulling," "grabbing," or tingling. The most common response to acupuncture is relaxation.
Is it safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe. One of the best aspects of acupuncture, and Chinese medicine in general, is its remarkably low incidence of adverse effects. Each needle is sterile and used only once.
Acupuncture modalities include:
- Orthopedic Acupuncture
- Trigger-Point Acupuncture
- Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Electro-Acupuncture refers to the use of mild electric stimulation at acupuncture points in order to reduce pain and increase function.
Manual Therapy includes a wide range of bodywork, stretching, resistance, exercise, and massage techniques to reduce pain and stress, and promote healing.
Gua Sha utilizes smooth edge instruments to perform short/long strokes on the skin to thereby increase circulation and decrease pain.
Lifestyle recommendations are a key component of many treatment plans. Dietary, exercise, and sleep habits are the cornerstone of health. They can amplify the benefits of any intervention, and help us to take an active role in our physical and emotional well-being.