What is Acupuncture?    How does it work?

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine needles into specific points on the body to create biochemical and physiological changes. Acupuncture needles stimulate sensory receptors in the body which transmit impulses to the brain and have an effect on the neuroendocrine system. Acupuncture decreases pain and inflammation as well as increases blood flow to the tissues. Acupuncture positively affects hormone and stress levels. Acupuncture is regarded in Chinese Medicine as having an energetic quality which influences the patient’s body/mind connection. Patients will often experience deep relaxation during a treatment as the needles facilitate a shift from the sympathetic “fight or flight” nervous system response to the parasympathetic “rest and digest” state of being. Acupuncture works to bring the body back into homeostasis or balance.

Your First Appointment/What Can I expect?

Intake: An initial appointment includes a twenty to thirty minute discussion of the patient’s health history which guides treatments and helps to create a plan of care.

Treatments: Each treatment is unique to the patient and may not always include the same acupuncture points. Initial treatments take an hour and a half. Follow up sessions require one hour.

Additional therapies used during treatment may include: cupping, tuina, electrical stimulation and dietary suggestions according to Chinese Medicine.

What can you treat?

  • Muscle spasms, cramping  and stiffness
  • Sciatica
  • Back and neck pain
  • Knee pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Headache and Migraines
  • Sore throat
  • Earache & ear infection
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Weight Loss
  • Smoking Cessation

Additional Therapies

Electro-Acupuncture: Acupuncture needles are connected with an electric stimulation machine which allows a current to be conducted between needles. The uses for electrical stimulation include decreasing pain, accelerating healing, reducing inflammation, edema and swelling and fertility management.

Moxibustion: A technique in which a Chinese herb called Moxa, Mugwort or Artemisia Vulgaris is used to heat an acupuncture point. Moxa can be applied directly to the skin, placed on top of a needle, or held above a point in stick form. Moxa is used for arthritis and pain. Moxa is also used to turn breech babies.

Cupping: A glass cup or plastic cup is suctioned onto the body and held in place for a short amount of time or oil is applied prior to suction and the cup is moved around the body. Cupping improves circulation and relieves swelling and pain.

Gua Sha: A stroking or scraping technique. Gua Sha is used for clearing heat, reducing swelling and aiding in a number of ailments.

Tui Na: Chinese medical massage used in conjunction with acupuncture to treat musculoskeletal and internal disease diagnostic issues.

Acupuncture Rates

  • Initial Evaluation & Treatment, 90-Minute Session: $110
  • 60-Minute Session: $85
  • Package of 3, 60-Minute Treatments: $240
  • Package of 6, 60-Minute Treatments: $450
  • Package of 10, 60-Minute Treatments: $700
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