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Acupuncture


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Acupuncture


To schedule your first appointment, just call: 267.269.0341

Acupuncture treatment utilizing points that can relax the body and relieve pain. 

Acupuncture treatments can be designed to treat acute injuries or chronic conditions, such as allergies, asthma, IBS, GERD and more. 

Acupuncture can be useful in treating a variety of women's health issues, including menopause, infertility, amenorrhea, and dysmenorrhea.

 Acupuncture facial rejuvenation treatments have been clinically shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. 

Acupuncture facial rejuvenation treatments have been clinically shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. 

Many patients report feeling relaxed after an acupuncture treatment, with reduced feelings of anxiety and depression, as well as improvements in their sleep.  

 A satisfied Thursday Bliss Club patient.

A satisfied Thursday Bliss Club patient.

How does acupuncture work?

 

The Traditional Chinese View:

    The roots of Chinese medicine go back thousands of years, though the theories have evolved over time. In the traditional Chinese view, qi(pronounced “chee”) is said to permeate through and around a network of channels within the body, which in the classics is often likened to rivers and waterways that run through the landscape. The acupuncture points lie within these energetic channels (also known as meridians), and when they become blocked, through unhealthy lifestyle practices, injuries, stress, tight muscles, and the wear and tear of getting older, a disease process is possible. Acupuncturists use small, disposable filiform needles to help unblock and redirect this current of energy, in order to bring the body back into a state of equilibrium. 

 

The Western View:

    In the west, there have been many theories proposed as to how acupuncture works, but differences between the traditional Chinese perspective and the western perspective, from a biochemical, anatomical, and physiological standpoint, make it difficult to form a unified theory of the exact mechanism. Newer research using advanced fMRI is making it easier to determine what exactly is happening inside the brain during an acupuncture treatment, so acupuncture research is gaining much more footing in the western medical community.

    The effects of acupuncture fall into three categories: neurological, neuroendocrine, and local. The neurological response of acupuncture is that it induces a signal change which turns off distinct nerve fibers in the central nervous system, altering one's perception of pain-  known to some as “gate theory.” Feel good chemicals, and chemicals responsible for alertness such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine are released. When these signals reach the hypothalamus(brain area that performs some metabolic functions, and nervous system activities), they release a cascade of hormones and endorphins. At a given acupuncture point there is a cluster of cells, vessels, and nerve endings, which when needled, cause several responses at once. When tissue is damaged( known as micro-trauma), as happens in an acupuncture session, a slight inflammatory reaction occurs, causing white blood cells in the surrounding tissue to move out of the blood vessels, and begin to remove pathogens, necrotic tissue and cell debris, and may cause an immunological response in the tissue. In the lymph draining from the injured area, substances that mediate the inflammatory response can be found. 

What does acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture has been shown to treat a wide variety of conditions through clinical trials. Here is a list of conditions that I have treated:

Mental Health/Stress Relief:

Anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, PTSD

Pain Relief:

TMJ, muscular/skeletal, sciatica, arthritis, knee, hip, headaches, neck, shoulders, back, wrist, hand, tennis elbow

 Respiratory:

COPD, asthma, allergic rhinitis, cold/flu, sinusitis

Digestive:

GERD, diarrhea, constipation, IBS, gas, bloating

Women’s Health:

Amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, menopause, hot flashes, wellness in pregnancy, pregnancy induction, PMS

Other:

Preventative wellness, impotence, Bell’s palsy, facial rejuvenation, Raynaud's

What should I expect on my first appointment?

  On your first appointment I will ask you a series of questions related to the symptoms that brought you to acupuncture, as well as some questions that will help me to understand various aspects of your life, how these things may impact your health, and what makes you, you. There will be some palpation on various acupuncture points along the arm, legs, and abdomen, and a traditional Chinese tongue diagnosis and pulse reading. The treatment will then begin. Needles will be inserted along chosen acupuncture points and left in place for approximately 20 minutes. Though you may feel a very slight, momentary pain, while the needles are being inserted, it should dissipate quickly. Then, when I leave the room to give you time to relax, it is likely that you will feel a calming sensation come over you, and some tingling, or warmth at the needle site. I will check in on you to make sure you are comfortable during this time. There should be little to no discomfort when removing the needles. I will typically treat a patient on the front of the body, and then on the back.

 

How often do I need to come?

       It is difficult to say how often a person will need to come in. Everyone’s situation is different. Ideally, the patient will commit to coming in weekly for four to six treatments, to ensure that acupuncture gets a fair shot at helping the condition. Some people may find that they only need to come in a few times before they start to feel better. My hope to get a patient to move to a place where they only need to come in for “seasonal tune ups”, at the beginning of each season, or when an acute situation comes up. Some people may find that they need to come in on a semi-regular basis for chronic conditions. Others may just want to come in on order to “zen out”, as they say, during periods of stress. My goal is get you to a place where you don’t need to come in!