What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a way of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve function. This is done by inserting tiny needles into precise acupuncture points throughout the body. In some cases, if appropriate, gentle electrical stimulation is attached to the needles. The doctor will pick certain acupuncture points to stimulate based on your particular case and a typical treatment lasts approximately 20 minutes.
How does acupuncture work?
Classic Chinese explanation:
There are classic channels of energy (meridians) that run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. When in balance, these channels let energy flow through the body unimpeded, but this energy flow can be blocked. Needling acupuncture points at areas of blockage can help these channels of energy flow freely again and thus promote healing and health.
Modern Scientific Explanation
Modern research into acupuncture has allowed us to begin to understand how the needling of acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals can change the experience of pain (natural morphine) or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating systems.
The improved energy and biochemical balance achieved by acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities and promotes physical and emotional well-being.
What are the needles like? Do they hurt?
The acupuncture needles we use are sterile, disposable needles used only once, so there is no risk of infection. They are extremely thin and solid and made of stainless steel. The point is smooth (not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle). Often, even when the needles are removed at the end of a treatment, the treatment area remains bloodless.
Is acupuncture covered by extended health care?
Some insurance companies currently cover acupuncture costs. Each health policy must be reviewed to determine if you are covered. We will provide you with receipts and or statements to submit to your individual plan.