What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a technique in which a licensed chiropractor will stimulate specific points on the body by inserting thin needles through the skin. Also, there may be an application of electrical stimulation at very precise puncture points.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
The most common Chinese explanation on how acupuncture works is that channels of energy run in natural patterns within and over the surface of the body. They call these channels of energy, meridians. Meridians act like rivers flowing through the body to nourish and irrigate the tissues within. Obstructions in the flow of these energy patterns are similar to that of a dam backing up a river. By needling certain acupuncture points the meridians can be influenced. These fine needles act to unblock obstructions at the dams and help regain the natural flow of energy through the meridians. This unique treatment can even help the internal organs in the body by correcting imbalances in their circulation of energy through other energy production activities.
Modern science explains that by needling the acupuncture points, it stimulates the nervous system, which causes it to release chemicals in the muscles, spine, and brain. These released chemicals can either change the body’s overall experience of pain, or they will prompt the liberation of other hormones and chemicals which help govern the internal regulatory system of the body.
Acupuncture produces biochemical balance and improved energy that results in stimulating the natural healing abilities of the body. This as well as the promotion of emotional well-being and overall physical health. Dr. Cahn utilizes a technique call Biomedical acupuncture which is a treatment based on western physiology.
What is Medical Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical arts, and there are a lot of different ways to learning and practicing it. When Acupuncture is performed by a licensed and trained doctor it is referred to as medical acupuncture. These doctors go through thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Doctors are trained to use different approaches therefore, they are trained in a combination of approaches if the need arises.
There are three areas of healthcare in which medical acupuncture can influence:
- prevention of illness
- promotion of health and well-being
treatment of various medical conditions
Recognized by the World Health Organization, acupuncture is a great form of treatment for a wide range of medical issues, including:
- Spastic colon, Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, constipation, diarrhea.
- Respiratory disorders: Asthma, sore throat, sinusitis, bronchitis, recurrent chest infections.
- Neurological and muscular disorders: neck pain, rib neuritis, headaches, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.
Reproductive problems, Urinary, menstrual.
This form of treatment is extremely useful in resolving physical issues connected to emotional conditions and stress or tension.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about an illness or disorder listed above.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The amount of treatments required differs from person to person. One to two treatments per week may be recommended for long-standing or complex conditions. Usually, acute problems require fewer visits.
Are There Any Side Effects?
It’s not very common to see side effects with this kind of treatment. However, when you redirect the energy in the body, your internal chemicals and hormones get stimulated, your body will then start the healing process. It’s normal to feel the original symptoms worsen for the next few days, you may also see changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or even your emotional state. Don’t be too concerned, as these are indications that the acupuncture is working. It is common to feel a sense of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the first two treatments.
What Are The Needles Like? Do They Hurt?
People will have different experiences with acupuncture needling. Most patients only feel a slight pain during the insertion of the needles, and some don’t feel any pain. There is no pain felt at all, once the needles are in place. The acupuncture needles are made of stainless steel and are very thin and solid (not hollow like a hypodermic needle) as a result, insertion through the skin is not as painful as getting injections or getting your blood drawn. Also, risk of any bruising and skin irritation is less likely to happen when compared to using a hollow needle.
There are no risks of infections from the treatment, the doctor uses single use sterilized needles.
Does Acupuncture Really Work?
Yes. In fact, for the last 2,000 more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture treatments than any other health modality combined. Today acupuncture is widely practiced in Asia, the Soviet Union, and in Europe. There is a growing trend of acupuncture treatments in America. It is now being practiced more and more by patients and physicians. You can use other techniques along with your acupuncture treatments, such as conventional Western medicine, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments and homeopathic or naturopathic prescriptions. It is crucial to inform your physician-acupuncturist of everything that you are doing so that he or she can help you receive the most benefits from your treatments.
Do I have To Believe In Acupuncture For It To Work?
Not at all! Acupuncture is used to treat cats, dogs, horses and other animals successfully. Animals do not understand or believe in the process to help them get better. However, having a positive attitude towards wellness may help to reinforce the effects of the treatments received. As a result of having a negative attitude, it may diminish the results of acupuncture or any other treatments.
What Are The Do’s & Don’ts On The Day Of Treatment?
These following guidelines are important, to enhance the value of a treatment:
- Do not consume a large meal before or immediately after a treatment.
- Try not to partake in any strenuous exercises or activities, or consume alcoholic beverages within 6 hours before or after the treatment.
- Plan your schedule so that after the treatment you will be able to get some rest, and not having to work at top performance. This is crucial for your first few visits.
- Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor. Please note that substance abuse (drugs and alcohol) especially in the week prior to treatment, will seriously interfere with the effectiveness of your treatments.
- Remember to keep notes and be mindful of what your body’s response was to the treatment. This is especially important to let your doctor know so he or she can aid you with follow up treatments to effectively help you and your symptoms.