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Acupuncture

Dr. Carrie drops acupuncture needles in  a patient's back.

Dr. Carrie drops acupuncture needles in a patient’s back.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is Chinese medicine that has been practiced for over 5000 years. Simply, acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body’s surface in order to control function of the body. It is based on the theory that energy known as Qi (pronounced chee) flows along channels, or pathways throughout the body. Because Qi controls one’s emotional, physical and mental aspects of life, when it is hindered or unbalanced, one’s health may be affected.

Qi consists of two portions, yin and yang. These are opposite forces, but work mutually when balanced. It must be remembered that yin and yang are complementary and not contradictory. Nor is one regarded as “good” and the other “bad”. Rather a harmony is sought between them. If these are thrown out of equilibrium discomfort and disease occur. Acupuncture works by restoring this balance.

What ails you?

Acupuncturists have had great success in treating a wide range of conditions with acupuncture, including:

  • Pain Relief
  • Headaches (migraine, tension, etc.)
  • Low Back Pain and Sciatica
  • Arthritis/Joint Pain
  • Smoking Cessation
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Constipation/Diarrhea
  • Tendonitis
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Common Cold
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Pain
  • Hip, Knee and Ankle Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Asthma and Bronchitis
  • Fatigue
  • Health Maintenance
  • And Much More!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I have to keep coming back for appointments?

Sometimes it may take a number of adjustments over several weeks before the muscles and ligaments are stable enough to prevent the spinal misalignment from recurring. It is important to keep in mind that pain is usually the last symptom to appear and the first to go away. Your symptoms may decrease significantly in a few visits, but the underlying cause of the pain is not usually completely resolved.

Once we have eliminated your pain and rehabilitated the involved tissues we recommend you maintain a schedule of periodic spinal checkups. Prevention is the key to reducing recurrences of conditions and minimizing future injuries.

Are there side effects or complications?

Side effects are rare when treated by an experienced practitioner. However, a small number of patients have reactions that include nausea, lightheadedness and fainting. We will discuss any concerns with you prior to treatment to ensure utmost effectiveness.

Will my insurance cover acupuncture treatments?

Unfortunately, many insurance companies still do not cover acupuncture therapy. Check with your carrier to determine your coverage.

Do you use clean needles?

We use disposable needles. They are sterile, individually packaged and discarded according to medical bio-hazard regulations.

How many treatments will I need?

It depends on the nature, severity and duration of your complaint. You may only need one treatment for an acute condition, or several over time for long term conditions.

How deep do the needles go into the skin?

Points can be needled in the range of 15 degrees to ninety degrees relative to the skins surface. The depth depends on the nature of the problem, the location of the points, and the patient’s age, size and structure.

Does It Hurt?

In most cases, the patient should feel a sensation. The patient may feel cramping, tingling, heaviness or an electric sensation around the needle or traveling along the affected pathway. In any case, the patient may feel discomfort, but not pain.

Who benefits from chiropractic care?

Almost everyone benefits from modern, safe, effective chiropractic care, infants to the elderly. Chiropractic not only helps muscle and joint pain, but also can have an affect on many other conditions. A spinal adjustment can relieve the effects of nerve pressure, thereby allowing the body to return to its natural state. We do not accept a case unless we believe there is a good chance that chiropractic can help you.

Why is the spine so important?

Your spine is designed to support your weight and protect your spinal cord (the vital link connecting your brain to the rest of your body). The spinal cord travels through your spine, which is made up of 24 moving vertebrae. When these vertebrae become malpositioned, they can put pressure on the spinal cord and irritate the nervous system. Since the nervous system connects to every cell in the body, a problem in your spine can cause a problem with any tissue or organ. This is why chiropractors locate and correct these areas of spinal dysfunction.

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