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Holistic Care Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

When choosing a therapist, it’s important to understand who they are and what their practice is all about. Below are answers to my clients’ frequently asked questions. I’ve been able to cover quite a lot of topics, but if there is something I haven’t touched on, please don’t hesitate to ask.

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

An acupuncturist, in observing symptoms of disease, is able to locate the points on the body that governs a particular section of the channel that is blocked. The acupuncturist then stimulates those points to clear the channel and allow the life energy to flow freely again. By placing and manipulating the needles in the proper points, the skilled acupuncturist brings Yin and Yang back into balance.

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works in two ways. First, the theory of meridians and collaterals is used as a main guide to treatment, and points from adjacent areas are selected. Therapeutic results may be obtained by regulating the circulation of energy and blood flow through there meridians and collaterals. Secondly, when a needle is inserted into the skin, it sends a signal to the spinal cord and brain, which is present or to modify a particular body function.

Research shows that the theory of acupuncture has strong correlations with the nervous system and the endocrine system. Typically, acupuncture points are located where connective tissue spans the space between muscles and where nerve cells bundle.

After insertion, acupuncture needles are manipulated. Manipulation consists of twisting and pumping actions. It is believed that during manipulation, the needle winds up tiny bits of connective tissue. These actions create a change in micro-electrical currents in the body to stimulate our peripheral nervous system and send message to central nervous system. Then central nervous system will process all the information to release hormones, the disease is dealt with, and balance is once more established

Is there any scientific evidence for Acupuncture?

Research shows that the theory of acupuncture has strong correlations with the nervous system and the endocrine system. Typically, acupuncture points are located where connective tissue spans the space between muscles and where nerve cells bundle.

After insertion, acupuncture needles are manipulated. Manipulation consists of twisting and pumping actions. It is believed that during manipulation, the needle winds up tiny bits of connective tissue, like a fork in a plate of spaghetti.

This pulling effect creates a change in micro-electrical currents in the body. The result to this change is a cascade of reactions.

Here is a general idea of the cascade of the reactions that occur in our body:

1) The acupuncture needle stimulates our peripheral nervous system, informing it of disorders in our body

2) The peripheral nervous system collects all pertinent information about the disorders and sends the message to our command center (our central nervous system)

3) The central nervous system (CNS) then processes the information and makes an executive decision about which hormones are needed to correct the disorder.

4) The CNS then contacts the endocrine system and informs the endocrine system of its executive decision.

5) The endocrine system further releases the hormones requested by the CNS

Our body responds to the newly released hormones, the disorder is dealt with, and balance is once more established

What sensations will I experience during treatment?

Usually, there is a pleasant state of calm, which develops during the treatment and may persist for some time. You may even fall nearly asleep during the session. In areas that have been treated, a sensation of heaviness or swelling may persist for up to an hour or so after treatment.

You may find that the pain or discomfort of the condition may be reduced by 20 or 30% or even completely eliminated. Frequently, the relief will persist, though in some situations the pain will return after a few hours or days to its former level. In certain conditions, a worsening of pain is to be expected before improvement is seen.

For some disorders, no effect is noticed immediately and the condition takes a few days or a series of treatments to respond. Be sure to tell us of the response to treatment at the next appointment so that necessary changes can be made to your treatment.

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Trigger Points and Motor PointsSore muscles are something that we all suffer from. If we're lucky the muscle relaxes and heals very quickly. There are times, however, when that doesn't happen and we're sore at best or incapacitated at worst. Acupuncture is very effective with sore, tight, injured muscles .

I like to blend western medical knowledge and techniques with my TCM training when I treat orthopedic disorders. With painful, sore and/or injured muscles there often will be tight palpable bands within the affected muscle. These points often refer pain to another area of the body and are called trigger points. It has been found that needling these points can alleviate the pain. Doctors often inject an anesthetic in these points (wet needling), but acupuncture (dry needling) can be just as effective.

There are other points called motor points that are arguably more important in the treatment of muscle pain. Motor points are found at specific sights in the body and they most often correspond to the area where the nerve enters the muscle belly. This is also the area of the muscle that has the lowest resistance to electrical conductivity. Interestingly many motor points are located at or very close to major acupuncture points. These points are responsible for setting the tension of the muscle and for preventing over stretching. When we needle them we reset them. This can strengthen weak muscles or relax tense oneS.

Acupuncture

With my Acupuncture therapy, patients claim to feel relaxed and renewed after each session. I’m trained in psychological techniques, so I tailor your session to work on your specific goals and needs. I love showing my patients how just a few treatments can make an enormous difference to their health.

Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine has a rich history of using herbs to support treatment. Herb plants produce and contain a variety of chemical substances that act upon the body to treat numerous illnesses and to assist bodily functions.

Herbal medicine is the substantial counterpart to the energetic medicine of acupuncture. Many conditions can greatly benefit from the use of Chinese herbal therapies alone, or with acupuncture. Modern research proves that herbs are powerful medicine and can have safe, healing effects when properly applied by a licensed herbalist