Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that has been practiced for several thousands of years. The technique involves insertion of very fine needles at precise points on the body, for the purpose of unblocking Qi. (pronounced “chee”). Qi is the positive energy that flows within 14 main pathways of the body. These pathways are called meridians. According to Acupuncture theory, pain or disease occurs in the body when there is a deficiency or imbalance of energy along these meridians. When Qi flows freely within the body, a person is healthy. When a person is sick, diseased or injured, there is an obstruction of Qi along one of the meridians. Inserting these needles yields a tremendous range of highly predictable health effects, helping reduce pain, increase range of motion and expedite recovery time.
The World Health Organization and the National institute of health recognize acupuncture for treatment of chronic and acute pain, neurological disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, joint pain, headaches and tempomandibular (TMJ) joint disorder. The needles used are hair thin, sterile and always discarded after one use. Research has also shown acupuncture to improve circulation, reduce inflammation and stimulate the body’s own opiate-like chemicals to control pain.
Healthy Connection Physical Medicine acupuncture treatment focuses on regulating metabolism, balancing the hormones and relieving stress, thus helping patients improve mental poise and sleep quality, relax and relieve neck, shoulder, back and joint pain. A deeper needling technique can be performed on athletes, or more chronic conditions which focuses on specific trigger points, throughout the buttocks and legs, which can release chronic muscle tension and help speed recovery. Auricular therapy, a specialized acupuncture of the ears, is also used to help with addictive disorders.
Electro-Acupuncture – incorporates the use of very small electrical impulses through the acupuncture needles. This method is generally used for analgesia (pain relief or prevention). The amount of power used is only a few microamperes with frequencies varying from 5 to 2,000Hz.
Auricular Therapy – or ear acupuncture is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine. Auricular acupuncture is a treatment system based on normalizing the body’s pain and dysfunction through stimulation of points on the ear. These points can be treated with needles, or without needles.
What do we treat with Acupuncture?
- Lower back pain
- Arthritic problems
- Soft tissue injuries
- Digestive problems
- Sleep issues
- Sinus congestion
- Bladder and kidney problems
- Colds and influenza
- Cessation of Smoking
- Weight loss
- Stress Relief
- Acute injuries, including muscle strains and pulls