One of the most well-known healthcare techniques worldwide, acupuncture is a component of ancient Chinese medicine that originated more than 5,000 years ago. Since 1997, it has been recognized by the FDA as a legitimate medical therapy and is endorsed by the National Institute of Health.
The American Back Center draws upon a range of treatments to assist our patients – including acupuncture – which is known to promote natural healing by restoring the body to a “balanced state” through the placement of tiny needles into specific points in the body. It is a safe, popular and effective treatment used for a variety of ailments and in the natural prevention of chronic disease.
Acupuncture has been used for a variety of problems including:
– Acute and chronic pain due to injury and illness
– Emotional issues including depression and anxiety
– Seasonal allergies
– Sinusitis and rhinitis
– Premenstrual (PMS) and menopausal symptoms
Treatment sessions may also include a combination of acupuncture with massage therapy, trigger point work and chiropractic care.
How it works
Imagine your body is like a highway, with lanes running throughout. The energy in our body is the steady stream of traffic, and the lanes are the body’s meridians – the path that energy travels along. When energy flows smoothly the body is balanced. When there is a disruption in the flow of energy – a traffic jam or major accident – things get out of whack. This imbalance of energy, according to Chinese medicine, is what causes us feel to unwell.
The science and art of acupuncture involves the placing of needles into specific points along the meridians of the body to influence and restore the balance of “Qi,” the body’s vital energy. This process stimulates the body’s natural release of pain-relieving endorphins (sometimes called “happy hormones”) and influences neurotransmitter activity, regulating the way nerve impulses get transmitted to the brain.
When you meet with our acupuncturist, she will explain the process and make sure you are completely comfortable before starting the therapy. Your first session typically lasts about an hour and includes a thorough evaluation of your symptoms, health history and goals for treatment. Follow-up visits are 45 minutes.
In our busy society, massage is too often thought of as a treat or a luxury. But massage therapy is also a tremendously beneficial natural approach to health and wellness. The benefits of massage therapy are plentiful. It has been known to improve circulation, increase joint flexibility and range of motion, boost the immune system and address poor posture. Massage is also an excellent way to relieve stress and anxiety.
A massage therapy session generally involves locating and relieving pressure points throughout your body – the areas of concentrated nerve tension or where excess stress accumulates. Most of the main pressure points are located near the spine. Patients often note that these sessions leave them feeling looser and more flexible, with less pain and more energy!