What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote its own natural healing ability. It is not a mystical theory of ancient Chinese, but a type of bioenergetics medicine which has been practiced and developed in Chinese medicine for more than 5000 years. Over this vast length of time, billions of people have been treated successfully.
Chi (pronounced “chee”) is an energy referred to as the ‘life force’ or ‘vital force’ which is present in all living creatures. Chi circulates through 14 major meridians, or energy channels, to all parts of the body. If the flow of Chi is impeded for any reason – by blockage, imbalance, or misdirection – the body’s health weakens in response to the shortage of vital energy.
By restoring the flow of Chi energy, the body can repair itself. To do this, the doctor will stimulate specific points along the meridians, called acupoints, with hair-fine acupuncture needles. This stimulation helps re-balance and encourage the stronger flow of Chi, which is necessary for the body to repair itself and also for the body to maintain itself.
Does acupuncture hurt?
People who have received acupuncture care describe the insertion of acupuncture needles as virtually painless. These acupuncture needles are much smaller than the standard hypodermic needle, do not draw blood and are solid, not hollow. Reported sensations experienced ranges from no sensation at all, to mild tingling, to slight numbness/achiness, to electrical pulsations in areas distant from the site of insertion. All these sensations usually subside once the needles are removed.
Do you use disposable needles?
Boyne Tannum Chiropractic/Osteopathic/Acupuncture Centre only uses sterile, disposable single-use acupuncture needles. These acupuncture needles are factory manufactured, sterilized and individually wrapped. A different set of needles are used per patient as required and are immediately disposed of after treatment.
What can be treated by Acupuncture?
Acupuncture provides a natural form of healing. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of Acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical condition, which includes:
- Neurological muscular disorders: headaches, neck/back/sciatica pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, tendonitis bursitis, arthritis, chest, rib pain, ankle, heel pain, facial trigeminal neuralgia.
- Gynecological disorders: menstrual problems, menopause, infertility, pregnancy care, hormonal issues men and women
- Digestive disorders: constipation, diarrhea, bloating, toothaches
- Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, hay fever, asthma, tinnitus
- Psychological conditions: depression, stress, anxiety, stop smoking
Acupuncture provides drug free pain relief, effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic problems, and treats the underlying cause of diseases and illness as well as the symptoms.
Provides a holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions.
Assist in the prevention of diseases and illness as well as in the maintenance of general well-being.
Acupuncture and Chiropractic combined?
Chiropractic works with the skeletal and nervous system. Skeletal problems are often the origin of many physical complaints. An adjustment alone may not hold if uneven muscle tension or soft tissue inflammation are constantly tugging the bones out of alignment. Acupuncture works with soft tissue and overall balance of body function. By relieving pain while relaxing and balancing muscle and nervous function, acupuncture helps chiropractic adjustments to last longer. Together, these therapies can shorten the overall time required to resolve a musculoskeletal complaint and therefore get so much better and quicker results.