20% Off your Initial Acupuncture Session for Military & First Responders with ID
Acupuncture needles have the diameter of a human hair. You barely feel the needle as it is gently inserted. What you do feel is the overwhelming sense of calmness that settles on the body once the needles are in place.
Acupuncture seeks to identify & treat underlying causes of a problem, rather than simply addressing symptoms. Acupuncture views the body as a whole system, utilizing herbal supplements, exercise, eating whole foods, & a balanced lifestyle as tools to achieve optimal health.
Because modern science is now catching up with how acupuncture works, we now have an array of scientific terms to describe the Traditional Chinese Medical terms used to for the mechanics & functions of acupuncture.
Acupuncture works with your body’s connective tissue to send messages to your brain to alter your brain’s chemistry. For example, if you have stress, acupuncture will lower cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, in your body. It also raises serotonin & dopamine levels, your body’s "feel good" hormones, to allow for a sense of calm & well being. Acupuncture, when used for pain management, raises your body’s natural opiates, such as endorphins & enkephalins. Acupuncture also improves blood circulation, delivering oxygen to parts of the body that may have been constricted; thereby, experiencing symptoms like pain & numbness. Acupuncture loosens up connective tissue & fascia to allow for better blood & lymphatic fluid flow, allowing for better mobility.
In Chinese Medicine, we look beyond the symptoms to the root of the problem. Think of an iceberg - the top of the iceberg are the “symptoms” & typically where Western Medicine focuses on - utilizing ointments, pills, or surgical intervention. Chinese Medicine will see the top of the iceberg, but will look at the submersed body of the iceberg to pinpoint where the imbalance initiated from. Once you treat the root of the problem, the symptoms resolve themselves.
Acupuncture uses fine filament needles to correct imbalances within the body. These imbalances manifest as “symptoms,” such as headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, back pain, arm & leg pain, digestive issues, depression, anxiety, low energy, etc.
Acupuncture is excellent for post-stroke & post-Bell's palsy recovery because acupuncture works with the electricity of the body to "re-boot" the electrical pathways. Results are best when acupuncture is employed immediately after the incident. Contact me for more information. Whenever there is pain in the body, there is an imbalance. A constriction is present that prevents blood & fluid flow in one part of the body, while simultaneously depriving blood & fluid to another part of the body. And at the site of where the constriction is will be where the pain is most felt.
Acupuncture needles are placed strategically at key points on the body to move the blood & fluids. The needles help the body signal the brain to increase circulation of blood & fluids to focused areas of the body to reduce pain, & increase mobility. For high level acute pain, I use a technique called Trigger Point Therapy where I introduce a needle to a constricted muscle that is causing pain. The needle is then manipulated by me for the purpose of “firing the muscle.” At the moment the muscle is “fired,“ the patient will feel a spark & contraction within the muscle. After the muscle is fired, the contracted muscle relaxes & the constriction dissipates, allowing blood flow & healing.
It’s common to receive acupuncture in the arms, legs, torso, ears, & head. Points are sometimes intuitively where you think would be - for instance, for back pain, it would be in the area of the back, but there are also points to relieve back pain in the feet due to nerve distribution throughout the body.
Acupuncture points are where blood, lymph & nerves meet, & where the connective tissue is easily accessible - because acupuncture works via the connective tissues to send messages to the brain for the purpose of altering brain chemistry.
Because the needles are so fine, there is barely any sensation of the needles entering the surface of the skin. At certain acupuncture points, however, where the electromagnetic action is the strongest, you may feel a slight tugging or buzzing sensation, or warmth at the point, as it is activated. Other times you may feel a heaviness in the body as the parasympathetic nervous system switches on, putting the body in a deeper, more relaxed state of being. You may feel drowsy & sleepy as the needles begin working.
Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese Medicine. Under the umbrella of Chinese Medicine falls Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, Qi Gong exercise, Tui Na massage & bodywork, & Dietary Nutrition (food as medicine). Acupuncture just happened to have been adopted first into Western culture back in the 70’s.
The overall goal of Chinese Medicine is to bring “balance” within the body & within one’s lifestyle to allow for the optimization of “form & function.”
I like to couple the treatments with sound therapy. The sound therapy I use utilizes the science of entrainment & binaural beats to help deepen the relaxation while you rest comfortably for about 25 minutes.
Acupuncture is increasingly being included in medical insurance plans across the country, but ultimately it is the employee’s company that chooses what is included in the plan. Please check with me first to verify what your medical insurance will cover. I am happy to inquire for you.
I offer a 20% discount for initial sessions to Military & First Responders with valid ID.