What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture began to become better known in the United States in 1971, when New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about how doctors in China used needles to ease his pain after surgery. Acupuncture is a non-invasive system of traditional medicine that can greatly enhance wellbeing and has been used to help with addictions and holistic health care.
The term ‘acupuncture’ describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.
What can Acupuncture do?
Acupuncture assists the body in its natural healing process and enables it to heal itself in body, mind and spirit, as far as nature will allow. The process of healing takes place within our bodies all the time, and for the most part we are unaware; cuts heal, germs are rejected, temperatures rise and fall, infections come and go, as our bodies work endlessly to keep us well.
Sometimes when our bodies can not heal their symptoms we need to rebalance our energy. Acupuncture heals the body from within and makes it possible for the symptoms of which we complain to gradually fade away. For this reason, acupuncture is a gentle recovery process which takes place from the inside to the outside and while some patients find their symptoms relieved almost from the first treatment, many others are aware that they feel generally better before the specific problem improves. Hence the frequent comment: “I’m feeling better in myself” which refers to such things as increased vitality, improved sleep, balanced appetite, greater confidence and enjoyment of life.
Who comes for treatment?
A wide variety of people come for treatment, ranging from children to the elderly. Increasingly, people are wanting to take responsibility for their own health, to make their own choices in health care, and to take measures to maintain their wellbeing before symptoms develop or increase.
Microsystems acupuncture is based on the belief that small well-defined areas of the body, such as the hand, foot, face, scalp and ear, correspond to all organs and parts of the body. Evidence shows that stimulating these areas, usually with needles, may help to deal with symptoms such as anxiety or general stresses.
Dry Needling (also known as “trigger point dry needling)
Dry needling is mainly used to “treat” myofascial “trigger points”, but it is also used to “target” connective tissue, neural ailments, and muscular ailments. The dysfunction of skeletal muscle and connective tissue, minimize peripheral pain and improve or regulate structural or functional damage.
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