Conditions Treated by Acupuncture
Sports Injuries, Muscular Skeletal Pain
Neck, Shoulders, & Arms
- Postural Dysfunction
- Soft Tissue Myospasm: Localized Neck pain
- Muscle Tension Headache
- Spondylosis or Degenerative Joint Disc Disease
- Facet Joint Impingement ("Stiff Neck")
- Dorsal Scapular Nerve Entrapment
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
- Impingement Syndrome
- Bicipital Tendinopathy
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis), Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
- Pronator Teres Syndrome
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ganglion Cyst (Wrist)
Low Back & Hip
- Chronic Low Back Pain
- Soft Tissue Injury of the Low Back, Strains around the Hip Joint
- Lumbar Disc Herniation
- Thoraco-lumbar Junction Syndrome
- Lateral Femoral Nerve Entrapment
- Spondylolysis, Spnodylolisthesis
- Hip Flexor Strain (Psoas)
- Trochanter Bursitis
Lower Limbs & Feet
- Gluteus Maximus Strain
- Hamstring Strain
- Hamstring Tendinopathy
- Adductor Strain
- MCL/Medial Meniscus Injury
- Pes Anserine Tendinitis
- Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome (IT Band)
- Runner's Knee: Chrondomalacia Patella and Patellofemoral Syndrome
- Patellar Tendinitis
- Gastocnemius and Soleus Muscle Strain
- Popliteal Cyst
- Shin Splints: Tibialis Anterior and Posterior Syndromes
- Tibial Stress Fratures
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Peroneus Longus/Brevis Tendinopathy
- Ankle Sprains
- Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs
- Symptoms related to Lyme Disease
- Gynecological Disharmony
- Gastrointestinal Disharmony
- Constipation, Diarrhea
- Heart Burn, GERD
What are the main objectives of acupuncture treatment?
- Relieve Pain
- Reduce anxiety and stress
- Strengthen the immune system
- Enable the body to do what it does best: heal itself.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a complex branch of ancient Chinese medicine, but its practical principles and methods are easily understood:
- Fourteen major energy channels called meridians course through the human body including the head, arms, hands, legs, feet, torso, and internal organs.
- A subtle energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”) circulates via the meridians to all parts of the body, even the most remote cells.
- Qi is the vital force, the presence of which separates the living from the dead. Its balanced, unimpeded flow is critical to sound health.
- Any misdirection, blockage, or other derangement of the amount of flow, or balance of Qi may result in pain, dysfunction, and ill health.
- With acupuncture needles, or other means, the acupuncturist stimulates certain points along the course of the meridians. Such stimulation helps restore the normal balance and flow of Qi so organs and bodily systems can work together in harmony as intended.This sets the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain its own health.
What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
Patients who have received inoculations or other medical injections from a hypodermic needle are sometimes fearful that acpuncture treatments will be as painful, but such is not the case. Medical hypodermic needles are stiff, hollow, and thick for forcing liquid into the patient’s flesh, usually an uncomfortable, if not painful, procedure. Typically, acupuncture needles are fine and flexible, no bigger around than a human hair or piece of thread. Deftly inserted into an acupoint, the slender needle produces little or no sensation at all. When the needle makes contact with Qi, most patients experience a slight tingling or heavy sensation. First-time patients are usually amazed at how comfortable they are during the treatment.
How Many Treatments Will I Need And How Often?
For acute (under 3 months) pain conditions, usually a 1 or 2 treatments per week for 3 weeks is suitable.
For chronic (over 3 months) conditions, a recommended treatment protocol is 1-2 treatments per week for 4-6 weeks, then once per week for 4 weeks, then once every other week, and then once a month for “tune-ups”. Every set of circumstances is different, and much of the healing time has to do with patient self-care in between appointments, e.g. following guidance on daily exercises, nutrition, rest, etc.
For women interested in regulating their menstrual cycles or relieving PMS-related symptoms, regular weekly treatments will usually normalize irregularities in 2 – 3 cycles, sometimes sooner.