Acupuncture is a health science, which is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body. Early Chinese physicians discovered the existence of an energy network traversing just below the surface of the skin, which communicates from the exterior to the internal organs and structures at over 1,000 acupoints on the body. This energy works in harmony with the body’s circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, genitourinary and all other systems of the body. When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident. Stimulation of one or a combination of key acupoints on the body may restore harmony to the affected area. Acupuncture is a principle, not a technique. There are many ways to stimulate an acupoint other than a needle. Many practitioners use electronic stimulation, laser beam or pressure massage to treat an acupoint. The principle of acupuncture does not change, only the technique.
The human body’s energy flow courses over 12 meridians or channels that are normally well balanced. If a disruption of energy flow exists, it can alter the entire system, producing pain or symptoms in the body. Correction of the balance corrects the problem. This is acupuncture’s goal – to restore normalcy to the body’s energy balance by utilizing a combination of acupoints located on the 12 meridians. This is accomplished by a variety of means, the needle is just one.
One would assume inserting a needle into the skin would be painful. However, four acupuncture needles can easily be inserted into the hollow tube of a hypodermic needle. Most people compare the sensations to less than that of a mosquito bite. A phenomenon referred to as “Tehchi” occurs when the energy is contracted. This sensation is felt as mild to heaviness or tingling.
he number of treatments depends on the individual and the condition. Obviously chronic problems will require more treatment than acute ones. In some instances, patients experience an immediate improvement after the initial treatment, while others may not notice until additional treatments are complete. We encourage you to be patient with the healing process. Patients generally see some benefit of acupuncture in 10-12 visits.
The following is a partial list of conditions in which acupuncture has been effective: acute and chronic pain relief, migraine, tension, cluster and sinus headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, bladder dysfunction, insomnia, cervical (neck) pain, and low-back (lumbar) and mid-back pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, post-operative pain relief, gastric problems, asthma, allergies, skin conditions, hemorrhoids, abnormal blood pressure, fatigue, anxiety, neurologic syndrome, neuropathy, etc.
our four-step method of diagnosis and treatment
At The Spine & Pain Institute we believe that the best patient outcomes occur when a patient is well informed. We have developed a simple, thorough, four-step method of diagnosis and treatment. We are your partners against pain, and providers of peace of mind!
A detailed discussion between you and a physician about your medical history.
A comprehensive physical examination and, if necessary, selected diagnostic tests.
A specific treatment plan developed for you.
The implementation of treatment.