Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very fine needles (acupuncture needles are hair-thin, sterile, individually packaged, and disposable) into the skin to stimulate specific anatomic points in the body (called acupoints or acupuncture points) to treat bodily dysfunction or diseases to modify or prevent pain perception, and to normalize the body’s physiological functions.
YES!! Children respond to acupuncture amazingly fast and in general need less treatments then adults. Treatments for children are gentle and fun. Children under the age of 7 will receive Shonishin, children over 7 will receive a mix or Shonishin and acupuncture.
The goal of oriental medicine is to balance the energy of the body thus promoting the ability of the body to heal itself.
According to the traditional medical theory, the body has 12 main channels through which energy, called Qi, flows.
Excess, deficient, or obstructed Qi causes pain or disease.
The acupoints (acupuncture points) are stimulated throughout the treatment to balance the movement of energy (qi) in the body to restore health.
The acupuncturist selects points and therapies on the basis of a diagnosis which is made primarily by examining the radial pulses of both wrists, looking at the tongue, and considering the medical history. The acupuncturist sees these signs and symptoms as fitting into distinct patterns that reflect the internal energy relationships as understood by traditional east Asian medicine.
Acupuncture is usually painless and quite relaxing. The needles I use are very small, often compared to the diameter of one strand of hair (some are even smaller!). Most people who try acupuncture return because it is relaxing and feels good. After a comprehensive intake on your first visit, I will develop a treatment plan that includes acupuncture, body work and possibly herbs or supplements. Visits usually last about 60 minutes. After a treatment, you may feel fatigued. Plan to avoid any strenuous activities if at all possible for the remainder of the day.
Make sure you are well hydrated and have eaten a small meal or snack before your appointment. Avoid caffeine two hours prior to the treatment if possible. Dress in comfortable loose clothing.
More commonly known as pediatric acupuncture, though typically no needles are used and nothing actually penetrates the skin. This is a system used for children that originated several hundred years ago in Japan. The Style of acupuncture is most appropriate for infants and children, from one month to ten years of age using tools that tap, brush or press on acupuncture points and meridians without penetrating the skin. Occasionally for older kids, extremely fine acupuncture needles may be used to apply quick stimulation and immediately withdrawn. The treatments are designed to be comfortable and painless. Most children love their shonishin treatments and look forward to being treated again.
No. In fact, many find it much easier, safer and cost effective to maintain health than it is to recover it once it’s lost. Because of its ability to strengthen and nourish proper functioning in the body, Acupuncture can be an important addition to any health Maintenance plan. Many patients come in for monthly for stress relief treatments and enhance their immune system as part of their health maintenance routine
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have deemed acupuncture to be safe and effective for the following conditions:
Blood pressure regulation
Immune system toning
Back pain/Neck pain