Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over it's surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others. The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstruction at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system.
Acupuncture can help:
- promotion of well being
- neurological and muscular disorders (such as headaches, neck pain, frozen shoulder, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, and osteoarthritis)
- digestive, respiratory, urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems
- physical problems related to tension and stress and emotional conditions
Give us a call today to schedule an acupuncture appointment with Dr. Chelsea.