What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a system of medicine originating from China used to alleviate pain and to treat many physical, mental and emotional conditions. Acupuncture includes a variety of techniques, most commonly using thin, solid, sterile needles to penetrate the skin. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture’s effectiveness for over forty disorders. Scientific research studies have found that the insertion of fine needles into acupuncture points used the same internal pathways as the parasympathetic nervous system, which puts our body into a state of rest. These pathways also trigger natural dopamine stimulation that decreases pain responses in the body.
Acupuncture and Sports
In the sporting world, injury may occur as we push beyond our limits. We may also overdue it, creating problems now and in the future. We often do not allow adequate time to heal. We use painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications to dull the aches and pains and reduce inflammation. it is a quick and easy approach, but only a temporary fix. By covering up pain, stiffness, swelling or aches, you may be masking a deeper problem. These signals from your body, warning that something is weakened and out of balance. In the short term, medication may enable you to return to your sport, and carry on with your life, but in the long run, it may make your injury worse. Acupuncture is a time-tested, safe, natural and drug free health care system that can provide immediate relief and long lasting benefits. It can help you return to peak performance by restoring the proper and continuous flow of vital energy.
Acupuncture can help the following;
Reduce stiffness and tension
Improve range of motion
Shorten recovery time
Strengthen your body
Address injury-causing symptoms
Treat acute sprains and strains
What To Expect on my First Visit?
During your initial acupuncture treatment, a comprehensive intake is done. past and present medical history, discussion of all bodily systems, as well as current symptoms will be talked about in great detail. Possible palpation of different body parts and physical examination may also be included, if appropriate. Pulse and tongue diagnosis will also be done prior to treatment. All of the information gathered up to this point will be used to determine the Chinese diagnosis of the patient. Usually acupuncture is the only form of treatment during an initial visit. In follow up visits other modalities such as Cupping, Gua Sha, Moxibustion, and Electro-acupuncture may be incorporated.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
The acupuncture needles are made of stainless steal and are very slender (as thin as a strand of hair). Acupuncture is generally painless. Most people do not even feel the needles going in, or they may feel a very small prick. Following the insertion of the needles you may feel a sensation of mild tingling, slight numbness, ache, radiating, warmth or heaviness this is the Qi (the vital energy that floats throughout the body. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi) moving. Many people find treatments very relaxing and will sometimes even nap during them.
Adamson Chiropractic has convenient hours that work with your schedule.
- Mon-Thurs: 9:00am-6:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am-1:00pm
- Saturday: 9:00am-1:00pm
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