What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) technique that has been around for approximately 2500 years. It is used to treat a variety of conditions by balancing Qi (CHEE) in the body. TCM believes that balancing the Qi helps restore function to the various body systems. This technique involves inserting small, fine needles into the body through the skin. Needles are left in place for 20-40 minutes and manipulated by hand or electrical stimulation to treat a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture is a powerful therapy and is generally considered safer than most conventional treatments. Serious adverse effects can happen if it is used without due care. Acupuncture should only be used by trained practitioners who can adequately assess the risks and benefits of applying the therapy to specific medical conditions.
What are the Major Benefits of Acupuncture?
- Drug-free pain relief
- Treats the cause as well as the symptoms
- Effectively treats many common ailments
- Can be used in conjunction with other treatments
Acupuncture as an effective pain reliever
Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle and increases the body’s release of endorphins and serotonin (natural painkillers) in the pain pathways of the spinal cord and the brain. Acupuncture is therefore commonly used to treat musculoskeletal pain in areas like the back, shoulder, neck, and leg. It is also successfully used to treat:
- trapped nerves
- chronic muscle strains
- sport injuries
- arthritic and rheumatic pain
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are so incredibly small and thin (up to 50 times thinner than a standard hypodermic needle), they are barely noticeable when inserted. Some people who experience acupuncture report feeling nothing at all; others report feeling a mild discomfort, followed by a mild sensation of cramping, tingling, numbness, warmth, or heaviness.
Acupuncture Use in Modern Medicine
Acupuncture is provided by an ever-increasing number of medical professionals. It is used by physiotherapists and doctors in a traditional medical setting, having first made a medical diagnosis. The extensive medical training of doctors and physiotherapists plays a vital role in establishing the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture use as one of many therapeutic tools in the treatment of a range of defined conditions.
Modern Acupuncture Equipment
At The Tri Doc, we utilize the most modern equipment to help us treat with acupuncture. The AcuGraph Digital Meridian Imaging system is a computerized tool used to analyze and document the energetic status of the acupuncture meridians. We utilize the system in a short examination by touching a moistened probe to acupuncture points on your hands and feet. The AcuGraph is the premiere measurement tool of its type on the market today. It provides a fast and efficient exam, gives the most advanced treatment options, and allows the acupuncturist to easily track your progress.