Acupuncture

Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture works by improving the flow of oxygen, nutrients and blood through specific networks of blood vessels to nourish every cell of the body. Acupuncture treats the number one disease….. blood stasis or blocked blood flow. When there is a problem with blood flow to any area of the body that area cannot function properly. Acupuncture causes your blood vessels to dilate and increase blood flow to specific areas of the body to relive pain, and improve organ function. Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system by activating nociceptors, sensory nerves and proprioceptor fibers that travel from the skin to the spine and into the brain. Acupuncture improves the nerve signal to the brain and forces your brain to release opioids (natural pain killers) to shut off pain signal and eliminate your pain

How Acupuncture works:

Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites–commonly referred to as acupuncture points. The most common method used to stimulate acupuncture points is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Other acupuncture point stimulation techniques include: manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping and the application of topical herbal medicines.

How to prepare for your first appointment:

Write down and bring any questions you have.
-Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points
-Do not eat large meals just before or after treatment.
-Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to six hours after the visit
-Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest.
-Between visits, make note of any changes that may have occurred, such as alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of symptoms.

Do the needles hurt?

The needles are approximately the size of a cat’s whisker. The sensation caused by an acupuncture needle varies. You may experience a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling or dull ache where the acupuncture needle has been inserted. Sometimes people experience a little pain as the needle is inserted, or a sensation of energy spreading and moving around the needle. All these signs are good and a sign the treatment is working. The depth of insertion varies from person to person. After treatment you may feel energized or may experience a deep sense of relaxation

How many treatments will you need?

The frequency and number of treatments differ from person to person. Some people experience dramatic relief in the first treatment. For complex or long-standing chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several weeks or months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, usually three to ten visits in total. From here you will move into maintenance mode with more time between the treatments. As long as improvements remain stable, monthly, or seasonal visits help maintain your progress and prevent new health issues from developing.

What to expect at your first appointment:

Initial visits generally last from 30 to 70 minutes. Your Acupuncturist will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan.
During your first treatment, your Acupuncturist will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, eating, exercise, sleep habits, emotional states and anything that may offer insight into your health.

Conditions treated:

Muscle

Neck stiffness
Muscle Strains/Sprains
Heavy Achy Limbs
Ankle Sprain/Strain
Motor Vehicle Injuries
Sciatica
Back Stiffness
Numbness/Tingling
Restless Legs

Joint

Arthritis
Osteoarthritis
Swollen Joints
Tendonitis
Carpal Tunnel
Broken Bones
Decreased Range Of Motion
Frozen Shoulder
Knee Pain

Mental Health Wellness
Insomnia
Over Thinking
Overwhelmed
Lethargy/Fatigue
Stress
Irritability
Nervous Tension

Stomach Wellness
Constipation
Loose stools
Appetite Imbalances
Acid Reflex
Indigestion
Nausea/Vomiting
Bloating
Water Retention
Head & Neck
Dizziness
Tinnitus High/Low
Visual Problems
Sinus
Headaches

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http://acupuncturealberta.ca/

Cupping:

Cupping employs a negative pressure or suction to lift muscles and connective tissues away from the bone in order to release stagnation and move blood to stop pain. This technique is very popular with athletes, cupping improves muscle function and health. It is safe, comfortable and remarkably effective for many heath disorders. Respiratory conditions, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders to helping alleviate muscle tension, joint stiffness and general stress. The circular marks sometimes left by the cups are a natural result and indicate that the treatment is working. There is no cause for alarm – they are painless and disappear after a few days to a week.

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