What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture originated over 3,000 years ago. It is simply stated, a health science which is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body. At first glimpse, Acupuncture appears strange, as its primary notoriety is the utilization of needles placed in the skin at various locations to relieve pain or affect a body part. However, beyond this categorization, Acupuncture is upheld as beneficial to treating pain and dysfunction in the body. Early Chinese physicians discovered there is an energy network traversing just below the surface of the skin, called Qi,  which communicates from the exterior to the internal organs and structures over 1,000 “Acupoints” on the body. This energy works in harmony with the body’s circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, genitourinary and all other systems of the body. These energy points influence the flow of Qi. In a healthy person, Qi flows freely and fully. When there is a disruption of this flow, illness or pain may be felt. When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident. Stimulation of one or a combination of key “Acupoints” on the body may restore harmony to the affected area.

Generally, acupuncture is a painless procedure and is very relaxing. Some individuals feel a small prick, like a mosquito bit as the needle is inserted, but this soon disappears. Our acupuncture needles are completely sterile and designed for one-time usage. Acupuncture treatment is a completely drug-free and natural form of health care. Acupuncture’s goal to restore normalcy to the body’s energy balance by utilizing a combination of Acupoints can be seen as another form of Chiropractic Care’s value to manage health in a natural form.