The West has recently recognized that human beings are complex bio-electrical systems. This understanding has been the foundation of acupuncture for thousands of years. According to Chinese medical philosophy, energy circulates throughout the body along certain pathways. Specific points on these pathways allow access to various body structures and systems. Pain and illness are caused by an imbalance or blockage of this energy. Stimulating the acupuncture point enhances the circulation of energy, improving the health of the entire person. Acupuncture also releases tension in the muscles and connective tissue, making it particularly effective for pain management and the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.
Acupuncture is usually painless, especially when using very gentle Japanese techniques. Tiny needles the width of a thick hair are inserted at specific points on the body. State and federal agencies have established strict procedures for acupuncture treatment; the needles used are sterile and are disposed of after each use.
Acupuncture has been shown to release endorphins and many people experience a deep sense of relaxation during and after the treatment. Treatments last 30-60 minutes and are usually prescribed weekly or biweekly. Depending on the severity of the problem, you can expect to notice improvement in your health within 6 to 10 treatments.
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