FAQ

In order to effectively address your health concerns and get you on the path to recovery, we use a comprehensive three step approach.

Repair:  Treatments at painful injured sites initiate your body’s natural healing processes to stimulate repair in injured tissues.

Rebalance: Whole body treatment improves your capacity for healing by relieving stress and re-balancing the systems and structures in the body.

Self Care:  Create the optimal conditions for healing in your life with proper guidance in diet, exercise, and other self-care strategies.  

In order to effectively address your health concerns and get you on the path to recovery, we use a comprehensive three step approach.

Repair:  Treatments at painful injured sites initiate your body’s natural healing processes to stimulate repair in injured tissues.

Rebalance: Whole body treatment improves your capacity for healing by relieving stress and re-balancing the systems and structures in the body.

Self Care:  Create the optimal conditions for healing in your life with proper guidance in diet, exercise, and other self-care strategies.  

Our modern and traditional treatment methods

Optimum health is maintained if we are able to match the amount of damage done with repair and healing.  As we accumulate more stress and injury, our body cannot keep up with all of the repairs that are needed and becomes less efficient with fewer resources to heal each injured area.  Thus the body must reserve its resources for tasks of the highest priority which may not be the full repair of an injury.

Essentially acupuncture kick starts your body’s own healing process in an area, making it a priority when it may be low on the “to do list”.  Tiny needle lesions damage the cells which send signals to the nervous system to stimulate a release of signals for tissue healing, growth and repair to flood into the area.  This response results in a reaction that leads to increase the blood flow and repair of the tissues.

Along with acupuncture, We use a combination of bodywork, herbal medicine, cupping, electric stimulation microcurrent, as well as self-care guidance, to assist the process of rebalance and repair.

 

Reblalance:

Our combination of therapies relieves stress in the musculosk­eletal and nervous systems, which increases the efficiency and balance in the body and improves capacity for healing.

Every system in your body operates in a finely tuned balance with itself and with every other system in your body; this balance is known as homeostasis.  For instance your posture relies on the balance of your musculoskeletal system and nervous system.  Homeostasis in the body is constantly challenged by disease, injury and stress.  Our health is maintained if we are able to balance the amount of damage done with repair and healing. As we accumulate more stress and injury, our body cannot keep up with all of the repairs that are needed and will begin to operate less efficiently and fewer resources will be allocated to maintaining homeostasis and healing.

For example, with an emotional stress such as fear, the body will direct resources away from digestion and immune processes to the muscles so we can fight off a bear attack.  If the stress response persists, the digestive and immune systems may malfunction and result in a disease such as a gastric ulcer or infection.  With a limited amount of energy and resources, activities that are crucial to immediate survival will take precedence, and underused functions will atrophy.

 

Acupuncture triggers a response which reduces mental and physical stress, this restores health and normalizes homeostasis.  Needle lesions send signals to the central nervous system and induce a systemic response that restores normal physiology in the immune, endocrine, nervous and cardiovascular systems.  Needling also releases tension, helps heal soft tissue, and helps nerve function. This leads towards a rebalancing of the musculoskeletal system.

A combination of therapeutic interventions and self-care can help relieve stress and injury, rebalance the body and improve its capacity for healing.  It may be necessary to incorporate multiple interventions into you healing process.  Massage, meditation, exercise, a balanced diet, and medication are several options that can also be helpful to rebalance the systems in the body.

 

Self Care:  Create the optimal conditions for healing in your life with proper guidance in diet, exercise, and other self-care strategies.  

 

Creating the conditions of healing

If we create the proper conditions in our life it will be possible for the healing power of the body to take over.  Each moment we are either creating the conditions for healing to occur or are reinforcing the conditions that brought us to the point of pain and disease.

We help you formulate a solid self-care plan to create the optimal conditions for healing.   Proper guidance in diet, exercise, and other self-care strategies, can propel your body on a path toward full recovery.

Medical intervention of any kind will not replace proper lifestyle habits. Your capacity to heal will be hindered if your diet is poor of full and preservatives, if you maintain poor posture, or if you relate to the stress in your life in an unproductive way.

Implementing the optimal lifestyle choices for your health can be challenging. This is why we make education a priority. We provide you with solid information on your current condition, as well as guidance on helpful changes you can integrate into your life to work toward optimal health.  

Frequently asked questions

What conditions can it help?


According to the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) acupuncture is recommended for a long list of orthopedic disorders, respiratory diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, and neurologic disorders. However, acupuncture is most trusted as an effective treatment for pain, inflammation and soft tissue dysfunction.




Will it help me?


Every condition is different and every patient responds differently to therapy. That said, acupuncture is a beneficial therapy for everyone’s health. In Asian cultures, acupuncture is widely accepted as a part of one's ongoing health regimen, which is a major reason why these societies have long enjoyed great health and longevity. Recent scientific research into the mechanisms of acupuncture has shown it capable of treating specific problems as well as increasing the overall systemic health and potential for self healing of an individual.




How does Acupuncture improve your self-healing ?


A small lesion is formed by the acupuncture needle in the tissue. This stimulates signals for tissue healing, growth and repair to flood into the area. The end result is a restoration of proper function of the soft tissue and relief of pain. Nerve signals from acupuncture needle lesions also influence the nervous system at the brain and spinal cord to release healing signals into the blood stream. This effect balances the proper functioning of the ner­vous system, immune system, endocrine system, and cardiovascular system.




How many treatments will I need?


Each person will respond to treatment based on the severity of the injury, how long it has been injured, the structures involved and each person’s potential to self heal. The more areas in the body that are damaged, the less effective the body will be at healing each site. If your body is under stress, it will shift its resources only toward survival; this will also decrease your healing response. Acupuncture can effectively increase your potential to self-heal. It relieves stress in your nervous system, and signals your body to prioritize the healing of the needled area.

It is optimal to receive a treatment again before the effect completely wears off; therefore treatment sessions should usually be once to twice a week. For most people the effects will accumulate and the results will hold after 5 or 6 treatments. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond.




Will the acupuncture needles hurt?


Fear of needles is usually caused by a bad experience during a hypodermic needle for an injection or a blood draw. Acupuncture needles are 25-50 times thinner than a hypodermic needle; they are so thin that several acupuncture needles can go into the middle of a hypodermic needle. We use a gentle needling technique in our clinic. Some people feel nothing at all, while others experience a brief moment of discomfort as the needle penetrates the skin. This may be followed by a mild sensation of cramping, tingling, numbness, traveling warmth, or heaviness. The needles are usually left in place for ten to twenty minutes.

Most people find the experience relaxing and uplifting and some even fall asleep for the duration of the treatment. Although people experience different levels of sensitivity, we will work very closely with you to make sure your experience is comfortable and positive.