Acupuncture has been used for decades in North America and centuries in Eastern cultures to treat musculoskeletal related pain. Anatomical acupuncture takes an ancient therapy and redefines its mechanisms and effects using present day scientific understanding of human physiology.
The practice of acupuncture involves inserting thin sterile needles into the skin to stimulate nerve receptors in skin and muscle. This causes an increase in local blood flow which encourages tissue healing and an analgesic or painkilling effect.
At times the practitioner may attach a small electrical device to one or more of
the needles to aid in treatment.
We commonly treat neurological and muscular disorders such as headaches, neck and back pain, neuralgia, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, tendonitis, sciatica and arthritis to name a few.
That depends upon the nature of the problem, the underlying anatomy of the points selected, the patients size and age. In general, needles are inserted from 1/4 to 1 inch in depth.
Acupuncture is mostly painless. If the correct stimulus of the needle has been obtained, the patient should feel some cramping, heaviness, tingling or electric sensation around the needle.
The needles used are sterilized and individually packaged. Each used needle is disposed of in a medical waste container.
That depends upon the duration, severity and nature of each individuals condition. Generally from five to fifteen treatments are adequate for the majority of chronic ailments. Many acute conditions may only require a single treatment. Some degenerative conditions may require ongoing treatment.