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Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most widely used systems of medical care in the world. It is one aspect of Chinese medicine and is based on the concept that the human body is governed by the same forces that guide the cycles of the natural world. The cycles of life can be divided into five phases, with metaphoric correspondences to the seasons, natural elements, body organs, emotions and many common symptoms. In Chinese medicine, our vital energy or life force is called Qi (Chi). Qi is what gives us vitality and activates the cycles of life. The pattern of vital energy flowing along invisible pathways in the body and its reflection in various symptoms and behaviors, forms the basis of acupuncture diagnosis and treatment.
Acupuncture works by allowing the energy to flow smoothly through the body, in harmony with function. When Qi is flowing smoothly, there is wellness, vitality and ease. If it becomes blocked or weak, pain or illness may arise. Our symptoms on a physical, mental and spiritual level often reflect blocked or depleted flow of vital energy.
Acupuncture is endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as an effective treatment for health problems including: Headache, Low back pain, Fibromyalgia, Myofascial pain, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Osteoarthritis, Frozen shoulder, Sciatica, Addictive behaviors, Tennis elbow, Premenstrual tension / Menstrual cramps.
Most people who have experienced acupuncture report changes in the symptoms for which they sought treatment. In addition, it is common for them also to report unexpected changes in the quality of their lives such as:
The initial evaluation usually takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. This expanded time allows me to thoroughly explore health-related issues with you and formulate the acupuncture diagnosis and treatment plan.
Generally, treatment sessions last about an hour and include a brief discussion/ update, treatment of acupuncture points to support your progress and time for you to rest and absorb the treatment. Recommendations are often made regarding dietary/lifestyle shifts and simple exercises to support the treatment. The needles used are not much thicker than a human hair and although sensation varies, most people report little or no discomfort with needling.
Patients with musculoskeletal problems often benefit from evaluation and treatment which combines the strengths of both Western and Chinese Medicine. From a Western perspective, strength, range of joint motion, pain, tissue integrity and functional ability are assessed in order to evaluate the structural and biomechanical components of the problem. The Acupuncture evaluation provides information regarding the flow of energy along the meridians which pass through the involved area, the person’s constitutional makeup and the life habits which influence the body’s ability to heal. Successful treatment often requires that both the structural and energetic aspects of the problem be evaluated and addressed. Therefore, in many cases, optimal treatment employs a blending of these two approaches and may include:
Initial Evaluation, (Includes First Treatment): $80.00 (60 – 90 minutes)
Follow-up Treatments: $70.00 (50 – 60 minutes)
Sliding fee available.
Assistance with some insurance billing may be possible.