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Acupuncture is a safe, natural and effective method of relieving pain anywhere in the body.  Dr. Mike specializes in the treatment of sports injuries, chronic pain and muscle & joint injuries using acupuncture.  Benefits include:

  • Encouraging the body to promote natural healing
  • Restore proper function of affected areas of the body
  • Reduce or relieve pain

What can Acupuncture help with?

Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment, or as an adjunct to other therapeutic interventions. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of:

  • Neurological and muscular disorders
  • Headaches – migraine and tension etc.
  • Neck and Back pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sciatica & Hip Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tennis Elbow / Carpal Tunnel

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture stimulates your body’s natural healing mechanisms, helping to restore physical and mental balance. Traditional Chinese explanations use the concept of restoring the normal flow of the vital energy that circulates along special channels all throughout the body. Modern research has shown that acupuncture elicits a complex set of responses in the nervous system, including the release of chemicals and hormones involved in pain transmission, behavior, muscle and organ activity. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, reducing inflammation, and promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Is Acupuncture Safe and Does it Hurt?

iStock_000000793277MediumYes it is safe! Foremost, we use only sterile, disposable needles. This prevents the risk of infection or the possibility of the transmission of disease. Most patients find that the treatments are relaxing and cause minimal discomfort. People with pacemakers should avoid electrical stimulation unless approved by their cardiologist. Hemophiliacs should be treated with caution.

Acupuncture does not cause any significant discomfort in the majority of patients. The needles are very fine and do not damage the tissues when inserted. People experience differing sensations with acupuncture. Most patients feel only minimal discomfort as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there should be no significant discomfort. For many people, acupuncture is a pleasant experience due to the sense of well-being that usually follows the treatment.

How many treatments will be required?

The number of treatments will vary with every individual and the condition being treated. For acute problems, only a few treatments may be required. For complex or longstanding conditions, one to three treatments a week for several weeks may be recommended with less frequent treatment as improvement occurs. Treatment sessions usually last approximately 30 minutes. Relief may be immediate or occur within a few hours, or after a few days. In some conditions, several sessions may be required before improvement is noticed.

Acupuncture can be used as the only form of therapy or it may be combined successfully with other forms of medical or chiropractic care.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin at specific points on the body. There is no injection of any substance and the treatment itself causes minimal discomfort. Acupuncture is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an adjunct to conventional medical care or on its own when traditional medical therapy has failed.

“Classical” acupuncture was developed in China as a system of diagnosing and treating pain and disease. It defines acupuncture as one component of Traditional Chinese Medicine which aims to balance energy and blood in the body in order to keep it functional and healthy. Although proven successful for hundreds of years without the benefit of modern scientific knowledge, it is only in recent years that the scientific and medical communities of Europe and North America have begun to study acupuncture to understand and explain its effectiveness.

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