Chinese medicine is over 2,000 years old
but continues to achieve a practical and profound relevance in today’s health care. As with any traditions Chinese medicine has remained vital in that it has continued to develop and grow throughout the centuries as it was passed on through other parts of Asia, Europe and North America. The World Health Organization
is just one of many global health organizations that recognizes the benefits of acupuncture as a legitimate modality for successfully treating pain, various medical conditions and diseases.
Acupuncture is based on the concept that the body
is composed of a visible lattice; a web that acts like an information network connecting all aspects of the
body. The threads of this intricate network are called meridians or channels and act as pathways for
the qi and blood to circulate. The word qi is used to describe the unifying principle of energy that
permeates all living things, animating life and forming
a continuum between thought, emotions, tissue and
organ function. Health, according to Chinese medicine
is directly related to the unhindered flow of qi.
How Does Acupuncture Work From A Modern, Scientific Point Of View?
Scientific studies demonstrate that acupuncture calms the sympathetic nervous system, reduces inflammation, regulates hormones, and increases the circulation of blood and body fluids. In one study, menopausal women suffering from hot flashes not only attained significant relief after just 10 weeks, but FSH levels also dropped. This result is also of significant relevance for women with infertility issues where high FSH is a factor. In the context of trigger and motor point therapies, it relaxes muscles by creating a twitch and release response. Often we see syndromes improve without being able to explain it scientifically yet. Science continues to evolve and develop a greater understanding of physiology.
Japanese Style Acupuncture
Because of its precision, attention to detail and gentle nature, Japanese Acupuncture is rising in popularity in the U.S. by offering an attractive alternative to many “needle sensitive” patients. Japanese style acupuncture is best used in the treatment of acute or chronic illnesses and can be used in conjunction with pain or injury treatments. Japanese needles are thinner than Chinese needles and employ less aggressive insertion into the points along the meridians. Consequently, most patients find the treatments to be very relaxing and are often not even aware that the needles have been inserted.
Acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of conditions such as stress, headaches, acute and chronic illness, digestive disorders, autoimmune disorders, and fertility. Due to its gentle nature, Japanese style Acupuncture is also very effective in Prenatal and Postpartum care.
Generally each session is divided into two different steps referred to as “root” and “branch” treatment protocols. The root treatments seeks to address core energetic imbalances or an underlying cause of the illness while the branch treatment targets the patient’s main issues offering symptomatic relief. Once imbalances have been identified and corrected, the body’s innate abilities are activated allowing the body to heal itself.
Acupuncture For Acute Injury And Chronic Pain
From a Western perspective acupuncture focuses on the neuro-scientific mechanisms of the body. Endorphins are the body’s natural morphine or natural pain control system and are released into the central nervous system when stimulated by Acupuncture. Acupuncture treatments offers the ability to affectively decrease pain in the body without taking pain medication and can be used effectively in conjunction with other healing modalities such as physical therapy.
Treatments focus on the movement, performance, and function of the musculoskeletal system of each patient by applying the sciences of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, psychology, and neuroscience as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine protocols. This kinesthetic approach to assessing the strength and weaknesses of the muscles allows a more comprehensive approach to rebalancing the body in order to repair and prevent injuries.