Supporting Whole Body Health and an Active Lifestyle
with Japanese and Orthopedic Acupuncture
Acupuncture is based on the concept that our bodies are composed of a visible lattice acting as an information network connecting all aspects of the body. The threads of this intricate web are called meridians or channels. They operate as pathways for the qi and blood to circulate throughout the body. The word qi is used to describe the unifying principle of energy. Qi 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.
Chinese medicine is the oldest and most continually practiced medicine in the world. Beginning 3,000 years ago, Chinese medicine evolved through the centuries as it was passed on to other parts of Asia, Europe, and, eventually, North America. All forms of medicine represent the social, religious, and political systems of that culture. Chinese and Western medicine is no different. As the social and political climate of both the Western and Eastern hemispheres change, so does their approach to medicine. Here in the U.S., as in many other countries, Chinese and Western medicine are more integrated than ever before. This alliance
combines Western diagnostic testing with acupuncture and herbal medicine to address the complexities of our modern culture and the diseases it brings.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is just one of many global health organizations that recognizes acupuncture as a legitimate modality for successfully treating pain, various medical conditions, and diseases.
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 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 treatment 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 focuses on the neuro-scientific mechanisms of the body to treat acute and chronic pain. Endorphins are the body’s natural morphine, aka natural pain control, and are released into the central nervous system when stimulated by specific acupuncture points.
Treatments focus on the movement, performance, and function of the musculoskeletal system, applying the science of biomechanics, anatomy, and physiology. 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.
Acupuncture can be used successfully in conjunction with other healing modalities such as massage, physical therapy, and chiropractic.