Acupuncture, rooted in traditional East Asian medicine, incorporates bodywork, lifestyle, diet, and exercise. The goal of traditional East Asian medicine is to create balance in our bodies.
Disharmony can occur when any aspect of our being is over- or underutilized. Stress, sleep patterns, and other information point to the sources of what we refer to as a person’s “pattern of disharmony.” Understanding the root of the problem helps us treat symptoms with Manhattan acupuncture, bodywork, lifestyle changes (including exercise), new dietary guidelines, and/or herbal therapy.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture, which originated in ancient China over 2,000 years ago, is one of the most widespread healing systems in the world. It involves the stimulation of special points on the body using fine needles, heat, pressure friction or other techniques. Acupuncture balances and facilitates the circulation of blood, fluids and the flow of Qi, or energy, through specific pathways of the body, optimizing its ability to heal injury, illness and dysfunction.
What is a typical acupuncture visit like?
We’ll begin by discussing both your chief complaint and your health in general. Then I’ll ask you a series of questions, may take your pulse, examine your tongue, and begin your treatment. During the follow-up sessions, I’ll track your week-to-week progress, note any major changes, and tailor your treatment to those changes.
How many visits will I need?
In the primary treatment stage, acupuncture visits generally take place on a weekly basis; depending on the condition and the person, this schedule may last from a few weeks up to a few months. Once the condition subsides, a biweekly or monthly “tune up” is recommended. Everyone has a different response to acupuncture. Some people have immediate results and others may have a slower time responding. The goal is to gradually space treatments further apart, allowing your body to take over the balancing process.
What can I expect to feel after treatment?
The effects of acupuncture are cumulative and will continue throughout the week. Immediately after treatment you may feel great! You may also feel slightly groggy or very relaxed. If we are working muscularly, you might feel sore at first, then feel relief the next day. We will specifically review your diagnosis and what effects can be expected.
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Acupuncture Effectively Treats
Allergies / Asthma
Anxiety / Depression
Arthritis / Joint Pain
Musculoskeletal Pain / Back Pain / Neck Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Colds / Flu
Cough / Bronchitis
Fatigue / Immune Deficiency
Digestive Issues / IBS / Gastritis
Headache / Migraine
PMS / Gyn Problems
Shoulder Pain / Knee Pain
Stress / Tension