How can Acupuncture help Me?
Pain Relief: Acupuncture meridians (energy pathways) run over the surface of the body. By testing these meridians for excess or deficiency with our Acugraph system we can help determine if they are contributing to your pain condition. The meridian is treated with Acupuncture to bring the level of energy ( also called Qi) back to a more normal balance therefor helping to reduce pain levels and restore the flow of energy along the pathway.
Typical conditions treated: Fibromyalgia, Headaches, Joint pain, chronic back pain, chronic fatigue, depression/anxiety, side effects from other adjunct therapies such a chemotherapy. Shoulder/knee/hip pain, TMJ pain, Pregnancy care such as morning sickness, breech baby, prolonged pregnancies.
Wellness Care: Acupuncture meridians are grouped based on the seasons of the year and the elements found in nature. For example, in the spring, the wood element which houses the liver and the gall bladder meridians is more active. Patients can get a "seasonal tune up" at the beginning of each season to prepare them for what is ahead and keep them in balance. This can promote wellness, enhance your immune response, your mental status, and promote your physical adaptations to stress. Seasonal care treatment and selections of points are based on the diagnosis of your acugraph scan as well as you physical findings.
How is acupuncture done and does it hurt?
Traditional Needle: At our office, Dr. Anna Kahn is the doctor who is certified in acupuncture and has been practicing for the past 10 years, so you will need to make your appointment with her even if you use another clinic doctor. Traditional needle is best and gets the most powerful response. It is administered with disposable needles. The needles are virtually painless, but most people will feel a sensation of pressure on insertion. The needles are retained for about 15-25 minutes at each session. Treatments are very relaxing and the full effect is achieved within 24 to 48 hours. Often times, Dr. Anna may also use an electric impulse with the needles for some acute pain conditions. Specific conditions, such as acute pain or sickness may need 4-6 treatments, while chronic conditions may need longer treatment plans.
Laser: Laser light can also be applied as well as a variety of or acupressure tools to apply stimulation to the points. Laser is good, and as a light, no sensation is felt by the patient at all. Laser is used on children and babies for care who are unable to sit still for needles. The light is applied directly to the surface of the skin and held in contact for 15-30 seconds at each point.