Modern Research on the Effectiveness of Acupuncture:
Acupuncture has been practiced as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. It is now being widely accepted in North America because of its effectiveness in treating acute and chronic pain. The National Institute of Health in the United States reports that Acupuncture may also be useful as an adjunct or alternative treatment for carpel tunnel syndrome, stroke, addiction, asthma and post -operative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of Acupuncture in treating digestive and respiratory problems, addiction, insomnia, depression and anxiety. Studies also show Acupuncture's effectiveness in treating low back pain, headaches, osteoarthritis, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia and menstrual cramps.
How does Acupuncture work?
Very thin sterile, single-use needles are inserted into the skin at precise points. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture is based on the theory that an essential life energy, called Qi, flows through the body along channels called meridians. Each meridian is connected to a specific internal organ. When the flow of Qi is blocked, or out of balance, illness or pain results. The stimulation of acupuncture points along the meridians releases the blockage and promotes the smooth flow of Qi, restoring health. Modern research suggests that Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins and other natural body chemicals that relieve pain. Studies also suggest it works by affecting blood flow to the brain and altering brain chemistry. Safe and natural, Acupuncture can be useful by itself or in combination with other therapies for a wide range of health problems.
Can I have Acupuncture and Massage Therapy in the same treatment?
Massage Therapy and Acupuncture can be effectively combined, however during the Acupuncture phase it is best for you to rest quietly for about 20 minutes. You may therefore want to increase your combined treatment to 75 or 90 minutes in order to receive maximum benefits.