What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that originated thousands of years ago. It is based on the premise that a blockage or disturbance in the flow of the body’s life energy, or “qi,” can cause health issues. Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting “hair like” needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points to balance the body’s energy, stimulate healing, and promote relaxation.
Uses of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is said to be useful in addressing a variety of health conditions, including:
Low back pain
Stress and anxiety
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required.
Does Acupuncture Really Work?
Yes. In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined. Today acupuncture is practiced widely in Asia, the Soviet Union, and in Europe. It is now being used more and more in America by patients and physicians. Acupuncture treatments can be given at the same time other techniques are being used, such as conventional Western medicine, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments. It is important that your physician-acupuncturist know everything that you are doing, so he or she can help you get the most benefit from all your treatments.
Take it from one of our patients!
Colleen has been coming since October of 2018, for issues with her lower back and elbow pain. Colleen started off with doing our Graston therapy technique. She felt that although the “graston was good, and it made the tissue around her elbow heal, she wasn’t getting the deep relief she needed.” Here at Essence we provide a wide variety of treatments and can tailor individual treatment plans to each and every individual. Dr. Ashtiani then recommended for her to try acupuncture and at first Colleen was hesitant but agreed, she felt Dr. Ashtiani knew just what she was doing. After her first treatment Colleen stated “I immediately felt a difference, as the week went on I continued to feel results. My muscles detensifying, I don’t know if that’s a word but that’s what it felt like. ” Colleen had tried acupuncture once at another office, although it did not help. She stated that as a intense person acupuncture gets her to relax. Colleen now makes her acupuncture appointments a regular thing and loves coming in to feel some relief.