What is Acupuncture?

Originating in China over 3,000 years ago, Acupuncture is the oldest continuously practiced medical system in the world. It is used by one-third of the world as a primary health care system and has been endorsed by the World Health Organization of the United Nation.

This vital energy, Qi (pronounced chee) is what helps to keep us alive and functioning properly. It moves through the body in channels in ways similar to streams, rivers and oceans. When the Qi in the body is full and flowing smoothly, we experience well-being in body, mind and spirit; health is promoted. When the Qi becomes depleted or blocked, imbalances occur which eventually may result in illness. Symptoms are the body’s distress signals warning us that there is a problem that needs attention.

If the real problem is not addressed, sooner or later something more serious is likely to occur. Traditional Acupuncture treats the deeper underlying cause in addition to alleviating the symptom.

The Acupuncturists at StudioHealth -ChiroWorks- are highly trained and intuitive therapists who are engaged in using their knowledge to help you to feel your best.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

No – Acupuncture treatments are generally painless. In fact, many people find that acupuncture is relaxing and experience a unique sensation. The needles used are extremely thin; if you feel discomfort from the needles, the Acupuncturist can easily adjust the needles to fit your comfort yet still be effective.

What Problems Can Acupuncture Help?

People come to StudioHealth – ChiroWorks- for acupuncture for many reasons, including stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, high blood pressure, migraines, aches and pains, sciatica and back pain, personal growth, freedom from old patterns, or just a feeling of being stuck in their lives.

Acupuncture is one of the main treatments of Traditional Chinese Medicine which is a full system of medicine that understands the body and spirit as a whole interactive unit. All the pieces of your health are put together to understand and address the root imbalance behind it all.

  • Stress– is an inevitable aspect of life. However, we do have some control over how it affects us. Acupuncture is an effective and drug-free option for regaining and maintaining health; especially during stressful periods. Left untreated, stress will lead to a number of different ‘Qi Blocks’ which will lead to unpleasant symptoms. Common examples of these stress induced symptoms which Acupuncture can help you with are headaches, migraines, neck & shoulder pain, digestion and bowl problems, painful or lack of menstruation, back pain, chest pain, sleep problems, emotional imbalances such as irritability, anxiety, and depression. Our patients often report that they feel much calmer and at ease after their Acupuncture treatments.
  • Wellness – is a state of being that we all wish to embody on a regular basis, both physically and mentally. It is through our own life choices that we may find and maintain this state of being. Acupuncture is a very effective therapeutic form of treatment that works with the body’s vital energy to help regulate and release any imbalances or blockages. This releases endorphins and encourages the body’s own healing abilities, cultivating a more nourished, balanced and calm physical, mental and emotional state of being.
  • Injury – is something that we have all experienced at one time or another. Whether it was due to a sporting incident, car or work accident or simply slipping on ice, our bodies have been through trauma. We become stiff, our muscles sore and tense, and we have difficulty moving with ease. Acupuncture can help by opening the energy channels within the body to improve the circulation of vital energy and blood, thereby releasing painful areas of discomfort and limitation. The insertion of fine needles into stagnant areas stimulates a macrophage response, which helps your body to eliminate damaged tissue. This creates room for a speedier and more complete recovery.
  • Pain– happens where there is a block. There are many types of pain. Whether it is a headache, migraine, stomach pain, back pain or menstrual pain, the key factor behind all pain is retarded circulation. The translation from ancient Chinese medical texts is “where there is pain, there is no circulation”. Through inquiry and intake, Acupuncturists can determine where the blockages are and how to relieve your pain.

While acupuncture is widely known to relieve pain, the World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in treating a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Chronic Conditions
  • Allergies and Immune Disorders
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • PMS
  • Reproductive Disorders
  • Nausea
  • Impotence
  • Asthma and Respiratory Disorders
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Menstrual Irregularities
  • Menopause
  • Insomnia and Sleep Disturbances
  • Addictions
  • Smoking Cessation

If you have any questions about Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, please contact us at [email protected]