Chiropractic Clinic

Acupuncture

Acupuncture, simply stated, is a health science, which is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body. Acupuncture is considered a principle, not a technique; therefore, there are many ways to stimulate an acupuncture point other than a needle, just as there are many different strokes in swimming, or swings in golf.

How Does It Work? Early Chinese physicians discovered an energy network traversing just below the surface of the skin, which communicates, from the exterior to the internal organs and structures at over 1,000 “Acupuncture points” on the body. This energy works in harmony with the body’s circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, and genitourinary and all other systems of the body. When this energy becomes blocked or weakened, an adverse effect in a body system or anatomical location becomes evident. The human body energy flows over a course of twelve meridians or channels that are normally well balanced. If disruption of the energy flow exists, it can alter the entire system, producing pain or other adverse symptoms of the body. Acupuncture’s goal is to restore balance and normalcy to the body’s energy balance by utilizing a combination of Acupoints located on the various 12 meridians. This can be accomplished by a variety of means; the acupuncture needle is just one of the tools that can be used.

Is Treatment Painful? One would assume inserting a needle into the skin would be painful since most of us have experienced being stuck with a pin or tack or having a hypodermic injection. Acupuncture needles are very small and slender; in fact 4 of them can be inserted easily into the hollow end of a hypodermic needle. Most people compare the sensations as “less than a mosquito bite.” Many certified Acupuncturist use needles, however, more and more of them are employing electronic and laser stimulation to the Acupoints with equal effectiveness as the needle. Acupressure and the use of a tapping instrument known as a “teishen” are also used during treatments, with little if any pain and discomfort.

How Many Treatments Are Usually Needed? The number of treatments will always vary with the conditions being treated and the individual being treated. Chronic problems generally require more care than acute or newer problems. Generally, patients usually see some improvement after 10 visits. It is not uncommon for the patient to experience immediate relief after the first treatment. It has been shown that a certain percentage of patients receive maximum benefit up to three months following a course of therapy. Patients are urged not to enter an Acupuncture program with the thought of “taking a few” to see what will happen. Even though there is a possibility of success, a program of 10-20 visits would have increased the change for success. Patients are encouraged to be patient with the process; conditions may take time to heal if they have occurred for a long time.

Are Results Permanent? For acute problems where there have been little or no organ system or tissue damage, results are often permanent. For chronic conditions, symptoms may recur from time to time. Generally a few additional treatments are sufficient to obtain relief. It is suggested that patients with severe or chronic conditions return for a booster treatment two or three times a year.
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Houston, TX 77031

Phone: 281-564-0035

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