HOW ACUPUNCTURE WORKS
THE SHORT ANSWER - It helps the body work better!
Here is how it does that more specifically:
Endogenous Analgesia (Pain Reliever) Stimulation
Acupuncture has been shown to help stimulate the release of several classes of naturally produced pain relieving neuropeptides, including endorphins for example.
The needles help initiate extracellular signalling, a widespead system in the body which helps regulate cellular functions in all tissues and organ systems.
Central Nervous System/Spinal Reflexes
Acupuncture stimulates muscle relaxation and changes in visceral organs through its effects on the CNS. It has been shown to change functional connectivity in the brain, decreasing activity in the limbic structures associated with stress and illness.
Acupuncture has been demonstrated to stimulate parasympathetic activity. This branch of the autonomic nervous system is associated with rest, relaxation, digestion, and tissue healing.
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Not sure if acupuncture is right for you?
Every person is different. Recognizing that simple fact is one of the things that makes acupuncture special. We know that not all people react the same. There will be some who see results nearly immediately and others that make take awhile. There are also a small percentage of folks that are non-responders to acupuncture for unknown reasons. You can't know unless you try!
WHAT TO EXPECT
We practice evidence-based medicine, therefore, your treatment plan will be based upon both available research studies for your condition, and the doctor’s clinical experience. It will consist of three phases of care:
Relief Care – When the initial complaint is focused upon in order to provide fast relief of symptoms. Treatments are typically more frequent during this phase (2-3 times per week). This phase generally lasts anywhere from one to four weeks depending upon the complexity and severity of symptoms.
Corrective Care – Where the underlying imbalances that led to the initial complaint are addressed in order to prevent relapse of symptoms. Treatments are less frequent during this phase (often just once per week).
Maintenance Care – Maintenance is relatively infrequent (anywhere from once per month to just a few visits per year) and focuses on optimizing health and wellness and/or preventing past symptoms from arising again.
At your initial consultation, our staff will review the doctor’s recommendation as well as go over your available insurance coverage (if applicable) and your estimated out of pocket investment. Payment plans are available for those without insurance coverage.