The term “acupuncture” is used to describe a number of procedures which involve the stimulation of anatomical points on the body using a variety of techniques.
Originating in mainland China thousands of years ago, acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles into the skin at strategic points in the body. Many believe that these needle points stimulate the nerves, muscles and connective tissues and increase blood flow, therefore boosting your body’s natural ability to alleviate pain and discomfort.
A related treatment method, Acupressure is also an ancient healing art which uses the pressure of the fingers to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities. Both acupuncture and acupressure use the same pressure points on the body, but unlike acupuncture, acupressure uses gentle to firm pressure and also uses techniques of massage and therapeutic touch. Acupressure is noted for its ability to relive pain, reduce tension, increase circulation and allow for deep relaxation. By relieving pain and stress, acupressure assists the body’s ability to resist disease and heal itself.
We hear a lot of skeptic ism about acupuncture and the way it works. We encourage patients to picture our bodies as a road map for energy. The human design is an intricate system of interstates, highways and country roads for energy to travel. Each pathway directs the flow of energy like traffic to keep balance and flow. If there is an obstacle that blocks a pathway, like construction at an exit, energy has to turn around or take a detour. Obstructed pathways can cause the body to become confused, congested, frustrated and fatigued. Acupuncture removes road blocks to restore your body’s natural pathways and get traffic flowing in the right direction.
“I learn and feed off of my patients’ energy. Bring your bad Chi to me.” -Sarah Hart, Doctor of Chiropractic and Acupuncturist
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