Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world.
It is also one of the quickest ways to restore muscle balance. When acupuncture is used at specific sites, the muscle spindles are reset, and then that balance is reawakened. When you insert an acupuncture needle into a motor point region, it changes the awareness that the muscle reports to the CNS.
Acupuncture consists of the gentle insertion and stimulation of thin, disposable sterile needles at strategic points near the surface of the body. There are over 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body connecting with 14 major pathways, called meridians. Chinese medicine practitioners believe that these meridians conduct qi, or energy, between the surface of the body and internal organs.
It is qi that regulates spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance. Disruption of the flow of qi through poor health habits or other circumstances can result in pain and disease. Acupuncture helps to keep the normal flow of this energy unblocked and “fine-tune the bio-electric system.
It is this ability to fine-tune and restore the body’s balance which makes acupuncture a viable preventative therapy that compliments and enhances your Active Recovery Program. Many athletes come in for injury prevention by way of balancing their opposing muscle groups, especially to work on common sports injury points
What To Expect from Acupuncture Visits
During your first office visit, our Licensed Acupuncturist, Ericka Dice may ask you at length about your health condition, lifestyle, and behavior. She will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behaviors that may contribute to your condition. Inform her of all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have.
Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people feel energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed.