Western medicine is finally embracing some of the East’s centuries-old proven medical practices. Holistic medicine treats the entire person, not just the condition. Acupuncture is one of those practices that has become widely used in America. What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of thin, thread-like needles in specific acupoints near the surface of the body that influence blood and oxygen circulation, nervous system function and organ function. Acupuncture is a traditional treatment in Chinese medicine and requires professionals to learn and understand anatomy, physiology, and Traditional Chinese Medical Theory.
Acupuncture is considered painless, but patients will experience feelings and sensations. Often it will feel like a quick pinch upon insertion, or it will feel warm with itching or pressure at the site of the needle. Do not think of it as a painful like a tetanus shot. The needles are like reeds. Many patients feel a sense of deep relaxation and often fall asleep during treatment. At Motus Integrative Health in Northwest Indiana, we use only high quality, pre-sterilized, disposable needles during treatment. The needles are then discarded in medical waste after each treatment.
Current studies indicate that acupuncture can positively affect the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain and improve sleep, gastrointestinal function, and sense of well-being. Acupuncture is used to alleviate the discomfort that often accompanies many diseases and conditions, such as:
Your first visit will be similar to how your first visit is with your primary care medical provider. The acupuncturist will ask you about your health history. Then, your tongue’s shape, color, and coating will be examined, your pulse will be taken, and then some additional physical examinations may be performed depending on your individual health needs. Afterward, the acupuncturist will then recommend a proper treatment plan to address your particular condition. To begin the acupuncture treatment, you will lay on a treatment table, and the acupuncturist will stimulate the acupoints on various areas of your body. Most people feel subtle or no discomfort as the fine needles are placed on the body. The needles stay in place for a certain amount of time, between five and 30 minutes. During and after treatments, many patients claim that they feel very relaxed.
At Motus Integrative Health our staff understands that you do not feel well and are in pain. Our goal is to get you feeling good again and back on your feet as soon as possible. Acupuncture may be a viable treatment for your chronic headaches and back pain. Contact us today, and we will set up an appointment to discuss how you can benefit from acupuncture and other therapies that we use at our office.
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