How Does It Work?
We offer both needle and electro (non-needle) acupuncture techniques!
The human body has tangible electric energy running through it. Acupuncture uses “Electromagnetic Energetical Powerflow” points, which basically means; points that are high conductance and low resistance to energy. Approximately 2,000 different acupuncture points lie along the body's meridians. The idea behind acupuncture is that stimulating these points with acupuncture needles or pressure relieves obstructions in the flow of energy, enabling the body to heal.
In the Western view, acupuncture likely works by stimulating the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals called neurotransmitters and hormones. These chemicals dull pain, boost the immune system and regulate various body functions.
Does It Hurt?
Acupuncture is virtually painless.
The needles used in
acupuncture are extremely thin
(about the size of a strand of
hair!) and most patients report
no pain. Occasionally you may
feel a prick when the needle is
being placed, but we use guide
tubes that press the skin down
around the insertion site, which
helps to alleviate any pain.
What Is Cupping?
Cupping therapy can be part of your Acupuncture treatment, and is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which special cups are placed on your skin for a few minutes to create suction.
Traditional cupping uses a flame briefly placed in, and taken quickly out of, a glass cup to create the temperature difference to create a suction.
The flame does not come close to your body. The cups may either be left stationary or can be moved around the body as more of a deep tissue massage technique.
People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.