The definition of health to an acupuncturist is nutrient-rich, highly oxygenated blood circulating freely to all tissues of the body. When oxygen or nutrients fail to reach the tissues, disease, pain, dysfunction, and dysregulation is the result.
Acupuncture works through what’s known as the paleospinothalamic tract of the nervous system. This tract is responsible for the dull achy sensation of pain and is considered a more primitive part of the nervous system. By stimulating capillary beds with needles, a signal is transmitted through this primitive nervous system to increase blood flow throughout the body which resolves pain and restores proper functioning. When there is a missing nutritional component(s) to conditions, the acupuncturist addresses and corrects this issue with nutritional supplements, dietary changes, or herbs.
Benefits of Acupuncture:
- Decreased pain
- Increased joint range of motion
- Improved organ function
- Balanced hormones
- Improved digestion
- Reduced healing time
- Relaxed tense muscles
- Improved sleep
- Improved energy
- Reduced stress and anxiety
What to expect during an acupuncture session:
Acupuncture is generally painless and should be comfortable and relaxing. What you might experience is a slight dull ache at the needling site followed by a warm sensation, tingling, or spasms. At times, there may be a transient increase in pain as a result of restored blood flow to the area, however, pain relief is usually immediate.