Acupuncture for chronic conditions and muscle spasms
Five Element Acupuncture and ear acupuncture are very old techniques from Japan, Korea and China. Some of the teachings are thousands of years old and still valuable and useful today. In fact, some of the concepts in acupuncture also known as TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) are just now being re-proven with modern science and such ideas as Quantum Mechanics. Acupuncture does not cure or heal from the outside, but re-balances the inner environment, re-establishes harmony and allows the body and mind to come back to balance. At the bottom of the page is a list of treatable conditions. There are far more uses for acupuncture but we have decided to focus where we have seen the most success.
Dry Needling, Motor-point or trigger-point needling.
Dry needling is just a term to define the technique of using a hypodermic needle with nothing in it to puncture and stimulate the healing process in a trigger point. We use very thin acupuncture needles and gently insert them into a muscle spasm (trigger point) and disrupt the tight tissue, thereby stimulating the body to recognize this area as an acute problem so that it can re-begin a healing cascade. Chronic muscle spasms have become the ‘normal’ for your body and need to be stimulated to re-start the healing process. This usually takes just a few treatments and the focus is very local. This procedure shows very good promise for lasting relief and can be used in Fibromyalgia patients, arthritic patients, and anyone with an old injury that still gives them chronic pain. Sometimes the techniques used at our Parker Acupuncture clinic are commonly called; Motor-point needling, Dry Needling, trigger point needling, functional acupuncture, functional needling. Other names for dry needling: Trigger Point Dry Needling, Intramuscular Dry Needling, Intramuscular Stimulation, and Skin Needling
Gua Sha/ Scraping/ Cupping
Listed below are the conditions that the World Health Organization has determined Acupuncture is helpful for. There is no ‘cure’ involved, the idea is to gain harmony between the body, mind and environment. The conditions below are dis-harmonies that acupuncture and herbs help. The ones in RED are ones we specifically treat at Natural BodyWorks, please see the fees page for pricing.
Internal Medical issues:
Asthma, High Blood Pressure (Hyper Tension), Low Blood Pressure (Hypo tension), Ulcers, Chronic gastritis and stomach problems, Colitis, IBS, Crohn’s disease, Indigestion, Adverse reaction to radiation and chemotherapy related to cancer treatment.
Muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons and Nerves:
Arthritis, Neuralgia (Nerve Pain), Sciatica, Frozen Shoulder, Back pain, Neck pain, Tendonitis, Bell’s Palsy, Facial pain, TMJ (Temporo mandibular Joint Dysfunction), Stroke symptoms, Cerebal Palsy, Muscle strains and spasms, Ligament tears, Post operative pain, Dental pain.
Ears, eyes, nose and throat:
Dizziness, Ringing in the ears (tinnitus), Sore throat, Hay-fever, Allergic Rhinitis (runny nose), Ear aches, Poor vision,
Infections and skin issues:
Bronchitis, Hepatitis, Eczema,
Genito-Urinary and Reproductive:
Infertility, Pre-menstrual syndrome, Irregular Menses, Menstrual Cramps,
Mental and Emotional:
Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Insomnia, Worry,
Typically, one or two visits really do not gain the full result, in some there is a dramatic change and improvement but this is the exception, not the rule. Acupuncture is a treatment plan that should last many many weeks if not months for best maintenance result. Regular maintenance is essential with other activities of self care and treatment.