As one can see the needles we use are very small. Here is a typical 20 gauge syringe needle. Nine acupuncture needles fit into the other needle. With acupuncture, we do not introduce or withdraw any substances. There is no need to cut into any sensitive tissue. The process of insertion is painless as well. The needle rests in the tube slightly higher than the tube. Then the needle is passed through the skin at a high velocity that it does not register with the dermatomes (nerves that register pain signal) on the skin. When the needle is in it rests painlessly in the affected area.
Traditional treatments for modern ailments refers to the history of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medical treatments. Acupuncture itself dates back to the stone age. Oetzi, the mummy from the Swiss alps, some theorize, had markings on his body that may have been a primitive form of acupuncture.
Traditional treatments for modern ailments refer to the history of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medical treatments. Acupuncture itself dates back to the stone age. Oetzi, the mummy from the Swiss alps, some theorize, had markings on his body that may have been a primitive form of acupuncture.
One of the other treatment methods we use is cupping. Perhaps one has seen an immigrant parent or grandparent use glass suction cups on the back to treat colds. This is one of my favorite treatment methods to use because it feels great and yields great results with upper and lower back treatments. What this treatment does is draw the circulation to the affected area, oxygenating muscles, and improving circulation. Patients rave about it.
Together the above modalities plus tuina (Chinese bodywork) are collectively known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. Combined with modern science and western medicine it a systematized curriculum that we study today. Collectively it can effectively treat many conditions.
Finally I’m a big believer in yoga. It has helped me in the past since i cant treat my lower back. Through stretching, deep breathing and relaxation one can treat their chronic pain. I show some stretches and relaxation techniques to treat pain and anxiety. I encourage all my patients to take a yoga class. I think that the long term effects of yoga out weigh any short term repetitive stress injury exercise. It is important to have a good teacher. A good yoga teacher can show one how to transition through poses and get the maximum effect.