Acupuncture

 

As a medical practice system, Acupuncture has produced consistent, positive results in oriental societies for over 5,000 years! Because it is a Painfree, pain relief treatment method, it continues to gain rapid acceptance and popularity in the United States…in fact, many health insurance plans and companies now provide full or at least partial reimbursement for acupuncture treatments.

If you’ve never seen an acupuncture needle up close, you’re in for a surprise. They are MUCH thinner and more flexible than you probably imagined…so fine in fact, that the reason you don’t feel them being inserted is because they actually slide through the pores in your skin, and the depth to which they are inserted is very close to the surface. They are much smaller than the width of the opening of a standard hypodermic needle. The needles used with the KNOLL Method of Painfree Acupuncture are sterile, one-time use, disposables.
While four to ten treatments (sometimes more) are generally required to realize significant improvement for a specific problem, you can expect to also see improvement in your overall health. In fact, acupuncture has been proven to stimulate the release of natural opiate-like hormones which usually induce a deep state of relaxation, balance and healing. Most people report that the experience is actually quite pleasurable.
There are varieties of acupuncture styles and moreover, assessment and treatment procedure can actually be quite varied. At KNOLL Acupuncture we practice Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Japanese, Korean, Balance Method, Electro-Acupuncture and Auricular Acupuncture. The artistic element of acupuncture is integrating the proper elements for each patient. So which acupuncture style is best for you? This really depends on your condition and personal response. Some health problems may be more responsive to one style of acupuncture, while some other conditions (or patients) may respond favorably to other acupuncture styles. Some acupuncture systems are designed more to provide temporary relief of symptoms; other acupuncture protocols are designed to address the root cause of the symptoms.

We also use adjunct modalities such as gua sha, tui na, massage, nutritional counseling and electrical acupuncture. Gua Sha is a healing technique used in Asia by practitioners of Traditional Medicine. It involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation where the skin is pressured, in strokes, by a round-edged instrument; that results in the appearance of small red petechiae called ‘sha’, that will fade in 2 to 3 days. Raising Sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes. The patient may experience immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, nausea, and so on.

Tui Na is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Tui Na uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques Tui Na seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body the naturally heal itself. Tui Na methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body and acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi.

Electro-acupuncture, the application of a pulsating electrical current to acupuncture needles as a means of stimulating the acupoints, was developed in China as an extension of hand manipulation of acupuncture needles around 1934. The procedure for electro-acupuncture is to insert the acupuncture needle as would normally be done, attain the Qi reaction by hand manipulation, and then attach an electrode to the needle to provide continued stimulation.

The benefits of using electrical stimulation are:

  • It substitutes for prolonged hand maneuvering. This helps assure that the patient gets the amount of stimulation needed.
  • It can produce a stronger stimulation, if desired, without causing tissue damage associated with twirling and lifting and thrusting the needle. Strong stimulation may be needed for difficult cases of neuralgia or paralysis.
  • It is easier to control the frequency of the stimulus and the amount of stimulus than with hand manipulation of the needles.

 

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