You may resume your normal activities after an acupuncture treatment. We ask that you don’t do anything out of the ordinary of your typical routine and to listen to your body if it’s telling you to take it easy or go to bed earlier than normal.
Tuina is a manual therapy—a kind of Chinese style massage. We often use this to treat painful conditions.
There are special protocols of “tuina” that we use for infants and children in lieu of acupuncture needles. Samantha is the practitioner in our office that works with children. Typically best for kids under 4.
Used in Asia for centuries, Chinese herbal medicine first came to widespread attention in the United States in the 1970s.
Chinese herbal medicine is not based on mainstream Western concepts of medical diagnosis and treatment. Rather, by using Chinese herbals (complex combinations of herbs, minerals, and plant extracts) practitioners seek to prevent and treat imbalances, such as those caused by cancer and other diseases.
Chinese herbal supplements consist of a number of different herbs and mineral and animal extracts. These can be taken in the form of teas, powders, pills, tinctures, or syrups. Typically two or more herbs are used to create a formula specific for the patient’s condition or conditions. Formulas are made of a combination of herbs. Herbs in each formula have differing actions and effects on the body and can be customized to the patients needs. Depending on the condition, a treatment plan may include both, or either, acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapies.
Dry Needling is another name for a specific style of acupuncture.
The difference is that a person that says they do Dry Needling has not gone through the same training as an Acupuncturist. Most Dry Needlers do a weekend course before they start needling the public. Acupuncturists have a minimum of 1000 hours of needling training over several years of schooling. The technique used by Dry Needlers is part of our training, but due to it’s very aggressive and often painful nature is not used right away in most acupuncture practices.
Most people get results without using aggressive needling. We will do trigger point type needling for our patients if needed.sources:
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems.
When performed by a competent practitioner, acupuncture is safe.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates acupuncture needles and restricts their use to licensed practitioners. The FDA requires acupuncture needles to be sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for single use.
Acupuncturists also take a required “clean needle technique” class. In developing the Clean Needle Technique Manual, experts from OSHA and the CDC were consulted to ensure that the recommendations in the manual meet current OSHA and CDC standards.