Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of fine needles into the skin at specific points on the body to control pain and treat a wide array of conditions. No drug is injected. The needles alone create the beneficial effects of acupuncture.
Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing, improve mood and energy, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of affected areas of the body. It is safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the body is viewed as a delicate balance of two opposing forces: the yin and the yang. Optimal health is achieved when the body is in a balanced state, while disease is the result of an internal imbalance of yin and yang. Another important concept is that Qi (pronounced "chee"), an energy that is believed to exist in nature and in the human body, must be sufficient, in balance and free-flowing within the body. In TCM, acupuncture is used to stimulate points to correct imbalance, and attain optimal balance.
Medical Acupuncture + Scientific Evidence
Medical acupuncture is a modern treatment approach founded in concepts of neurology, anatomy and physiology. While the same needles and points are used as in traditional acupuncture, points needled are anatomically and neurologically connected to your specific source of pain. Medical acupuncture has been shown to have beneficial results by inducing muscle relaxation, modulating pain, altering your neuroendocrine responses and changing your autonomic activity (fight or flight response) resulting in an overall relaxation and a feeling of well-being.
While the concept of Qi and meridians ("channels" that are believed to be the pathways by which Qi flows through the body) do not correlate directly with western science (i.e. meridians and Qi are conceptual explanations and are not directly related to either the cardiovascular or neurological systems), there is a correlation between acupuncture points and known neural structures. Various studies have proven that acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-relieving neurohormones. Acupuncture affects the functioning of the hormonal system, promotes a decrease in inflammation, increases circulation and provides relief from pain.
We offer both medical acupuncture and traditional acupuncture provided by either a certified chiropractor or a registered acupuncturist.
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Why Chiropractic + Acupuncture go hand in hand
Like chiropractic care, acupuncture is drug-less, non-invasive, and natural. A traditional acupuncturist will diagnose and treat the ‘root’ and ‘branches’ or the underlying imbalance and symptoms of the disease or disorder. In this way, like chiropractic care, traditional acupuncture treats not only the symptoms, but addresses the root cause of the underlying problem and may also prevent further illness.
Dr. Eve believes that chiropractic care and acupuncture can work together to stimulate the body's innate healing centres, bringing the body into harmony, into balance, into homeostasis.
Ask Dr. Eve about combination chiropractic and acupuncture treatment. When both services are done on the same visit, a reduced fee is applied.
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