Acupuncture

A key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture points stimulate the central nervous system, stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities while supporting physical and emotional health.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine practiced for thousands of years in China and other Eastern countries. Chinese practitioners discovered that placing needles into the body at anatomical points proved effective in treating specific health problems. The Chinese have mapped these particular points for over 2,000 years. The practice of acupuncture is not limited to just the insertion of needles but also includes cupping, blood stasis therapy and moxibustion.

Acupuncture’s foundation rests on the ancient view that the body consists of pathways in which blood and energy flow. This meridian network is like a road map superimposed over the body, with highways, secondary roads and on-and-off ramps running throughout the body. One could also think of it in terms of an energetic irrigation system carrying “Qi” (pronounced “chee”, meaning “bioelectric energy”) to nourish all areas of the body. Distinct channels that follow nerve and blood vessel pathways span the body carrying Qi. Qi’s smooth flow and harmonious balance are essential for good health and healing. Symptoms can occur when the flow of Qi becomes obstructed, like a kink in a garden hose. Restoring the flow of Qi through the meridians using acupuncture helps bring the body back into balance and facilitates the natural healing process.

Why Patients Seek Acupuncture:

Patients seek acupuncture treatment for a variety of reasons. People all over the world are attracted to acupuncture due to its minimally invasive nature and low risk of adverse side effects. Unlike pharmaceuticals, which often come with a range of potential complications, acupuncture offers a natural alternative that focuses on activating the body’s own healing mechanisms. Overall, patients seek acupuncture treatment for its proven effectiveness in managing a wide array of physical and emotional conditions and its gentle, patient-centered approach to promoting overall health.

Acupuncture

Pain Relief

The primary objective is alleviating chronic pain that may be resistant to conventional medical treatment. Acupuncture’s ability to target specific points along the body’s meridians, stimulating the release of endorphins and promoting blood circulation, offers relief from conditions like lower back pain, migraines, and arthritis. Patients often turn to acupuncture for its efficacy in reducing stress and anxiety levels. The calming effect of acupuncture needles, coupled with the release of neurotransmitters, helps regulate the body’s stress response system, providing a sense of tranquility and mental well-being. 

Stabilization

Many seek acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy for managing symptoms related to various chronic illnesses, such as digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances, menstrual irregularities, and autoimmune conditions, as it can enhance overall resilience and quality of life.

Prevention

Acupuncture patients often find it’s beneficial coming in for “tune-up” treatments every so often. Imbalances in bioelectric energy can be identified and treated before they become problematic. Those with chronic conditions or symptoms that tend to recur may also require an ongoing maintenance interval. This can vary from weekly to monthly visits.

Deep Dive into the Acupuncture Procedure

Preparing for acupuncture treatment involves discussing areas of concern and specific modalities available for treating pain. Acupuncture needles are placed strategically for transcutaneous bio-electrical stimulation. Additional techniques like cupping, bleeding or electro acupuncture may be used. This holistic approach to pain management targets low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other acute and chronic conditions. The procedure focuses on parts of the brain involved in pain perception, offering long-term relief without medications or injections.

Preparing for Acupuncture Treatment

When seeking treatment, consulting a licensed and certified acupuncturist is essential. Initial consultation should include discussion of existing medical conditions, current care and any prescribed medications. During treatment thin needles are gently inserted into the skin to target specific acupuncture points. The main goal of acupuncture is to rebalance bioelectricity to relieve pain. Each acupuncture treatment is customized based on the type and severity of pain, offering a calming and relaxing experience.

How does acupuncture work as a system of medical care?

In this system of medicine, each treatment builds on the previous one. Optimal results are achieved when a patient follows the suggested treatment plan. Please understand that acupuncture is a therapeutic process, not a magic cure. In China, a course of treatment consists of 10 visits, typically occurring 10 days in a row. While this frequency may not apply in the United States, the idea of 10 sessions as a round of treatment does. Committing to an initial 10 visits is recommended, and we will evaluate how you respond after the sixth treatment. Patients who drop out of care before having a chance to receive the benefits acupuncture can offer usually are not highly satisfied. Continue with your prescribed treatment plan, and you’ll find yourself a new level of health. Ultimately your degree of commitment will determine your success.

Scientific research is attempting to understand the mechanism of acupuncture. At this point, researchers can measure activity in specific various body systems when an acupuncture needle is inserted:

1) Increase in peripheral blood flow
2) increase in the neural pain threshold
3) release of neurochemicals similar to endorphins
4) increase in T-cells and other immune constituents
5) increased activity at nerve “gates.” Thermal PET scans also show activity in the regions of the brain responsible for “pain” messages.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are fine and solid, typically no thicker than human hair. The insertion of these needles is usually painless. However, Qi elicits a very tangible sensation in the body. So, the needles might produce a feeling of heaviness, warmth, an ache, or the sensation of Qi itself moving throughout the channels. Many people find acupuncture quite relaxing and often fall asleep during the treatment.

Are the needles used more than once?

Balance Point Health complies with the rules and regulations promulgated by the Colorado Department of Health, including the proper cleaning and sterilization of instruments and the sanitation of acupuncture offices. Only single-use, disposable, factory-sterilized needles are utilized.

How should I prepare for the first appointment?

Please download the New Patient Intake form and allow yourself enough time to fill it out at your convenience. This form is 5 pages long and quite thorough. Please bring this form to your first appointment in addition to arriving 15 minutes early to sign administrative paperwork.

How many appointments will I need?

For most conditions, it’s recommended to have 2-3 acupuncture treatments per week for 2-4 weeks to reduce symptoms, followed by several weekly treatments to prevent relapse. If this schedule is not possible, you should receive at least one weekly treatment. However, please understand that this could prolong treatment. Acute conditions may resolve within 6-10 treatments. It is not unusual for long-term, chronic conditions to require 20 or more treatments.

How long do the appointments last?

The first appointment includes two parts consisting of an initial intake and a treatment. The initial intake is a comprehensive interview to determine a diagnosis and a treatment plan. The subsequent treatment is the first step in implementing that diagnosis and strategy. Plan on 90 minutes for the first appointment and 45 to 60 minutes for follow-up visits. 

How should I schedule my appointments?
If a time of day works best for your appointments, we encourage you to schedule several visits in advance to hold your ideal appointment times. If you need to cancel appointments, please give advance notice so that we may provide that time for other patients. We ask that you reschedule promptly so that a long absence does not interrupt the rhythm of your care. Appointments canceled with less than 24 hours notice are subject to a $25 cancellation fee.
Will I have to undress for my treatment?
Usually, undressing is unnecessary, as this style of acupuncture utilizes points on the hands/forearms/ elbows and feet/lower legs/knees. You may prefer to bring shorts or loose pants that come above your knees comfortably and short-sleeved shirts or sleeves that roll above your elbow comfortably. Local points are sometimes used on the shoulders, back, abdomen, hips and buttocks. For these treatments draping and gowns are used to protect privacy.
Do you have any recommendations for before and after my visits?
We recommend having a meal a couple of hours before your visit or at least a snack on the way to the clinic. We also suggest refraining from intense physical activity, sex, alcohol or caffeine for 4 hours after each visit.

Your First Appointment

After your consultation, please download the New Patient Intake form and allow yourself enough time to fill it out at your convenience. This 5-page form is quite thorough. Please bring it to your first appointment in addition to arriving early to sign administrative paperwork.

Book a Free 15 min Consultation

We are happy to answer any questions or concerns about how Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you on your health journey. We will work with you to design a customized treatment plan to meet your needs.

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