Everyone knows the old adage that declares "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." This time-honored wisdom certainly makes sense. We wouldn't wait until we were riding on the wheel rim ...View Article
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Over time, our bodies will begin to feel the weight of our daily routine. Whether you struggle with pain from sitting or standing at work or soreness from a high-impact workout, everyday functions can lead to stress or chronic pain. In 1997, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded that acupuncture, a 3,000-year old technique, is efficient in treating a variety of conditions. In the medical community, this method has become a well-respected form of pain and stress management.
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points. Acupuncture can help with pain, sports injuries, migraines, weight loss, neurological issues, digestion, cardiovascular function, allergies, and psychological and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many others. We also see great cosmetic results in anti-aging and wrinkle reduction.
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.
The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points. The acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can help the body's internal organs correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.
The modern scientific explanation of needling is that the acupuncture points stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain or will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
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