Acupuncture is used world-wide both as a primary and complementary form of medicine, using a technique of inserting and manipulating fine needles into specific points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes. Acupuncture is used to encourage natural healing. No drug is injected, the needles alone create the beneficial effects of acupuncture.
It can treat a very broad range of conditions such as allergies, asthma, depression, irritable bowel, digestive issues, hormonal imbalance, back pain, and much more.
Acupuncture points are places on the skin that have a lower resistance to the passage of electricity than the surrounding skin and are part of a network of points that have been used for thousands of years. Most are found along ‘meridians’ or ‘channels’ that are believed to be the pathways by which energy or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) flows through the body. Acupuncture helps restore balance to this energy flow. It has been shown to release endorphins, which explains acupuncture’s effect of relieving pain and promoting a sense of well-being.
Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is a procedure in which an acupuncture needle is inserted into the skin and muscle to release myofascial trigger points (or “knots” in the muscle). It is a great treatment for increasing range of motion, treating muscle tension or pain in muscles (e.g. headaches, frozen shoulder, stiff hamstrings, and tight neck and back muscles).
Your treating physician will decide if acupuncture or IMS or both are appropriate for your specific condition.