Apple Creek is proud of the diversified set of skills our staff members possess. Acupuncture is another specialty that we can use to get you better fast.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical therapy that dates back over 2000 years. It involves the gentle insertion of hair-thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate your body’s own natural healing ability.
How does acupuncture work?
Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that energy, called Qi (pronounced “chee”), runs in pathways throughout your body. These energy pathways are like rivers that flow and nourish the tissues.
Your Qi, or energy rivers, flow smoothly when you are healthy. Pain, illness, and disease arise when you get blockages in the flow of energy. These blockages can be due to things like injuries, stress, and overexertion. The purpose of acupuncture is to unblock the obstructions and re-establish the regular flow of energy, thus restoring your body’s health and balance.
The modern explanation is that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals can act as your body’s own natural pain killers or they may act to trigger the release of other chemicals which influence your autonomic nervous system.
With such wide ranging effects on your body, acupuncture can be effective in dealing with a variety of ailments. Pain in the body, neurological disorders, stress related illness, and many other problems may be reasons why you would consider acupuncture.
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Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is commonly used to alleviate pain, including chronic pain conditions such as back pain, osteoarthritis, and migraines. The insertion of needles is thought to trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
Acupuncture may help reduce stress and promote relaxation. Some studies suggest that it can affect the release of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which play a role in mood regulation.
People undergoing acupuncture treatment have reported improvements in sleep quality. It may help regulate the sleep-wake cycle and reduce insomnia symptoms.
Acupuncture has been associated with anti-inflammatory effects, which may be beneficial for conditions characterized by inflammation, such as arthritis.
Headache & Migraine Relief
Acupuncture is often used to alleviate headaches and migraines. The precise mechanism is not fully understood, but it may involve the modulation of pain pathways and the release of neurotransmitters.
Plan For Your Visit
Wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothing such as a t-shirt and shorts, or sweat pants.
There is no such thing as a bad question, so come prepared with anything you may be unsure of.
Drink water before and after your appointment to keep hydrated.