Acupuncture has been around for a very long time and is apart of eastern medicine. It is very safe and a natural way of healing. What people know about it is, tiny needles sit in you skin for 20 to 30 minutes. But what they don't know is that Paul Kempisty, a licensed acupuncturist with a MS in traditional Oriental medicine, explains, “Acupuncture is a minimally invasive method to stimulate nerve-rich areas of the skin surface in order to influence tissues, gland, organs, and various functions of the body.”
“Each acupuncture needle produces a tiny injury at the insertion site, and although it’s slight enough to cause little to no discomfort, it’s enough of a signal to let the body know it needs to respond,” Kempisty says. “This response involves stimulation of the immune system, promoting circulation to the area, wound healing, and pain modulation.”
The Chinese philosophy behind acupuncture is a bit more complicated, as the ancient practice isn’t traditionally based in science and medicine. "They believed that the human body was filled with and animated by an invisible life-giving force which they called ‘qi’ (pronounced ‘chee’) and when the qi was flowing well and going to all the right places, then a person would experience good mental and physical health. When the qi was flowing incorrectly (blocked or deficient) that would result in illness,” says Kempisty.
The concept of qi isn’t too out there... think of it as your body’s natural inner workings. Sometimes you’re more prone to illness when feeling stressed, anxious or lacking sleep. When you’re relaxed and healthy, your body physically reflects that too. After all, your mood, mental health, and general well-being DO affect your physical health. Therefore, acupuncture aims to assist people in achieving balance, or qi. As a result, provide relief for many ailments.
Acupuncture can heal a variety of health issues, like;
- chronic pain (headaches, neck/back pain, fibromyalgia)
- insomnia, sleep issues
- musculo-skeletal pain (pulled/strained muscles, tendinitis)
- ear infections
- digestive issues
- hormonal issues
The list just goes on!
At our office, we provide laser acupuncture. You're probably wondering, "Well, what is laser?" Basically, the term "laser" means low level laser or "cold laser," which is low-intensity therapy that stimulates healing while using low levels of light. It's nickname "cold laser" therapy because the low levels of light aren't enough to heat your body's tissue. This type of therapy is very safe and is used in chiropractic, physical therapy and veterinary offices around the country and is becoming very popular because of its safe healing benefits.
It helps with acupuncture because its like double the healing power!! Who doesn't want that?!