Acupuncture is a time-tested and scientifically valid healing art which helps in the restoration of one’s health. Acupuncture has been practiced throughout the world for over 5,000 years. It is among the oldest healing modalities in existence. In Utah, the scope of practice for Acupuncture states that any disease or condition may be treated with Acupuncture. A search for acupuncture on the National Institute of Health’s research website www.pubmed.gov shows nearly 40,000 scientific and medical research articles.
Dr. Jason Atkinson completed a 2-year fellowship in medical acupuncture with the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture (FIAMA). Both Dr. Jason and Dr. Austin are Board Certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE). This rigorous training provided our doctors the opportunity to study Chinese Medicine as well as proven techniques from China, Japan, Europe, Sri Lanka, and Korea.
If you have ever thought about trying acupuncture, there has never been a better time. It is a perfect complement to chiropractic and medical care or can be used on its own.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a complex branch of ancient Chinese Medicine, but its practical principles and methods are easily understood.
1) 14 major energy channels called meridians course through the human body including the head, arms, hands, torso, legs, feet and internal organs.
2) A subtle energy called Qi (pronounced chee) circulates via the meridians to all parts of the body, even the most remote cells.
3) Qi is the vital force, the presence which separates the living from the dead. It’s balanced, unrestricted flow is critical to sound health.
4) Any misdirection, blockage, or other derangement of the amount, flow or balance of Qi may result in pain, dysfunction and ill health.
5) With acupuncture needles, or by other means, an acupuncturist stimulates certain points (acupoints) along the course of the meridians. This stimulation helps restore the normal balance and flow of Qi so organs and bodily systems can work together in harmony as intended. This sets the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain its own health.
6) Medical science has proven that acupuncture releases powerful chemicals from the brain called endorphins and enkephalins, which reduce pain and enhance the overall sense of well-being.
Acupuncture has received a great deal of attention in the media because of its widespread success.
What does it treat?
There are 4 main objectives of Medical Acupuncture:
1) Relieve pain and other symptoms
2) Decrease inflammation an edema (swelling)
3) Strengthen the immune system
4) Balance, harmonize and integrate functions of the organ systems with each other.
In Chinese Medicine terms, acupuncture treats an imbalance of Qi, which may be the cause of any disease process in the body. In western terms, it treats hundreds of symptoms and conditions with positive results. Some conditions most frequently treated in our office include:
- Any type of Pain, Strain, Weakness
- Addictions: nicotine, alcohol, drug, sex
- Blood Pressure (high or low)
- Bowel/Bladder Problems
- Bronchial/Lung Conditions
- Cancer (Supportive Care)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Circulation Issues
- Diabetes (Supportive Care)
- Facial Rejuvenation
- Gynecological Dysfunctions
- Immune System
- Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
- Prostate Problems
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sinus Troubles
- Skin Problems
- Sports Performance Enhancement
- Thyroid Conditions
What does it feel like?
The physical atmosphere while receiving acupuncture is similar to getting a massage at a spa. Patients are made comfortable on a massage table in a private room. Quiet music, pleasant lighting and aromas are used to make the experience relaxing and enjoyable. First-time patients are usually amazed at how comfortable they feel during treatment.
Although fine, flexible needles are the traditional method of treatment, other means of bringing about the desired physiological response include acupressure (finger pressure), laser, Tei Shein (gentle-pressure instrument), auricular therapy, bead magnets and others.
In selecting a treatment method, the following will be considered:
- Patient age and physical condition
- Location of the acupoints to be treated
- Desired effect
- Skill and preference of the acupuncturist
Much like a therapeutic massage, acupuncture can last between 5-60 minutes.
If you have any questions about acupuncture and it's benefits, please contact us today at (801) 593-8112.