Acupuncture is a time-tested and scientifically valid healing art which helps in the restoration of one’s health. In fact, if you go the National Institute of Health’s research website https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ and do a search for acupuncture, you will find over 25,000 scientific and medical research articles.
Dr. Atkinson completed a 2-year fellowship in medical acupuncture. He is Board Certified with the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture (FIAMA) and the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) and Diplomate Board Eligible with the American Board of Chiropractic Acupuncture (DABCA) and the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). This rigorous training provided him the opportunity to study Chinese Medicine as well as proven techniques from Japan and Korea.
If you have ever thought about trying acupuncture, there has never been a better time. It is a perfect compliment to chiropractic and medical care or can be used on its own. Patients from the Asian countries have been using acupuncture for thousands of years to help with virtually any condition. Those who have used it have found many lasting health benefits from its unique effects. In Utah, the scope of practice allows treatment for any disease or condition.
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, teishein (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 15-60 minutes.
Over the past few decades, research has been conducted seeking to explain how acupuncture works and what it can and cannot treat. In 1997 the National Institute of Health (NIH) Consensus on Acupuncture suggested that acupuncture has an effect on the central nervous system, structures of the brain, hormones, neurotransmitters and immune function.
According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 51% of medical doctors understand the efficacy and value of acupuncture, and medical doctors refer patients to acupuncturists more than any other alternative care provider. We regularly receive referrals from the medical community.
“There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to expand its use into conventional medicine.” — National Institute of Health, 1997 Consensus on Acupuncture