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Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medical practice in the world, with thousands of years of clinical practice and evolution. In the hands of a trained, registered acupuncturist, this therapy has proven to be very safe, simple, effective and affordable.
At it's simplest, acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into the body for a desired effect - specifically the treatment of pain or disease.
What does it do?
From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is used for two things - to move (improve circulation) and to regulate (restore normal function).
The goal of Chinese Medicine is not to force change (like surgery or drugs) but to help regulate the systems in the body. If a system is overactive it needs to be calmed and if underactive it needs to be stimulated.
Circulation: Good health in Chinese medicine is based on the health of the circulatory system. A person can look healthy but get sick or die early because their inner health is poor. Cardiovascular disease, renal issues, macular degeneration and other diseases are generally linked to poor circulation. By maintaining and targeting increased circulation we can improve function and health.
Nervous system: An acupuncture or other needling treatment that doesn't cause significant pain will help to relax the nervous system; moving the body from a sympathetic fight or flight response into parasympathetic rest and digest. Parasympathetic stimulation has been shown to decrease inflammation to help treat systemic pain, increase peripheral circulation and restore normal function of respiratory, cardiovascular, reproductive and urinary systems.
Myofascial: When we treat tight muscles and surrounding tissue, we can help relax the myofascial system which improves range of motion, flexibility and reduces pain.
What does acupuncture treat?
Because acupuncture has widespread effects in the body, it has a very broad application. By regulating the nervous system and increasing circulation to specific parts of the body we can improve function and overall health.