Acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative to western medicine. It is most commonly used to treat pain. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins - the body’s natural pain-relieving neurological-hormones - through the insertion of needles into specific anatomical points (also known as acupuncture points) to encourage natural healing. Therapeutic effects include:

  • Pain relief
  • Increased energy
  • Improved body function

Acupuncture stimulates the balance and flow of Qi energy (in Traditional Chinese Medicine, this Qi is considered essential to health). When the body is healthy, Qi flows smoothly through the meridians that make up a conceptual network of pathways through the entire body. When the balance or flow of Qi is deficient it may be diseased or susceptible to illness. From a musculoskeletal standpoint, acupuncture is used mainly to relieve discomfort associated with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Headaches (including tension headaches and migraines)
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Strains and sprains