The Theory of Acupuncture and Classical Chinese Medicine is based on understanding flow of energy in the body, how we receive energy and where and how blockage happens.
Blockages cause pain and dysfunction in both body and mind. Acupuncture is one method of treatment in this system of medicine. It uses fine needles inserted at various key points in the body. These points relate to specific organs and functions. They can be used to release blocked energy, encourage the proper functioning of digestion, immune system, endocrine system, etc.
The blockages can occur due to injury, stress, overwork, diet, strong emotions and a host of other circumstances.
The combination of points used is based on your individual needs and the combination of points works in synergy and not in isolation.
The method of insertion is based on the location on the body. The training of an acupuncturist is extensive and includes knowing all the relevant cautions in each area of the body.
Diagnosis is done using information gained in conversation with you, looking at your tongue, which is like a little map of your body, taking your pulse and palpating different areas of the body, depending on where your concern lies.
Chronic shoulder pain in a person who is sedentary, tends to be overworked, angry and stressed has a different root than the same pain in an athlete who has a injury to the shoulder muscles from overuse. The root is different, the result , pain is the same.
The treatment will be based on your unique circumstances.
In consultation we are trying to clearly see the root of the problem and the differences in its manifestation, to create the most effective treatment for you.
Other modalities that can also be included in a treatment are: