Michael Meske, Dipl. Ac., L. Ac.
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for over three centuries. It's based on the theory that energy, blood, and oxygen (sometimes described as Qi) flows through and around the body along specific channels via the fascial, nervous and vascular systems.
Pain and other health conditions occur when these vital substances are not flowing correctly. This incorrect flow creates an environment for imbalance and disease to manifest. Acupuncture is used to restore the proper flow of energy, blood, and oxygen through these channels.
Acupuncture also produces a wide range of natural pain relieving substances, natural anti-inflammatory chemistry, hormones and immune system enhancers, all without the need for outside drugs.
In short, acupuncture works by helping the body get more out of its own natural healing resources!
COMPLIMENTARY TREATMENTS WITH ACUPUNCTURE
Electro acupuncture involves the application of gentle electric current to acupuncture needles to further stimulate the acupuncture points. The use of electro acupuncture provides controlled stimulation to the acupuncture points without causing tissue damage. It is used for the treatment of a wide range of ailments and is particularly useful for treating pain problems and chronic conditions.
Cupping, sometimes referred to as myofascial decompression, is a therapy in which special cups are applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws skin and muscle tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. By drawing on the tissues, the cupping mobilizes local fluids, pulling up toxins and encouraging blood flow. Cupping is a great therapy for alleviating pain and tightness and promoting healing. It is commonly used for joint and muscle pain.
Tui Na is therapeutic massage, used for both relaxation and treating illness. Tui Na massage manipulates pressure points, muscles, joints, and bones, and has a similar effect to acupuncture.
Gua Sha is a healing technique that involves stimulation to the skin and fascia using a round-edged instrument. The purpose of gua sha is to remove blood stagnation, which in Chinese medicine is considered pathogenic and the main cause of pain and disease in the body.
Initial Acupuncture Treatment – 80 minutes (Includes detailed evaluation & acupuncture treatment) - $100
Subsequent Acupuncture Treatment – 50 minutes - $75
Prepaid Package Rates - $375 for 6 subsequent treatments after initial evaluation ($450 value!)
In the initial visit your acupuncturist will take a detailed health history, perform a physical exam, and provide you with your unique treatment plan. During your first exam, your acupuncturist will spend time getting to know you and your health concerns. You may be asked a wide range of questions about your symptoms, diet, sleep behavior, pain, emotional states and anything that may offer insight into your health.
Once the evaluation is complete, your acupuncturist will develop an individualized treatment plan and make recommendations for future visits.
*Keep in mind acupuncture is not a quick fix. For most cases, a patient should notice some improvement within 5-6 treatments going up to 8-10 treatments for the most difficult cases.
Getting The Most Out Of Treatment
For the best treatment results, keep a few things in mind:
Please show up on time
If possible wear loose, comfortable clothes
Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your acupuncturist
Follow your treatment plan between visits
Keep all of your appointments, as each visit builds upon the previous ones