Traditional Chinese Medicine dates back to 600 A.D. and includes the practice of acupuncture. Acupuncture is accepted by the National Institute of Health for a wide variety of medical conditions, including neuromusculoskeletal problems, internal medicine and mental health conditions.
Acupuncture balances the nervous system and increases circulation making it easier for the body to heal itself without the use of medication.
Acupuncture works by stimulating points along the body. When thin, sterilized needles are inserted into these acupuncture points, they help balance out the body to restore health.
The points chosen coincide with major nerve centers. The needles stimulate the nerves, causing them to release feel-good chemicals known as endorphins.
People in pain often have low levels of endorphins and a release of those endorphins can suppress the sensation of pain. The points are also located near trigger points, spots on the body where pain radiates away from the center when pressed. Acupuncture may ease the stress on trigger points thereby lessening pain in that area.
Allison Heffron, DC, L.Ac.
Moxibustion is the technique of burning mugwort to stimulate blood flow to acupuncture points. The herb is burned slowly in various forms and held on or near the acupuncture point to warm the pathways that comprise the acupuncture points.
Cupping is a method of acupuncture that applies suction and creates a vacuum by applying a glass cup to the skin. The technique increases circulation and helps break up scarred or bound up tissue that can cause trigger points and areas of pain, as well as release toxins through the skin. Cupping can affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, which is significant in the human body. Cupping can be applied in combination to traditional needling. It is a useful treatment for relief of symptoms of low back pain, neck pain, other injuries, constipation, common cold, cough, asthma.
Tui Na (pronounced: tway-nah) is a form of Chinese medical massage that combines body movements and soft tissue manipulation for improved circulation and to realign musculoskeletal structures.
Gua Sha is a soft tissue manipulation using a tool to help break up stagnation, which will promote circulation of blood in order to relieve pain and heal the body.
|“After I improved to a certain point I was discharged from physical therapy and continued my care with Dr. Mike and Dr. Heffron. Although it was painful while I was getting treated by Dr. Mike with Graston technique, I felt my recovery became a lot quicker. I have never had acupuncture treatment done before, but I felt the benefits from Dr. Allison’s treatment.”
|““I have a very good relationship with all of the chiropractors. Everyone here knows who you are and are very warm and welcoming. I ask questions and always get answers. I felt like I was in good hands the entire time I was here. The treatments worked.””
|“Everyone has been great. All the chiropractors, Dr. Stephen, Dr. Ken, and Dr. Mike. I loved seeing Dr. Nya and Dr. Amanda, for physical therapy. The support staff is outstanding. I enjoyed working with Dr. Allison for acupuncture as well.”
|“Everyone here is very friendly and professional. The doctors know their stuff inside out and do a very good job explaining what needs to get done and what they want to achieve.”
The first visit is an hour long and involves answering questions, like an interview, pertaining to your own individual body. This is an extremely important part of the acupuncture treatment because everybody is different and therefore every complaint should be treated as such. The “interview” process is a way for the practitioner to see a detailed picture of what is going on internally, so the treatment can be tailored to you and your needs.
The needles used in acupuncture are extremely thin, however, everyone experiences different sensations. Some may feel a little prick of the needle and others may feel nothing at all. Usually, patients are left feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after the treatment.
Unless there was a specific trauma to your neck/back, i.e. car accident, there is usually an underlying chronic cause to your new pain.
It may have started when you were a child and fell off your skateboard or when you started your new desk job and you are in a seated position all day. These types of stresses have long-term effects on your body by changing the way you walk due to limping, or changing your posture due to hunching over your desktop. Your body has a natural response to adapt and that is not always a good thing. In these cases it will adapt by overcompensation, which will lead to weakness, tightness, and often times, injury.
When you first start as a patient here you are starting in a relief or acute phase of care meaning our goal is to first get you out of pain.
Pain is not actually the root of the problem, but rather the result of it.
When you are in pain it is difficult to start to train stability and strength because of said pain. Often times if you jump into the stabilizing and strengthening phase too quickly you can re-exacerbate your problem and increase your pain. It is best to think of it this way: once you are pain free that is the start of your care. We can then focus on fixing the root cause of your issue through treatment and giving you the tools necessary to avoid re-injury.
Research studies consistently show that acupuncture can be an effective form of pain management, with some studies finding it even more effective than pain-relieving drugs or surgery. At Physio Logic, acupuncture may be used initially during the acute phase to decrease pain in preparation for, or in addition to, physical therapy or chiropractic care.
In the case of pain management, for example tendinopathies, acupuncture to the affected area increases blood flow, oxygenation and nutrient supply in order to aid tissue repair within an injured tendon.
It has none of the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs or surgery, and is often equally or more effective, especially when used in conjunction with other forms of body work.
Treatment frequency and duration are very dependent on each patient and what their specific issue is, however, it is expected to see any amount of change in the condition within the first 2-4 weeks of treatment.
Wearing loose-fitting clothing is best. If you have an appointment it would be best to have a change of clothes and change prior to the appointment’s start time to get the most of your appointment.
Acupuncture is particularly useful to increase blood flow, essential in healing, and nerve flow throughout the body. This process results in a less stressful internal environment and allows the body to function optimally.
Acupuncture is a great way to increase blood flow around the body, whether it be local or all over. Blood flow is essential for healing and functioning properly and usually when there is pain it is because something has been damaged and needs to be repaired. Blood flow is reparative and will help decrease pain and heal the damaged tissues.
Yes! Often times headaches have a much deeper and internal connection than we think. They are frequently associated with tension in the neck or upper back, however, sometimes there is much more of a systemic pattern. Either way, whether the headaches are due to stress and tension or from a deeply rooted issue in the gut, acupuncture is useful to help harmonize the body, decrease tension, and stress to help eliminate headaches.
Many patients seek acupuncture due to infertility. It harmonizes the body’s system to promote proper function of the organs and associated hormones. If you are undergoing ART procedures, such as IVF or IUI, it is extremely beneficial to use acupuncture as a supplemental therapy.
Learn more about the techniques and modalities used at Physio Logic HERE.