Crosby Chiropractic & Acupuncture Centre offers needleless forms of acupuncture, Auriculo acupuncture and Laser acupuncture. We have successfully used acupuncture to treat the following:
- abdominal pain
- pain management
- infertility (male and female)
- female hormone issues
- chemotherapy symptoms
- sinus conditions
- weight loss
- chronic pain
- and several other ailments and afflictions.
Please call to see if Acupuncture is the right treatment for your issue.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an effective form of health care that has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people get well and stay healthy.
We will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. This activates the body’s Qi and promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health. It also can improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.
What is Qi and how does it travel?
At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced “chee”) or Life Energy, flows throughout the body. Qi helps to animate the body and protect it fron illness, pain and disease. A person’s health if influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
Qi circulates through specific pathways called meridians. There are 14 main Meridian pathways throughout the body. Each is connected to specific organs and glands. Meridian pathways are like rivers. where a river flows, it transports life-giving water that nourished the land, plants and people. In the same way, meridian pathways transport life- giving Qi to nourish and energize every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle.
When Qi flows freely throughout the body, one enjoys good physical mental and emotional well-being. An obstruction of Qi anywhere in the body is like a damn, backing up the flow in one area and restricting it in others. This blockage can hinder the distribution of the nourishment that the body requires to function optimally.
What can affect Qi?
Many things influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. Physical and emotional trauma, stress lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, diet, accidents or excessive activity can lead to a blockage or imbalance of Qi.
Normally, when this imbalance occurs, the body naturally bounces back, returning to a balanced state of health and well-being. When the disruption to Qi is prolonged or exces- sive, or if the body is in a weakened state, then illness, pain or disease can set in.
What will our doctors do?
During the initial exam a full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist also may check pulses and your tongue and may conduct a physical exam. This information is then organized to create a complete, accu- rate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced. After the interview process, you may receive an acupuncture treatment. Visits with your acupuncturist may last from 30 to 90 minutes.
Why do they want to feel my pulses?
There are 12 pulse positions on each wrist that your acupuncturist will palpate. Each position corresponds to a specific meridian and organ. Your acupuncturist will be looking for 27 individual qualities that reflect overall health. If there are any problems, they may appear in the pulse.
Why do they want to look at my tongue?
The tongue is a map of the body. It re- flects the general health of the organs and meridians. Your acupuncturist will look at the color, shape, cracks And coating on your tongue.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will vary from person to person. Some people experience immediate relief, others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes.
Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality of your Qi. An acupuncturist may suggest one or two treatments per week, monthly visits for health maintenance or seasonal “time ups.”
What should I prepare?
Come with any questions you have – we’re here to help you. Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points. Don’t eat large meals just before or after your visit. Refrain from overexertion, working out, drugs or alcohol for up to 6 hours after the visit. Avoid stressful situations. Make time to relax, and be sure to get plenty of rest. Between visits, take notes of any changes that may have occurred, such as the alleviation of pain, pain moving to other areas, or changes in the frequency and type of problems.
Do the needles hurt?
The sensation caused by an acupuncture needle varies. Some people feel a little pain as the needles are inserted, but most people feel no pain at all. The needles are tiny, just a little larger than a cat’s whisker or human hair.
How deep do they go? The depth of the insertion varies. For example, your acupuncturist will use a needling technique that is different in fleshier areas, such as your buttocks. Typically, needles are inserted at depths ranging from 1/8″ to 1 ½”.
How safe is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural, drug free therapy, yielding no side effects except feelings of relaxation and well being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once, and then discarded.
It is recommended:
- Not to take pain medication, eat large meals or drink alcoholic beverages for at least two hours prior to treatment.
- Follow all instructions made by your physician for your particular condition.
- Be sure to direct any questions you have to your doctor. They are qualified to give you the facts about acupuncture.
- Follow through with your treatment plan as prescribed by your doctor.
Acupuncture Treats a Variety of Conditions Including:
- Sinus issues
- Nausea – Pain Management
- Infertility – (male & female)
- Lymes Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Epstein Barr
- Chronic Fatigue
- and more… Ask your doctor if acupuncture treatment is right for