Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating fine needles into specific points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes.
Acupuncture benefits the improvement of physical health conditions as well as affective disorders and instills a feeling of increased mental clarity.
Through clinical trials, acupuncture has been proven effective in treating various medical conditions and its use has been expanded into conventional medicine practices.
Acupuncture works directly with the body’s energy or qi, as acupuncture practitioners believe that all illnesses are a result of the natural flow of energy through the body becoming stuck, depleted or weakened and thus making the individual susceptible to illness. Acupuncture benefits the rebalance of qi through treatment of specific acupoints related to symptoms or illness present. Treatment is effective in removing these energy obstructions.
Although best known for the control of pain, acupuncture benefits a wide variety of disorders.
Dry needling is a modern Western medicine principle with emphasis on treating neuromusculoskeletal pain and helping functional movement impairments. In comparison to Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, dry needling does not include the treatment of systemic illnesses or conditions or treatment of a person’s energy or “chi”.
Dry needles, or thin monofilament needles which are also used in acupuncture, are inserted into the skin. No solutions or medications are injected, the needle is used by itself. At Clinix, electric stimulation may be applied to the needles to provide a gentle pulsation to help relax muscles even more.
It is used to treat muscle trigger points, or knots. Research shows this increases endorphins (feel good hormones that decrease pain) and blood flow.
Cupping is an ancient alternative medicine practice in which bulb-shaped cups are used to pull the skin and underlying muscle fascia, bringing blood flow into an area of pain or inflammation. This releases adhesions in muscle tissue and is similar to massage therapy. Cupping involves distraction (pulling) instead of compression as in massage
To experience Dry Needling or Cupping, call (303) 721-9984 and request a 30-minute appointment with Serena Elhard, DC. For your visit, wear loose fitting clothing and tank tops or shorts to access areas involved such as hips, knees or shoulders.