What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and promote healing. The idea is that the insertion of an acupuncture needle stimulates a bio-positive reflex response by nerve stimulation.
According to A Manual of Acupuncture, acupuncture originated from Chinese medicine in 476 to 221 B.C. (Deadman).
This technique works by activating specific points on the body that are believed to be connected to the flow of energy, known as qi in traditional Chinese medicine. It is thought that imbalances or blockages in the flow of qi can lead to a range of health problems and that these techniques can help to restore balance and promote healing.
Acupuncture consists of 361 points and 40 extra points. The main 361 points follow meridians throughout the body. There are 12 meridians that go bilaterally, plus conception and governing vessel, equaling 14 meridians. Each meridian consists of anywhere from 7 to 67 points. These meridians are the highway for your Qi. Qi is like energy that flows throughout your body and is a major core idea behind acupuncture. Much like your circulatory system for blood, the meridians circulate your Qi, or energy.
What does acupuncture help with?
Studies have shown that acupuncture can help address over 2,000 conditions, including but not limited to allergies, chronic back pain, depression, digestive problems, headaches, and migraines. At The Chiro Co., we primarily focus on neuromusculoskeletal conditions, including headaches, migraines, back pain, spinal pain, elbow pain, knee pain, TMJ pain, and more! See our blog on the 5 benefits of acupuncture here.
What education is necessary for acupuncture?
Dr. Jenna has had supplemental education on acupuncture. In addition to her chiropractic license, Dr. Jenna Carter completed 100 hours of acupuncture training through Parker University and passed the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ acupuncture board exam.
How many treatments will I need?
Treatment depends on the person, what symptoms you may be experiencing, and how long you have been experiencing them. If you are experiencing more chronic, long-standing symptoms, it may require more sessions compared to something acute. Dr. Jenna will perform a detailed exam on the first visit and provide you with wellness recommendations to help you reach a new level of health and healing.
Acupuncture does require a high frequency of care to see a therapeutic benefit. Therefore, please book the initial acupuncture session when you are fully prepared to commit to 5-10 acupuncture sessions. Ask us about our discounted five-session acupuncture package!
What do I need to do prior to receiving acupuncture treatment?
No preparing necessary! Just be sure to wear loose, comfortable clothing to your session.
Deadman, P., Al-Khafaji, M., & Baker, K. (2016). A manual of acupuncture. Journal of Chinese Medicine Publications.