Do I treat other ailments, dysfunctions, and/or injuries unrelated to sports?
Outside of my practice in sports medicine, I have extensive experience treating patients for a multitude of internal and external conditions. Some of these aliments include, but are not limited to: pain management, gastro-intestinal dysfunctions, gynecology, stress/anxiety, and migraines, etc.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions about what ails you.
Does acupuncture hurt?
No. When most people think of needles, they think of hypodermic needles, which are used to draw blood or inject medicine into the body. Hypodermic needles are designed for this purpose. They are large in diameter with a serrated tip designed to tear through the skin & muscles. This is the origin of fear in many patients. In fact, several acupuncture needles, which are not much thicker then a strand of hair, can fit in the tip of one hypodermic needle.
The needles are very thin & flexible. In most cases the patient will not feel the needle at all. In a worst-case scenario, the patient might feel slight discomfort upon insertion but it will subside within a few seconds. Acupuncture is a healing practice & should not cause pain.
Most patients find acupuncture extremely relaxing & many fall asleep during treatment.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is based on the Chinese theory of qi.
Qi is the energy or essential substance that nourishes & promotes all of the functions of the body. According to this theory, acupuncture adjusts the flow of qi in the body; draining it from areas of excess and leading it to an area where it is insufficient. In this way, acupuncture restores the harmonious balance of the body & its parts.
In Chinese Medicine there is a saying, “If there is pain, there is no free flow; if there is free flow, there is no pain.” Acupuncture reestablishes & promotes the free flow of qi.
How many treatments will I need?
That depends on the duration, severity & nature of your complaint. Each individual is unique & responds to acupuncture & Chinese herbs differently, therefore an examination will determine an estimated duration of treatment & plan of action.
You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition. A series of 5-10 treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time.
To help reduce the number of treatments, I may suggest dietary modifications, specific exercise regimens, relaxation techniques, massage &/or Chinese herbal medicines, all of which may help to increase the efficacy of acupuncture.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a medical practice based on the belief that ailments result from imbalances in the body. It is one of the many modalities used in Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture consists of the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems.
Through acupuncture, the body’s imbalances are regulated & harmonized, removing the underlining pattern & thus reliving the symptoms. The Chinese mapped these points over a period of 2,000 years, & there are more than 1,000 known acupoints. In the past three decades, electromagnetic research has confirmed the existence & location of these points.