How does acupuncture work?
Chinese Medicine often compares the body's inner workings to a river. When there's an ailment in the body, the flow of energy is partially blocked. Like debris blocking a river's flow, metabolic waste and energy back up at a site of injury. When there is damaged or inflamed tissue, the body's normal flow of oxygen, blood and energy is interfered with. Acupuncture corrects that energy imbalance.
While Western science does not yet fully understand the energetic imbalances and the concept of Qi ("chee"), studies have found that acupuncture stimulates the body's natural protective and pain-relieving systems. Studies show that brain activity is increased, the immune system is boosted, and pain-relieving endorphins and peptides are released as a result of acupuncture.
Acupuncture is also frequently used as a primary or complementary treatment modality for those with pain conditions. By using the protocols of Acupuncture Physical Medicine, and the release of myofascial constriction and trigger points, acupuncture can be very beneficial for issues caused by musculoskeletal dysfunction or referred pain brought on by repetitive motions or muscular constriction.
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