In Chinese medicine, energy or Qi is thought to flow through the body in channels similar to the blood stream. If these channels become obstructed due to injury, stress, or emotions, pain occurs. Thin hair-like needles are inserted along the channels to unblock the obstructions allowing energy to flow smoothly again. The body rebalances and pain dissolves.
Common pain related ailments treated with acupunture are carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headache, low back pain, menstrual cramps, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, tennis elbow.
Acupuncture is a holistic method of encouraging the body into an active state natural healing. Needling the acupuncture points stimulates the body to produce natural steroids and release endorphins. Steroids decrease inflammation, while endorphins inhibit pain. A natural solution as opposed to a drug therapy.