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 The Principles of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is the use of very fine, solid needles to be inserted into the skin to promote pain relief, decreased inflammation, and speed recovery.
This holistic therapy includes the mind and body connection, and is based on proper energy flow (called Chi or Qi).  If this energy, which travels throughout the body on tracks called meridians, is unbalanced, then sickness and disease can manifest themselves in the body and spirit.  The western understanding of acupuncture is that of a physiological (body chemical) response; thus related to treating the nerves, muscles, joints, and connective tissues of the human frame.  It has been proven to be effective for hundreds of conditions and is one of the oldest forms of healthcare known. It is important to note that there are different types of acupuncture.
Japanese style acupuncture uses thin, solid needles and very shallow insertion depths.  The main reason for this is the belief that the patient should feel little to no sensation and little to no duscomfort during the course of a treatment.  This is a very powerful form of therapy, as many people find relief from conditions and symptoms that have bothered them, especially when they have failed to gain relief through the typical western medical spectrum of therapies.
Anatomical Acupuncture combines western anatomical and physiological knowledge with the art of acupuncture for maximum benefit to muscles, nerves and tendons. By directly affecting the anatomical structure; the muscle will often relax and the nerves will settle down and pain will be reduced.
Classical Chinese Acupuncture consists of the traditional Chinese system of diagnosing and treating pain and disease. Over the centuries, Oriental Medicine has mapped out the subtle networks & interrelationships that make our bodies the dynamic cellular ecosystems that they are. Decrease pain, reduction in stress, increase in function and a great sense of vitality and well-being have all been common results following acupuncture treatments.