Acupuncture & Electroacupuncture
What Is Acupuncture & Electroacupuncture?
Acupuncture has different applications, depending on whether you are practitioner that is educated within the Traditional Chinese Medicine Model (TCM) or within the medical/western/anatomical model. At Corunna Chiropractic & Massage, acupuncture is a modality that is used in conjunction with other therapies within the scope of practice of a chiropractor. (The medical/western/anatomical model)
Fine needles are inserted through the skin so that it may influence the health and function of a nerve, muscle, or joint.
It may also be beneficial to attach the needles to a small current machine. This is called electroacupuncture. It is usually not painful, but you would usually feel a small pinch, or bit of pressure at the site.
What Is Acupuncture Used For?
Acupuncture is used to:
- Encourage Natural Healing
- Reduce or Relieve Pain
- Improve Function of Affected Areas
Acupuncture needles are solid gold, silver, or (usually) stainless steel. They measure 13-70 mm in length and are very fine. Because they are rounded (but sharp) at the tip, they do not slice through tissue. This makes it highly unlikely that they will cause bleeding or damage underlying structures. You will experience a dull, heavy, or aching feeling when the needle is correctly placed. They are left in place for 15-30 minutes. The practitioner may manipulate the needles, including:
Acupuncture points (acupoints) are places on the skin with a lower electrical resistance than the surrounding skin. This network of points was mapped out by the Chinese many centuries ago. Energy (“qi”) is thought to flow through the body via these points in different pathways. Acupoints can be located via anatomical landmarks.