Acupuncture originated in China over 3000 years ago and is presently used as a primary healthcare system throughout the world. It is a method of balancing and building the body’s life force or energy known as Qi. Acupuncturists recognize particular pathways called “meridians” through which this energy circulates, connecting all major organs.
Traditional Chinese Medicine views disease as result of an imbalance or blockage in the body’s natural energy flow. Such imbalance manifests in physical, emotional and psychosomatic stress related disorders. Very thin, sterile, stainless steel needles are inserted into specific points along meridians in order to disperse the blockage and mobilize the body’s natural immune response.
Acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity that have been shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. They have been mapped out by the Chinese over a period of 3000-4000 years. Needling is one of a number of energy balancing techniques. Also included in traditional therapies are dietary counseling, various massage techniques, herbal remedies, cupping, and moxibustion.
Traditional Chinese Medicine views a person as an energetic system in which body and mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other. Unlike Western medicine which attempts to isolate and separate a disease from a person, Chinese Medicine emphasizes a holistic approach that treats the whole person.
Your practitioner will make a Chinese medical diagnosis based upon a thorough examination and consultation. The examination includes the assessment of the pulse and tongue, observation of the patient’s facial colors and sometimes gentle palpation of the abdomen. Once a diagnosis is made, your acupuncturist will choose the most appropriate treatment.
Does acupuncture hurt?
There is a big difference between the size of needle used by your doctor to give you “shots” and an acupuncture needle that is very fine and flexible. Most of the time acupuncture is completely painless. There is usually a small pinch when the needle is inserted. Afterward if you feel anything it should be a slight distending, ache.
Sometimes, while performing trigger point therapy (sometimes known as "dry needling," or the most elementary form of acupuncture), you may feel more sensation, but it should never be really painful. In some cases, we may also apply gentle electrical stimulation (e-stim) to a set of needles, which can also create more sensation than needling alone.
How many needles
do you use?
This is entirely dependent on the condition you are being treated for and the practitioner’s style. It may be as few as 4 or as many as 30. Usually about 12 needles will be enough to yield an effective response by the body.
Where do you put the needles?
Acupuncture points are located all over the body—torso, arms, legs, head, back and ears. Many of the most dynamic and effective points are located from the elbow to the hand, and from the knee to the foot.
Will I bleed?
A small amount of blood may appear at the site as a needle is being removed. This is rare, and occurs more often if the client is taking blood thinner medication or aspirin. Older clients tend to have more superficial veins and may bleed or bruise more often with acupuncture.
Are the needles sterile?
YES! All of our needles come in sterile packages, 5 needles to a pack. They are used one time only, and then place in medical waste. When you come into the clinic, you will see those red medical waste disposal containers at each station. We NEVER re-use needles.
How long does a session last?
A typical session lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on what condition is being treated, and your energy level.
How many treatments will I need, and how often should I come in?
Treatments vary by the individual and condition. Acupuncture results tend to be cumulative, i.e. the more treatments the better and more long–lasting the results. We will talk with you individually about your condition and its expected response to acupuncture, how many visits we recommend and how frequently.
How much does it cost?
At Alpenglow Acupuncture, we are dedicated to the vision of making acupuncture part of the solution to the soaring cost of health care. We do this by offering quality care at affordable rates. For specific pricing information, visit our Services page.
How do I choose a practitioner?
To be licensed in Colorado, an acupuncturist must complete a Master’s Degree program, entailing over 1500 hours of study and practicum, and then pass a National Board Exam. We recommend that you check your practitioner’s credentials and ensure he or she is licensed. It’s always good to ask about continuing education,specialties and additional training. Our practitioners have over 3000 hours of study, are NCCAOM Board-certified in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Traditional Oriental Nutrition, Oriental Bodywork, and and are licensed by the state of Colorado. For more specific information on each therapist, visit our About Us page.
What does Acutonics© entail?
Acutonics©, rooted in Chinese medicine theory, recognizes that most disease arises from blockages in the energy or Qi flow of the body. Tuning forks are struck on a rubber activator held by the practitioner and then placed on the patient's body. Applying the forks to acupuncture, acupressure or trigger points stimulates and balances the body's physical, emotional and mental energy fields, much like acupuncture -- without the insertion of needles.
How long is a session?
Sessions last 1 hour for adults and 30 minutes for children. Pediatric treatments are shorter in duration because children are more sensitive than adults and absorb energy very quickly.
How many treatments will it take?
Four to six sessions spaced out weekly is recommended for acute conditions, however, many patients report substantial results after just one treatment. A personalized treatment plan will be discussed during your first appointment to optimize your health and wellbeing.
How does it work?
The body is made up of over 70% water and the healing vibrations of the tuning forks are quickly and efficiently transferred into the body through the liquid medium. The vibrations increase Qi and blood to the treated area giving the body region and energy channel more vitality. The vibrations also remove or reduce blockages of energy providing relief from pain, stiffness or numbness.
Does it hurt?
Acutonics© does not hurt and does not require the insertion of needles. A gentle vibration will be felt at the local acupuncture point where the tuning forks are applied.
How long do the effects last?
Patients often feel the effects of Acutonics© for days and sometimes weeks after a treatment. There will be differing effects based on the individual symptoms and constitution of the patient.
Can this be used in conjunction with other treatments?
Yes, Acutonics© may be used in combination with acupuncture and/or massage. Consult with your practitioner for further details or with any questions you may have.
Do you recommend Acutonics© for children?
Acutonics© works well for children and young adults. They enjoy the gentle vibrations without the worry of needles and often respond quickly to treatment.