Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and is one of the major components found in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Acupuncture is a technique that stimulates specific points on the body by inserting thin needles through the skin. This can lead to the activation of pathways affecting various physiological systems. Its purpose is to promote the body's ability to heal itself. With Sports Acupuncture the focus is to target the locations where the greatest concentration of nerves enter into the muscles (these are known as motor points). Motor points can cause a fasciculation (twitch response), which helps reset both the nerve and muscle.

How can it help?

Sports Acupuncture offers athletes and active individuals many ways to compliment their rehabilitation and training programs. Sports Acupuncture can help decrease pain, reduce soft tissue restrictions, improve scar mobility and circulation, increase range of motion, and enhance your recovery from injury.

Does it hurt?

Generally, acupuncture is a painless technique. As a matter of fact, acupuncture needles are only slightly thicker than a human hair follicle. Once the acupuncture needles are in place you may feel a variety of sensations (heaviness, tingling, warmth), but rarely pain. Don’t let your fear of needles deter you. Our acupuncturist will go at your pace and make sure you’re comfortable throughout the entire process.

Is it safe?

Our acupuncturist is licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and meets the required standards regarding the knowledge and use of acupuncture.