Originating more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Acupuncture is one of the primary tools in traditional Chinese traditional medicine. Acupuncture is a safe and tested approach to holistic healing used to relieve pain, prevent disease, and restore balance in the body. Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile acupuncture needles into specific locations of the body to elicit a therapeutic response. While some may be quick to assume that acupuncture is painful, many patients report a feeling of deep relaxation and increased energy both during and following treatment.
Traditional Chinese medicine theorizes that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points (also referred to as acupuncture meridians) on the human body, and that these connect with 12 main and 8 secondary pathways. These pathways are believed to conduct energy throughout the body. Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities.
Progressive Sports Medicine incorporates acupuncture into its treatment plans because it is very effective in treating a variety of painful disorders, both acute and chronic. It is particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension, stress and emotional conditions.
Acupuncture can be beneficial for a range of conditions. Some examples are:
- Anxiety and depression
- Digestive disorders
- Diseases of the muscles, bones and joints
- Muscle, bones and joint disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Respiratory disorders
Acupuncture treatments can help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy thru their body. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
The results of treatment vary with each individual. Some may feel energized by the treatment, while others may feel more relaxed.
Acupuncture is often combined with physiotherapy, massage therapy, or chiropractic.