Contemporary Medical Acupuncture

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (also known as electro-acupuncture) is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique, in which fine needles are inserted into anatomically defined neurofunctional sites, and stimulated manually or with electricity for the therapeutic purpose of modulating abnormal activity of the nervous system in pain syndromes and functional problems.

Therapeutic goals and treatment targets are selected based on the identified dysfunctions contributing to the presentation of the symptoms. Often, contemporary medical acupuncture results in transient improvement or disappearance of the symptom after a few treatments.

 

New Patient Initial Assessment

A health history, physical exam, and treatment

$85

Acupuncture Treatment

Insertion of fine needles into a muscle or joint, stimulated by electricity.

$65

Comprehensive Treatment

Medical acupuncture followed by chiropractic adjustments

$90

How does it work?

Acupuncture has been used for over 3000 years but has always been under skepticism by the medical community. 
 
Recent studies now suggest that electro-acupuncture induces analgesia or relief of pain by the release of endogenous opioid peptides.
 
Endogenous opioid peptides are small molecules that are naturally produced in the central nervous system and in various glands throughout the body, such as the pituitary and adrenal glands. These peptides produce the same effects as classic opiates, such as morphine and codeine. 
 
Endogenous opioid peptides that serve as hormones are secreted into circulation by the producing glands and are delivered to a variety of distant target tissues via the blood where they induce an analgesic response (such as your site of pain).
 
In short, acupuncture releases these naturally occuring endogenous opiods that act exactly like taking a pain killer, on top of increasing blood perfusion to the site of injury stimulated by the needle, encouraging healing and prevention of the development of chronic pain.
 
In contrast to opiate drugs, activation of the opiate receptors by the body's endorphins does not lead to addiction.

Treatment without side effects.