Acupuncture

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ACUPUNCTURE

Balance Yoga & Wellness is proud to now offer acupuncture. We teamed up with Jacqueline Stefanski, L.Ac., of Vital Source Acupuncture and Wellness to bring you this state-of-the-art treatment that has been described as “a Vital Source of Health Care, where Medicine and Science meet Art and Spirit.”

Frequently Asked Questions

ACUPUNCTURE: What is it?

Acupuncture is a type of medical healing therapy in which thin needles are inserted into the skin using very precise points on our bodies, known simply as Acupuncture Points, found just beyond the surface of the skin. They have high concentrations of nerve endings, mast cells, lymphatic vessels, and capillaries. When an acupuncture needle is inserted into a point, it stimulates the sensory receptor, which in turn stimulates the nerve, which then transmits impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system. This complex system of interactions (often called a “feedback loop”) between the brain, hormones, and glands is responsible for regulating a number of bodily processes. Because acupuncture helps to regulate the various feedback loops in your body, it actually allows your body to heal itself of whatever is wrong!

 

This amazing trait is unique to nearly every other medical system, and has sustained acupuncture as a completely safe, natural, and drug-free system of medicine for over 5,000 years. Acupuncture points are found on “meridian” lines, which could be more easily described as looking like a map of “nerve lines” that run all over our bodies.

 

Classical Chinese Medicine often describes the meridians, or channels of Qi (pronounced “chee” – meaning “energy”) as being like rivers which run through the body to nourish and irrigate the tissues, organs and production of energy. If there is an energetic block in these channels, it is like a dam which backs up the river causing overflow. By needling the Acupuncture Points along these meridians, these dams are freed and the circulation of Qi will flow properly again, allowing for optimal health and balance in the body.

Acupuncture has been proven to be an effective treatment for:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary
  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labour
  • Knee pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Low back pain
  • Malposition of fetus, correction of
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow

…and more!

Do Acupuncture Needles Hurt?

People often associate needles with pain because their association with hypodermic needles. Acupuncture needles, however, are tiny, thin and flexible – about the size of a cat’s whisker. You can fit up to 20 acupuncture needles inside of the tip of a hypodermic needle!

 

Most patients report feeling a sensation of warmth, heaviness or a slight tingling where needles are inserted. Some patients feel very relaxed, and may even fall asleep. Acupuncture needles arrive sterilized, in sealed blister packages, and are single-use only. They are disposed of into hospital-grade biohazard sharps containers upon removal from the body.

How many treatments will I need?

Every patient is different, and length of treatment depends on a variety of factors. Initially, it is recommended that the patient come on a weekly basis for the first 4 to 10 treatments, but this is variable. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, typically 8 to 10 visits in total. Chronic health problems and long-term pain often require more treatments because the problem has moved more deeply into the body. It is essential to get treatments close to each other at first, because each treatment gains momentum on the last.

 

Treatment plans and frequency are discussed at each session. Favorable responses mean that treatments will be spanned out to bi-weekly, then monthly. Once the condition has cleared, “wellness treatments”  several times per year, or “as needed” is recommended. Many patients choose to come several times per month for “wellness treatments” because acupuncture gives them a general sense of well-being, balance, and overall health.

What do I wear?

Loose-fitting, comfortable clothing, such as sweatpants, gym shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, and bras or sports-bras which allow nominal access to the back, are recommended. Pants and sleeves may be rolled up during treatment. If any undergarments or tight-fitting clothing need to be removed, drape sheets are provided.

What should I expect at my Acupuncture Session?

Before your first treatment, you will need to fill out a small amount of paperwork. Upon confirmation of booking your first treatment, you will first receive a Welcome Letter via email, which we ask you to simply review prior to your treatment. You will then get a second email with your Intake, Consent and Privacy Policy Forms from [email protected]. You may print and fill out these forms at home and bring them with you to your first visit, or arrive at least 15 minutes early, prior to your first acupuncture appointment in order to complete all paperwork.

 

At each treatment, your Chief Complaint, health history, diet, lifestyle and any health problems that you are experiencing – from head to toe, will be discussed! Frequency of your treatments will be adjusted and scheduled accordingly. Nutrition plays a major role in our health, so Dietary Advice is also offered and included with each treatment plan. After this initial intake, TCM Tongue and Pulse Diagnosis will be made by simply looking at the tongue and feeling the quality of the pulse.

 

Prior to every treatment, patients should not brush or scrape their tongue for at least 24 hours, and they should always consume a light meal containing protein, limit caffeine intake, and avoid the use of drugs and alcohol. (Always continue regular use of any medication as prescribed by your doctor.)

 

The patient will then lie down, and anywhere from approximately 4 to 20 needles will be inserted. This is followed by about 20 minutes of “quiet time” where the patient can relax and the Qi circulates.

 

Each session will also typically include a 10 to 15 minute Traditional Chinese Medical Cupping session during or following treatment, however, sometimes patients can also enjoy the benefits of gua sha, tui na, or moxibustion following (or during) treatment. This is based on each patient’s individual needs and diagnosis.

 

Each Session will last a total of 75 minutes.

  • Cupping refers to an ancient Chinese practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat, known as “fire cupping” or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup.  In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of skin is active, causing a regional pulling of the skin and muscle (the technique is called gliding cupping).  Cupping therapies often follow the point selection pattern that is used for standard acupuncture therapy, with somewhat greater emphasis on the use of back points (due to the ease of performing this technique there).  However, other acupuncture points may be emphasized on other areas of the body.
  • Gua Sha (pronounced “gwah shah”) meaning “scraping sha-bruises”, is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light bruising or reddening using a special tool usually made of plastic, crystal, or jade. Gua Sha releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing.
  • Tui Na (pronounced “twee naw”), which literally means “pinch and pull,” refers to a wide range of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapeutic massage and body work. Tui na is not generally used for pleasure and relaxation, but rather as a treatment to address specific patterns of disharmony.
  • Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy (referred to simply as “Moxa”) in which a dried herb called Mugwort, is burned on or near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences. The skin is often protected by an herbal cream, known as “Shiunko” (pronounced “Shin-ko”) which protects the skin.

Patient Privacy

Your comfort, privacy, and confidentiality are an important part of treatment. Time for peace and relaxation further facilitate the healing process. Your treatment will always be a one-on-one session, completely dedicated to your health.

Disclaimer: This Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or disease. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.

 

*If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately.

 

It is recommended that all patients consult with their physician when receiving acupuncture treatments. If you are under the care of a healthcare professional or currently use prescription medications, you should discuss any dietary or medical changes with your doctor, and should not discontinue any prescription medications without first consulting your doctor.

ACUPUNCTURE PRICING*
Single Session – $75
3 Pack Sessions – $195 [$65/session]
8 Pack Sessions – $480 [$60/session]*


*all sessions are 75 minutes long and include Cupping or other adjunct TCM Therapies
**10% Military Discount on Single Sessions and Packages – must show Military ID at check-in
***Ask us about our special “Split Payment Plan” available for 8 Pack Sessions

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