WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is the insertion of very thin, fine needles into the body in order to decrease pain and promote healing.
How Does It Work?
Recent scientific studies have proven the dramatic and clinical effects of acupuncture in reducing pain. By stimulating the acupuncture needles, a neurological response is produced. This stimulation causes the body to produce higher levels of your body's natural pain killers (endorphins and enkephalon).
The neurological stimulation produced by acupuncture occurs at four levels of your nervous system, from the needle all the way to up to the brain.
Acupuncture also stimulates healing in the area by increasing blood flow and reducing deep scar tissue in the affected structures.
WHAT DO WE TREAT
Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of conditions including:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Foot and Ankle Pain
Sprains and Strains
Back Pain and Sciatica
Neck Pain and Radiating Neck Pain
Elbow Pain (Tennis Elbow /Golfer's Elbow)
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
In addition to its uses in treating pain and injuries, acupuncture has been used traditionally for thousands of years to address many other common complaints. As part of her naturopathic training, Dr. Helferty uses acupuncture in this more traditional manner to treat the following:
Digestive concerns (e.g. gas, bloating, IBS, IBD, indigestion, heartburn)
Hormonal imbalances (e.g. PMS, irregular cycles, PCOS, menopausal symptoms)
Mood imbalances (e.g. depression, anxiety)
Headaches (e.g. tension headaches, migraines)