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Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing technique. It dates back over 2000 years. Acupuncture care promotes self-healing and improves the body’s functions. While acupuncture was once thought to balance the flow of energy in the body, it is now better understood that the placement of the needles stimulates nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. Acupuncture is a widely accepted treatment and is even covered under many health insurance policies.
Acupuncture care can help prevent illness, relieve pain, and can even help induce labor. At the Functional Medicine Center of Fort Collins, acupuncture care is used alongside other treatments and recommendations to help improve the client’s overall wellness.
How Does Acupuncture Care Work?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin, extremely fine, flexible needles into very specific areas of the body referred to acupuncture points or acupoints. The needles will remain in place for about 10 to 20 minutes depending upon the treatment. Your doctor may also manipulate the needles with gentle movement, twirling, or even apply heat or electrical pulses to the needles.
At the Functional Medicine Center of Fort Collins, Dr. Galyardt uses techniques such as moxibustion(heat), cupping(suction), auricular therapy(ear acupuncture), electrical or laser stimulation, and manual manipulation of the points in addition to the traditional use of the needles.
Acupuncture treatments are usually relaxing and pain-free. Most clients experience a sensation of warmth or tingling when the needles are being inserted and leave feeling better than ever. Acupuncture is most commonly used to relieve pain, strengthen the immune system, enhance recuperative powers, and as a remedy for acute or chronic ailments.
Conditions Treatable with Acupuncture Care
- Migraines and headaches
- Back, neck, and knee pain
- Repositioning of the fetus
- Morning sickness
- Labor pain
- Respiratory disorders
- Induce labor
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