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Acupuncture frequently asked questions
Acupuncture at Back in Action
How does acupuncture work?
The human body's energy flow courses over twelve meridians or channels that are normally well balanced. This energy works in harmony with the body's circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, and all other systems of the body. When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident. It can also alter the entire system producing pain or symptoms in the body. Stimulation of one or a combination of key "acupoints" on the body may restore harmony to the affected areas. Acupuncture's goal is to restore normalcy to the body's energy balance.
Are acupuncture treatments painful?
One would assume inserting a needle into the skin would be painful since most of us can relate to being stuck with a pin or having a hypodermic injection. However, four acupuncture needles can easily be inserted into the hollow tube of a hypodermic needle. Because of the extreme slenderness of the needle, most people compare the sensations to "less than a mosquito bite." A phenomena referred to as "TEHCHI" occurs when the energy is contacted. This sensation is felt as a mild to moderate heaviness or tingling. Needles have their place in clinical practice, however, many physicians (including Dr. Berv) certified in acupuncture are employing electronic and laser stimulation to the "acupoints" with equal effectiveness. Both of these procedures are painless and are quickly becoming standard worldwide.
Specialties and conditions treated
We specialize in those conditions related to pain management of the spine and extremities including neck and back pain, sciatica, headaches, strains and sprains, shoulder, hips, knees, elbow, ankle pain and any musculoskeletal condition not responding to western medical care.
What to expect on my first visit?
A thorough case history will be taken by the physician which plays a vital role in determining an understanding of which imbalances or issues will be addressed. The cornerstone of an acupuncture examination is where the trained physician is able to determine the balance of the twelve (12) meridians. This ancient method of diagnosis is giving way to modern electronic evaluation referred to as "ryodoraku" or "electro meridian imaging" (EMI). The physician places a small painless electric pen on the skin over specific acupoints. By way of a sensitive metering device, the electro potential of the point is measured. This examination is extremely reliable and is quickly becoming the standard method of diagnosis internationally.
What should I look for in an acupuncture practitioner?
To chose the best acupuncture practice, you generally should consider an experienced qualified practitioner or physician that has experience with your particular condition. Other factors in your decision may include the actual cost of an acupuncture session, or the location of the practice. Ask your friend, family or co-worker in your area. A physician or practitioner with a positive history and reputation in the community is a good choice.