Acupuncture: Has been used successfully for thousands of years and continues to provide healing results.
I have been able to help many people with common orthopedic complaints such as:
I also help many people with internal medical issues with a combination of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine such as:
Acupuncture is the most researched complementary & alternative medicine with more research supporting the practice of acupuncture than many other common procedures. Here are some links to some recent research done showing the effectiveness of Acupuncture:
-Acupuncture Outperforms Drug for Insomnia Relief
-Acupuncture Outmatches Drug for IBS
-Acupuncture Confirmed Potent Painkiller
-Acupuncture Plantar Fasciitis Relief Confirmed
-Acupuncture Headache Relief Discovered
-Acupuncture Plus Herbs Beats Acid Reflux Drug
-Acupuncture Helps Lumbar Disk Herniation Patients
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine filiform needles into soft tissue. Traditionally the effects of acupuncture are described in terms of adjusting the circulation of Qi and Blood to attain a wide range of beneficial effects. Modern research has confirmed many of the uses of acupuncture and found many different mechanisms of action including:
There are a wide variety of effective acupuncture techniques and styles which are integrated to fit the patient's condition at Oakland Hills Acupuncture. For instance, it is common for people to seek treatment due to musculoskeletal pain. Here are some of the techniques I use for the treatment of musculoskelatal pain:
Trigger Points: Trigger points are hypersensitive points along a muscle band that are typically created due to injury or chronically poor posture. These points typically refer pain in a predictable fashion when active or pressed. Acupuncture is the best method for releasing the tension at these points therefore stopping pain and softening the muscle.
Ashi Points: "Ashi" points are tender points found along a muscle or acupuncture channel that when needled helps reduce the overall experience of pain. Motor Points are the areas where the belly of the muscle is highly innervated. The stimulation of motor points causes the muscle to fire and "reset" itself.
In the treatment of musculoskeletal pain traditional points as well as trigger points, ashi points, and sometimes motor points are used at Oakland Hills Acupuncture. Many of these various types of points actually overlap. I tend to combine the styles and approaches to maximize treatment results.
How often should I get acupuncture? How long to see results?
Everyone's prognosis is different. While it is very common for many patients to begin seeing results immediately, this is not always the case. Acupuncture works cumulatively and often requires at least a course of 4 to 5 treatments. Chronic conditions or serious injuries may require longer. For example, California Worker's Compensation system recommends acupuncture 1 - 3 times per week, optimally for 1 to 2 months. While most patients do not end up needing that amount of treatment, it is important to understand what established norms for treatment are so that you don't limit your chances for improvement. Initially sticking to a set schedule ensures a much greater chance of success. Even if the symptoms that brought you in subside in one visit, often without at least some follow-up treatments the symptoms may return. In some cases, taking herbs can cut back the need for acupuncture treatments.
Cupping: Cupping is a myofascial release technique which involves creating suction using a glass cup and then applying it to a part of the body, usually the back. The suction helps to release muscle tension and increase circulation. Muscle tension often inhibits proper blood flow in the muscles, making cupping treatments quite beneficial. Cupping is also used in the treatment of the common cold. Modern research suggests that cupping may release histamine and histamine-like substances which aid the immune response. Many people find this treatment enjoyable as well as beneficial.
Acupuncture Initial Visit: $90
Follow Up Visit: $70
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