Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old healing technique which is one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called “qi” (pronounced “chee”) flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness.
Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.
At The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre acupuncture can be used as a stand-alone treatment modality but is most often used in combination with chiropractic treatments. It is especially helpful to reduce mental stress, boost the immune system, in the treatment of TMJ, sinus complaints, headache, repetitive strain injuries, as well as other nervous system and musculoskeletal complaints such as sciatica, carpal tunnel, and nerve impingement syndromes. Acupuncture is used in the treatment of artists with acute injury to reduce swelling, inflammation, and muscle tightness and pain.
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