WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE THERAPY ?

Acupuncture is an ancient science for healing various diseases through a holistic approach that treats people emotionally and psychologically. This science is based on the understanding that diseases are caused by an imbalance of energy in the body. The imbalance of the life energy flowing through the body can be restored by stimulating the acupuncture points, which is normally carried out by inserting needles at the defined points of the body.

Research has shown that acupuncture has the ability to increase circulation, reduce inflammation and trigger the release of endorphins and enkalphins – the body’s own opiate-like chemicals to control pain.

The number of treatment sessions necessary to treat a particular condition varies. In general, an acute condition will respond more quickly than a chronic condition.

  • Does it hurt?
  • Is it safe?
  • I expect on my first visit?
  • How many treatments will need?
  • Are there any side effects?
  • Can children receive acupuncture?

The sensation of receiving an acupuncture treatment can rarely be described as painful. Now that it is not to say that it is devoid of sensation. But, generally the feeling is more of a tingling. Acupuncture needles have a doweled end and therefore do not cut the skin as regular injection needles do. Following the treatment it is common for the patient to feel a tremendous sense of relaxation, and/or exhilaration.

This is a very common question among those who have never experienced an acupuncture treatment. The answer relies on the skill of the practitioner. When practiced by a licensed, trained acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe and there is no danger whatsoever.

Acupuncture is no different than any other form of medical treatment. Upon the patient's first visit, the practitioner will record basic biographical information about the patient, and will then proceed with the diagnostic framework of examination. These include: observation, feeling the pulse, listening and questioning. Once the diagnosis is complete, the practitioner will discuss the treatment with the patient, and the patient will have an opportunity to ask if they have any questions.

The total number of treatments required to effect a change in a condition varies dependent upon the disease, it's severity, the duration etc. However, as a rough guideline, the maximum benefit is usually obtained after approximately ten treatments.

Acupuncture is an extremely safe method of treatment, and as such, side effects and complications are extremely rare when treated by an experienced and a licensed practitioner.

Yes, children can receive acupuncture for various health problems and often have excellent results with this treatment.



WHAT IS INFRA RED LIGHT THERAPY ?

Infrared light therapy harnesses the healing power of infrared wavelengths of light. When infrared energy is delivered to injury sites and other painful areas, it dramatically increases circulation, reduces inflammation and promotes healing.

  • How Does Infrared Light Therapy Work?
  • What Is a Typical Infrared Light Therapy Session Like?

Nitric oxide is the key to the dramatic improvements that infrared light therapy provides. This short-lived gas is crucial to the health of the arteries. Infrared energy prompts the release of nitric oxide, which enhances blood flow in the immediate vicinity.

This boost in blood flow brings oxygen and nutrients to injured, aching tissues, resulting in fast healing. It also reduces pain and inflammation

Treatment with infrared light therapy is simple and painless. Multiple infrared lights, are placed directly on the skin over the area of pain or injury. Energy from the lights penetrates beneath the skin and is absorbed by deep tissues.

After just 30 minutes of treatment, blood flow is enhanced by 400 percent, and this boost in local circulation persists for several hours after the treatment has stopped. The most dramatic benefits of infrared light therapy are achieved with multiple treatment sessions.



WHAT IS LASER TREATMENT THERAPY?

Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and is thought to help accelerate the healing process. It can be used on patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic conditions in order to help eliminate pain, swelling, reduce spasms and increase functionality.

How Cold Lasers Work


Cold lasers are handheld devices used by the clinician and are often the size of a flashlight. The laser is placed directly over the injured area for 30 seconds to several minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the dose provided by the cold laser unit.

During this time, the non-thermal photons of light that are emitted from the laser pass through the skins layers (the dermis, epidermis, and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin). This light has the ability to penetrate 2 to 5 centimetres below the skin at 90mw and 830 nm.

  • Laser Treatment sessions are necessary?
  • Laser therapy been utilised in pain management?
  • Safety risks associated with laser therapy?
  • Any research that supports laser therapy?

The measurable effects of Laser therapy are cumulative in nature, and usually require multiple treatments. Many times the patient will experience relief immediately after the first treatment. The number of sessions will depend on the exact diagnosis, age and overall health status of the patient. In general, acute conditions can be treated more frequently and require fewer visits, typically 4-6. Chronic conditions may require 6, 8 or 10 more visits.

The laser was invented in 1960 and the bio stimulative properties of laser light were first discovered in 1967. Therapy lasers have been used in Europe much longer than in the United States. The United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) first cleared therapy lasers in 2002, and Class IV lasers in 2003.

Laser treatment is safe to deliver directly over metal implants, over broken skin, and on acute injuries. Laser treatments should never be given directly over the eye or the thyroid gland.

More than 2,500 articles were published worldwide involving laser therapy.



WHAT IS MOXIBUSTION ?

Moxibustion therapy is a treatment wherein the acupuncture points of the body are warmed. This warming is done with a moxa-stick which is made up of an herb Artemisia vulgaris to stimulate acupuncture points

  • Is this a new method?
  • Treatment with moxa entail?
  • How long does the treatment last?
  • How often do I need the treatment?
  • Are there any risks and what are they?

No it is not, this method has been used for over 3,000 years in China. At the end of the last century, the interest in this treatment increased.

The acupuncturist warms an acupuncture point for a few minutes using a moxa-stick. A moxa-stick looks like a cigar; it is lighted and will be held close to the skin (never touching the skin). It will spread intense warmth on the acupuncture point.

The treatment takes approximately 20 minutes.

Once daily, for a fortnight.

No adverse effects have been noticed as of date. The smouldering moxa-stick will in fact never touch the skin during the treatment. It is kept at least 1 cm (1/3 inch) away from the skin. The skin will be warmed by the radiation of the moxa-stick.


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