What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient art developed well over 3,500 years ago in China. This healing practice treats a wide variety of ailments and diseases, both physical and emotional. It is a holistic practice that engages the body’s natural healing response to return the patient to their most optimal state of being. Acupuncture is a safe, cost-effective, evidence-based practice endorsed by the World Health Organization.
How does it work?
The classical Chinese explanation of Acupuncture is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others. The meridians can be influenced by placing hair-thin needles at the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians.
Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s ability to heal itself. When the needles are inserted, the stimulation produces a message that signals the brain to release neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, just to name a few. Some of these neurotransmitters act as natural pain-relieving chemicals, while others turn off your body’s fight or flight response and turn on your rest and digest. What these chemicals all have in common is their ability to return your body and mind to their most optimal state where you can enjoy life from a place of balance.How many treatments will I need?
What does a typical treatment at Shine look like?
Our treatments at Shine Acupuncture and Wellness typically last an hour. The number of needles and length of time the needles remain in place depends on the patient. In order to promote further healing or intensify the treatment, sometimes the needles are moved in a circular motion at the site of insertion, or even electrically charged. Most patients feel minimal to no discomfort as the needles are inserted. It is not uncommon for patients to actually feel the current of energy moving through the body. Because acupuncture causes the brain to release endorphins, or “feel-good” chemicals, majority of patients leave treatment with a relaxed and uplifted mood.
How many treatments will I need?
Every patient is different. Our team will discuss with you before any treatment how many visits may be advised in order to ameliorate your symptoms or condition.
What can acupuncture help me with?
Research has shown acupuncture’s positive effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. Through stimulating these systems, acupuncture can help:
Negative side effects of chemotherapy
Psychological and emotional disorders
High Blood pressure
Overweight and obesity when used in an overall treatment plan
Do acupuncturists practice dry needling?
Dry needling is another word for what acupuncturists call orthopedic needling. Orthopedic needling is similar to traditional acupuncture, however with orthopedic needling, the needles are placed locally at the site of the issue, rather than all over the body. The needles stimulate underlying trigger points, as well as muscular and connective tissue to release muscle tension. For more information on the differences between acupuncture and dry needling please refer to the American Society of Acupuncture:
What credentials does an acupuncturist have?
To be a acupuncturist in Ohio, one must be licensed and have a master’s degree. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is the overseeing body for all licensed acupuncturists in the United States; they require all practitioners to pass board exams in both Eastern and Western medicine, as well as possess proficiency in the classroom and clinical setting. You can find our acupuncturist Shannon Caperton’s license on the Ohio medical boards website.