Although pins and needles may not seem like the most appealing approach to pain relief, the ancient treatment modality of acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to accomplish healing, recovery and healthy optimal.
Acupuncture, which involves inserting fine needles through the skin at strategic points on the body, is based on the movement of ‘qi’ (also called ‘chi’), or life energy, through pathways in the body called meridians. “When the energy in the meridians is sluggish, blocked, or deficient, that’s when disease and pain result,” says Roberta Klein-Siegelson L.Ac., of South Shore Acupuncture in Rockville Center. “Acupuncture aims to restore this balance by stimulating specific points along the meridians.”
Benefits of acupuncture
Acupuncture treatment plans can be customized based on an individual’s health needs and goals and are based on age, physical build and condition, Klein-Siegelson notes.
“Acupuncture addresses our physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of ourselves,” says Sheila Gordon of Miranda, L.Ac., licensed acupuncturist at The Healing Space in East Northport. According to de Miranda, clients often seek out this treatment to address chronic pain, anxiety, digestive issues, skin issues, irregular menstruation and bereavement, fertility, prenatal support, and immune system support.
“Acupuncture benefits all ages and body types, from athletes who seek acupuncture for maintenance and recovery between games to chronic illnesses,” says de Miranda, referring to a client who requested treatment as a last resort to avoid surgery for an injured rotator. cuff. Another patient of hers suffered from migraines for weeks, she says: “He responded very quickly to acupuncture – his migraines completely stopped.”
One of de Miranda’s most memorable and rewarding experiences has been providing treatment to people in hospice. No matter where you are in your journey, “acupuncture helps restore quality of life,” she says.
Perhaps one of the greatest advantages of the ancient treatment, according to Bret J. Shulman D. Ac, is that it is non-invasive. (RI), L.Ac., of All About Acupuncture in Hicksville. “It works completely opposite to how our traditional medical system works. It does not suppress or hide symptoms like drugs or surgery do, it works with the body’s natural healing mechanism to enhance this innate effect. As a result, individuals may experience healing or secondary benefits from other issues they previously lived with, he says.
After treatment, Shulman says, his patients reported improved sleep and mood, an increased “sense of well-being” and more. “This is due to acupuncture’s unique ability to help the body achieve the balance or homeostasis it constantly seeks but often cannot achieve for a myriad of reasons,” he explains. he. Some experience positive effects after the first visit and others experience gradual improvements, he notes.
While some of his patients have used acupuncture for healing and recovery, others turn to ancient healing as a way to achieve vitality, Shulman says. “Whatever road they take, we walk it together.”