What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been utilized as a healing therapy for thousands of years. Possibly since the New Stone Age. The theory is that the body has pathways that run from the tips of the fingers to the chest and from the tips of the toes to the head. When there is pain or other dis-ease of the body; it is reflected on the affected channel(s). Acupuncture points along these channels are needled to restore the body to a state of homeostasis.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
How Many Treatments Do I Need?*
Please refer to the "What to Expect" page.
It's My Back That Hurts...Why Are The Needles Only In My Hands and Feet?*
There are many ways to practice acupuncture; different styles, various techniques, emphasis on certain theories, alongside varied cultural traditions. Some acupuncturists tap needles directly into an area that is painful or not working well, others find treatments work out better if the needles are placed far away from the area of the main complaint.
Am I Missing Out On Good Acupuncture Points Using Community Acupuncture?*
You aren't missing out on anything. No matter what style of acupuncture you receive, or with whom, there will be excellent and effective points used, and good points that are not chosen. No one kind of acupuncture is able to use all the points at once...and nor should they...that would be a heckuva lot of needles!
We think your best bet is to leave the point selections to your acupuncturist, while giving them feedback about how treatments are helping to change patterns of illness or injury for you.
Are You A Doctor? What Should I Call You?
In the state of Florida, an acupuncturist can lawfully address themselves as a Licensed Acupuncturist, Acupuncture Physician, or Doctor of Oriental Medicine. These titles are all equivalent and there is no difference between them.
*Some excerpts taken from the book Why Did You Put That Needle There?, written by our fellow colleague Andy Wegman of Manchester Acupuncture Studio. His book is available to purchase.