What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a complement to our other healthcare services and helps the patients achieve optimal health when recovering from injury. Acupuncture is derived from Ancient Chinese Medicne with the goal of balancing qi and energy in the body. A more modern view is that acupuncture stimulates various neurological and perivasuclar pathways to activiate a chemical and natural opiod response in the body. 

A few of many conditions that can be relieved with treatment
- General aches and pains in the lower back, neck, TMJ (Jaw), hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, and hand
- Headaches and migraine 
- Post chemoterhapy nausea
- Morning sickness during pregnacy


Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body by inserting thin, solid, sterile one-time use needles into the skin along acupuncture meridian lines and musculoskeletal trigger points.

Research shows that acupuncture can be hightly effective when treating the appropriate conditions, such as low back pain, neck pain, TMJ (jaw pain), reducing frequency of tension headaches and migraines, lessening the pain from osteoarthritis of the knee  and alleviating nausea due to chemotherapy or pregnacy. It's also an option for people living with chronic pain disorders, inflammatory disorders or fibromyalgia. It has been shown to be an excellent adjunct to standard care.

Dr. Tyler Kemp  has undergone extensive training (over 300 hours) and obtained his Fellowship from the International Academy of Medical Acupunture (IAMA). He provides acupuncture in our Mason office. 
For further reading, see https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture-in-depth
Why is Seeking Treatment So Important?

Adhesions and scar tissue within the soft tissue often develop as a result of trauma, surgery, immobilization, repetitive strain, or sustained tension. Scar tissue restricts motion, weakens tissue and may entrap nerves. Effective treatment of scar tissue will restore motion, strengthen tissue integrity and reduce or eliminate symptoms. Depending on the specific tissue involved in a particular case these instruments may be more effective than the hands of the practitioner.

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