Our chiropractor is a fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture program. “Fellowship” Certification (FIAMA) is restricted to professionals possessing the degree of MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, and DPM. The program is taught by Dr. John A. Amaro. The “Fellowship” and “Diplomate” program is presented under the graduate school of The New York Chiropractic College Department of Post Graduate and Continuing Education.
Medical Acupuncture: What is it?
Medical acupuncture is the term used to define acupuncture performed by a licensed doctor trained in Western medicine, whom has additionally had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Our chiropractor uses medical acupuncture as a treatment for numerous conditions including, but not limited to; orthopedic, gastrointestinal, and neurological disorders. Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment Gainesville, FL
Acupuncture treatment is a method of stimulating the body to encourage natural healing and to improve functioning by inserting needles at very precise acupuncture points. The application of heat or electric stimulation is used to open energy channels, called meridians. He uses this treatment to remedy the effects of a symptom/condition in order to not only improve present, but future health for his patients as well. Medical acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of ailments; from migraines and rheumatoid arthritis, to tennis elbow or the common cold. Medicinal acupuncture is also beneficial in resolving physical problems linked to stress, tension, and emotional conditions.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Classical Chinese thought defines that the human body contains channels of energy, called meridians that run like rivers in regular patterns throughout the body and over its surface. Just like a river, these energy channels irrigate and nourish body tissue. An obstruction can “dam” or block a meridian which leads to a backup of the entire system. The insertion of a needle in the acupuncture points can influence the meridian to unblock the obstruction and remove the dam, allowing the body to reestablish a regular flow between the meridians.
The modern scientific explanation is that improved energy and biochemical balance is produced by needling the acupuncture points. This stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, brain, and spinal cord. These chemicals will trigger the release of hormones and other chemicals which influence the body’s internal regulating system. They will also alter the experience of pain by stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities promoting both emotional and physical wellbeing.
What Happens When You Have Medical Acupuncture?
Some people may be frightened at the thought of receiving acupuncture treatment, believing that the needles might be painful when inserted into the acupuncture points. What we often find is that with fists clenched and eyes closed, patients ask our chiropractor ‘When are you going to insert the needles?’, and are ultimately surprised to find out that the needles are already in place. It would be wrong to assume that there is no sensation involved with the insertion of acupuncture needles, but those who experience acupuncture do not describe it as painful.
The needles used in medical acupuncture treatments are smaller than injection needles that we may typically find painful. In fact, an acupuncture needle fits into the central hole of an injection needle and has doweled ends, not ends that cut like most hypodermic needles. The chance of the needle causing bruising or tissue damage is extremely slim.
The needles are moved slightly while inserted and the effect is called a “needling sensation”. It is not painful but it the experience will vary between patients. It is a dull, bursting, or numb sensation around the site of the inserted acupuncture needle. It is best summed up in the statement, “When needling sensation is experienced the needle no longer feels like a needle”. This is because when needling one area the sensation may travel the meridian being treated. A patient being treated for left sided elbow pain may experience the needling sensation in the left ankle.
What Is The Scope of Medical Acupuncture?
While acupuncture is most often associated with controlling pain, in the hands of a well-trained practitioner it has a much wider scope of application. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:
- Spasm of the Esophagus and Cardia
- Acute and Chronic Gastritis
- Gastric Hyperacidity
- Chronic Duodenal Ulcer
- Acute and Chronic Colitis
- Acute Bacterial Dysentery
- Paralytic Ileus
- Acute Sinusitis
- Acute Rhinitis
- Common Cold
- Acute Tonsillitis
- Acute Bronchitis
- Bronchial asthma
- Acute conjunctivitis
- Cataract (without complications)
- Central Retinitis
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- Pain After Tooth Extraction
- Periarthritis Humeroscapularis
- Tennis Elbow
- Low Back Pain
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Neurological and Muscular Disorders
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Facial Paralysis
- Paralysis after Apoplectic Fit
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Paralysis caused by Poliomyelitis
- Meniere’s Syndrome
- Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction
- Nocturnal Enuresis
- Intercostal Neuralgia
Promotion of Health and Well-Being
Urinary, Menstrual, and Reproductive Problems
Prevention of Illness
Tension, Stress, and Emotional Conditions