Acupuncture is a gentle, non-invasive, yet effective way to encourage the body's innate healing and life-preserving capacities. It has been used in the East for thousands of years as part of a comprehensive and eloquent system of medicine (TCM) and was adopted and adapted by the West in the 1970’s. Since then, it has acquired the attention of a growing body of scientists and medical practitioners seeking to explain the often remarkable results experienced by patients.
Though we still lack the language to fully explain how acupuncture works in western scientific terms, recent research has proven the intimate link between the form and function of the body. Specifically, that the relative level of tension in the myofascial system (muscles and connective tissues) has a significant impact on the way our tissues function, right down to the cellular level. Though these findings are most obviously applicable in the musculoskeletal system, they also have implications for all other systems in the body. Excessive tension in the chest and pectoral muscles, as is seen in people with a "hunched-over posture", may compress the chest cavity, reducing the oxygen-carrying capacity of the lungs. Releasing this tension with acupuncture will not only help to correct the postural imbalance, but in doing so, also allow for deeper breathing, improved oxygenation (and consequently better cognitive function, improved energy levels, and possibly even a reduction in asthma symptoms).
Most people find acupuncture virtually painless and surprisingly effective for managing a wide range of conditions – from acute injuries to chronic digestive issues and autoimmune disorders. It also has a synergistic effect when given alongside herbal medicines, helping to improve their absorption and distribution and direct the remedies to the target tissues thereby allowing for greater benefits and faster resolution of symptoms.
Acupuncture is offered by Alina Baker, registered Acupuncturist and Medical Herbalist. To learn more about Alina, click here. Receipts for insurance-billing purposes available.