Acupuncture is the millenia-old practice of inserting sterile, hair-fine needles at specific points in the body to strengthen, stimulate, and relieve symptoms of disease.
The basis of acupuncture is: Energy (or “Qi” if you like) is constantly moving through the body and when it is circulating properly, we feel great. We are at harmony, balanced, and healthy. When it gets blocked, stuck or deficient, it causes pain, dysfunction, and disease. Pain is considered energy and blood that has become stagnated. It is our job to figure out where to insert the needles to recirculate that energy, to free your body up so that it may operate at its strongest and most efficient.
The sensation caused by an acupuncture needle varies. In some cases, you will not even know the needles have been inserted. There may be some tingling, warmth, heaviness, or a feeling of the Qi moving. Most people find acupuncture extremely relaxing. The needles are fine - slightly larger than a cat’s whisker or a human hair.
I’m the first to admit it is strange that sticking a needle in your body will benefit your health and serenity. Acupuncture has been treating patients around the world for at least 2500 years (compared to Western medicine’s 100 years) speaks to its efficacy.
This medicine requires patients to look at health with a different perspective. Western medicine dictates that “health” is the absence of pathogens, and most medical treatment is therefore seeking out and resolving problems in the body after they’ve occurred. Chinese medicine operates under the construct that our bodies are constantly seeking balance and strength naturally, just like nature does, so health is more about nurturing and supporting the body to function properly. If our bodies are operating at their highest potential, without the interference of stress and trauma, we wouldn’t be in pain, tense, and agitated.
The World Health Organization, whose authority concerning health-related matters internationally, lists the following symptoms, diseases and conditions to be treated effectively by acupuncture:
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Muscle Pain
- Muscle Weakness
- Muscle Cramping
- Abdominal Pain
- Premenstrual Syndrome
- Menopausal Symptoms
- Poor Vision
- Asthma, Bronchitis
- Common Cold, Sinusitis
- Smoking Cessation
- Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post-Operative Pain
- Addiction Control
- Athletic Performance
- Blood Pressure Regulation
- Chronic Fatigue
- Immune System Toning
- Stress Reduction
Physical Therapy utilizes manual therapy, exercise therapy, and electrotherapy to correct impairments and promote mobility and function. Physical therapy decreases pain, restores natural movement, increases strength and endurance, and will help you regain independence to improve your quality of life.
Physical therapy services may be provided as primary care treatment or alongside, or in conjunction with, other medical services.
Our therapists are equipped with the skills, tools and expertise to not only promote injury healing and pain reduction, but to identify other underlying physical impairments including weakness, flexibility, and joint stiffness that might require a more specialized path to recovery.
FOCUS uses a holistic approach to healing. This means we always treat the individual rather than simply a diagnosis or single body part. This will get you moving and performing more efficiently while also preventing future injuries.
Anyone feeling limited when participating in normal day-to-day functions, exercise, or sport and recreational activities due to pain or other symptoms can benefit from physical therapy.
We treat a number of different orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions and diseases. Here are just a few of the many diagnoses our therapists treat:
Elbow and Hand
- Labral Pathology
- Illiotibial Band Syndrome
Ankle and Foot
- Plantar Fascistic
- Shin Splints
- Achilles Injury
When you receive physical therapy at FOCUS you can expect to be taken through an individualized program that addresses your unique needs and goals. On your first day, your physical therapist will take time listening, observing, and examining to generate a more complete picture of your injury and symptoms. This session will conclude with an explanation of your treatment plan, what to expect going forward with physical therapy, and instructions for any exercises you can begin performing at home.
From this point on, your treatment should be thought of as a partnership between you and your therapist. You know your body better than anyone else! Your therapist will guide you as you take charge of your recovery, thus ensuring results that will last.