Acupuncture

Dr. Laura White studied acupuncture under Dr. Richard Yennie at the Acupuncture Society of America, and is Certified in Chiropractic Acupuncture. She uses acupuncture along with chiropractic care to improve the health and function of her patients. 

acupuncture_pointsWhat is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture was developed by the Chinese over 5,000 years ago.   It is a type of complementary and alternative medicine introduced in the U.S. in the 70s and endorsed by the World Health Organization.

Acupuncture is performed to stimulate points on the body in order to relieve pain, enhance recuperative powers, and strengthen the immune system.  This is traditionally done through the insertion of minimally invasive needles. Finger pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation can also be used during an acupuncture treatment.

According to ancient Chinese belief, there is a network of energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”) that flows through the body along meridians. These pathways connect the acupuncture points along the body and are related to organs, the muscular and nervous systems and their specific internal functions.

If there is an imbalance in the flow of the body’s energy, then pain or illness results.  With acupuncture, this imbalance can be corrected.

Acupuncture can improve overall function and wellbeing. It is a safe, painless, and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe.  Dr. White is a Certified Chiropractic Acupuncturist trained in clean needle technique.  Needles are sterile and only used once then properly disposed of.

Will It Hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very fine and rarely hurt.  You may feel a small prick as the needle passes through the skin, however the needles are as thin as a human hair and many patients do not feel pain at all.

Are There Any Side Effects?
Side effects are very rare.  Most side effects are minor and may include occasional dizziness, slight bleeding, or bruising after the treatment.

What If I Am Scared Of Needles?
There are many forms of acupuncture application.  If you have a fear of needles, electrical stimulation of the acupuncture points may be a viable option for you.  The results are the same as using needles.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Each patient is different depending on the case, age, and responsiveness.  Some patients notice partial or even complete relief during the first treatment.  Most find that improvement takes longer to appear– sometimes later the same day, or perhaps up to two or three days following treatment.

What Should I Expect At My Visit?
During your first visit, Dr. White will review your health history and perform a brief examination.  Bringing a medication list to your first appointment would be helpful.  At the end of your first visit, the “Master Points”  will be treated.  These points are stimulated for overall health and wellness.  Dr. White will tailor a treatment plan for your condition and treat using points specific to your complaint at subsequent visits.