Acupuncture Therapy in Whitefish, MT
Acupuncture therapy is a safe and effective method for promoting your body’s natural healing abilities. Our bodies sometimes need a jump start to do what it was designed to do and that is to heal.
That’s what acupuncture is, a way to kick start your body into healing mode.
This traditional Chinese medicine has been most commonly known for thousands of years for treating chronic pain but it’s healing abilities go way beyond just pain management. There are countless conditions, diseases, and symptoms that it will help to alleviate and improve. Inflammation is the leading cause of diseases such as heart disease, auto-immune disease, chronic pain, arthritis, and many others.
Since the 1980s acupuncture has become increasingly more popular as a means of stress management and overall wellness. Your emotional and mental health is equally as important as your physical health. They will all suffer when one is out of balance.
Acupuncture sessions include a complete health history relating to your current symptoms, past treatments, patient and family medical history, diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns, and emotional health. Acupuncture may also use tongue and pulse as part of your evaluation.
Dr. Schram will perform an AcuGraph evaluation which measures electrical skin resistance which identifies the acupuncture points. The measurements are captured, digitized, and interpreted by our advanced, software algorithms to provide unparalleled accuracy and insight. See it in action here.
AcuGraph is not a substitute for traditional diagnosis and pattern recognition, it enhances traditional methods by providing more information to be considered by the practitioner in making a diagnosis. It adds to, rather than replacing, traditional methods.
Based on your results Dr. Schram will perform an individualized treatment which may include:
Traditional Acupuncture using only single-use, disposable, sterile needles are used. Needles are disposed of in a biohazard waste container for removal by a regulated biohazard waste service.
Acupressure: using finger pressure versus needles to administer treatment.
Cupping: Found helpful in dealing with trigger points, contracted tissue and in some cases of edema.
Moxibustion: Practitioners use moxa (made from the mugwort plant).
The moxa is ignited to warm regions and acupuncture points, intending to stimulate circulation through the points and inducing a smoother flow of the body’s energies. This is very helpful in chronic fatigue, weakness after a long illness and fluid accumulation.
Nutritional recommendations: Acupuncturists are trained in dietary management in accordance with Traditional Chinese Medicine principals. They are also schooled in the use of vitamins, minerals, and common herbs.
A combination of massage/manipulation may be used. Dr. Schram will perform Chiropractic Manipulation and muscle therapy with your treatment when appropriate.
The tiny thin needles are placed in various depths and locations on your body. The location of acupoints will depend on your condition and/or symptoms. Your central nervous system will be stimulated to promote natural self-healing
Here’s how the healing begins,
Your body will release endorphins that will relieve your pain. It will release serotonin which will improve your mood. Therefore reducing and eventually eliminating the need for medications or surgery.
Both of which come with a whole set of complications.
The unknown can be a scary thing especially when it involves putting needles into your body, and the pain factor is always a concern. This may be hard to believe but for many people, acupuncture doesn’t hurt. Acupuncture needles are much thinner than an injection needle. Often times the anticipation of the needles is worse than the actual process.
Some people may feel a slight prick which for some which can cause slight discomfort when the needle enters the skin, but this depends on the location and depth.
However, there are some people who experience feeling a small dull ache around the needle almost like a bruise being pressed, while others experience a tingling sensation.
After the treatment, you may feel soreness which generally goes away within 24 hours.
We’re all different so how quickly you’ll feel the relief or how long you will feel better after the treatment will depend on a variety of factors, such as your health condition. Typically people being treated for back pain, acute sinusitis, or the common cold to name a few can see results in just one session. And the effects of this can last for days, weeks, or months.
There is no magical cure. Most chronic problems can not be fixed overnight with just a single treatment. Change is often gradual and after a few sessions, you can begin experiencing the amazing benefits.
You’ll want to relax after your treatment this will allow your body the time to heal so you can experience the maximum benefits. The treatment doesn’t end when the needles are removed, it’s actually just beginning of the healing process.
After your first initial treatment, you can potentially leave feeling,
- A deep sense of relaxation that can last for hours up to a day.
- On some occasions, people experience emotional sensitivity; a good crying spell may help to unload some emotional baggage you unknowingly had, which will leave you feeling lighter emotionally after a day or so.
- Instant pain relief is the most rewarding when you’ve been dealing with chronic pain.
- Detox like symptoms can be experienced such as an increase in urination and bowel movements. Some get flu-like symptoms due to detoxification. Your body is trying to heal.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment! We’re located across from Black Bear Lodge at 176 Hodgeson Pines Way.