Acupuncture works by using needles to access the Qi (pronounced "chee") or vital energy at acupoints, and manipulating that energy in specific ways. One can either supplement, drain, or move the Qi in order to restore the proper flow of energy through the meridians (pathways for Qi) in the body. Meridians are similar to rivers or little energy highways in the body. They are all interconnected and correspond to specific organ systems and flow in designated directions.
Whenever Qi is stuck in a specific area, something happens like a logjam in a river or a traffic jam on a highway, and that part of the body will react, becoming painful or manifesting signs of pathology in an area associated with its correspondent organ system. Similarly, when there is not enough Qi flowing in a certain meridian, symptoms such as weakness and fatigue may occur, signaling that not enough nourishment is being circulated to all or part of the body.
Experience matters when it comes to acupuncture treatment! While generally safe, receiving acupuncture from those with limited education can be dangerous (FYI, chiropractors and Physical Therapists can wield acupuncture needles with very few hours of training in Colorado). Licensed acupuncturists receive thousands of hours of training and practitioners with many years of experience, like our providers, know how to get the best results without a heavy hand or painful insertion. Book now!