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Acupuncture 

 

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an essential part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is based on ideas and theories formulated over thousands of years. Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific sites on the body chosen according to the guiding principles of Traditional Oriental Medicine. Needles may also be used with an application of moxibustion, an herbal heat source, or sometimes an electrical pulse is combined with the needles for increased stimulation.

How and where the needles are inserted encourages the body to promote natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity, physical and emotional health and improves overall function and well-being. Acupuncture balances and maintains our health in a natural way.

How long has Acupuncture been practiced?

As a system of medicine, acupuncture is over 2500 years old, and may have been practiced in China in a rudimentary form 5,000, even 7,000 years ago. The oldest continuously used medical textbook is the “Huang Di Nei Jing” (“Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic”). Still relevant today, this textbook remains a valuable reference on the theory, and on acupuncture techniques that practitioners still use today. The practice of acupuncture has evolved and changed in the last 2500 years – many new techniques have been developed, and continue to be developed today.

Is Acupuncture treatment safe?

Yes. Only sterile disposable needles are used. Because of the training an Acupuncturist receives, acupuncture is very safe. If a comprehensively trained acupuncturist performs the treatment, your safety is assured.

“Although tens of millions of acupuncture needles are used annually in the United States, only about 50 cases of complications resulting from acupuncture have been reported in the medical literature over the past 20 years.” – Birch, et. al., “Clinical Research on Acupuncture”, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2004

Is Acupuncture painful?

Acupuncture needles are very thin. Most people do not find the insertion of such hair fine needles to be painful. Acupuncture needles are thin hair-like, unlike injection needles, which are thicker, hollow and have cutting edges. This is why acupuncture feels nothing like getting a shot or having blood drawn.

Why should I try Acupuncture?

Acupuncture can relieve the symptoms of your health issue, strengthen your body’s resistance to disease, and restore balance and normal function to your system. There are also many beneficial side effects to acupuncture. Patients report that most of the time they:

Feel better (76%)
Miss fewer work days (71%)
Get along better with others (69%)
Have less pain (64%)
Have more energy (58%)
Are more focused (58%)
Can work better (64%)

How does Acupuncture work?

The Traditional Chinese Medicine explanation of how acupuncture works is that channels, or meridians, of energy run in regular patterns throughout the body and over its surface. These energy channels flow through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues and organs. An obstruction in the movement of the energy is like a dam that can cause obstruction in the flow of blood, bodily fluids and metabolic waste, thereby creating imbalances in the body.

Needling the acupuncture points can influence the meridian by unblocking the obstructions and re-establishing a healthy flow through the meridians. Since the meridians link with the organs, a treatment can therefore, also help to improve the function of the internal organs. The improved energy flow and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities and in promoting physical and emotional well being.

Western science has also suggested several theories for how Acupuncture works, including (1) conduction of electromagnetic signals, (2) activation of opioid systems, and (3) changes in brain chemistry, sensation, and involuntary bodily functions. (NCCAM Research Study, 2002.)

What is Scalp Acupuncture?

Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture is a unique acupuncture system that utilizes special points on the head to treat various parts of the body. It is effective for a wide variety of conditions and diseases. The procedure is simple and usually painless. Even small children and infants will benefit from this type of treatment.

Dr. Jotika H. Truong specializes in a technique known as “Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture” which was developed by Professor Zhu Ming Qing, a world-renowned Acupuncturist. Dr. Truong’s patients have reported to experience instant results from his unique combination of administering manual/therapeutic exercises with the acupuncture session to treat all sports related injuries as well as conditions such as:

  • Stroke, head traumas and neurological disorders
  • Acute and chronic paralysis, motor or sensory impairments, muscle atrophy
  • Pain due to musculoskeletal or neurological issues from organic and/or psychological origin
  • Rare and difficult conditions: idiopathic or undiagnosed conditions or conditions that haven’t responded to other types of treatment 
  • Post-operative pain in lieu of opioids
  • Preventive disease: to protect the body from further damage, boost the immune system and promote self-healing
  • Cosmetic acupuncture

Chiropractic Care

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Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

Yes. A New Zealand government study found that adjustments are “remarkably safe.” Chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record. A thorough exam can identify the rare person from whom chiropractic care might be unsuited.

Will adjustments make my spine too loose?

No. Only the spinal joints that are “locked up” receive adjustments. The occasional spinal joints that move too much, are passed over so weakened muscles and ligaments can stabilize and heal.

How many adjustments will I need?

The number of adjustments varies with each patient and their individual health goals. Many patients sense some progress within a week or two of frequent visits. Visits are less often as your spine stabilizes. In difficult cases, complete healing can take months or even years.

Why would a newborn get adjusted?

Even today’s “natural” childbirth methods can affect an infant’s spine. Colic, unusual crying, poor appetite or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress. Adjustments are gentle. Knowing exactly where to adjust, no more pressure than you’d use to test the ripeness of a tomato is involved.

Can I adjust myself?

No. Some people can make their joints “pop” but that’s not an adjustment! Adjustments are specific and take years to master. Even your chiropractor must consult a colleague to benefit from chiropractic care.

What does an adjustment feel like?

Most patients report a sense of well-being or a feeling of calmness. Since repeated adjustments are necessary, if adjustments didn’t feel good, patients wouldn’t return to finish their care. Chiropractors are experts at making adjustments feel good.

Can patients with osteoporosis get chiropractic care?

Of course. When developing a care plan, your chiropractor considers the unique circumstances of each patient. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be the best suited to your age, size and spinal problem.

Isn't some back pain normal?

No. Back pain is not normal. It’s your body signaling to you that something is not right. Regular adjustments to the spine release the built-up pressure that often causes muscle tension and irritation in the back and neck.

LightStim Therapy

What is LightStim LED Therapy?

  • LED stands for Light Emitting Diode
  • Semiconductor that converts electrical energy into light energy released in the form of photons
  • Photons, or packets of light energy, can be absorbed by chromophores (photoacceptors or light sensitive molecules) in the body’s cells and tissue
  • Over 400 clinical trials and 4,000 laboratory studies
  • NASA -Dr. Harry Whelan, Marshall Space Center
  • Growth increase of between 155% and 171% in normal human epithelial cells
  • Wound size decreased up to 36%
  • Improvement of greater than 40% in Musculoskeletal injuries of Navy SEAL team membersBenefits supported by studies, medical professionals and NASA:
    • This total body, non-invasive and natural treatment has over 200 medical and university studies showing no negative side effects
    • LightStim devices have been used and recommended by medical doctors and health care professionals for over a decade

LightStim Manufacturing and Technology: Thoughtful and innovative design, precision engineering, and meticulous attention to detail have been the hallmarks of LightStim’s development of the first ever FDA Cleared LED Bed. All products are designed, engineered and manufactured in the USA at LightStim headquarters in Irvine, California

  • FDA and ISO 13485 Certified Medical Device Manufacturing Facility where all products go through a rigorous quality control process prior to delivering products to our customers
  • Lights are FDA cleared and backed by warranty
  • LightStim technology utilizes custom designed LEDs manufactured to our specifications to deliver optimal therapeutic energy
  • LightStim’s MultiWave® Patented Technology simultaneously emits multiple wavelengths or colors of light allowing for more than one target objective per treatment
  • Combining infrared with other wavelengths increases the efficacy of every wavelength
  • Achieves dramatically greater results

The LightStim Difference:

Size matters:

  • Composed of 18,240 LEDs designed to rejuvenate, repair and energize every cell in the body
  • Full body structure spanning 86” in length (including headrest), 40” in width, and 18” in height – total treatment area is 74” long by 36” wide

Unique design and engineering:

  • LightStim MultiWave® Patented Technology simultaneously emits multiple wavelengths (colors) of light that work together to increase blood circulation and reduce inflammation so your body can naturally relieve pain, speed healing and promote total body wellness
  • 30 individual modules continually monitor and adjust heat to maintain the optimal skin temperature to maximize therapeutic benefits
  • Highly customized acrylic surface allows wavelengths of light energy to remain focused and unscattered in order to retain their intended energy output and angle of direction
  • Sleek and sophistocated design embraces comfort as well as beauty

 

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