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Acupuncture has been practiced for more than 3000 years. When acupuncture practice was originally developed, many centuries ago, it was based on the concept of energy. Historically the developers of acupuncture believed it worked by moving energy known as “Qi” (pronounced Chee) throughout the body. According to traditional acupuncture theory, if too much energy accumulated in the body (or not enough energy reached a body part) the tissues would be damaged and disease would result. Acupuncture needles were inserted into injured tissues for the purpose of moving energy into or away from stressed tissue. Once energy balance was restored the tissues could heal and repair. We now know that acupuncture works through the nervous system. Let’s say for example that a person is suffering from back pain. There is a specific circuit that deals with pain signaling in the body. The nerves that carry pain signals from the back to the brain will be overactive. There are also many competing circuits than when stimulated will block pain signals from reaching the brain. A skillful acupuncturist can selectively activate the pain blocking circuits effectively shutting off the pain signals going to the brain. This modern concept of acupuncture has been demonstrated in studies using sophisticated technology called fMRI and Magnetoencephalography. There are a number of other studies that compared cortisone injections with dry needling (acupuncture). In these studies patients obtained better pain relief from acupuncture treatment than from the injection. Acupuncture thus works through the body’s built-in pain suppressing machinery. Combing chiropractic with acupuncture produces amazing results. . . .
Chiropractors in Avondale, AZ treat all sorts of painful conditions: including stenosis, neuropathy, sciatica, headaches, fibromyalgia, scoliosis and migraines just to name a few. Some chiropractors also combine acupuncture and functional medicine methods with standard chiropractic care. Our chiropractic clinic has been providing comprehensive alternative medical care to residents of the Palm Valley area of Avondale, Goodyear and Litchfield Park for years. Call our offices today to learn more about the innovative techniques we offer to our patients. The result our methods produce have been featured on local Fox and ABC news cast. Call 623.547.4727. Like so many of your friends in the Avondale area you will be happy that you made the call to our offices and found out how we may help you with your problems.