What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a component of Chinese Medicine that has been around for over 5000 years. It is a type of alternative healing that involves the insertion of very thin metal needles at specific points throughout the body. It’s based off of the premise that the human body contains channels (called meridians) of energy (called Qi, or Chi) that run in regular patterns throughout the body to irrigate and nourish all tissues. An obstruction or interference of the movement of these energy channels can create illness and dysfunction throughout the body. The meridians can be influenced by needling specific acupuncture points in order to re-establish the regular flow of energy (Qi) throughout the meridians in order to maintain proper body function. Needling these specific points also have the ability to stimulate the nervous system and the body to release chemicals as needed. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. This stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities and promotes physical and emotional well being.

Conditions Acupuncture helps:

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends acupuncture as an effective treatment for over 40 medical problems including:

  • Anxiety
  • Infertility
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Depression
  • Neck Pain
  • Bed Wetting
  • Carpal Tunnel 
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sinus Conditions
  • Low Back Pain
  • Skin Conditions
  • Insomnia 
  • Arthritis
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Hip Pain
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Male and Female Reproductive Disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Neck Pain
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • TMJ or Jaw Pain 
  • Much more

How to Prepare

To enhance the value of treatment Dr. Zumberger recommends:
1) Wearing loose fitting, comfortable clothing that can easily be rolled up.
2) If you have a fear of needles, eat a light snack or meal prior to treatment.
3) Avoid drinking large amounts of water prior to treatment due to the length of treatment
4) Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor.

What you can expect:

The first visit will be one hour long. Dr. Zumberger will conduct an in depth history and exam about your overall health and what type of symptoms we will need to be monitoring in order to notice improvements or changes with care. Treatment will then be administered. A typical needling treatment lasts 20-30 minutes. Many patients will fall asleep during the treatment.

Post Treatment Information:

Following an Acupuncture treatment one does not usually experience many adverse side effects. A common side effect is a state of relaxation and euphoria. However as energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place you may notice a few changes. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome. Some patients notice immediate relief of symptoms following treatment. Others require more visits until they start noticing symptom relief or changes depending on the condition and chronicity. Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your response was post treatment.