Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapies are built on an understanding of health through balance. Symptoms, such as pain or digestive upset, are signals that your health is not at its optimum.
Please allow 90 minutes for your initial treatment and 60 minutes for follow-up sessions. For more on what to expect, click here.
The most well-known of Chinese Medicine therapies, acupuncture refers to the insertion of hair-thin, sterile, single use steel needles into precise muscular points and areas of the body, known as 'acupuncture points'. Poke Acupuncture offers traditional acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, motor point acupuncture, and dry-needling.
During a treatment session specific acupuncture points are selected depending on the condition being treated, the function of the acupoint and the location of the acupoint. Needles are generally retained for 10 - 20 minutes. For more specific details about the acupuncture treatment process click here.
Modern research has shown that both acupuncture and electro-acupuncture may stimualte the production and circualtion of stem cells and encourage the release of pain-relieving chemicals called neuropeptides. What this means is that acupuncture and electro-acupucnture may help to speed injury recovery time, reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
Electro-acupuncture (sometimes known as 'e-stim') is a modern pain treatment technique. Like traditional acupuncture, thin needles are inserted into specific acupoints and tight muscles. The key difference is that in this case, two or more needles are attached to a device that generates a gentle pulse through the muscle. Modern studies of electro-acupuncture have shown that it significantly alleviated inflammatory, neuropathic, and organ related pain in animal models.
Motor point acupuncture is a modern style of acupucnture that targets the area in a muscle belly where the motor nerve (the nerve that makes the muscle contract and fire) meets the muscle. This meeting area of nerve and muscle is called the "Motor Point". Our Practitioners utilize motor points to help restore the function of inhibited muscles, and help address muscular imbalances, compensation patterns and pain that has developed from muscle inhibition and weakness.