Acupuncture and Massage Therapy
ArTeva Acupuncture offers acupuncture and massage therapy as the primary modalities. Several methods of acupuncture needlework are available:
Acupuncture - Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medical protocol focused on correcting imbalances of energy in the body. From its inception in China more than 2,500 years ago, TCM has been used to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease, as well as to improve general health. One of the primary modalities of TCM is acupuncture which is a treatment therapy where sterile, very fine, solid needles are inserted at strategic points along the channels. By viewing the human body as a whole (physical, mental, emotional), the goal of acupuncture aims to restore homeostasis by affecting the important anatomical systems of our body such as but not limited to musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, and immune systems. By stimulating these systems, acupuncture attempts to promote and encourage the body’s natural processes to restore more balanced functioning, improved health, and well being.
Neurofunctional Acupuncture is a modern acupuncture technique that combines the holistic Traditional Chinese Medicine with current evidence-based acupuncture clinical research, neuroscience, anatomy, and physiology to target and stimulate specific neuro-tissue to treat pain, sports, and orthopedic dysfunctions. During the treatment, traditional acupuncture needles are inserted into neuro-reactive sites such as acupuncture points, motor points, and sides of nerve roots which are stimulated manually or with electricity triggering therapeutic and physiological changes along the nervous and musculoskeletal system. The benefits of Neurofunctional Acupuncture include pain reduction, tissue healing, increase in the flow of rich oxygenated blood, inflammation reduction, trigger point deactivation, muscle spasm relief, decrease in excessive sympathetic activities, and restore range of motion.
In recent history, government health institutions and medical specialty groups such as the American College Physician and World Health Organization have official recommendations which indicate that acupuncture’s evidence is now acknowledged by medical experts for certain health problems. World Health Organization recognize the use of acupuncture as a treatment of (such as but not limited to):
Sports-related injuries and other movement disorders
Musculoskeletal pain: neck pain, shoulder pain, lower back pain, and other joint pain
Chronic pain: headaches, sciatica, osteoarthritis, neuritis, and facial pain
Stress-related problems: addictions and post-traumatic stress disorder
Dry Needling is a needling technique designed only to release myofascial trigger points. For certain diagnosis, dry needling can be a very effective way of releasing these trigger points which allows the practitioner to target tissues that are not manually palpable. Benefits of this treatment include pain reduction, increase in oxygenated blood circulation, and improvement in movement.
Currently as of 2018, in New York State, only acupuncturist and medical doctors can be licensed to perform dry needling. This is a very fluid topic and licenses vary from state to state.
Hands-on manual manipulation of soft body tissues such as muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments to assess and treat a broad range of conditions including acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain, sports and orthopedic disorders. During the treatment, stiff/tight and sensitive areas are addressed in order to reduce pain, promote local tissue healing by increasing blood flow to an affected area, improve fascial integrity, normalize bony structure alignment, and facilitate the range of movement.