Trimboli Chiropractic
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What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a treatment method that utilizes the insertion of needles to elicit a therapeutic or healing response. It is just one treatment modality of Traditional Oriental Medicine.

How does acupuncture work? From a Western medical point of view, acupuncture works by stimulating the peripheral nervous system. It can reduce pain, reduce inflammation, and restore homeostasis, or balance. While it is not completely understood how acupuncture is able to elicit these responses, research has shown that it effects the body by creating “micro-traumas” to stimulate healing, releasing endorphins to act as pain killers, and altering hormone secretion to effect various bodily functions. According to TCM, acupuncture works by balancing the flow of Qi, or energy, throughout the body. When the Qi is blocked or not balanced, it allows for pain and illness to arise.

Where are the needles inserted? The needles are inserted into acupoints. The acupoints can be in or close to the area being treated (i.e., in the hip for hip pain); or they can be away from the area being treated (i.e., in the foot for hip pain). Specific locations are chosen for therapeutic response in the desired area.

How big are the needles? The needles vary in length and gauge depending on the area of insertion. They range from 15mm to 75mm in length (0.5 to 3 inches) and are typically 30 to 34 gauge (0.3 to 0.1mm) thick. All needles are single use, sterile, filoform needles. In comparison, the standard blood draw needle is hollow (non-filoform) and 21 gauge (0.8mm) thick.

Do the needles hurt? The sensation created by the needles will vary from person to person and acupoint to acupoint. While many describe the sensation as pinching or radiation, any sensation should be tolerable and fleeting. Many people do not even feel the insertion of the needles at all.

Can you do acupuncture without needles? No, but yes! You cannot “puncture” the acupoints with anything except the needles. However, you don’t need to “puncture” the acupoints to stimulate them and cause a therapeutic response. Other traditional means of stimulating acupoints include tuina (massage), cupping (use of suction), guasha (skin scraping), and heat. More modern means of stimulation include E-stim and laser. Any of these non-needle techniques can be used in place of, or in addition to, traditional needle acupuncture. These non-needle techniques are even preferred over needle techniques in certain situations.

Who can benefit from acupuncture? Anyone. Because there are so many different treatment techniques, the treatment can be customized to suit any age, including infants, and any comfort level. There are very few conditions that may be a contraindication to acupuncture.

When is acupuncture recommended? Nearly everyone can benefit from acupuncture. It can be recommended at any point in the healing/recovery process. Any patient that is slow to respond to other treatment modalities, has multiple issues that may or may not seem related, or those with frequent recurrences in symptoms are all good candidates for acupuncture. Anyone who expresses issues with or exhibits high stress is also a good candidate.

What can acupuncture treat? Both acute and chronic conditions can benefit from acupuncture. More common reasons people seek acupuncture include sinus issues, musculo-skeletal pain, digestive complaints, reproductive issues, hormonal imbalances, asthma, allergies, attention/behavioral problems, insomnia and stress.

How many treatments are needed? The number of treatments depends on the severity of the condition, duration of the condition, and the overall constitution of the patient. It can take six to eight treatments to see therapeutic results, but small changes are typically noticeable within the first few treatments. Long lasting results to very severe or chronic conditions can take substantially more time. A common guideline is one month of treatment for every year that the issue has been present.

How often is treatment needed? Treatments typically start close together to kick-start the healing process, about once or twice per week. Usually after four to eight treatments the time in between is lengthened to once a week or every other week, then to once a month or every other month. The ultimate goal is to achieve the desired level or relief from symptoms and then to return for treatments a few times each year for prevention/maintenance, if the symptoms reappear or new symptoms arise.

Does the patient have to undress? No. It is best to wear clothes that are comfortably loose and movable. While there are acupoints all over the body, the most commonly used are located from the elbows to hands, from the knees to the feet, or in the local area. Occasionally acupoints on the abdomen or back are used, but clothes can typically be moved to access those points, while modesty is maintained. The only points used during the treatments are ones that the patient is comfortable with exposing.

Where are the treatments given? At Trimboli Chiropractic, both “private” and “open acupuncture” sessions are available. As the name implies, “private” acupuncture takes place in a private (massage) room. This style of treatment is recommended for anyone who has multiple or complex issues (i.e., hormonal, autoimmune, etc.) or is uncomfortable with the “open” sessions. “Private” acupuncture is more expensive, but does include one-on-one time with the acupuncturist and any necessary manual therapy. The alternative to “private” acupuncture is “open” acupuncture. The concept of “open” acupuncture, also known as community acupuncture, is very much in line with the flow of Trimboli Chiropractic, as it makes acupuncture more accessible in both time and financial parameters. No appointment is necessary for “open” acupuncture treatments because they are done in the spot massage room, sometimes while others are receiving acupuncture or a spot massage. This style of treatment does not offer the privacy or one-one-one time with the acupuncturist, but it creates a lower cost per treatment option. “Open” sessions do not include any manual therapy, but a spot massage can always be added to the treatment. The points used, length of treatment, and desired results are the same, regardless of which treatment style is used. To those whose beliefs fall more in line with the eastern esoteric explanation of acupuncture, the “open” or “community” style acupuncture is more effective because it can create a “collective healing energy.”

How long are the treatments? The actual time of each treatment will vary depending on the style of treatment. Regardless of what style, “open” or “private,” the needles are retained for 20 to 30 minutes. The entire “open” session will last roughly 30 minutes and only includes a brief assessment discussion. The entire “private” session will last roughly 60 minutes because it also includes a more detailed assessment and manual therapy.

Are there any risks to acupuncture? Even though acupuncture is considered very low risk, no treatment is completely risk-free. The most common side effects are redness, tenderness, and bruising at the site of insertion. Some patients experience dizziness upon standing or while the needles are retained, and a feeling of deep relaxation or being “zoned out” after treatment. There are certain health conditions (i.e., bleeding disorders) that warrant extra caution and should be discussed with the acupuncturist before any treatment.

What are the credentials of an acupuncturist? To become a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Indiana, a candidate must graduate from an accredited graduate level three to four-year program, pass four national board exams, and comply with any continuing education requirements of the state, national certifying committee (NCCAOM), and malpractice insurance carrier. The acupuncturist at Trimboli Chiropractic is Bre Grzych. She is a graduate of a four-year, 199.8 quarter credit hour (2,826 clock hours) program at The Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. At that institution, she earned her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelors in Nutrition. She also holds a Bachelors in Communications from Purdue University and is a graduate of American College Massage School in Crown Point. She is credentialed as a nationally board certified massage therapist and as a nationally board certified acupuncturist. As a parent to three kids, the focus of her continuing education has been the treatment of children, using Oriental Medicine.


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