Dr. J Coy Dean, Back In Action Chiropractic, Friendswood, Texas


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Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting and manipulating needles into various points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes.Acupuncture uses an ancient Chinese method known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning of the body. Acupuncture treatment is done by inserting needles along the body’s meridians to clear energy blockages and encourages the normal flow of qi (pronounced chee) or “life energy” through the individual. Acupuncture treatments may also apply heat, laser therapy, massage and electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.


History of Acupuncture
Early Chinese physician’s discovered there is an energy network traversing just below the surface of the skin which communicates from the exterior to the internal organs and structures over 1,000 acupuncture points in the body. This energy works in harmony with the body’s circulatory, nervous, muscular, and digestive and all other systems of the body. When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident. Stimulation of one or a combination of key acupuncture points on the body may restore harmony to the effected area. When healthy, an abundant supply of qi flows through the body’s meridians (a network of invisible channels through the body). If the flow of the qi in the meridians becomes blocked or there is an inadequate supply of qi, then the body fails to maintain harmony, balance and order, and disease or illness follows. This can result from stress, overwork, poor diet, disease pathogens, weather and environmental conditions, and other lifestyle factors. This becomes evident to the acupuncture practitioner through observable signs of bodily dysfunction, paying particular attention not only to the presenting signs and symptoms, but also to the medical history, general constitution, and the pulse and tongue.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals and hormones which influence the bodies own internal regulating system.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

People describe the sensation as being similar to a mosquito bite. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible; about the diameter of a human hair. A phenomenon referred to as Tai Chi occurs when the energy is contacted. This sensation is felt as a mild to moderate heaviness or tingling. The tapping needle “Tai shein: is not really a needle as it does not pierce the skin.” It produces a mild to moderate sensation. Some people may compare it to tapping a ball point pen on the skin. This form of stimulation has been used successfully for centuries. Thumb pressure is equally impressive and not considered painful.


Contact Dr. J Coy Dean, Back In Action Chiropractic, Friendswood, Texas at 281-648-0001 for more information or to schedule your appointment. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.

 Acupuncture Commonly Treated Conditions
v     Allergies v     Knee Pain
v     Anxiety v     Migraine
v     Arthritis and Joint Problems v     Neck Pain
v     Asthma v     Pain Relief
v     Back Pain v     Paralysis and Numbness
v     Bladder and Kidney Problems v     Sciatica
v     Bronchitis v     Sexual Dysfunction
v     Constipation and Diarrhea v     Shoulder Pain
v     Cough v     Skin Problems
v     Dizziness v     Smoking
v     Drug Addiction v     Sports Injuries
v     Fatigue v     Sprains and Strains
v     Headaches v     Stiffness
v     Health Maintenance v     Stress
v     Heart Problems v     Tendonitis
v     High Blood Pressure v     Weight Control
v     Immune System Deficiency