Acupuncture is an ancient Eastern medical practice where needles are lightly inserted into the skin. With the application of the acupuncture needle, the body's 'qi' can be accessed and redirected to help reduce pain and inflammation. Acupuncture helps increase blood flow and reduces soft tissue adhesions and trigger points.
While acupuncture was first introduced to the United States in the 20th century, it has been effectively used in China, Japan, and Korea for over 2,000 years.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, qi (promounced 'chi'), is the life force or pure energy that flows through the body. Application of acupuncture needles help to improve qi flow along the acupuncture meridians or channels. These channels follow the fascial or connective-tissue planes of the body, so when there is a fascial disruption qi can get blocked. Dr. Sutphin uses Acupuncture, Soft tissue release (gua sha), and Cupping (ba gua) to help redirect the body's qi to achieve balance and improve health.
Acupuncture treatment lasts 15-30 minutes depending on the patient's specific need.
Acupuncture therapy can be used to help reduce pain and inflammation in patients suffering from :