Acupuncture, the traditional Chinese practice of inserting hair-thin needles into specific points throughout the body, is an ancient medical practice dating back thousands of years. Salt Method offers Acupuncture Treatment in Park City, Utah.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, the body has more than 1000 acupuncture points lying on invisible energy channels known as meridians. These meridians correspond to different organ systems. When practitioners or acupuncturists insert the needles into specific points, they restore the flow of life energy or “qi” and thereby balance the body’s energy and promote healing, stress reduction and relaxation.
Although researchers don’t fully understand how acupuncture works, it’s based on the premise that a disturbance or blockage in qi results in health issues. Some theories suggest that acupuncture stimulates endorphins—the body’s natural painkillers. Others suggest that acupuncture influences the autonomic nervous system—which controls involuntary bodily functions such as heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate—releasing chemicals that regulate blood flow and pressure, reduce inflammation, and calm the brain.
Acupuncture has been used successfully by people to promote fertility, lose weight, and quit smoking as well as to address a variety of health conditions such as: anxiety, arthritis, chronic pain, depression, headaches, insomnia, migraines, nausea, nerve pain, sciatica, sinusitis, stress, and tinnitus.
Additionally, facial or cosmetic acupuncture has been used to improve the appearance of skin and reduce signs of aging and skin damage.
Typically before receiving an acupuncture treatment, you will need to complete a health history. The acupuncture practitioner will then ask you about your health concerns, diet, stress level, lifestyle habits, appetite, emotions and more. The acupuncturist will likely examine your appearance, take your pulse at three points and examine your tongue. The tongue and pulses are considered to reflect the health of your organ systems and meridians in traditional Chinese medicine.
A typical treatment implements 6-15 tiny needles which are inserted and left in for 10-20 minutes. The acupuncturist may twist them for added effect. The number of needles is not indicative of the treatment’s intensity.
While acupuncture is generally not painful, some people may experience a slight sting or pinch as the acupuncture needle is being inserted. After the treatment, some people feel relaxed—even sleepy—while others feel energetic.
Salt Method is proud to partner with East West Health to combine the benefits of acupuncture treatment in Park City as well as halotherapy in 30-minute sessions in our small salt cavern on Mondays from 11:30-1:30.