Although many fear hospital needles, those used in acupuncture are much less scary. Check out Groupon’s examination of acupuncture needles to ease any lingering aichmophobia.
Acupuncture generally doesn’t draw blood—a testament to the skill of professional acupuncturists but also to the special needles they use. Unlike the needles commonly feared by hospital-goers, acupuncture needles are thin enough to slip through the skin without breaking any blood vessels. Although most are roughly the thickness of a hair or a pixie’s wand, they come in several varieties for different treatment types: thinner needles provide less stimulation and are often used for children or the elderly; shorter needles treat the head and face; and longer needles (up to 5 inches long) target the thighs and other fleshy areas to reach points along the body’s theoretical energy pathways, known as meridians.
Filiform needles are the most common, comprising a stainless-steel wire sharpened at one end and wrapped at the other to form a handle. With a quick, skilled hand—or the aid of an insertion tube—practitioners insert the tip just beneath the skin’s surface, and although a small prickle may be felt, once the needles are in, the patient shouldn’t feel them at all. Today, most acupuncturists use disposable needles due to their safety and simplicity, but some may use reusable steel or even gold needles, sterilizing them between use in the same way doctors or guitarists do their instruments.
The practice of acupuncture stretches back more than 5,000 years, well before stainless steel was a household commodity. Archaeologists have dug up traces of the implements early healers used to get energy, or chi, flowing properly through the body: sharpened stones were a popular choice, as were delicate needles of bone.
Tucked inside of Healing Touch Physical Therapy is a studio decked out in Stott's RX Pilates reformers. Here, instructor Jillian leads workouts that incorporate the machinery, which is designed to reduce stress on joints while increasing the intensity of workouts. Pilates Reformer sessions do more than just fortify the core; they also strengthen the muscles and cardiovascular system. And, because each exerciser has his or her own machine, workouts can be scaled to match each person's desired level of intensity.
The massage therapist at Healing Touch Physical Therapy sends healing echoes through achy muscle walls with their signature bodywork. They can promote deep relaxation with flowing Swedish strokes, or administer deep-tissue pressure to access lower-layer aches. While clients splendor in postmassage rapture, they may also ask about Healing Touch's many rehabilitative services, which range from acupuncture and physical therapy to nutrition management and yoga classes.
Staff at Healing Touch Physical Therapy are adept at injury-prevention treatments, neurological or oncological rehabilitation, and a host of pain management techniques. Going beyond standard physical-therapy treatments, they also lead Pilates, yoga, and nutritional-guidance programs, working to keep clients healthy through a multitude of different approaches.
Keeping an eye on patients’ all-over health, chiropractor Dr. Ross Gould guides a comprehensive team whose certified massage therapists, acupuncturist, dietitian, and hypnotherapist restore wellness without drugs or surgery. Dr. Gould specializes in relieving chronic pain and treating sports injuries, such as soreness from tripping over ones' own mascot paws. To that end, he performs skeletal adjustments and spinal-decompression therapy, invigorates muscles with electrical stimulation, and crafts custom exercise programs. Next door, pulses race at Powerhouse Gym, where patients test out new flexibility during complimentary access on the day of an appointment. While their vertebrae stack into healthy spines, patients with tots can also take advantage of the gym's childcare services for $1 an hour.
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