Acupuncture in Perkasie PA with
Rolly Brown and Janice MacKenzie
Email Rolly Brown or or Janice MacKenzie or call at 215-258-3000.
Rolly Brown answers some questions about Acupuncture
When can acupuncture help?
Acupuncture has traditionally been used to treat many and various disharmonies of the body, mind, and spirit. While Western researchers at first recognized only its pain relieving abilities, acupuncture has also been proven helpful in treating many mood related disorders as well as all manner of functional disorders. A partial list includes;
chronic fatigue syndrome
sports and repetitive motion injuries
How does acupuncture work?
Put simply, acupuncture involves inserting extremely fine sterile needles to a shallow depth under the skin. The needles trigger a response from the body.
Looked at in the traditional Chinese way;
The body is described as being suffused with energy ("qi" or "ch'i", pronounced "chee"). This energy flows in and around a system of channels. Acupuncture points lie along these channels and, like tiny electrical transformers, serve to stimulate and smooth the flow of energy, creating a condition in which the body's ability to heal and regulate itself are maximized.
Looked at from a more Western point of view;
Western science still hasn't accurately identified all the mechanisms at work, but there appear to be several. Here are some theories.
- On one level, the needles cause an increase in tension in the muscle. After a few minutes, the body reacts by releasing this tension, and there is a strong "relaxation response". This has a local effect, so it's effective for releasing muscle tightness caused by stress or tendinomuscular injury.
Certain acupuncture points seem to cause a more systemic relaxation effect, resulting in a heightened state of relaxation, calm, and sense of well-being throughout the body. This is a reharmonization of the central nervous system, and can have profound effects, not only on the body, but on the mind and spirit as well.
Acupuncture treatment causes changes in the subtle bio-electrical charge present in the body. This engenders what Dr. Robert Becker dubbed the "current of healing", an electrical change that occurs in the tissue as a precursor to healing when a wound has occurred. This change in current may also trigger a more general reharmonization of the body's internal workings
What happens during a treatment?
When I treat someone, there are three phases:
; I want to know about the symptoms that caused you to seek treatment, but I also need to know a little bit about who you are. There are many aspects of your life which influence your health, so I ask questions about your medical history and also about the unique nature of who you are, and its influence on your health.
Examination; This includes the traditional Chinese practice of pulse diagnosis, observation of structural and surface details, and also palpation (pressing and feeling) of areas on the arms and legs and abdomen to determine certain aspects of treatment strategy.
Treatment; Needles are inserted and left in place, usually for about 20 minutes. Although you may feel some slight pain when I'm actually accessing the acu-point (this is called "obtaining the ch'i"), the needles usually cause no discomfort while they're left in place. (Needles are much finer than a normal medical injection, and the sensation is not at all the same. )You may feel some pleasant tingling or warming sensations during this time. Needle removal is also usually painless.
How much treatment is necessary?This, of course, depends on the individual situation. In order to give acupuncture treatment a fair chance, I start by asking clients to commit to a series of 4 to 6 treatments (one per week). By the end of these treatments, it should be fairly clear whether treatment is being effective. Sometimes, four treatments are all that are necessary to restore balance. Many people opt for a monthly or seasonal "tune-up". (In ancient China, it was common to get a seasonal treatment as preventive medicine.) Others use acupuncture on an "as needed" basis. If symptoms recur, they call for an appointment.
We consider it a matter of principle to avoid over-treating, but we know that it's also important for a practitioner to be honest about whether he or she believes the client needs more treatment. Suffice it to say that we never try to "hard sell" a client on further treatment after the four initial sessions, and we believe that, once these four treatments get the ball rolling, the body will often take over and restore harmony.
How much does treatment cost?The initial diagnostic session and treatment, which takes around 90 minutes, is $100. The follow-up treatments, which usually take around an hour, are $80 each. Payment is expected at the time of treatment.
On Courtesy and Cancellations
We all like to be treated with respect, and a good treatment relationship is based on mutual trust. You can trust me to keep appointments, maintain confidentiality, and act honestly and ethically in what I believe to be your best interests.
In turn, I need to be able to trust clients to give adequate notice (24 hours) if they are cancelling an appointment, so someone else can have the opportunity to use that hour, and so my time isn't wasted unnecessarily. Therefore, I expect to be paid for uncancelled no-shows. Of course, this works both ways; if I were ever to stiff you (hasn't happened yet), you'd get a free treatment next time.