Acupuncture at Universus Physical Therapy

At Universus Physical Therapy we specialize in the alleviation of chronic pain. Chronic pain can affect your daily life and make work, activities, and even travel difficult. At Universus Physical Therapy we believe that in order to heal from Chronic pain, a multidisciplinary approach works best.

This involves work with a Physical Therapist to help realign the joints, strengthen the muscles and improve the posture. However, with chronic pain there is almost always a dysregulation of the nervous system, in which the nervous system is in a state of hyper alertness due to many factors, i.e. stress at work, home, the news, the state of the world, anxious thoughts, depression, etc.

Working with an acupuncturist in conjunction with a Physical Therapist is very EFFECTIVE. The acupuncture allows the body to get into that state of relaxation (rest and digest) that is a MUST for healing. The body CANNOT and WILL NOT heal if the nervous system is dysregulated.

What is Acupuncture and Who Can Benefit?

The human body has an amazing capacity for healing. Unfortunately, our modern lifestyle often makes it difficult for many people to reach that healing potential. Acupuncture, an ancient medicinal practice rooted in the ancestral science of Chinese medicine, helps promote that natural healing potential. By restoring overall energy balance, acupuncture can truly harmonize the body, mind and spirit by embracing optimal wellness without medication and invasive medical procedures.

Traditional Acupuncture works on the belief that the body is controlled by an energy flow, known as Qi, (pronounced “chee”). The Qi flows through pathways called meridians. Acupuncturists believe that blockages in the flow of energy along the meridians are directly responsible for many ailments we see today. Our bodies are constantly under assault by an unhealthy barrage of pollutants which includes toxins, trauma, stress, processed food, polluted water, electromagnetic radiation, and other pathogens which can all contribute to blocking qi. By inserting acupuncture needles at specific locations along the patient’s body that align with energy points, acupuncture can help restore the normal flow of qi and re-establish optimal health and wellness.

Modern Acupuncture practitioners continue to follow the traditional philosophy of qi, but they have evolved their practice to view the acupuncture points as places that stimulate nerves, stimulating the body’s natural pain fighting and healing processes.

Acupuncture has been shown to heal and improve many ailments and restore optimal health of the patient. Some of the most common ailments treated with acupuncture include the following:


1. Pain Relief

With the increased opioid crisis in the country, many people are seeking drug-free pain relief. Acupuncture is the perfect answer for just about any type of pain. It is drug-free, non-addicting, and extremely effective. Typical types of pain treated with acupuncture are:

  • Back pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • TMJ
  • Post-Surgical pain
  • Osteoarthritis of Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Chronic headaches or Migraines
  • Muscular pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Nerve pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

2. Stress Reduction

Restoring energy balance and triggering nervous system responses are key factors in lowering the body’s stress reaction. Research has demonstrated acupuncture can lower stress hormone levels and improves mood to help decrease feelings of anxiety and increase feelings of happiness.


3. Enhanced Mental Clarity

“Brain fog “typically occurs when stress and other issues disrupt an individual’s mental clarity. This makes it more difficult to think clearly for prolonged periods of time. Acupuncture has demonstrated a unique ability to allow for mental clarity and lifting “brain fog”.


4. Improved Digestive Health

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Colitis, Crohn’s disease, constipation and heartburn are all very common gut related issues. When your digestive system isn’t functioning optimally, your overall health and wellness can be damaged. Acupuncture treatment helps restore digestive health and with proper dietary guidance, can bring relief from these common ailments.


5. Enhanced Fertility

Many studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can actually optimize the production of reproductive hormones. These studies show a 65% increase in conception through: Increasing the effectiveness of medication, improving the health of the uterine lining, reducing the contraction of the uterus, reducing inflammation and improving the function of the immune system.


6. Improved Eye Health

With so many individuals looking at screens all day, it’s no wonder there is so much eye strain in our society. Acupuncture reduces eye strain and improves overall vision.


7. Better Sleep

Research indicates that acupuncture has shown benefit in people struggling with insomnia. Some research has even shown that acupuncture is MORE effective than sleep medications. By balancing the body’s energy through stimulating the nervous system, acupuncture is allowing many people to fall asleep faster and deeper.


8. Allergy Relief

Allergy sufferers can use acupuncture to strengthen their immune response before the start of allergy season. This can lessen the severity of symptoms or in many cases eliminate the allergy altogether. Many times the allergy relief effects of acupuncture are enhanced with certain herbal/nutritional interventions.


9. More Energy

After acupuncture treatment, patients may experience a surge in energy levels as the treatment has been shown to increase serotonin and endorphin levels which elevate and enhance mood.


10. Controlling Blood Pressure

In our modern society, rising blood pressure is seen on a regular basis, especially with high stress jobs, overall obesity levels, poor dietary habits and a lack of consistent exercise. Regular acupuncture treatments combined with lifestyle changes in nutrition, exercise and meditation can have a profound impact on blood pressure levels. Acupuncture in particular can support proper heart function and blood flow, and at times has been shown to be more effective than medication at controlling blood pressure.


11. Reduce Symptoms of Neurological Disorders

Clinical studies have shown acupuncture treatments can improve language and motor function of patients with many neurological diseases and conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and stroke when treated early in the disease process.


12. Enhance Immune Response

Acupuncture has been shown to help support the body’s natural immune system responses. When an individual is exposed to a virus or bacteria, the body is better able to fight it off and the person is less likely to have prolonged sickness.


13. Improved Healing after Medical Procedures

Acupuncture is used as a method used to speed up recovery after a surgical procedure or cancer treatments, by stimulating the body’s natural defenses and immune response.


As you can see, Acupuncture can have a profound impact in healing the body and creating optimal health and wellness against many common issues facing so many people today. If you are suffering from these or other health issues and think acupuncture might be the answer to solve those health issues, reach out to our office and schedule your acupuncture consultation today, and put yourself on the true path of health, balance, and body wellness.

Who Acupuncture is for:

  • People who are in Physical Therapy and want to fast track their healing
  • People who want to feel more relaxed and less anxious
  • People who want to sleep better and deeper
  • People who want pain relief from common ailments such as headaches, TMJ pain, muscular pain, neck/back pain, frozen shoulder, sciatica, tennis/golfers elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin, sterile, single use disposable needles at very specific points on the body. An acupuncture session at Universus PT is usually 1 hour long.

6 Reasons Why you Should Consider Acupuncture at Universus Physical Therapy:

  1. 1
    We work as a team to design a multidisciplinary solution to your pain, with a Physical Therapist and a health coach
  2. 2
    Your Acupuncturist will consult with your Physical Therapist in regards to where the focus should be, taking your personal goals into account
  3. 3
    Acupuncture in combination with Physical Therapy is a very effective way of dealing with chronic pain
  4. 4
    Our Acupuncturist has been through rigorous training and helped many people heal from a variety of ailments
  5. 5
    You will receive a complementary Discovery Visit with a Doctor of Physical Therapy in order to assess your physical needs and develop a plan in conjunction with your acupuncture plan
  6. 6
    You will receive a complimentary Discovery Visit with a Health and Wellness Coach in order to decipher your nutritional needs and develop a plan

How can Acupuncture alongside a Customized plan for healing from an expert Physical Therapist change my health trajectory and get me feeling better, with less anxiety, less stress and more mobility?

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