Our mission is to help individuals with the prevention and support of health concerns to allow for happiness and prosperity. As a family practice, we support families young and old, to keep you healthy to enjoy all of the fun and adventure life has to offer.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture works by reminding your body how to use its resources most efficiently. The Acupuncturist helps to facilitate changes with use of specific acupuncture points and handwork techniques which empower your body to function at its best level. See What to Expect for an example of a typical treatment session at Seasons of Balance. Since the body is looked at holistically, there are no magic cures or points, but rather a re-framing of how an individual is able to see their own health in any situation. Learn more about How it Works and Who Can Benefit. Acupuncture is great for maintenance in good health to keep you active and doing the things you love. It can also benefit anything interfering with your quality of life on a daily basis. There are many Conditions for which Acupuncture can be helpful. Unlike Western Medicine, all ailments of a certain category are not lumped together; each person is evaluated for a Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis specific to them. In this way, conditions are treated from their deeper source. While the annoying or painful symptoms you experience are addressed and relieved with treatment, the root cause is also addressed to help the body regain a balance of health. Acupuncture can remind the internal systems how they behaved before there was a problem at all! Acupuncture is appropriate for all ages, from infants to the elderly. See Pediatric Treatments to learn more about treatment for kids.
About the needles
Acupuncture needles used at Seasons of Balance are sterile, disposable tools regulated by the FDA. They are a fraction of the size of needles used for blood work or injections in your MD’s office. In fact, 30-40 acupuncture needles fit inside the barrel of a standard hypodermic needle! Acupuncture needles are solid, flexible, and about the size of one strand of hair. They are generally inserted 1-2cm into the fascia just under the skin layer. Often times, patients remark that they hardly feel the needle at all; others compare it to the pinch feeling of a mosquito bite that subsides after just a few seconds. The needles are typically left in for 15-20 minutes, throughout which time there may be no sensation at all, a feeling of heaviness or achiness at the site of insertion, or a sensation of warmth or movement throughout the body. Each of these experiences is acceptable and will vary from person to person.