At Synergy Chiropractic & Bodywork, we use the AcuGraph system to objectively measure your body’s energy flow in a simple way that everyone can understand. The examination takes about 2 minutes and generates a graphical representation of where the energy in your body is excessive or deficient, allowing us to track your progress over time and clearly explain how your symptoms relate to your energy. Some patients enjoy acupuncture, but are confused by statements from their practitioner that resemble a weather report for their internal organs: “You have a damp wind in your Spleen. Your liver qi is rising.” With AcuGraph, you can visualize your own progress and understand exactly why we are treating certain areas.

                                          A sample graph from the AcuGraph 5 software.

                                          A sample graph from the AcuGraph 5 software.


What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points shown as effective in the treatment of specific health problems. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of two thousand years. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations.

How does acupuncture work?

Modern Western medicine cannot explain how acupuncture works. Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (Energy, also spelled Chi or Ch’i) and Xue (Blood) through distinct meridians or pathways that cover the body somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels do. According to ancient theory, acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is Deficient and away from where it is Excess. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body. In Chinese there is a saying, “There is no pain if there is free flow; if there is pain, there is no free flow.”

How deep do the needles go?

That depends upon the nature of the problem, the location of the points selected, the patient’s size, age, and constitution, and upon the acupuncturist’s style or school. Usually, needles are inserted from 1/4 to 1 inch in depth.

Does it hurt?

One would assume inserting a needle into the skin would be painful since most of us can relate to being stuck with a pin or having a hypodermic injection. However, four Acupuncture needles can easily be inserted into the hollow tube of a hypodermic needle. Because of the extreme slenderness of the needle, most people compare the sensations to “less than a mosquito bite.” A phenomenon referred to as “de qi” occurs when the energy is contacted. This sensation is felt as a mild to moderate heaviness or tingling either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian, or energy pathway.

Are the needles clean?

The best practice among acupuncturists in America today is to use sterilized, individually packaged, disposable needles. Needles should not be saved and reused for later treatments. This eliminates the possibility of transmitting a communicable disease by a contaminated needle.

Can I be treated without the use of needles?

We offer the use of laser light or gentle electronic stimulation to treat acupoints. You may also be given points to treat at home with acupressure. The principle of Acupuncture does not change, only the technique.

How many treatments will I need?

That depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition. A series of five to fifteen treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time. A small number of patients will experience a worsening of symptoms, as the body’s energies are returning to normal. This is usual and no need for alarm. It is followed by improvement. The usual frequency of treatments is between one and three times a week.

Are the results permanent?

For acute problems where there has been little or no organ system or tissue damage, results are often permanent. For chronic conditions, symptoms may recur from time to time. Generally a few additional treatments are sufficient to obtain relief. It’s suggested that patients with severe or chronic conditions return for a booster treatment two to three times a year.

How will I be diagnosed?

Perhaps the cornerstone of Acupuncture examination is pulse diagnosis whereby the trained practitioner, by feeling the pulse, is able to determine the balance of the twelve (12) meridians. This ancient method of diagnosis is giving way to modern electronic evaluation referred to as “ryodoraku” or “electro-meridian imaging” (EMI). The practitioner places a small painless electronic pen on the skin over specific Acupoints. By way of a sensitive metering device, the electric potential of the point is measured. This examination is extremely reliable and is quickly becoming the standard method of diagnosis internationally. EMI diagnosis is the method employed at Synergy Chiropractic, using the AcuGraph system.

What do I do while receiving acupuncture?

Relax. There is no need to be frightened. I you have any questions or concerns, ask your doctor to explain the treatment. We want you to be relaxed so that you can gain the most possible benefit from the treatment. If you find your treatment uncomfortable at any point, be sure to speak up so that your doctor can make the proper adjustments or stop the treatment.