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What is Acupuncture?
Dr. Zuback is certified in acupuncture through Dr. Mark Scappaticci’s 200 hour FIN (Functional Integrated Needling) program. The FIN approach integrates a variety of dry needling techniques during a single session. Unlike traditional chinese acupuncture which traditionally selects points along meridians, FIN or dry needling targets anatomical structures that are the underlying cause of musculoskeletal conditions.
What Acupuncture helps with
Contemporary acupuncture is used to stimulate peripheral nerves in order to modulate pain/dysfunction of the nervous system.
- Increases perfusion and blood flow to the area/tissue (“reflex vasodilation”), which allows for more blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients to enter the area. This assists in the healing process of the injured tissues.
- Restores and regulates motor activity and strength.
- Facilitates normal recruitment patterns of muscles.
- Increases tissue healing.
- Decreases adhesions between tissues which is caused with any injury to the tissue, whether it be a repetitive strain, or traumatic.
What to Expect during a FIN Treatment
During a typical FIN treatment, thin filament needles are inserted into various targets that have been determined to be the underlying cause of the painful condition. They are left in from several seconds to 20 minutes. Typically there will be 10 or more needles used for most conditions. Different strategies are used for acute injuries and chronic pain conditions that make this a highly effective treatment modality for soft tissue injuries.
Dr. Zuback uses this technique to help decrease pain, decrease muscle tension, and improved function. The insertion of needles into the tissues causes the release of substances that help improve blood flow to areas of tightness and decreases sensitivity by neuromodulating the nervous system. These effects help control pain, improve function and speed up healing.
According to Westernized medicine, it is proposed that acupuncture produces its effects through regulating the nervous system. Acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own pain relieving chemicals called “endorphins”.
These chemicals mimic morphine by attaching to opiate receptor sites found throughout the nervous system. Endorphins help to block pain pathways that relay pain messages from the body to the brain, resulting in relief of pain, general relaxation and biochemical restoration of the body’s own internal regulation systems.
Have Questions? Here's what you can expect from your first visit
Dr Zuback may be treating your back, neck, headache, or other area of pain, but first she needs a complete picture of your health history and current health in order to provide the best possible treatment for you. On your first visit she will take the time to hear about the details of your pain and use a comprehensive exam to help determine the cause of your pain/injury.
Following the first visit, you will receive a comprehensive report of findings, where your questions will be answered and your pain/injury better understood. Dr. Zuback will go over her recommendations of care based on the evidence, her clinical experience and your preferences and goals.
If a condition should be treated by another health care professional, Dr. Zuback will make a referral. Click "learn more" to get a better understanding of what you should expect during your first chiropractic visit.