Acupuncture Treatment Services
Do you find yourself hoping to decrease your chronic pain by popping pills only to find it come back again? You’re not alone; medication is a common means to alleviate pain temporarily. If you want long term relief, we can help. We will help you learn how to make fundamental changes that will allow you to tap into the healing power within you and to restore your health naturally.
How Kimura Acupuncture can help
Chinese medicine is an ancient health system that gently corrects imbalances in your body to restore your health. At Kimura Acupuncture, we use acupuncture and other modalities to not only improve your current symptoms, but to improve your overall health. We also educate you on how to live a healthy, balanced life with Chinese medicine.
We are committed to provide you with safe and quality healthcare. Our acupuncture treatment plans are tailored to meet your individual needs. We utilize a combination of Japanese acupuncture, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), and trigger point (dry needling) acupuncture to address your health concerns
At Kimura Acupuncture, we have successfully treated hundreds of people with disorders such as:.
- Chronic pain
- Headache and Migraines
- Gastrointestinal Difficulties
- Menstrual Disorders
- And much more
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a Chinese healing therapy that has been practiced over five centuries throughout Asia. In acupuncture very thin needles are inserted into specific points on the body’s surface in order to influence physiological functions of the body. Insertion and stimulation of the needles help restore and maintain the body’s natural healing ability.
Acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese theory that there is a universal life energy called Qi or Chi in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. Qi flows freely through the meridians in a healthy body. When the flow of Qi is disrupted, it causes imbalance in the body and illness may occur.
Acupuncture points are believed to be located at specific locations where the meridians come to the surface of the skin and easily accessible by needles.
What are TCM, KM, and APM styles of acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the most widely taught style of acupuncture in North America. It is an analytical, systematic form of acupuncture that was developed from many classical Chinese styles in the People’s Republic of China in the 1950’s.
Kiiko Matsumoto Style Acupuncture (KM) was developed over the past two decades by world-renowned Japanese acupuncturist, Kiiko Matsumoto. KM style encompasses Kiiko’s clinical experience with some of Japan’s most respected acupuncturists. This style utilizes a systematic method of palpation (therapeutic touch) that is designed to provide instant feedback regarding the patients’ condition of health.
Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) is a modern approach to acupuncture that was developed by the Tri-State College of Acupuncture’s founder, Mark Seem, Ph.D. APM is rooted in Classical Chinese, French, and Japanese Meridian styles of acupuncture and incorporates “dry trigger point” needling inspired by the late Janet Travell, M.D. This style’s assessment of a patient focuses on palpation of “holding patterns” or myofascial constrictions in the body.
How does acupuncture work?
How it works is not entirely clear. Research suggests that the needling process, and other techniques used in acupuncture, may produce a variety of effects in the body and the brain. One theory is that stimulated nerve fibers transmit signals to the spinal cord and brain activating the body’s central nervous system. The spinal cord and brain then release hormones responsible for making us feel less pain while improving overall health. In fact, a study using images of the brain confirmed that acupuncture increases our pain threshold, which may explain why it produces long-term pain relief. Acupuncture may also increase blood circulation and body temperature, affect white blood cell activity (responsible for our immune function), reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and regulate blood sugar levels.
Is acupuncture safe?
The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner using sterile needles. Common side effects include soreness and minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted. Single-use, disposable needles are now the practice standard, so the risk of infection is minimal. Not everyone is a good candidate for acupuncture. You may be at risk of complications if you:
- Have a bleeding disorder. Your chances of bleeding or bruising from the needles increase if you have a bleeding disorder or if you’re taking blood thinners.
- Have a pacemaker. Acupuncture that involves applying mild electrical pulses to the needles can interfere with a pacemaker’s operation.
- Are pregnant. Some types of acupuncture are thought to stimulate labor, which could result in a premature delivery.
What clients are saying about us
“I had severe pain in the center of my hip. When I tried Acupuncture for the first time it was wonderful. I felt very comfortable it didn’t hurt and the relief was amazing. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone.”
— L. C.
“I’ve been trying to get pregnant for 12 months, I am 36 yrs old. I started seeing Rumiko a year ago for other issues and thought I would give fertility acupuncture a try since that is her speciality. I couldn’t believe it, but after only two sessions with her I became pregnant! She said it would take up to three months and it would definitely work if I didn’t have any medical issues preventing me from conceiving, so I was truly stunned it happened this fast. I really felt a difference in the relaxation of certain muscles and Rumiko pointed out that was a very good sign. I would recommend acupuncture to any of my friends trying to conceive and Rumiko’s calming energy and knowledge was exactly what I needed.”
“I was diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 17. Since then, my yearly sonograms always revealed cysts on my ovaries. After Rumiko met with me and discussed my history, she created a plan specific to my symtpoms. After 3 months of weekly treatments, my lastest sonogram revealed normal ovaries – no cysts at all. I am very excited about this improvement and cannot wait to see what other changes will come next! I feel very comfortable with Rumiko and love that she takes her time during sessions to explains what she doing. I would definitely recommend acupuncture with Rumiko!”