Dr. Hatch is BOARD CERTIFIED in acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a highly successful therapy that has been practiced for centuries. It is based on the well founded premise that there is energy, called chi or qi, flowing through one’s body. Chi is understood to flow along energy pathways called meridians.
Acupuncturists believe a blocking or imbalance of the flow of chi at any point on a pathway may result in illness. Chinese medicine practitioners believe acupuncture unblocks and re-balances the flow of chi to restore health. Acupuncture has shown to be effective in treating chronic, long standing, back and neck pain and is used in our clinic in conjunction with Chiropractic adjustments.
Western scientists have verified that the stimulation of acupuncture points leads to physiological reactions such as changes in heart rate, blood pressure, brain activity, blood chemistry, endocrine function, intestinal activity and immune-system function. Research also shows that acupuncture effectively treats medical conditions such as back, neck and joint pain, headaches, asthma, allergies, arthritis, menstrual and infertility problems, insomnia, fibromyalgia, and sciatica.
Acupuncture needles are a far distant cousin to those that patients encounter in traditional doctor’s offices. The point is so fine that acupuncture patients often feel little or no sensation upon insertion. During treatments some patients experience a subtle warmth, pressure or tingling, while others feel nothing unusual.