How does acupuncture work?

You know something works when it’s been around for more than 5,000 years.

Acupuncture originated in China and is one of the oldest, safest and most effective forms of healthcare. It removes blockages, getting blood flowing once again to areas of the body that have, for any number of reasons, been weakened or restricted. Traditional Chinese acupuncture is based on the belief that a body’s energy, or Qi (pronounced “chee”), flows freely along pathways called meridians. An obstruction in the movement of this energy creates an imbalance and results in pain, dysfunction or illness. If the flow and function of Qi is restored, so too is overall health.

Small, thin needles (don’t worry, we’re talking really tiny) inserted into specific points on the body stimulate the nervous system to release helpful little pain-relieving chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain, and activate the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Most people feel no pain (or very minimal discomfort) during the process and often feel relaxed and rejuvenated afterward. Although it may take several treatments for some folks to feel the positive results (both physically and mentally) from acupuncture, others notice an improvement right away.

So don’t let those needles scare you. Take a jab at one of the oldest remedies in the world and discover the secret of its staying power.

Are you interested in acupuncture with our clinic? Call us at (780) 460-7384 or email us at

Acupuncture and Athletics

The human body is designed for motion and activity, but not for the repetitive action of many of today’s sports. The forceful impact that joints endure on a regular basis eventually results in an injury of some sort or another. The sooner injuries are addressed, the quicker they are to heal.

Acupuncture is an ideal treatment for most sports injuries in that it reduces recovery time, increases range of motion and resolves pain, but it’s actually most beneficial for athletes while they’re training, ‘before’ an injury occurs. Those who incorporate acupuncture as part of their regular training regimen notice better overall performance and energy and sustain fewer injuries. More and more of the world’s leading athletes are turning to acupuncture to get them feeling, moving and performing at their best – but no matter what your level of athleticism is, acupuncture will serve you well. Before you know it, you’ll be back out there doing your thing and doing it better than ever.

Acupuncture and Pregnancy

It can be a lot of work, this “being pregnant” business. As exciting and amazing as the process can be, it can also be rather uncomfortable and utterly exhausting at times. Many soon-to-be mamas needlessly endure the discomforts, accepting that they’re just part of the ride. But they don’t have to be! Acupuncture provides safe, drug-free relief of nausea, pain, fatigue and other pregnancy-induced unpleasantness. It also has a calming effect, mentally and physically, on both mom and baby.

There is so much to love and celebrate about being pregnant. Let the acupuncturists at Revive smooth out the bumps in the road so you can enjoy the ride!

Acupuncture and Menopause

Menopause really isn’t that bad … said no woman ever. (Thanks for the quote, Someecards, you hit the nail on the head with that one.)

Sure, it’s a natural, transitional phase in a woman’s life, but menopause and all the dandy symptoms that go along with it are far from pleasurable. There’s no need to suffer though. Acupuncture, a gentle and effective alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT), can provide relief of many things menopausal. This is a good thing, since menopause can last years for some … and just one day of hot flashes, weight gain and moodiness is enough for anyone. Be cool. Be happy. Call the clinic today and see how acupuncture may be a great way to help you through.

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