Acupuncture has been proven to be effective in the treatment of over 100 conditions, and has been shown to provide pain relief, for both acute and chronic pain conditions. * According to the World Health Organization (WHO)
How Does Acupuncture Work?

Thousands of research trials have been done to determine what effects acupuncture has on the body. Here are 5 scientific theories:

• Augmentation of Immunity: Acupuncture affects specific hormones to regulate your immune system.  It can be used for deficient or hyperactive immune systems.

• Endorphin Theory: Acupuncture stimulates the secretion of endorphins, our bodies natural pain killers.  This can lead to immediate pain relief.

• Neurotransmitter Theory: Acupuncture helps to regulate different neurotransmitters in the body.  Serotonin is responsible for mood balance. The release of Noradrenaline or Norepinephrine can be regulated to help your body handle stress.  Many patients feel calm and relaxed after acupuncture treatments.

• Circulatory Theory: Acupuncture will cause blood vessels to constrict and dilate.  This helps to promote blood flow and cause the release of Histamine.  Histamine has 23 different functions, including lowering blood pressure, regulating sleep-wake cycles and digestive function.

• Gate Control Theory: Acupuncture works by closing certain nerve gates by providing other stimuli, this decreases pain transmission.  This also functions to provide immediate pain relief.  Acupuncture has been used as anesthesia in open heart surgeries.

How Can Acupuncture Help Me?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture has been proven to be effective in the treatment of over 100 conditions, such as:

• Pain (Acute & Chronic)

• Osteoarthritis

• Neck, Shoulders

• Low Back, Sciatica

• Joints • Muscular

• Trauma

• Fibromyalgia

• Carpal Tunnel

• TMJ

• Post-operative

• Headaches/Migraines

• Digestive Disorders

• Nausea/Vomiting

• Weight Management

• Insomnia

• Depression/Anxiety/PTSD

• Common Colds & Sinus Congestion

Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture needles are incredibly fine, not much thicker than a hair.  Many people report not feeling their insertion and find their treatments to be very relaxing.
What Can I Expect During & After My Treatment?
You may notice a sensation of warmth, heaviness or tingling in the area of insertion.  After the needles are in place, they will stay in place for 15-25 minutes.  During the treatment you will relax, many fall asleep, and try to be as still as possible.  After the treatment you may feel calm or very focused.  Some patients report immediate pain relief, but for many follow-up treatments will be necessary.
How Should I Prepare For A Session?

• Wear Comfortable Clothes

• Allow Your Body to Relax

• Be Calm, Stay Still

Each treatment is tailored specifically to your needs and will assist in helping you with ailments that you are experiencing.

Should I Avoid Anything Before Or After My Treatment?

Acupuncture has very few contraindications.  Avoid treatments on an empty stomach, immediately after eating or while exhausted.  Generally, not much needs to be avoided after a treatment. Your practitioner will notify you of anything to avoid following your treatment.

Meet Jodi L. Emery, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM), MSOM:

Jodi comes to Virginia Beach from Iowa.  It was in Iowa, as a 9 year old where Jodi suffered an accident that led to her chronic pain as a teenager.  After years of suffering and undergoing numerous treatments, Jodi finally discovered acupuncture, first as a patient.

Jodi has since received her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) in Roseville, MN.  During her studies at AAAOM she trained under some of the top Traditional Chinese Medical Doctors.  She completed her internship under Yubin Lu, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. TCMD, PhD and has advanced studies in the treatment of orthopedic conditions with acupuncture. Jodi is certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and is a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Jodi specializes in the treatment of pain (acute and chronic) as well as digestive disorders, weight management, emotional disturbances (depression, anxiety and stress) and insomnia.

Jodi looks forward to helping you down the road of wellness.

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