Medical Acupuncture | Balance Integrative Medicine

Medical Acupuncture

Dr. Vander Pol is certified in medical acupuncture. She offers acupuncture in combination with Osteopathic Manipulative Treatments (OMT). And she will develop a plan that is best for you and your needs.

The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that bodily functions are regulated by an energy called Qi which flows through the body and disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. According to traditional chinese medicine, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of energy or qi, through channels known as meridians. And therefore by stimulating specific acupuncture points, imbalances in qi are corrected and the body is more able to heal itself.

Medical acupuncture is different than traditional acupuncture in that it is performed and provided by a licensed physician. Acupuncture can be used alone or in combination with conventional medicine. It has been recognized as being useful in a variety of health problems including musculoskeletal pain, menstrual and reproductive problems, neuropathies and neuritis, respiratory and digestive disorders, to name a few. It can also be used for maintenance of health and prevention of illness.

​The combination of OMT and acupuncture can be powerful and beneficial. OMT works with balancing the muscles, fascia, lymph flow and circulation, through hands-on gentle manipulation; acupuncture can work at the energetic level of the body and with the release of chemicals than can impact muscles, nerves, and the brain. So by combining treatments you are receiving treatments that can impact every layer of your being. Thus, helping the body become more able to heal itself. Dr. Vander Pol will discuss the benefits of OMT, and acupuncture, and which treatment combination is best for you.

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