A nice introduction into acupuncture from Chico’s own Olivia Peters-Lazaro, L.Ac., owner of Chico Community Acupuncture.
I started Chico Community Acupuncture 2 years ago. Our clinic is different than other acupuncture offices you may have been to, in that we treat people in a common space while resting in a recliner. We also have a $15-35 sliding scale so that you can decide how much you can afford. One of our favorite things about the community setting at Chico Community Acupuncture is that you can come in and get treated along side your friends, and family. Even if you are just bringing someone in for treatment, you are always welcome to sit in a recliner next to them and relax.
Acupuncture works by balancing the flow of Qi, or vital energy, in a person’s body. Qi flows along the paths of 12 main meridians. When there is blockage or disruption to this flow, there will be pain, emotional disturbance, or interruption in good sleep.
Research has shown acupuncture to be an effective treatment for many types of pain including chronic lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and headaches.
Additionally because acupuncture works to regulate many of the chemical messengers in the body that deal with pain, stress, and relaxation, it is effective for disorders caused by stress such as depression, fatigue, pain, and insomnia. Research continues to show acupuncture to be an effective treatment for helping the body recover from exercise. I often say to patients coming in for back pain that the “side effects” of treatment is that your stress will reduce, your energy will improve, and your immune system will get a boost.
Using acupuncture with enough frequency and regularity to address your health condition can have lasting results for your health in terms of reduction in pain, better management of stress, and more restful sleep.
For Further Information
Chico Community Acupuncture @ www.ChicoCommunityAcupuncture.com - schedule appointments, see what’s happening at the clinic, find out more about using acupuncture for your health needs. (530) 345-5300, Chico
People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture. @ www.poocacoop.com - information about the Community Acupuncture movement, to find a community acupuncture clinic for family and friends around California and the county
National Institute of Health (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) @ www.nccam.nih.gov – basic information about acupuncture, research, and uses.
PubMed @ www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez - database of research that you can search