Acupuncture and acupressure, both forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), stimulate specific points on the body known as acupoints in order to reduce tension, help the body relax deeply, and strengthen resistance to disease. These approaches relax the muscle fibers, resulting in increased blood flow and release of toxins.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of small, fine needles while acupressure produces a similar effect through touch. Both modalities encourage the release of endorphins or neurochemicals and inhibit pain signals to the brain. They can also aid in alleviating treatment side effects such as fatigue, insomnia and nausea.
In order to gain a child’s trust, we often demonstrate acupuncture or acupressure on the parent. Sessions with CCW’s licensed acupuncturists, who are active in research and teaching, generally last between twenty minutes and one hour.
Acupuncture is available in the pediatric clinic Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.