Specializing in advanced acupuncture techniques to help you get back to doing the things you love!
Acupuncture has evolved over time with many modern treatment styles proven effective for a variety of conditions. Margaret has continued studying and participating in master classes and mentorships since graduating from acupuncture school in 2003 and offers advanced acupuncture techniques that work. She combines multiple styles to bring you the very best that acupuncture has to offer including Neuro Acupuncture and Electro Acupuncture Medicine.
At Inner Light Wellness, you will receive customized care for your unique health concerns. Margaret will use a combination of acupuncture techniques specific to your needs.
Acupuncture has at least a 2,000 year history as an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture encourages your body’s natural healing abilities. This means good health and vitality for you!
Scientific research shows that acupuncture stimulates chemicals in the brain and body that stop pain, relieve stress, and reduce inflammation. Neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine can be balanced and enhanced with acupuncture. Serotonin is important for symptom such as depression. Dopamine imbalance is implicated in ADHD and is vital for motivation.
Depression research has been conducted that demonstrates acupuncture is at least as effective as antidepressants and reduces side effects when used in conjunction with antidepressant medication. Acupuncture even balances hormones in conditions such as PMS and menopausal hot flashes. Studies show that acupuncture regulates the immune system to relieve asthma and allergies.
According to Chinese medicine theory, acupuncture works by balancing energy flow through pathways in your body called meridians. Meridians are channels similar to rivers that carry life-force or energy called ‘qi’. A more modern understanding of ‘qi’, relates to electrons, nerve pathways, and planes of connective tissue that are layered throughout the body.
Connective tissue, also called ‘fascia’, surrounds and infuses every structure of your body as one continuous tissue – arranged in layers from head to toe. It’s so important that fascia remains continuous that if you cut it, stem cells within connective tissue reconnect you! You might recognize this tissue repair as ‘scar tissue’.
Why must fascia remain continuous? In modern acupuncture theory, it is believed that since connective tissue is the most electrically conductive tissue in the body, electrons are traveling on these pathways with almost instantaneous communication. Your fascia and many of your nerve pathways travel the same routes. But what does all this have to do with qi, electrons, and the acupuncture meridians?
So glad you asked! The electron and fascia theory explains how acupuncture works.
Since fascial planes appear to map onto the acupuncture meridians that are carrying life force (electrons) through your body, the acupuncture points, located between them, can be used to regulate qi flow to correct imbalances. The points are detectible using an electrical device that measures the most electrically conductive areas of the body. Since fascia is wrapping and infusing all your parts in an electrically conductive covering, an acupuncture needle, being made of metal, can draw in electrons to these areas of conductivity, causing a measurable change in flow through the meridians.
Electrons are required for human health. They are the force that creates the spark of life. Your body is filled with electrons. Your brain has an electrical system controlled through chemical signaling (brain waves are measured electrically with an EEG). Your heart has it’s very own electrical system that causes muscle contractions to pump blood (measured by an EKG). Your blood is not only carrying oxygen, it is transporting electrons to your entire body, keeping you alive.
In Chinese Medicine theory, your qi flow (electrons) can become stagnant or depleted, causing symptoms to develop along the acupuncture (fascial) pathways. Acupuncture needles move stagnant energy and charge the channels by changing the electrical flow through the meridians, unblocking them so your qi circulates in a smooth, free-flowing way. This rebalances your entire system to promote self-healing. You experience pain relief, increased vitality, and good health.
After determining your underlying imbalances through a comprehensive intake and examination, acupuncture points are selected. The majority of points lie between elbows and wrists, knees and ankles. Some are located on the torso. You remain completely clothed for most acupuncture treatments.
First you lie comfortably on a padded massage table. The selected points are swabbed with alcohol, then sterile, single-use acupuncture needles are inserted into those areas.
Our needles are many times smaller than those used in a doctor’s office. Most people feel nothing and report a pleasant relaxation within a few minutes, often drifting into a light sleep during their treatments. After 20-25 minutes, the needles are removed and you’re free to go about your day!
The word ‘needle’ can provoke a lot of fear – even in some of the bravest people! Please don’t worry, acupuncture is usually not painful. In fact, most people describe the sensation as a light tap, followed by a heavy or full sensation that is not at all unpleasant.
The heavy sensation people feel is called ‘de qi’ which means ‘the arrival of qi’. Qi is the energy inside you that acupuncturists use to move blockages that may be causing pain or illness. The sensation may come and go during a treatment – or you may notice wandering sensations in areas where no needles have been placed. You are feeling your qi as it circulates through the acupuncture meridians. It is a healthy response to acupuncture treatment.
When a needle does cause discomfort, it is temporary! Some points are more sensitive than others. Certain people need a lighter touch. We are happy to accommodate your preferences. I have needles that even most children find painless. (Yes, we treat children!)
Acupuncture treatments are cumulative and work best when done two to three times per week to start. Symptoms that are new or more acute require less treatments. However, most people are dealing with chronic, long term issues and require an average of six to eight weeks to begin to heal.
You’ll notice gradual improvements as we restore your body to balance. Symptoms lessen as you notice additional benefits such as improved energy levels, deeper sleep, and more resilience to stress.
Once your condition is resolved, it is recommended that you continue with maintenance treatments to maintain your results. Maintenance treatments also prevent illness from returning and may keep you from developing them in the first place. An added bonus: most patients find acupuncture to be profoundly relaxing!