Dr. Callista Lay, DC RMT provides acupuncture services at Revive Chiropractic Healing Center as stand-alone treatment, or alongside, Chiropractic, Fire Cupping, Reiki, and other treatment options.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting small, hair-thin, sterilized, and single use, metal needles into the skin along specific meridian points, AKA Acupuncture points, throughout the body. Each meridian corresponds with a specific organ and is believed to be a channel for the flow of qi, or universal energy. Acupuncturists believe that illness and pain within the body is caused when the flow of qi is excessive, blocked, or stagnant. Acupuncture is believed to restore optimal qi flow, and thus support healing and pain relief within the body.

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What Type of Health Conditions Will Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture can be used to treat various types of conditions. At Revive we use Acupuncture to alleviate painful conditions such as sciatica, chronic migraines and sinusitis, as well as to alleviate discomfort associated with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and degenerative bone disease.
In addition, we utilize acupuncture to support fertility, pregnancy and postpartum care. Other reasons people seek acupuncture care with us include anxiety, depression and stress.

Does Acupuncture Cause Side Effects?

In most cases, acupuncture offers very few to no side effects. The needles used in most acupuncture procedures are surgical steel and extremely thin. The needles used by Dr. Lay are always sterilized and only used once. Most people can’t feel the needles being inserted into the skin, some patients may describe a zig or zap type sensation upon insertion. After an acupuncture session is over, many people claim to feel relaxed and even some feel euphoric. On occasion some patients do feel a sense of fatigue or disorientation post sessions, and at Revive we provide tea and a space to reset post care if needed.

How Does Acupuncture work?

While some people are skeptical about the benefits of acupuncture, some studies have shown an increase in endorphins and neurotransmitters responsible for the cessation of pain and inflammation to sites where acupuncture needles are inserted. In Traditional Chinese Medicine we would say acupuncture works via the manipulation of qi flow, and in Western Medicine, we would say it works because of the upregulation in feel good chemicals the brain releases. No matter which way you look at it, acupuncture can provide a soothing peaceful and pain-relieving experience.