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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the application of a thin stainless steel needle inserted into various points on the surface of the body. Acupuncture points lay on meridian lines of our body which are unseen energy channels. Meridians are similar to the pathways of the circulatory or nervous systems. There are 14 meridians in our body they are conduits responsible for the transit of life energy called “CHI.” 

This life force energy runs through various channels from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet.  When our bodies get out of balance the energy is sluggish, just like being stuck in a traffic jam. Acupuncture points are placed on the body to get the vehicle moving so that the body can heal. 

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What I Treat With Acupuncture

Specializing In: 

Sports Injury Acupuncture

Auto Accidents Acupuncture

Workers Compensation Acupuncture

Chronic Pain Acupuncture

Acute Pain, Recreational/Hobby Injury, and Overuse Injuries.

  • Muscular and Tendon Sprains and Strains
  • Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Joint Pain
  • Facial/Bell’s Palsy (Early Stages)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy (Weakness, Numbness, Tingling Pain)
  • Nerve Pain and Impingement (Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel)
  • Any form of Tendonitis (Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow)
  • Joint Pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Low Back, Neck, Upper Back Pain, Knee Pain
  • Before and After Care of a Surgery
  • Bone Fracture Healing and Pain
  • Headaches and Migraines
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Acupuncture Improves Musculoskeletal and Nerve Pain

  • It relaxes tight or injured muscles and tendons
  • Improves blood circulation to the injured region helping it heal faster
  • It increases oxygen to the injured tissue promoting faster recovery
  • Helps break up adhesions and scar tissue with electro-acupuncture
  • Produces natural painkillers in the body
  • Increases range of motion to stiff muscles and joint in the body
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Decreases stress and anxiety and build up the immunity to help the body recover more quickly.
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How Does Acupuncture Regulate Mood?

Acupuncture is effective in treating Mental/Emotional Imbalances and Disturbances.
Some of which include Anxiety, Stress, Depression, and Insomnia.
During treatment, I chose a set of acupuncture points that will enhance the patient’s mood and put the body into homeostasis.

Acupuncture Increases Serotonin Levels! Most of our serotonin is found in our gut, it is a chemical nerve that stabilizes our moods.

Release Endorphins! Endorphins are hormones that induce feelings of pleasure. They also tell your brain to decrease the perception of pain.

Decrease Cortisol Levels! Cortisol is a stress hormone your body produces which is related to increased body tension, excess abdominal fat, stress, and anxiety. By telling your fight or flight system to calm down, you decrease your Heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels.

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Types of Acupuncture I Practice

Traditional Chinese Medicine:

I use a set of points from foot to head to move blood and CHI through your meridian systems of the body. I also used local points to the area where the patient complains of pain.

Eastern View:

There are 2 life forces Yin and Yang.  These forces control our chi (energy) throughout our bodies meridians (pathways). Illness is a result of yin and yang being in disharmony. When an acupuncture needle is inserted into the body it will cause energy to flow into our meridians.  This momentum frees up stagnation that has been ruminating in our body and shifts the body to go into homeostasis (normality).  The result is a balance of Yin and Yang getting the body to work at its optimal capacity.

Western View:

Acupuncture stimulates the muscle and sensory neurons that send a message to the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).  By Stimulating the NS there is a release of neurotransmitters that will block messages of pain from being delivered to the brain. This block is one of the keys to reducing pain levels in the body. Endorphins are also released to further decrease pain.

 

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Electroacupuncture

Two points will be chosen to stimulate traditional acupuncture points on the body. These set of acupuncture points are stimulated by a device that is connected to acupuncture needles via clips on a wire. The device will generate continuous or intermittent electrical pulses that will be delivered to the needles and the acupuncture point.  The benefit of electro-stim acupuncture is having a larger area of stimulation.  It is effective in the treatment of nerve pain and musculoskeletal pain.

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Dry Needling Acupuncture

This technique is very helpful in treating muscle pain and improving range of motion.  Trigger points are known as “knots” and motor points in the muscle are needled and then stimulated by a “pecking” needle technique. The pecking technique is a rapid in and out procedure used to stimulate the points so the muscle can twitch.  By making the muscle jump the muscle will relax and pain decreases. Needles can be retained from 15-30min or removed after a few twitches occurred.

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Trigger Point Acupuncture

Are hypersensitive areas in the muscle that can be tender to pressure. They are like a “knot” in nature, as muscle fibers coil together producing a taught band of clusters in the muscle. When pressed they often send specific pain referral patterns dependent on the muscle that is affected. 

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Acupuncture Motor Nerve Points

Found in the center of the muscle, this is where the muscle is highly executable when stimulated the nerve to tell the muscle to contract or relax. It is a neuromuscular junction that “act as a reset for muscles”.

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Acupuncture FAQs

Cointa Ledezma
Cointa Ledezma
19:54 13 Nov 19
María Ledezma .Este lugar de tratamiento es excelente buen servicio mucho interés por los pacientes gracias a mi en lo personal me ayudó Muchas Gracias Dra. MAYA Martinez.
Kisai Guzmán
Kisai Guzmán
20:23 16 Oct 19
I was dealing with a high level of stress/anxiety (burnout) so I was experiencing a lot of physical symptoms. Thankfully, I was referred to Maya. She is a great acupuncturist. I felt well taking care of, Maya has a welcoming professional approach. Always checking in to see how you are progressing. If you are new to acupuncture I definitely recommend you to start here, because Maya has a great way of explaining how acupuncture can help, which helps you understand that you might not feel a difference after the first few session. Thank you Maya for Sharing your knowledge. And being such an awesome human being.read more
Cecilia Diaz
Cecilia Diaz
18:34 10 Oct 19
Me gusta mucho venir con la Dra.Maya Martínez porque es muy amable y sabe muy bien como ayudar a sus pacientes.Yo tuve un accidente de auto y estaba muy lastimada de mi cuello y espalda pero gracias a Maya ahora ya casi no tengo dolor, me siento muy positiva en mi recuperacion.Ella es muy profesional y amable y ademas habla español.read more
Nancy Walker
Nancy Walker
17:12 01 Oct 19
Maya worked wonders on my neck and hands. I suffer from arthritis and the treatments she gave me helped so very much. I was having great difficulty sleeping due to the pain I was suffering from and the treatments have helped. I still have some discomfort in my hands but much less and my neck feels so much better. I sleep comfortably and have fewer headaches. Thank you Maya.read more
Alexi Michel
Alexi Michel
21:54 27 Sep 19
Acupuncture is really great I've had anxiety problems for years and acupuncture has helped me relax and control my anxiety!!!
Miller Henderson
Miller Henderson
21:25 04 Aug 19
Maya’s calm and professional nature instills confidence. With her athletic background and superior knowledge of anatomy, she was able to quickly and precisely diagnose and treat my chronic sports injury - biceps tendinitis. She has a genuine desire to heal her patients.read more

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