What is acupuncture ?
The practice of acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago and has been shown to alleviate a number of physical conditions (i.e. migraines, ulcers, etc.) and has been shown to address a number of mental health concerns such as; depression, memory problems, insomnia, and anxiety. Through the use of small needles placed in specific points on the body, the acupuncturist helps to stimulate neural conductivity and increases blood circulation. Research has shown that the use of acupuncture with certain individuals can improve cognitive functioning and reduce stress in certain mental health issues along with reducing a variety of physical complaints. Our acupuncturists strive to integrate an understanding of the individual clients’ needs and concerns into their treatment approaches and are experts in the area of integrating acupuncture into mental health care.
Bridges to Recovery offers individuals with an added component of Acupuncture whereas the instructor and her experience with mental health issues can focus the energy to flow through each specific pathway (or meridian) to the need of the individuals along with their current mental health and physical concerns. This opportunity, done in a compassionate and caring manner, allows the client to slowly become more aware of their body and to develop a stronger, more authentic connection with their mind-body issues.
How does acupuncture work?
Our residential program found that the acupuncture program was integral to ongoing emotional growth. The framework of the acupuncture is often determined by the needs of the individual and their specific physical and mental concerns. The challenge for each client will be different, of course, depending on their physical abilities and their openness to new experiences. The instructor takes the needs of each client into consideration, of course, when working with them individually and will check in frequently with the client to ensure that they are comfortable with the interventions provided.
What happens if someone is reluctant to engage in acupuncture?
Many individuals that come to our residential program will relate that they have never participated in acupuncture before and are uncomfortable in practicing something new. Most clients who enter into our program have never engaged in a acupuncture practice and the acupuncturist makes every effort to acclimate entering clients to the process.
What should acupuncture accomplish?
Acupuncture should accomplish an increased ability to connect mind and body experiences. Further, it has been shown to increase our pain threshold, increase blood circulation, increase body temperature, affect white blood cell activity (responsible for immune functioning), reduce cholesterol, and regulate blood sugar levels.
Bridges to Recovery utilizes acupuncturists who are highly experienced and who demonstrate a strong motivation to help clients reach their full potential and reach their goals and dreams.