The acupuncture practice of Shannon Considine, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., welcomes new clients, including those who have never experienced acupuncture.
Many clients visit Shannon for “preventive” health reasons, timing their treatment with the change of seasons or times of stress when the energy flows—chi-- are most likely to need re-balancing.
Other clients work with Shannon to treat a chronic medical condition, such as arthritis, and others for pain relief and hastened healing of an injury .
For those following a treatment plan from a physician, Shannon’s acupuncture treatments are truly “complementary,” making the body more receptive to other treatments and medications.
Acupuncture has been helping people heal and improve their health for more than 4,000 years, because acupuncture treats the cause of pain or illness, not just the symptoms. Recognized by the World Health Organization, acupuncture is the oldest continuously-practiced medical system in the world, and is based on the natural laws, which describe the flow of life energy in nature and in the body.
This life energy, called chi, courses through the body in channels similar to rivers channeling through the earth. When these channels, called meridians, are not completely open, the chi cannot flow easily through the body—creating illness or pain.Acupuncturists are trained to use very fine needles to stimulate precise points on the body that correspond to opening the meridians and promoting free-flow of chi.
Since energy flows throughout the entire body, acupuncture treats the body, mind spirit all at once; this is one huge point of distinction between western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. In this sense, acupuncture is truly holistic in its approach and benefits.
Many who seek acupuncture also benefit from chiropractic, massage, and herbal supplements.