Acupuncture, Pain Management, Sports and Work Injuries
Charlie Savoca, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®
Board Certified with the California Acupuncture Board (www.acupuncture.ca.gov) License #AC3136
Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl.O.M.) Nationally Certified with the NCCAOM, Certificate #3602
According to the NIH “Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body via the insertion of thin metal needles through the skin. At least 3 million adults nationwide use acupuncture every year.
Acupuncture is a component of the health care system of China that can be traced back for at least 2,500 years. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture may correct imbalances of flow at identifiable (acupuncture) points. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the body contains a delicate balance of 2 opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang. Yin represents the cold, slow or passive principle. Yang represents the hot, excited or active principle. Health is achieved through balancing the 2 energies. Disease comes from an imbalance that leads to a blockage in the flow of qi—the vital energy or life force thought to regulate your spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health. Acupuncture is intended to remove blockages in the flow of qi and restore and maintain health.
Promising results have emerged, for example, showing efficacy of acupuncture in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. There are other situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, menopause, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program.
Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by an experienced, well-trained practitioner using sterile needles. Improperly performed acupuncture can cause serious side effects.”
Charlie Savoca, L.Ac. applies his knowledge and experience in:
- Orthopedic Pain management methods
- Master Tong Acupuncture
- Dr. Richard Tan balance technique
- Kiiko Matsumoto Japanese style acupuncture