Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. Today, various styles of acupuncture are used worldwide to safely and effectively address a multitude of health concerns. Many people use acupuncture as part of an overall strategy to be well and stay well.
Acupuncture recognizes the body as an integrated, whole system. Health is maintained when there is a smooth flow of vital energy called Qi (pronounced "chee"). This bioelectric energy circulates throughout the body and connects with specific organs, organ systems and body structures. When the circulation of Qi is impaired or disrupted, normal function is affected, resulting in illness, pain or disease.
Some factors that can contribute to Qi becoming weak or stagnant include physical or emotional stress, inadequate nutrition and poor eating habits, injury, inactivity, predisposition, overwork, chronic worry, and exposure to toxins or extreme temperatures.
During your acupuncture treatment, sterile, disposable needles are inserted at precise acupuncture points to balance the circulation of Qi. These needles are "hair-thin" and are inserted gently and quickly to avoid stimulation of pain receptors at the skin.
Most people find acupuncture to be deeply relaxing and feel refreshed after treatment.
The number of treatment sessions required varies depending on an individual's age, health and medical history, lifestyle, diet, medications, and the amount of time the condition or illness has persisted. Most often it is recommended to start with six to ten weekly sessions with ongoing evaluation of one's progress. People often begin to experience noticeable improvement within the first few visits.
Quinci Sprague is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine and is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She brings to her practice more than twenty years of clinical experience and is devoted to providing a safe and relaxed environment for healing.
Quinci helps people to overcome conditions that often result from excessive stress - such as chronic headaches, neck and shoulder pain, anxiety and GI disorders - and works with them to create sustainable, intentional habits that support improved health and wellness.
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