Questions About Acupuncture
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How long will it take?
Our treatments are tailored to you. This process gives us the opportunity to listen to you. Your first session will probably take approximately an hour. Subsequent treatments are shorter. Expect to have more than one treatment to see improvement in your condition.

Most health problems are a result of cumulative stresses on your body, and do not arise overnight. Do not expect a condition which has been developing for a period of time to resolve immediately, although, sometimes it does.

What Conditions Can Acupuncture Help?
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What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a healing art system based on observation of the human body that has been used in China for over 4,000 years. Historically shaped by Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian philosophies, TCM has spread to many countries around the world.

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one component of TCM. Acupuncture is a way to manipulate the body's energy, called qi (pronounced "chee"), to enhance the body's natural healing ability.

Acupuncturists can affect the flow of energy throughout the body's conduits of flowing energy (meridians) by manipulating small portals (acupoints) via the insertion of fine-gauged needles.

We use manufacturer-sterilized, disposable needles. Acupuncture stimulates the release into the brain of neurotransmitters and the body's natural pain killers.

Does It Hurt?
It is not uncommon to be a bit nervous at your first visit. Most patients do not find acupuncture painful. Typically, a mosquito-bite sensation is felt as the acupuncture needle pierces the skin.

Patients do commonly sense a distending, achy, or dull sensation in the area. This sensation is known as de qi. This is normal and a good sign that the qi is moving. Be sure to tell us if sharp, burning or uncomfortable sensations occur after needles are placed at proper depths.

Can acupuncture help me quit SMOKING?
When acupuncture is used there is a 70% increased success rate along with a reduce in stress and withdrawal symptoms while quitting. Our Acupuncture Package is just the help you need to curb those nasty nicotine cravings. Package includes consultation, initial treatment and four follow-up visits to help you break your nicotine addiction.

Many insurance plans are now covering some acupuncture services, but coverage's vary widely. Check with your insurance provider for details specific to your plan. We are happy to assist in completing insurance forms for your submission.

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Low Level Laser Therapy
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What is Low Level Laser Therapy?
The theory for the creation of laser light was proposed by Albert Einstein in 1917, but was not developed until 1960. It was in the late 1960's that Professor Endre Mester of Budapest, Hungary, first reported his experience sing laser light to treat non-healing wounds and ulcers in diabetic patients. Mester's 70% success rate in treating these wounds lead to the development of the science of what he called "laser biostimulation".

Around the world, laser therapy is rapidly becoming a medical therapy that can heal wounds and fractures up to 60% faster and also reduce the cost of treatment for many conditions. In the U.K., low level laser therapy has become the treatment of choice for sort tissue "whiplash" injuries and for the treatment of painful post-hereabouts neuralgia (shingles pain).

About Photomedicine (LLLT)?
Photomedicine is the "application of red and near infrared radiation over compromised areas such injuries, arthritic joints and lower back and neck pain to stimulate healing and relive pain" without sensation or side effects. THOR has developed its protocol, training and medical equipment over 15 years, gained with use in 77 countries. We work closely with the leading academics in this field; our customers include many UK and US Hospitals, the US military and several Olympic teams, which has led to the completion of the prescription protocols for pain relief for the General Practitioner. And as a key support for general practitioners where the control and cost of treatment will remain in the domain of the Patients own Doctor.

How Does Laser Light Heal?
Healing with the use of light is not new. Light therapy was reported to be effective for many conditions by Hippocrates. With the development of the laser and its special properties, using light as a treatment has gained more popularity. This is because we can now use specific wavelengths of light and jive accurately measured doses of energy directly to the appropriate treatment site, which was not possible with other light sources.

Low-level lasers supply energy to the body in the form of non-thermal photons of light. Light is transmitted through the skin's layers (the dermis, epidermis and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin) at all wave lengths in the visible range, However, light waves in the near infrared ranges penetrate the deepest of all light waves in the visible spectrum. Then low level laser light waves penetrate deeply into the skin, they optimize the immune responses of our blood. This has both anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effects. It is a scientific fact that light transmitted to the blood in this way has positive effects throughout the whole body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to every cell.

Almost everyone knows that Vitamin D is called "the sunshine vitamin." We all know the difference between a suntan and a sunburn. Unlike surgical lasers, low level laser therapy units do not produce heat or damage tissue. The light from the laser, however, is absorbed by special cellular components or modulates biochemical activity within the body to produce its beneficial effects. In much the same way that plants in photosynthesis use light, humans and animals also have the ability to take advantage of the healthful effects that light has to offer.

What Can I Expect During a Laser Therapy Treatment Session?
For most people, laser therapy is quite passive. There are no creams, gels or ointments that need to be applied prior to treatment. No pulsating shocks are felt as in forms of electric stimulation. The most notable sensation is the pressure of the probe head of the laser as it comes in contact with the skin.

Some patients (3-5% of those undergoing light therapy) have reported a slight tingling or tapping in a nerve or along a nerve pathway. Some have noted that they are able to sense a slight feeling of warmth. But for the most part, the treatment, which may last from 2 to 20 minutes, is not noticed at all.

Following (and even during) a laser therapy session, approximately 75-80% of patients being treated can notice an immediate improvement in their condition. This will depend primarily on the type of condition and the length of time the condition has been present.

Generally, the more chronic or severe the condition, the longer it takes to respond. The majority of conditions treated will take anywhere from 4-5 or 10-18 treatments. Once again, the number of treatments depends upon the severity of the condition and its duration. There are some conditions that will never completely resolve but can be helped and maintained with laser therapy. If your condition does not change immediately, it may take 3-4 sessions before a dramatic or marked change is perceived.

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Other Therapeutic Approaches
Are There Other Therapeutic Approaches?
This best explained on "Our Services" page.

Can I find more information about Acupuncture on the Internet?
Yes, Here are just a few informative web sites.
Acupuncture.com - Resources For Patients, Practitioners & Students
National Center For Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Acupuncture Information and Resources

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Eduardo Herrera MS, Dipl. L. Ac.
Brookfield Acupuncture Center
3504 Grand Boulevard
Brookfield, IL. 60513
Phone: 708.387.2058
Fax: 708.387.2138
email: info@brookfieldacupuncture.com

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