Acupuncture in Ocala, Florida

What is the difference between Acupuncture and Needleless MPS Therapy?

TCM Acupuncture

What Is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a technique that involves inserting very thin metal needles into the skin at precise points on the body to clear energy channels, with the aim of restoring and maintaining health. The spots of insertion are picked based on a complex network of lines of energy, termed meridians. Meridians are thought to encircle the body like global lines of longitude and latitude.

Acupuncture is a mainstay of traditional Chinese medicine, which has been practiced for thousands of years. The Chinese healing tradition sees the body as a delicate balance of yin and yang. These are two opposing, but inseparable forces. According to traditional Chinese medicine, disease occurs when the forces of yin and yang are out of balance.


What to expect before and after treatment

At your initial appointment, Dr. David M Park, L.Ac. AP 4075, Florida state certified Acupuncturist, will conduct a detailed evaluation. Using principles of Traditional Oriental Medicine, he will identify causes associated with your individual condition. After determining your diagnosis,
he will develop a treatment plan incorporating an acupuncture prescription, Chinese herbs, supplements and nutritional and lifestyle recommendations.

Sterile, superfine needles are placed at points that correspond to your specific needs. The needles are about the thickness of three hairs, are used only once and are disposed of immediately following your treatment.
You will feel a light tap when the needles are applied. After a moment, you may feel warmth, heaviness, tingling or pressure around the needle. These sensations are normal and desirable.
Acupuncture promotes marked relaxation such that most people fall asleep during the treatment. It is very common to experience a feeling of general well-being afterward.

A typical follow-up appointment lasts about 1 hour and includes time to talk about your progress as well
as receive an acupuncture treatment.
Each person and medical condition respond to treatment at a different pace. Acute conditions usually can be treated within 6-12 sessions, and chronic conditions can often take longer.


What conditions does acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can treat many types of health issues. Most often, people use it to relieve chronic (long-term) pain, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Back pain, neck pain, knee pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Pain management
  • Sports injuries.
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Skin disorders (Acne, eczema, hives, boils)
  • Digestive Problems (constipation, diarrhea, nausea, indigestion, ulcers, acid reflux/GERD)
  • Allergies/Congestion
  • Repetitive strain disorders and overuse syndrome
  • Common Cold
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis/Chronic Cough

Other conditions acupuncture may help include:

  • Immune Disorders (weak immunity, autoimmune conditions)
  • Hypertension/High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer and cancer treatment side effects
  • Face pain and other nerve discomfort
  • Immune system problems
  • Infertility
  • Menopause and hot flashes
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Addictions and rehabilitation

Are there different types of acupuncture?

Acupuncturists who follow more traditional/ancient Chinese principles focus exclusively on directing the flow of qi (pronounced “chee”), or energy, through the body. Other practitioners apply Western medicine, using the needles to stimulate the body’s systems. Many acupuncturists use a combination of both approaches.

Another acupuncture approach treats myofascial pain. This common condition involves muscles and their connective tissue. When muscles are stressed, strained or injured, they often form trigger points — tight, painful knots. A trigger point in one muscle can create pain in a different area of the body (referred pain).

Acupuncturists can use trigger point therapy to ease myofascial pain. They stimulate certain points on the body to relieve the pain.

Internal Medicine & Oriental Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors have been studying and effectively treating internal medicine diseases since at least 100 BC with the publication of The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. This medical system prides itself on the ability to treat the causes of illness as well as the symptoms. It is preventative as well as restorative in nature.

In its wisdom, Chinese medicine is able to determine the strengths and weaknesses of individual patients. Many patients experience sub-clinical complaints, such as fatigue, headache, low sex drive or weight gain. Western medicine often does not recognize the significance of these complaints and messages from the body. Chinese medicine views any observable symptom or sign as related to Internal Organ function.

A careful patient interview and exam reveal to the TCM practitioner which systems in the body are strong and which are weak. This method allows not only treatment of the immediate condition, but also keeps the body/mind strong with preventative care. Chinese medicine can ‘see’ structures and functions that are weakened before they physically manifest. This is perhaps the most significant aspect of Chinese medicine.

We access the body’s innate healing mechanisms through the parasympathetic nervous system, the endocrine system and the circulatory system, thereby enabling TCM practitioners to address a variety of complaints.

Needleless Acupuncture MPS Therapy

MPS Therapy is an FDA approved therapy that combines the principles of acupuncture and neurology with microcurrent stimulation. MPS Therapy is successfully helping many clients control pain levels, improve outcomes and with long term effects. MPS Therapy is billable and is supported by evidence based medicine (EBM).

MPS Therapy applies concentrated DC micro-stimulation to produce an “acupuncture” response that “releases” muscle tissue that impinges nerves and causes joint articulations. This action thus permits increased reinnervation of affected neural pathways, allowing patient pain levels to be substantially decreased, often instantaneously. This multi-pronged approach to the body’s nervous and musculoskeletal system is the reason why MPS Therapy works so well on pain.


MPS Therapy – Integrative Pain Management Techniques

Microcurrent Point Stimulation (MPS) Therapy are the therapeutic protocols developed for the Dolphin Neurostims. MPS is the world’s first integrative therapy developed exclusively to sympathetically DE-Regulate the ANS and fight chronic pain. The theoretical underpinnings of MPS Therapy are based on combining the “therapeutic pearls” of acupuncture, osteopathy, integrative dentistry, neural therapy with modern neurology with Dolphin microcurrent.


How Needleless Acupuncture Therapy Works

Dolphin Neurostim locates and applies concentrated DC microcurrent to therapeutically active points (acupuncture & trigger) for the purpose of relaxing muscles, calming the nervous system and releasing endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. The Dolphin is engineered to detect and treat these active points with great scientific precision & potency, providing stimulation of all three systems at once — nervous, muscular and endocrine.

MPS protocols are the ultimate in integrative pain protocols. The power of integrating all these healing techniques into one protocol means MPS can produce far superior outcomes over traditionally pain therapies (in a fraction of treatment time).

MPS has been a remarkable success in the fight against chronic pain. The results are so impressive using this approach that complete or substantial relief (60-85%+) from pain often occurs within 1-3 applications.

Most patients require 2-10 treatments for lasting outcomes, with some chronic patients requiring ongoing daily or bi-weekly applications. MPS protocols may be quickly individualized to any patient’s needs and applied within 3-20 minutes. MPS Therapy is reported to be significantly more effective than many other therapies offered on the marketplace, often providing the only “breakthrough” many pain patients have ever experienced.

MPS Therapy has also been proven highly effective in the area of scar and adhesion treatment.


MPS Scar/Adhesion Release Therapy

Scars are the mark of injury to the skin. They can be external or internal, depending on the cause of the wound. Most wounds (except for minor ones) will leave a scar, appearing after the wound is completely healed. The new scar tissue will have a different texture and quality than the surrounding tissue, and it is generally less flexible than the surrounding skin.


Type of Scars

There are different types of scars. The type of scar that forms depends on the age of the person, skin type, skin condition, heredity and the severity of the wound. Some of the most common types are:

  • Hypertrophic scars (raised and often red)
  • Keloidal scars (much like hypertrophic, but spread far beyond the boundaries of the original injury)
  • Atrophic scars (these leave depressions in the skin)
  • Contracture scars (flat, tight scars that constrict movement, often caused by burns)
  • Acne scars (pitting caused by the stretching of pores)


How MPS Scar/Adhesion Release Therapy works

Often, scars result in a tightening of the surrounding tissue that can restrict movement or function in the body. These restrictions not only affect the joint, limb or surrounding area, but they can affect the underlying organs, too. This is because scar tissue has the potential to spread in any direction, including internally, throughout the body. Fortunately, releasing the scar can yield powerful results, which can improve mobility, diminish complications and decrease pain often associated with deep scars.

MPS (Microcurrent Point Stimulation) is the method used to release scars and is especially effective in treating large, deep, painful scars. The term ‘release’ refers to the releasing or relaxing of contracted and tightened tissue. Coupled with manual release work (a specialized type of massage), MPS Scar/Adhesion Release Therapy significantly reduces the restrictions of scar tissue.

In general, this treatment is completely painless. The use of the microcurrent probes, on the tissue surrounding the scar, creates a healing, inflammatory response. Dead cells and scar tissue are broken down by the body; circulation is increased to the area; and the lymphatic system excretes the dead cells. You will see visible changes in the appearance of the scar and gradually will notice a reduction in the tightness and restriction felt at the site of the scar. The duration of treatment will depend on how long you’ve had the scar, how deep it is, and the severity of any pain you may be having. There is no expiration date on scar release. MPS has helped a Vietnam veteran retain the use of his leg, some forty years after his multiple gunshot injury. Equally, burns and scarring from childhood have been successfully released, with accompanying beneficial results, several decades after the time of the injury.

Since the body’s fascial system is interconnected, a restriction or adhesion in one area will often affect other areas and result in compensation patterns and pain. When a scar has been released there is no longer a restriction in the flow of energy, blood circulation and lymph drainage. The body can then complete the healing process.

Whether from injury or surgery, scar tissue can been significantly improved and softened and circulation and function can be greatly improved with MPS Scar/Adhesion Release Therapy.



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