What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture Needles
Acupuncture is a natural method of helping the body to heal and or improve function. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.

What is Dr. Staub’s background in Acupuncture?

Dr. Staub received his post graduate certification in Acupuncture in 2003 through the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He holds licensure in the State of Arizona and furthered his studies by receiving a Fellowship in Acupuncture (FIAMA).

He has been using Acupuncture for over 20 years in order to help countless patients with everything from aches, pains, numbness, headaches, TMJ, allergies, arthritis, disc bulges, incontinence, irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual cramping, and infertility to name a few.

How does Acupuncture work?

The traditional Chinese explanation, is that pathways of energy run in specific patterns within the body and over its surface. These pathways of energy, are called meridians. Meridians are like rivers of energy, flowing through the body with the purpose of irrigating and nourishing the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy channels causes a blockage or lack of life giving energy where it is needed.

Dr. Staub can help balance your meridians by inserting needles in specific acupuncture points. Acupuncture needles can unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Dr. Staub utilizes acupuncture treatments to help the body create balance in the energy; thereby allowing internal organs to correct imbalances in digestion, absorption, energy production, and with circulation of these energies through the meridians.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the perception of pain, or can trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s internal regulating systems.

Improved energy and biochemical balance created by Dr. Staub’s acupuncture treatments result in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

What is Medical Acupuncture and what is Dr, Staub’s approach

Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical arts (over 2,000 years old), and there are many approaches to learning and practicing it. Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Doctor’s licensed in both, can use one or the other approach, or a combination of both as the need arises, to treat an illness.

When Dr. Staub utilizes Acupuncture, the effect and comfort of his patient is of the utmost importance.

What is the scope of Acupuncture within Dr. Staub’s practice?

Dr. Staub has holds licensure in Acupuncture (FIAMA), Chiropractic (DC), Stretching and Strength Training (Physical Medicine Modalities and Therapeutic Procedures (previously known as “Physiotherapy”)), and Ergonomics (CEES). Dr. Staub believes that the more tools a doctor has at his disposal the more likely the doctor is to help his or her patient.

When Dr. Staub utilizes Acupuncture, the effect and comfort of his patient are the utmost of importance.

Acupuncture is a system which can influence three general areas of health care:

  • promotion of health and wellness
  • prevention of illness
  • diagnosis and or treatment of various other conditions that afflict the body

While acupuncture is usually associated with pain control, we understand that it has much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, or as the support or adjacent to other treatment forms of many other disorders that affect the body. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture for the treatment of a wide range of health problems, including:

  • Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation and or diarrhea.
  • Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, and recurrent chest infections.
  • Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, TMJ pain, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, and arthritis.
  • Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems.
  • Sleep disorders or insomnia

Acupuncture is particularly effective in resolving physical problems related to stress. Most people report an overwhelming sense of calm / balance after their treatment.

How many treatments are required?

The specific number of treatments needed differs from person to person and case to case. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several weeks may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required. Most conditions resolve in under 6 – 8 treatments.

Do Acupuncture needles hurt?

Most people feel hardly any pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is usually no pain felt. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel (the actual needle is as thin as human hair). The point is smooth (not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle) and insertion through the skin is usually hardly noticed.

Dr. Staub practices aseptic techniques, by sterilizing your skin with rubbing alcohol and 1 time use disposable needles, therefore is no risk of infection from the treatments.

Does Acupuncture really work?

Yes. In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with any and all other health modalities combined. Today acupuncture is practiced widely in most countries including but not limited to: Asia, the Soviet Union, and Europe. It is now being used more often in America by patients and physicians. Acupuncture treatments can be given at the same time other techniques are being used, such as conventional Western medicine, Chiropractic adjustments, and homeopathic or naturopathic remedies with little or no interaction risks.

Do I need to believe in Acupuncture for it to work?

No. Acupuncture is used successfully and regularly on many animals including horses, cats and dogs. These animals don’t have a belief system or an agenda, but it is very apparent when their pain levels are reduced.

While a positive attitude toward wellness will no doubt enhance your outcomes; just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects of acupuncture or any other treatment. A neutral attitude (“I don’t know if I really believe in this; but I will go into with an open mind.”) will not block the treatment results. Many patients go into treatment with this attitude and get positive results.