Returning energy flow with the Biomat
Acupuncture is a complementary medical treatment used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Increasingly, people are turning to the practice looking for a non-pharmaceutical approach.
Acceptance of the practice continues to grow, as an increasing number of institutions recognize acupuncture as an effective form of health care. Acupuncture is now covered by many insurance policies, and doctors are eager to find a drug-free alternative to pain management in light of the dangers of opioids, and the opioid crisis in the United States.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health, recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for pain and an adjunct treatment for addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO), an agency within the United Nations issued a report listing 28 diseases, symptoms and conditions for which acupuncture has been proven effective.The American Medical Association Journal of Internal Medicine (JAMA) concluded acupuncture as an effective means for reducing chronic pain with few side effects.3
How the Biomat helps acupuncture sessions
In acupuncture, when the meridians are blocked, and the flow is stagnant, pain and other conditions begin to appear. The Biomat will assist the practitioner in returning flow, because the far-infrared heat increases circulation, relaxes muscles and reduces stiffness.
Jessica Barrett, the founder of Denver Mind Body Essence, has found the Biomat aids the TCM and acupuncture she uses on patients.
“The Biomat enhances the energy moving through the body that is created and directed with the needles. Really, it can help to enhance the results I am getting with acupuncture because the body more quickly goes into the parasympathetic state and can more easily rest and heal,” said Barrett.
Diamond Executive ISA Kate Carter of Acupuncture with Kate has been practicing acupuncture for over 20 years. She has found her treatments work faster with the Biomat, and her clients notice the difference.
“I think it relaxes them so that they are more receptive to the needles and to allowing the treatments to take hold. As stress is the cause of so many illnesses and pathologies that develop when the stress is reduced, people heal more easily and aren’t as vulnerable to “invasion” by pathogenic factors,” explained Carter.
Diamond Executive ISA Claudette Baker, owner of Glenview Healing Arts Center says, “because the Biomat induces a deep state of relaxation and calm, stress levels reduce.” Baker was instrumental in passing legislation which allowed practitioners to be licensed in 1997. All the treatment tables at her clinic have Biomats on them.
“It is a fact that stress is the mother of many imbalances and contributes to most chronic diseases, so anything that can help people interrupt the stress cycle is critical in healing illness and regaining a vibrant state of health and wellbeing,” said Baker.
How clients respond to acupuncture with the Biomat
Acupuncture is safe and mostly painless. However, the thought of needles can be overwhelming to some. The gentle warmth of the Biomat helps nervous clients relax.
”They love it. I find that it takes them to a much deeper level of relaxation. The far infrared heat provides soothing energy to soften tense muscles,” says Gold Executive ISA Michael Vahila of Vahila Acupuncture and Massage Therapy.
Diamond Executive ISA Jonathan Glass, co-founder of Healing Essence Center, finds that his clients experience a deeper and more profound sense of peace and healing when being treated on the Biomat.
“I feel it adds a great deal to the treatments and patients really appreciate its added benefits. It also makes me unique as a practitioner and shows my commitment to offering the best,” said Glass.
Practitioners who employ the use of the Biomat have set themselves apart from the competition. Kate advertises the Biomat as part of her treatments on her website. “My clients love the Biomat. Many say how much they look forward to coming for their treatment because they love to lie on it! Some patients have chosen me over other acupuncturists in town because of what they read or already knew about it,” said Carter.
At Acubalance Wellness Centre, Dr. Lorne Brown has had much success with the Biomat. “We have eight treatment rooms and some patients would refuse being in a room without a Biomat so we purchased more so every treatment table has one. For a few months it was a scheduling nightmare but no longer an issue now that each room is supplied with a mat,” said Brown.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical practice in which trained practitioners stimulate specific points on the body to relieve pain or treat a health condition. The practice involves using very thin needles placed along “meridian points” to remove blockages, re-balancing the energy flow throughout the body.
Imagine the inside of your body as a network of roads. When the system is clear, everything will function normally. However, when there is an accident, the cars will begin to back up, causing traffic. Our body expresses this traffic as pain or dysfunction. An acupuncturist will stimulate certain points on the body to divert the traffic and remove the accident, thus restoring normal flow.
The science behind acupuncture
Acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural pain-relieving and self-healing mechanisms. Exactly how this works is still being understood. Research has demonstrated the procedure can cause multiple biological responses by sensory neurons which then have a physiological effect on the brain and body.
When an acupressure point is stimulated, the nervous system releases chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals assuage pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals that influences the body’s own natural healing system.
The Benefits of Acupuncture
The following list is from the World Health Organization (WH0)4. The WHO recognizes acupuncture’s therapeutic effects for over 28 diseases, symptoms, or conditions, but noted additional controlled trials are needed.
- Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
- Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
- Biliary colic
- Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
- Dysentery, acute bacillary
- Dysmenorrhoea, primary
- Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
- Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
- Hypertension, essential
- Hypotension, primary
- Induction of labour
- Knee pain
- Low back pain
- Correction of malposition of fetus
- Morning sickness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Neck pain
- Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
- Periarthritis of shoulder
- Postoperative pain
- Renal colic
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Tennis elbow
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