Pediatric Acupuncture

                                                   Help your child with the BEST START POSSIBLE

on_point_acupuncture_pediatricsIf you are searching for a natural, safe and effective solution for your child’s healthcare, consider Pediatric Acupuncture! This is a gentle and specialized form of treatment for infants and children found commonly as a widespread approach in Japanese culture.

How does it work?
Acupuncture can help stimulate the body to heal itself by balancing its own energy. With the use of specialized tools on the skin (Shoni-shin tools) as well as various techniques of tapping, rubbing, and scraping along the channels, balance is restored along with the flow of energy. The reason this method of therapy for children is so effective is due to the fact that the Qi/ life energy moves through the body quickly in the young child or infant.

In addition to these techniques, cold laser acupuncture offers an alternative to needles. Cold laser acupuncture is a particularly popular option for children or those extremely sensitive or weakened. Laser uses infrared light from a device that resembles a small flashlight to deliver an imperceptible dose of thermal energy to the pressure point. Research has shown laser acupuncture to be as effective as needles, which is a boon for those patients (like children!) who may become anxious at the sight of yet another needle, even one that is painless.

Yes, needles can be used too! It is virtually pain free as the needles are solid, tiny (no thicker than several hairs), and usually tapped in place then immediately removed in one action. This technique is used when the child is ready and the level of trust and acceptance is deeply established.

How often should my child get treatment?
Sessions are shorter than normal, 20-30 minutes and may be initially more frequent than adult acupuncture. As with adult acupuncture, each treatment is individually tailored to the child’s temperament and medical condition. After evaluating a patient to see if symptoms are likely to respond to acupuncture, I typically administers six to ten treatments over the course of 4-6 weeks for a condition that has been present for awhile.

I may also teach parents how to treat these same points on their own with acupressure and gentle massage. I recommend coming in every 4-6 weeks to monitor how the child is doing for several months afterwards. Seasonal boosts are especially helpful as well to prevent further problems from developing.

What types of medical problems can be addressed with Pediatric Acupuncture?
The potential for healing with acupuncture can make an enormous difference for children who suffer from chronic health conditions. Shoni-shin and other techniques described above are used to treat a wide variety of problems, including but not limited to: ear infections, frequent illness and colds, allergies and asthma, weak constitution, colic, digestive problems, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and eczema.

Acupuncture is an extremely safe method of treatment that is well tolerated, even in babies and toddlers.

Is there anything else I should know about?
Yes! If you want to raise healthy, happy children, dietary practices will also need to be looked at. Because the digestive system is not fully developed in babies and young children, certain foods can contribute to illness and lack of robust health. I work with you to help you understand you and your child’s dietary needs to produce effective and lasting results. I will help you find proper choices to address dietary management essential for continued relief of symptoms.

Contact me today to schedule an appointment. Remember, in the hands of a fully trained and licensed acupuncturist, it is one of the SAFEST ways to help your child heal.