Neuro-Acupuncture is a treatment of diseases in which needles are placed on points in the scalp that correspond to specific areas of the cerebral cortex. The treatment is extremely safe and effective. It requires very few needles, and the effects are often seen immediately.
Neuro-Acupuncture is based on the latest scientific understanding of brain-area functioning and neuroplasticity. By stimulating areas associated with motor, sensory, or other functional impairments through acupuncture, brain cells are induced to make new connections. Surrounding neurons are then recruited to reform circuitry and restore lost abilities.
Although it is commonly used for post-stroke recovery, Neuro-Acupuncture is also used to treat neurological problems like cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, phantom pain, PTSD, autism, anxiety, and various body pains.
We offer Neuro-Acupuncture Rehabilitation (NAR) – a combination of Neuro-Acupuncture and evidence-based rehabilitation. The act of acupuncture with rehabilitation has proven to show more benefits than rehabilitation alone.
Acupuncture, one of the oldest healing practices in the world, is part of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture practitioners stimulate specific points on the body most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. In traditional Chinese medicine theory, this regulates the flow of qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians.
Acupuncture is an ancient practice used around the world and has gained momentum in the US in recent decades. It is generally considered safe when performed by an experienced practitioner using sterile needles. There are almost no adverse effects from acupuncture compared to many standard drug treatments (such as anti-inflammatory medication and steroid injections).
Acupuncture is one of the primary treatment methods we use at Hope Neuro-Acupuncture Therapy, and Dr. Lu is certified both in California and nationally for this form of treatment. Our experience and expertise ensure safe treatment and optimal results.
Here at HOPE Neuro-Acupuncture Rehab, we assist in treatments for those suffering from injuries and/or disease. We use exercises and hands-on treatments, including specific muscle/joint stretching and manual techniques to make patients stronger, relieve pain, and improve the ability to perform activities of daily living such as lifting, sports, and hobbies.
Physical modalities, including heat, cold ultrasound, cold laser, traction, and electric stimulations, are also used for pain management. And throughout the process, we emphasize the importance of fitness, show patients how to avoid body injuries at work or during play, and design and supervise individualized exercise programs to promote optimal physical wellness further.
We offer a unique blend of physical therapy techniques that makes us distinctive from other clinics. Our combination of advanced manual therapy techniques, customized exercise programs, instruction in body mechanics/ergonomics, relaxation techniques, Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), and acupuncture helps promote healing in the shortest amount of time with minimal pain and discomfort. And all treatments are conducted with care and respect.
Pain and musculoskeletal complaints accounted for 7 of the top 10 conditions for which people use acupuncture. Back pain was the most common, followed by joint pain, neck pain, severe headache/migraine, and recurring pain.
Through his clinical experience and research, Dr. Lu found that acupuncture and physical therapy make a “perfect match” for pain elimination. Acupuncture can reduce the pain immediately while physical therapy helps prolong the effects and treat the root causes of the pain. This powerful two-step option is an effective non-drug treatment for pain.
Examples of work we often do at Hope Neuro-Acupuncture Rehab include:
- Physical and Occupational therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Self-care Techniques
- Manual therapies such as spinal manipulation, joint and soft tissue mobilization, and acupressure
Dry Needling Trigger Point Therapy is a powerful, drug-free way to treat musculoskeletal pain. It is often used as part of a larger pain management plan that includes exercise, stretching, massage, and other techniques, but it can play an important role on its own toward muscle recovery and pain relief.
This therapy involves using hair-thin needles — “dry” in the sense that they don’t inject anything into the body — that are inserted through the skin into the muscle tissue. The main focus is the muscle and connective tissue to restore mobility and normalize muscle tone. Stimulating a trigger point with a needle helps draw normal blood supply back to flush the area and release tension. The prick sensation can also fire off nerve fibers that stimulate the brain to release endorphins – the body’s natural pain killer.
Dr. Lu is one of the most experienced dry needling practitioners in the field. Because Dr. Lu is licensed in both acupuncture and physical therapy in California, he is one of the few clinicians in California who can legally perform this technique. Most patients experience immediate relief with this treatment.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Doctors have practiced Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It is based on two chief concepts: qi (pronounced “chee”) and yin and yang. Qi is the flow of energy along pathways in the body called meridians. It is believed that when that flow is blocked or unbalanced, illness can occur. Causes of qi imbalance are thought to involve:
- External forces, such as wind, cold, or heat
- Internal forces, such as emotions of joy, anger, or fear
- Lifestyle factors, such as poor diet, too little sleep, or too much alcohol
Yin and yang is the concept that all things (including the body) are composed of opposing forces: yin and yang. Health is said to depend on the balance of these two forces.
Traditional Chinese medicine focuses on maintaining the qi and yin-yang balance to maintain health and prevent illness. These doctors are highly trained to read the balance of body, mind, and spirit to determine how to restore qi and yin-yang balance for good health. Treatments have been found particularly effective for asthma, allergies, infertility, and hormonal issues. Common treatment methods include:
- Acupuncture: thin metal needles placed along the body’s meridians
- Acupressure: hands or fingers applied directly to pressure points along the body’s meridians.
- Chinese herbs: combinations of herbs, roots, powders, or animal substances to restore balance in the body.
- Cupping: heated air directed into glass jars that create suction when the jars are placed on areas of the body,
- Diet plans: food recommendations that restore the yin and yang balance.
- Massage (tui na) on specific areas of the body or along the body’s meridians.
- Moxibustion: small amounts of heated fibers from the moxa plant (Chinese mugwort) placed above specific areas
of the body.
- Qi gong: body movement, breathing techniques, and meditation