When January hits, we usually hit the gym and start a new diet to kick off a healthy new year. As part of your 2023 health and wellness plan, the 3000+ year-old ancient art of acupuncture should be something you consider as part of your new wellness routine. I spoke with Joan Arata, owner, of Florham Park’s Modern Acupuncture to learn more.
Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese treatment, involves the insertion of very fine needles into the skin at specific “acupoints”. These acupoints stimulate the nervous system, releasing endorphins, our body’s natural pain-killing chemicals, releasing our natural healing abilities and promoting both physical and emotional well-being. Acupuncture increases blood flow to the areas being treated. When the needle goes below the dermis, it sends blood to those points which carry nutrients and collagen, setting it up for healing by receiving all those nutrients. It also allows our neuropathways to connect.
“People come because of back pain and to treat and prevent migraines. My husband had bad headaches…three to four times a week and was living on medication, that gave him other side effects. After acupuncture treatments, he no longer has migraine headaches. We offer both preventive and treatment care. Acupuncture can help treat arthritis, infertility, diabetes and weight loss as part of their normal medical treatments.” said Joan. “Acupuncture is what we call cumulative medicine. It’s like going to the gym, you build on the changes with frequent treatments to meet and maintain your wellness goals, “
Stress is very prevalent today. Acupuncture can help with stress, anxiety, and depression. “Anyone that comes to Modern Acupuncture gets treated for stress in addition to the reason they came in. We add a few extra needles to help them relax. When you release that stress, you feel so much better, “said Joan. “One of our goals is to make acupuncture more accessible and friendly. That’s why we’re in a retail space, not a medical building. We make it affordable by offering memberships or packages. We’re one of 50 locations nationwide and your membership allows you to visit other locations when you’re traveling. We will be adding cupping in our Florham Park location to release congestion in the muscles. Michael Phelps made it popular. It raises the blood to the surface.”
The acupuncturists, at Modern Acupuncture, are state licensed and nationally certified. Anyone 12 and older can be treated. Those 19 and under with a student ID, qualify for a junior membership. Joan stated, “Every needle is disposable, one-time use. For example, if the acupuncturist opens a package of ten, they use what they need for the treatment and the rest are thrown away. Each new package is opened in front of the customer. Your first session is about 45 minutes. Your regular treatments are about 30 minutes. The needles must be in for 20 minutes. “
Is it painful? Everybody is different. The needles are about the width of a human hair, don’t have sharp points, and are very thin and flexible. When I tried it, it felt like I tapped my skin with my fingernail for a second.
“Modern Acupuncture offers a way for everyone to take advantage of Eastern treatments that have been around for 3000+ years. Only about 3% to 5% of Americans have tried acupuncture. For those, it’s a last resort that are considering surgery. Acupuncture has a place in our everyday self-care.”, said Joan. Modern Acupuncture is offering January specials in their Florham Park clinic for our readers. Call them at 973.457.4467 and try it! You may be pleasantly surprised you did!