Acupuncture originated in China more than 5000 years ago, and is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Acupuncture enhances the flow of qi, which is a source of energy, and regulates internal organ and musculoskeletal function. Qi circulates in the body along twelve major pathways, called meridians, that are linked to specific organ systems. Very fine needles are inserted into points located along the meridians, helping to correct and rebalance the flow of energy.

Acupuncture treats a wide range of conditions, and often requires a series of treatments to see results. It is an effective treatment for

  • Muscle and Joint Pain
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Digestive Concerns
  • Stress and Anxiety

Acupuncture supports blood flow and circulation, relieves muscle tension, decreases inflammation, regulates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, and helps to relieve stress. Stimulation of acupoints releases endorphins, which triggers the happiness center in the brain to regulate stress and pain responses. Frequency and severity of symptoms diminish over time as the nervous system adjusts to maintain a relaxed state instead of a stressed and upregulated state, both physically and mentally.

Acupuncture treatments at Spark Health

acupuncture treatment for back pain

Your first acupuncture appointment will include a detailed discussion with your doctor about your concerns, challenges, and goals. You will receive a customized acupuncture treatment that day that begins to treat your concerns and starts the path to restoring health.

Your treatments may focus on a different area of the body from where your main concern is due to organ relationships and flow of qi in the body. Once treatment starts, each acupuncture point sends signals to the overall nervous system to redirect qi and blood flow to initiate a healing response.

In addition to needling, your acupuncturist may use other Chinese medicine therapies and techniques during your treatment session, based on each condition and which type of energy movement is ideal. You may also receive gentle massage and muscle work.

Electrical Stimulation

Electrical stimulation uses specific electric frequencies to stimulate different receptor types to decrease pain.
Acupuncture treatments at Spark Health

Why Choose Spark Health?

At Spark Health, your acupuncturist works alongside your team of providers, including your naturopathic doctor, to ensure a comprehensive and aligned treatment plan. Our doctors specialize in balancing Eastern and Western diagnosis and treatment principles, and we have a unique focus on the of effect of psychological stress on the body and overall health. Many of our patients report feeling a marked difference after treatment, some describing it as feeling as though they had a night of deep rest, or “acubliss” as it is commonly called.

Our Acupuncture Specialists

Dr. Mili Shah, DACM, LAc

Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Dr. Mili Shah received her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Health Professionals in San Diego, CA. She has been in practice since 2015 and focuses on an integrative approach that allows for harmony of the mind, body and spirit. She has a gentle yet direct approach and with a focus on gut health, fertility, hormonal imbalances and mental health, all levels of healing can be achieved in treatment.

Dr. Travis Zinner

Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Dr. Travis Zinner grew up using Chinese medicine to heal a wide range of ailments Western medicine did not have an answer to. After having experienced so many miraculous results, he now finds excitement in sharing this ancient medicinal art with others.

Frequently-asked questions

Spark Health doctors are licensed and practice safe and sterile techniques with every patient. Our doctors have experience treating a variety of acute and chronic conditions, Acupuncture is a safe and usually pain-free treatment, though there can be minimal discomfort at times.

Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and flexible and usually do not hurt. Depending on the location of the needle insertion, there can be a slight pinch, which is short-lasting and resolves quickly.

Your first acupuncture treatment at Spark Health will include a detailed discussion with your doctor about your problems, challenges, and goals, and you will receive a personalized acupuncture treatment.

Moxibustion, or moxa, is placed on a needle or directly on an acupuncture point to bring heat to the area. This can help speed up the healing process and provide relief from joint pain and digestive issues.

Cupping is a therapy that involves placing glass or plastic cups on the skin to create suction. The suction helps to facilitate the flow of energy in the body and enhances healing. Cups may be placed in one location statically or can be moved around, depending on the condition and desired outcome.

Gua sha is a manual therapy that involves applying pressure to the skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation and dissipate unwanted heat. Gua sha may also help break down scar tissue, which can improve organ and joint mobility.