Pediatric Acupuncture in Kingston WA
Can Acupuncture Help Your Child?
Acupuncture treatment for kids is one aspect of holistic pediatrics and is something we use everyday here in our clinic. As defined by the Holistic Pediatrics Association, holistic pediatrics is a practical approach to pediatric care that focuses on the principles of health, wellness and the safe resolution to illness. Holistic pediatrics is dedicated to bringing together treatments that use natural methods to stimulate healing, recover balance and support the body’s own resilience.
What is a Treatment Like?
Treatments are customized to each child’s temperament and specific needs. All aspects of a child’s health are taken into consideration: physical, nutritional, environmental, mental & emotional well-being. After a thorough examination and discussion of the child’s health history and current complaint, one or more of the following treatment methods may be used: micro-current therapy, pediatric acupuncture, tuina massage, dietary modifications, herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, & therapeutic movement.
We call acupuncture needles “taps” for kids – that dispels most fears that kids have about needles. Acupuncture needles are hair-fine, virtually painless, and are inserted superficially into the skin.
Are There Alternatives to Using Needles?
There are also several different non-needle and painless ways to stimulate acupoints that have similar therapeutic effects as acupuncture. Non-needle methods do not penetrate the skin yet are highly effective for promoting healing in children.
In babies and toddlers non-needle methods are most often used to stimulate acupoints. This may include micro-current therapy, tuina massage, and acupressure.
In kids under age 6, acupuncture needles are not retained in the body. The needles are swiftly tapped in and immediately taken out. Children only need to sit still for a few seconds at a time during the treatment.
In kids over age 7, they can generally sit still for 10 – 15 minutes with the needles in, but unlike adults the needles are smaller and we use fewer of them during a treatment.
We do our best to meet your child where they’re at! If they’re not comfortable getting “taps’ in their first visit it’s not a problem. We can slowly work with your child to increase their comfort with acupuncture. In fact, most children eventually begin to ask for their regular treatments and look forward to their visits!
Is Acupuncture Safe for Children?
Acupuncture has been safely used to treat a wide variety health problems in babies, toddlers and children for thousands of years. It is a safe, natural and effective treatment that works with the body and has very few adverse effects.
There is ample research to support the safety of acupuncture in children. One of the most recent systematic review studies of pediatric acupuncture safety was published in the December 2011 issue of the journal Pediatrics. It confirms that acupuncture is safe and effective for kids when performed by a qualified practitioner.
If you're interested in seeking treatment or discussing a condition, please call us at (360) 297-0037. We offer a FREE & complimentary 20 minute consultation to determine if we can help. Chances are we can!
|ACUPUNCTURE OFFICE HOURS|
|Monday||8:30am - 4:30pm|
|Tuesday||10:00am - 5:30pm|
|Wednesday||8:30am - 4:30pm|
|Thursday||10:00am - 5:30pm|
8202 NE State Hwy 104 #105
Kingston, WA 98346