Treatment Modalities Explained
Acupuncture stimulates soft tissue with small needles to elicit endocrine, neurological, and immune/inflammatory responses that promote healing and internal balance, alleviate pain, provide stress relief, and induce relaxation.
Trigger Point Acupuncture aka "Dry Needling"
Acupuncture Dry Needling is a tool for treating myofascial pain. It works by eliminating hyperactive "trigger points” that refer pain across nerve, muscle, and connective tissue. Dry needling refers to the insertion of very fine acupuncture needles in order to treat the trigger points. When trigger points are deactivated, they normalize and become less reactive.
Cupping is a method that uses suction to increase circulation and stretch tissue. Cupping is excellent for pain management and improving lymph and blood flow.
Moxibustion uses the common herb mugwort, or moxa, burned near acupuncture points or reactive areas of the body, and is used for its warming and blood-invigorating properties.
Gua sha is also called ‘coining, spooning or scraping’. This technique removes blood stagnation which is considered pathogenic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Modern research shows that the sha, or petechiae, produce an anti inflammatory and immune protective response that persists for days following a single Gua sha treatment. This accounts for the immediate relief that patients feel from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting,etc.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal therapy has been used for centuries in China, where herbs are considered fundamental therapy for many acute and chronic conditions. Chinese herbs can address unhealthy body patterns that manifest in a variety of symptoms and complaints. The aims of Chinese Herbal Medicine are to help you regain balance in your body and to strengthen your body’s resistance to disease.
Specific dietary and nutritional recommendations may be necessary to enhance treatment for many health disorders, including gastrointestinal problems, allergies, chronic pain, fatigue, and mental health conditions.
As a licensed acupuncturist, we are trained in Shaitsu and TuiNa- Asian therapeutic massage techniques and as needed, we incorporate these techniques into the treatments.
If you are looking for a full massage session, we have a licensed Massage Therapist in office who we can schedule you an appointment with.