Acupuncture & Adjunct Therapies
Adding acupuncture to your regular health maintenance routine will help keep your mind clear, your emotions stable, and your body relaxed & pain-free. People are often pleasantly surprised by the deep feeling of relaxation they experience during treatment.
Benefits of Regular Acupuncture Treatment
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an healing therapy with a history that extends back several thousand years. Today, acupuncturists use whisker-thin sterile disposable needles that are inserted at precise anatomical junctures in musculature and connective tissue. Modern research demonstrates that acupuncture relaxes the body, improves circulation, regulates hormones, reduces inflammation, modulates pain, enhances immune function, stimulates tissue repair, and more. Acupuncture is a safe, effective therapy for a wide range of conditions including gynecological disorders, infertility, mood imbalances, headaches, insomnia, digestive problems, pain, and injuries.
Why is Acupuncture Effective for So Many Conditions?
Though modern science has yet to fully explain all of the intricate mechanisms by which acupuncture works, new information is continually coming to light. Research demonstrates acupuncture's ability to modulate brain activity, facilitate neural remodeling, influence nervous system activity, and affect concentrations of a wide range of compounds in the bloodstream including cholesterol, inflammatory markers, neurotransmitters, and hormones. Generally speaking, acupuncture stimulates the “rest and digest” nervous system response, which initiates the body’s internal healing response.
The World Health Organization has published a extensive report on acupuncture including a list of conditions proven to benefit from acupuncture treatment.
"E-stim" is a modern method of treatment involving the use of micro-current stimulation to the acupuncture points (somewhat comparable to the use of a TENS unit). This therapy may be suggested in cases where enhanced stimulation of acupuncture points may help you reach your goals more efficiently. E-stim is commonly used to improve uterine blood flow, prepare the body for labor at the end of pregnancy, release muscle spasms, and hasten recovery time from traumatic brain injury.
Cupping is a great addition to your regular health routine, especially if you have chronically tight muscles or stiff areas from old injuries. It is a technique in which suction is applied to the skin to release muscle tension, break up fascial adhesions, and increase the flow of lymphatic fluid and blood to the skin and underlying tissues. Please note that cupping can leave temporary reddish or purplish marks on the skin. You may have seen these telltale circles on the skin of your favorite athletes and Hollywood stars. Though these marks somewhat resemble bruising, they are not bruises and are not painful. The cupping marks can take between a few days to a few weeks to fully disappear, so you will want to avoid cupping if you have a fancy event to attend and you will be wearing an outfit that will expose the area of skin in question. Though the cupping marks are not painful, you may experience some muscle tenderness after cupping similar to what you might feel after a deep tissue massage.
Guasha is a technique in which a smooth stone or ceramic tool is pressed and dragged along the skin. Like cupping, this technique eases muscle tension, breaks up adhesions, and increases lymphatic and blood circulation to the area. When performed over tissues that are very tight and congested, guasha will result in a rash-like appearance of red spots on the skin as blood is squeezed out of underlying capillaries. Though these red spots do not represent bruising, as with cupping, you may experience muscle tenderness afterwards similar to what you might feel after a deep tissue massage.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy that uses prepared mugwort leaves (artemsia vulgaris) to stimulate acupuncture points by burning the herb near the surface of the skin. Mugwort is a Chinese herb that is often used internally for its healing properties. When used externally in the form of moxa, it has a warming and immune stimulating effect. Moxa may be applied during your treatment, or you may be instructed how to perform it at home.
Tuina is a type of Chinese medical massage in which the practitioner presses or kneads the skin to increase blood flow, release muscle tension, and stimulate acupuncture points.