Acupuncture is the use of very fine, sterile, stainless steel needles inserted at various points around the body. Points are selected based on the organ system being treated and the channels that correspond to that system. Modern research has shown that acupuncture has wide reaching effects throughout the body. It promotes local and systemic blood circulation, influences the central nervous system, stimulates dopamine production, speeds the healing process from traumatic injury, can restore hormone balance, and helps bring the body back to a state of rest and balance by impacting the parasympathetic nervous system. This makes acupuncture a versatile method of healing that can treat a wide range of disease states in the body.
When appropriate acupuncture needles can also be used to treat musculoskeletal pain and weakness by releasing tight contracted bands of muscle. This method of treatment is looking at muscle anatomy and innervation to restore proper function and mobility. This style and method of therapy can be useful for many pain conditions, and is an effective therapy for athletes who are concerned with optimizing recovery times and maintaining peak performance.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Modern Chinese herbal medicine continues to pull from over 2000 years of tradition and knowledge. The use of herbal medicine in a treatment plan will most often consist of several herbs combined in a specific way to create a formula. This formula is often chosen specifically to treat your individual These formulas are very effective when taken in addition to consistent acupuncture treatment, but can also produce excellent results when used on its own. There are many way herbs can be taken, including powder, pills, and liquid extract. We will work together to find the way that best fits you and your lifestyle.
Medical Massage / Tui Na
Tui Na is a traditional form of Chinese medical massage that works by the same principles as acupuncture to remove blockages along channels. Tui Na consists of the use of a variety of hand techniques to unblock constraint and reduce pain in the body. It is a safe manual therapy that works in conjunction with acupuncture to treat both musculoskeletal pain and internal medicine conditions.
Cupping is the use of glass or plastic cups to create a gentle suction on the body which improves circulation, relieves inflammation, and provides relief from muscle tightness and pain.
Gua sha is a "scraping" technique that involves the dragging of a blunt object across the skin to improve circulation, break up adhesions, and promote healing. It is remarkably effective at providing relief from old stubborn injuries and pain.