In my practice, I often integrate acupuncture, bodywork, cupping, gua sha, and moxibustion, to treat a wide variety of conditions.
Tui Na is a form of Asian bodywork that stimulates certain acupoints or channels. It involves the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, and muscle spasms. Some techniques are quite gentle and are often used for stress relief. Others are more forceful and are used in helping the body heal from serious injury and illness.
Cupping is done by applying glass, plastic or silicone cups to the skin on certain acupoints or channels by creating a vacuum causing the skin to seal to it. The vacuum created draws blood, Qi and lymph to the area to promote circulation and healing, along a channel pathway or muscle group. Cupping is similar to receiving a deep tissue massage, and can be performed as a sole treatment or at the end of an acupuncture treatment for 5-10 minutes. Cupping is a tremendously helpful technique for general pain, injuries to the neck, back, shoulder or hip, arthritis, digestive issues, fertility issues, asthma, colds and flus, insomnia, and more.
Gua Sha is a technique using a small rounded edge tool used to apply direct pressure to a muscle that results in a red appearance or “sha” that usually fades within 2-3 days. This technique helps to promote the normal circulation of Qi and blood through an area by breaking up any stagnation in the channel or muscle. This technique is great for whiplash, carpal tunnel, and neck, shoulder, elbow, and upper back pain or tension.
Moxibustion involves the burning of moxa, an herb from the Mugwort plant. The herb is used as a form of heat therapy and is burned slowly over acupoints. It gives off a little smoke and a pleasant, incense-like smell. The radiant heat produced by the moxa penetrates deeply into the body to restore balance, promote circulation, build the Qi, and rid the body of excess moisture. Patients undergoing moxibustion generally enjoy the feeling of warmth and find it very relaxing.
Micro Stimulation is a small machine, similar to a tens unit, that is connected to the needles, it provides small pulsations that create a stronger treatment effect. This is commonly used for acute or severe chronic pain. For children, we use a hand held stimulator to provide small pulsations to the acu-points as an alternative to using acu-needles.
Cold Laser Therapy is a low frequency cold laser that is used to promote and accelerate healing at the cellular level. This is commonly used for acute and chronic injuries, to reduce inflammation and heal scars.
Meridian Autonomic Testing (MAT) is a muscle testing technique based on the principles of kinesiology using acupuncture points located on the surface of the body. The testing is non-invasive and does not use needles. These points relate to body organ systems and glands. It helps to identify certain nutritional needs your body may be lacking, causing non-optimal health.
Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) is a mind-body technique that is used to find and remove neurological imbalances related to the physiology of unresolved stress. NET is a tool that can help improve many behavioral and physical conditions.