Your Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture, Dry Needling, Acupressure,
Herbal Medicine, Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Cupping, Gua Sha, Moxibustion, Electro-Acupuncture, Medical Massage Therapy, Shiatsu,
Tuina, Kinesio Taping, TDP mineral light therapy, Reflexology, Applied Kinesiology, Aromatherapy, and Qi
Gong may be a part of your treatment. Each technique is explained below:
the insertion of very fine needles into the body through the surface of the skin into acupuncture points. This
is generally a painless procedure and leads to deep levels of relaxation experienced during the treatment.
Dry Needling involves the insertion of acupuncture needles to release
trigger points. These trigger points often cause intense muscle and joint pain. Trigger points can be fully released
by dry needling.
Acupressure involves the use of thumb
or finger pressure on specific acupuncture points to unblock the flow of energy in the tissue and restore harmony and balance.
This technique will oftentimes result in a significant decrease in pain.
Herbal Medicine involves the use of East Asian herbs and other natural substances to restore
the body to balance and health.
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), which is also known as cold laser therapy, is a technique that uses a laser to treat
areas of the body that are in pain or are injured. The laser light does not feel cold. It is room temperature.
Low level laser therapy can be used on most parts of the body that are in pain. The acupuncture points and points in
the painful area are treated directly with the laser.
Cupping is a technique that uses cups on the skin to create a type of suction. These
cups are used to remove stagnation from an area of the body.
Gua sha is a TCM procedure that involves
gentle massage-like scraping of an area of the body with a spoon or jade stone to alleviates the stagnation of Qi (pronounced
Chee) and blood deep within the tissue.
is the process of burning the herb Artemesia Vulgaris (aka Mugwort) to either warm an area of the body or to warm an Acupuncture
point. This technique increases circulation locally and warms/tonifies the body.
Electro-Acupuncture uses a small
electric current stream that can be connected to Acupuncture needles. This procedure increases circulation and
is used specifically if stronger stimulation of the needles is required. It is often used for musculoskeletal issues
and/or sports injuries.
Medical Massage Therapy, Shiatsu, and Tuina are all manual bodywork techniques.
Medical Massage Therapy techniques allow for a direct manipulation of the muscles and soft tissue structures of
the body to release tension and aid in relaxation. Shiatsu and Tuina are Oriental bodywork technques
that aid and promote the smooth flow of Qi through the meridians.
Kinesio Taping Kinesio Taping, also known as Kinesiotaping, was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in 1973. Kinesio
Taping helps to reduce pain and has an affect on many systems of the body including the circulatory/lymphatic system, the
nervous system, the muscular and connective tissue/ fascial systems, and the joints. Kinesio Taping changes muscle tone,
move lymphatic fluids, correct movement patterns, and improve posture. (medicinenet.com)
TDP Mineral Lamp is a type of heating
lamp that is placed over the skin. TDP mineral lamps coincide with the intensity of electromagnetic wavelengths that are released
by human body. Through a mineral plate, the TDP lamp emits 33 essential minerals which are vital to our cells and tissues.
Through these processes, the lamp has been known to promote metabolism, regulate physiological deficiency, diminish inflammation
and ease pain.
Reflexology involves the use of pressure points on the hands, feet, and ears to promote healing.
Applied Kinesiology utilizes muscle
testing to help determine energy blockages in the system.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for harmony
and balance. These oils, which are natural derivatives from plants, have powerful balancing properties. Oils such
as lavender, lemon, grapefruit, frankincense, and myrrh (and many others) may be used.
a relaxation/exercise technique that may be recommended for you to enable deep levels of relaxation and healing.