Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is just one part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Acupuncture is a safe, effective and natural method, used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of ailments and medical conditions. The goal of treatment is to re-establish balance and restore better levels of health and vitality. Chronic conditions usually require twice-weekly appointments to start, followed by weekly treatments until stabilized. Acute conditions typically respond more quickly.

What to Expect:

Your initial visit will include a Traditional Chinese Medicine assessment to fully understand your specific needs and health goals. Your health assessment includes interpreting your pulses and tongue to look for underlying causes of your symptoms. Your treatment is individualized to address your better health, comfort, and vitality. Tools used may include acupuncture needles, needle-less acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, tui na, electric stimulation and other treatment modalities.

Acupuncture needles are solid, sterile, single-use needles. They are as thin as a human hair. Insertion of these needles into acupuncture points helps to strengthen your energy, health, and vitality.

Acupuncture Treatment Types:

Electrical stimulation and micro-current are modern adaptions to this ancient healing art. They are used with acupuncture needles to increase the effects of treatment protocols. It is often used in the treatment of pain.

Korean Hand Therapy is similar to reflexology of the foot. Several points and meridians are found on the hands that correspond to points on the body. Treatment is done by using acupuncture or acupressure on the hands to treat the whole body.

Cupping increases blood flow and the rate of healing to aid in recovery from muscle fatigue, injuries, and other conditions.  It uses suction to lift the skin and underlying fascia, freeing up adhesions in the near tissues and increasing local circulation. It is often used to treat plantar fasciitis, back, hip and IT band pain, pain in shoulders, upper back and neck; carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia and for respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and chest congestion related to the common cold.

Gua Sha works similarly to cupping in clearing blockages and enhancing circulation to aid in healing.  Gua Sha is a scraping of the skin to produce a light bruising. It is often used in the treatment of fevers, colds and flu and muscular stiffness and pain.

Moxibustion involves burning the herb Mugwort over different acupuncture points or regions of the body.  It is often used in fertility treatments, menstrual cramps, arthritis, digestive problems, fatigue and for strengthening the immune system.

Needle-less Acupuncture (also called Acupressure or Tui Na) is a hands-on technique that is commonly used when patients do not want needles used during treatment. Acupressure and tui na can be used in place of acupuncture needles and treat many conditions, especially muscular pain and stiffness, stress, and insomnia.

Community Acupuncture is provided in a relaxing, small group setting. Patients relax on massage tables during their session. Most acu-points for your treatment will be on arms, legs, and ears to affect the whole body and re-establish balance and wellness. More complex conditions may require non-community appointments to best address health care needs. Receive the benefits of acupuncture at an affordable rate so that you can come as often as needed to maintain your health and wellness.

 

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