Acupuncture is the study of energy flow called qi which flows through the body and performs multiple functions to maintain health. When we insert the needles, it stimulates points on or under the skin that releases qi, in which it then travels through channels called meridians. When there is a blockage of qi, called stagnation, we begin to see chronic pain or other imbalances, and my role as an Acupuncturist is to identify, correct and balance it.
Cupping is a beneficial treatment to the fascia by lifting the skin away from the muscle. By doing this, it allows blood to flow in-between the two and helps to nourish the surface below it.
Moxa is a form of heat therapy that consists of burning mugwort (an herb) on or above a specific point on the body. This process helps with circulation, cramping and lymphatic flow.
Tui Na is a massage that works on the imbalance of qi, used to release any blockages that can lead to pain and illness. It is similar to acupuncture in the way it targets specific points, but we are using our hands and fingers instead of needles to apply pressure to stimulate these points.
Gua Sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. Gua Sha is intended to address stagnation, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.
Ear seeds are used as an on-going treatment measure to help the patient once they have left the clinic. The seeds are from a vaccaria place! We place the seeds on auricular acupuncture points and ask the patient to massage them a few times a day to stimulate the point.
The 7-Star needle is a small bundle of needles that are attached to handle that quickly strikes the skin. It is especially effective for chronic aching muscles, post stroke paralysis, cerebral palsy and hair loss. It is of great assistance used to stimulate blood flow.
Kinesiology tape is a tape that a practitioner applies to your muscle or joint that provides sensory input into an area, but still allows for full range of motion.
Kinesio tape can stretch up to 40 percent its original length while retaining its elasticity, which is what allows it to provide support without hindering your body’s movements.