Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine disposable needles into specific points, balancing the body to restore health. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body's natural healing abilities, reduces inflammation, and promotes physical and emotional wellbeing.
Acupuncture has neuromodulating effects, such as regulating the polarization of nerves, targeting specific receptors for the release of specific neuropeptides and regulating autonomic reflexes for improved organ and gland function and reduction in pain signals.
Trigger Point Injections
Injection Therapy may be an option for treating pain in some patients. This is a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle or tendons that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax. Injecting small amounts of homeopathic medications into these areas can help alleviate pain.
Another type of acupuncture is called electrical stimulation, which can be utilized in different forms:
Electroacupuncture(EA) uses extremely gentle micro and/or millicurrents which send specific electrical messages through acupoints to communicate directly with the brain, resulting in profound physiological balancing. This is used by attaching a lead to an inserted needle that delivers stimulation to assist in pain relief, control, and relaxation.
Microcurrent Point Stimulation (MPS) Therapy is a type of needle-free, hand-held TENS unit that is an FDA approved therapy. It combines the principles of acupuncture and neurology and is designed to treat chronic/acute pain and scars/adhesions. MPS works by applying concentrated microcurrent impulses to trigger, motor, and acupuncture points which provides quick, effective, and long-term pain relief.
TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) Unit sends electrical pulses through the skin. These pulses control pain signals in the body, creating temporary or permanent relief from pain. They can control abnormally excited nerves and release endorphins. The TENS unit is attached to the skin by sticky patches, called electrode patches.
Ultrasound therapy is the use of sound waves to treat medical problems, especially musculoskeletal problems like inflammation from injuries (sprains, tendinitis, bursitis). It has been a popular therapy for decades, By use of the probe over inflamed or painful areas, the sound waves offer amazing pain relief.
Cupping is a therapy that complements an acupuncture treatment. Suction cups placed at various points on the body create a vacuum that draws toxins to the surface of the skin to be released. The effect of this is to encourage the flow of blood in the area beneath the cup. Cupping therapy removes local congestion and increases the blood circulation to painful areas. This will help promote relaxation and circulation and decrease pain and inflammation. Many people think of this as a "reverse deep tissue massage" and therefore fosters overall well-being. You may see some markings of the skin after cupping, but this is completely normal. Often times, the darker the area, indicates the amount of inflammation that was present. These markings will fade on their own over time (generally a few days). It is recommended that you avoid direct sunlight or cold wind blowing on the treatment areas for the best possible outcome.
Chinese herbal medicine is based on an individualized pattern diagnosis. Your pattern is made up of your signs and symptoms, your emotional temperament, and the overall composition of your body. Herbal medicine is based on the promotion of health and does not limit its treatment to only one part of the body. Herbal formulas may include six to eighteen herbs, working synergistically together to treat the symptoms or disease, as well as your entire pattern. One of the most appealing qualities of Chinese herbal medicine is the low risk of adverse reaction or side effects, especially when compared to pharmaceutical drugs.
Gua Sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This is most often used to relieve muscle and joint pain. Conditions of the muscles and bones are known as musculoskeletal disorders. Some examples include back pain, tendon strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and plantar fasciitis. You may see some markings on the skin where Gha Sha was performed. This is called "sha." Often times, the darker the area, indicates the amount of inflammation that was present. These markings will fade on their own over time (generally a few days). It is recommended you avoid direct sunlight or cold wind blowing on the treatment areas for the best possible outcome.
Tui Na Massage & Manipulation
Tui Na is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture, cupping, and herbs. This ancient practice aims to release the flow of energy around the body. A lot of skillful techniques are used to bounce you back to good health, including kneading, rolling and deep pressure that's applied to precise points on your body. Additionally, gentle stretches and manipulations are extremely important for overall well-being and living a pain-free and relaxed life!
Auricular Therapy, also called Auriculotherapy, is both a diagnostic and an integrative treatment procedure that is used for pain relief, PTSD, and the alleviation of a variety of addictions. The essential premise in Auricular Therapy is that there are a neurological reflexes and energetic correspondences between specific areas of the external ear, or auricle, and other parts of the body that are arranged in the pattern of an inverted fetus. Detection of selective ear reflex points can be determined by monitoring tenderness to applied pressure, by electrical measurement of lowered skin resistance, or by the physical observation of small regions of skin discoloration or skin protrusions. Treatment of these reactive ear reflex points can be achieved by tactile acupressure, by the insertion of acupuncture needles, or by transcutaneous electrical stimulation. Auricular Therapy is effectively utilized to reduce chronic pain and anxiety within a few minutes of treatment and can alleviate the aversive symptoms of opioid withdrawal or reduce the craving for opioid medications.