Acupuncture involves inserting thin, single use, sterile needles through the skin to correct imbalances within the body’s energy flow. The insertion of needles into the skin at acupuncture points immediately stimulates the cells in the body to send blood, oxygen, and white blood cells to the area. Acupuncture promotes the release of the body’s own natural painkillers, alleviating or easing pain and is effective in regulating your nervous system, to help keep your body in the parasympathetic state, also known as the “rest and digest” state.
The insertion of acupuncture needles allows our cells to work in an optimal state, to receive the proper amount of nutrients and provide new cell growth. Acupuncture reduces inflammation, puts the body in a state of harmony, and stimulates the release of dopamine.
Acupuncture has been found to be particularly helpful in these conditions:
Results can be seen more quickly in acute problems, whereas, chronic or more severe symptoms often require a few treatments to determine the potential benefit. Some patients may require ongoing, less frequent treatments.
acupuncture point injection therapy is used for:
boosting immunity and disease prevention
promoting, maintaining and restoring health
pain management and palliative care
Cupping therapy involves the use of small glass cups and heat to create negative pressure inside of the cups to create suction when applied to the skin. This negative pressure stretches the fascia to break up stagnation and congestion located in the meridians and tissues.
loosens muscles to relieve muscle tension and pain
improves qi and blood flow in the meridians
reduces swellings and pains
sedates the nervous system
expels external pathogens to relieve cold and flu symptoms
reduces congestion and cough
helps control asthma
detoxifies the body
Gua Sha is a type of “scraping” therapy in which a smooth tool is used to apply a stroking motion to the skin. This technique breaks up stagnation to promote the smooth flow of qi and blood and increases microcirculation in soft tissues to reduce tension and pain, and potentially stimulates the body’s natural pain relieving systems.
promotes the smooth flow of qi and blood
increases microcirculation in soft tissues to reduce tension and pain
stimulates the body's natural pain relieving systems
addresses conditions such as colds, flu, congestion, asthma, strains, sprains and muscle spasms
Moxibustion is a type of heat therapy in which dried mugwort is burned on acupoints or near certain regions of the body. Moxa that has been tightly rolled into a short cylinder and wrapped in cigarette paper is placed on the metal handle of a needle and ignited, transferring heat both radiantly and directly to the tissue through the needle. Patients seem to really like the warming sensation moxibustion provides.
warms areas of the body to stimulate circulation and lymphatic flow
smooths the flow of qi and blood
expels pathogenic influences
reduces pain and inflammation
It is extremely important for children to have multiple options to help alleviate physical and emotional strain during critical developmental phases. Acupuncture is an effective, safe option for kids; they typically respond very positively to treatments. Needle retention time varies based on each individual—children tend to respond more quickly, and therefore, their needle retention time is shorter than necessary for adults.
acupuncture for children
neck + back pain
and so much more!