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.
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.
Cupping is also great for its detoxifying effects.
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.
Gua Sha is also used to address conditions such as:
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.
parent + child treatments
Additionally, I have observed how especially vulnerable children are to the negative impacts from the current disruption to routines, social isolation and fear related to the virus. The fear, grief, and anger at large in the world are palpable—with such unprecedented uncertainty about the future, a child’s sense of safety, stability, human connection and bonding can be severely impacted. Research shows that traumatic events occurring before age 18 can have lasting, negative effects on health and well-being. According to the CDC, children growing up with extended or prolonged stress are at a much higher risk for developing a wide range of chronic diseases. Genes and gene expression are epigenetically changed by these ongoing environmental/emotional stressors and, if not addressed, can be passed on to their own children.
With the sudden, extreme social and environmental changes that have taken place during the pandemic and quarantine, it is likely that children and adolescents will start experiencing more emotional and physical manifestations of stress. The stress caused by these external events could manifest as emotional outbursts, irritability, digestive issues, anxiety, sleep issues, neck and back pain, bed-wetting, and so much more. Kids should be able to be kids—not have to live in fear or have to be bombarded by the instability and collective despair in the world.
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 needle retention time for adults.
"come together right now"
Whether a child or adult, I truly believe that we all need as much support right now as we can possibly get. So, I wanted to provide a convenient option for parents who are interested receiving a treatment for themselves as well as bringing their children in for a treatment. During these family option treatments, the child receives a treatment in one room while the parent is being treated in the second room. If you’d like to schedule a parent/child appointment, feel free to contact me or you can schedule directly online under the parent + child service option.