Acupuncture: It's more than the needles...
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterilized, single-use disposable needles into specific anatomical points that follow the Chinese meridian system. Points are chosen based on individualized Asian Medical diagnosis. One goal of treatment is to balance the meridians to activate the body’s own natural healing process. Acupuncture has been shown to balance the autonomic nervous system, release analgesic and anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body, increase circulation and reduce inflammation at an injured site, release muscle tension, and enhance the immune system. Many patients notice improved sleep and digestion and a reduction in anxiety. Acupuncture treatments are often coupled with another modality such as cupping, electro-acupuncture, gua sha, tui na, or auricular acupuncture and/or nutritional therapy recommendations (see below for descriptions).
Anti-Aging Cosmetic Acupuncture: Face & Neck
Cosmetic acupuncture (CA) is a natural and holistic treatment that focuses on the muscles of the face and neck to improve skin elasticity and your skin’s overall appearance. It creates a “lifting memory”, softening the jowls and tightening the skin, and it has the effect of smoothing lines and wrinkles all due to increased blood flow and improved collagen production stimulated by the needles. The lifting and skin tightening effects are impacted by one’s age, health, and self-care. Please call for a free 15 minute consultation and pricing.
Auricular acupuncture is a diagnostic and treatment system based on normalizing the body's dysfunction through stimulation of definite points on the ear. The entire body is mapped on the ear such that stimulation of a reflex point in the ear affects the way the brain and the body function and relate to each other. Therefore, stimulation of points in the ear aid in relieving pathologies located elsewhere in the body.
We offer 20-minute mini-auricular treatments for stress management.
Cupping therapy uses glass or plastic cups to create localized vacuum pressure on the surface of the body. The vacuum inside the cup pulls the skin and fascia to the surface, releasing taut bands and muscle tension and drawing fresh blood and lymph to nearby tissues. In essence, cupping is a form of myofascial release that increases blood flow and lymph circulation. Cupping can also be used to treat systemic disorders such as cough or acute skin conditions. We offer 20 minute cupping only sessions for myofascial release.
Gua Sha is loosely translated as “scraping”. It is the precursor to modern day Graston Technique™ for myofascial release. Smooth jade or porcelain instruments “scrape” the skin to release muscle adhesions and tension and stimulate blood flow to the area. Gua Sha is also used to “release the exterior” (i.e. induce sweating) to pull pathogens to the surface of the body to help your body’s immune system fight superficial pathology such as the common cold and fever.
Electro-acupuncture is the non-painful application of electricity to relax hypertonic muscles. It increases microcirculation and oxygenation. Flooding a tissue with ions promotes healthy cellular function and increases ATP and protein synthesis. Electro- acupuncture has been demonstrated to reduce inflammation and to speed the healing time of tendons and bones.
Tui Na is a form of Asian bodywork similar to massage. One of Tui Na’s advantages over simple massage is its ability to focus on specific problems, especially those associated with the muscles, joints, and skeletal system. It is especially effective for joint pain (such as arthritis), sciatica, muscle spasms, and pain in the back, neck, and shoulders. It also helps chronic conditions such as insomnia, constipation, headaches (including migraines), and eases tension associated with stress.