Acupuncture is a healing modality that dates back thousands of years. It involves a pain-free technique of inserting thin needles into very specific points in the body to improve and rebalance the circulation of energy in your body.
How does acupuncture really work? From a Chinese medical standpoint (and very simply put), we have channels that run throughout our bodies. Through these channels run energy (Qi). The flow of energy through these channels is often described as running similar to an interconnected network of rivers and waterways. Pathology happens when one of those networks becomes dammed. It is my job, as an acupuncturist, to uncover that block and restore the free flow of movement through your tissues and vessels.
From a research standpoint, it has been suggested that acupuncture's modulating effects on pain and metabolic disturbance may be achieved through its ability to increase blood circulation and stimulate the release of neurotransmitters, such as endorphins and other natural opioids. Acupuncture may also have a positive effect on brain chemistry through the regulation of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands which are responsible for the smooth running of hormonal activity in the body.
Cupping is used for pain management and as a part of common cold therapy. Cups are placed on the body to pull up compromised tissue and allows fresh blood in to heal the area.
Gua Sha is also used for pain management and as a part of common cold therapy. A small tool usually made of ceramic or crystal is gently scraped along comprised tissue to help increase circulation and relieve tension.