Therapies and Treatment Modalities
Traditional Chinese Medicine uses a wide variety of methods to treat illnesses. Your treatment is tailored to your individual needs and may include any of the following:
Very fine single-use needles are inserted into one of the body’s many points. Most needles are inserted less than an inch deep and are relatively painless. These needles can help to direct healing to a local area as well as correct imbalances and restore health.
Electro-Acupuncture uses a small device that attaches to the acupuncture needles and sends a small electrical current to the points. The current is not painful, and is often at such a low frequency that it is barely felt or noticed only as a “tingling” sensation. This helps to reinforce the treatment’s effects by continual stimulation of key points during the treatment. It is also much more effective at relieving pain than just needles alone.
The ear is seen as a mirror of the entire body, and contains hundreds of related acupuncture points. This technique uses either needles or seeds that do not puncture the skin but remain taped against the specific points for continual stimulation for a few days. Auricular Acupuncture is very effective in treating addictions, weight loss and stress management!
Tui Na Massage
Tui Na can best be understood as a combination of therapeutic massage and acupressure. It can be used alone for people who are afraid of needles or combined with acupuncture to increase benefits. Even children can benefit from and enjoy a Tui Na treatment! Ask Christina about treating your child without needles, just Tui Na.
This technique uses palm sized glass cups that the practitioner applies to the body by first inserting a flame into the cups to create a vacuum. The suction holds the cups against the skin and pulls on muscles and connective tissue underneath. The sensation can best be described as feeling like a deep or strong massage, and is very effective at ridding the body of built up stagnation. This feels wonderful on hunched up neck and shoulder muscles that have been sitting too long in front of a computer screen!
Moxibustion is the technique of burning a certain herb, Moxa or Mugwort, over acupuncture points or regions of the body. It has very warming properties, and therefore can be excellent for certain “cold” disorders – such as achy knee joints that become worse with cold and rainy weather.
Gua Sha is a very commonly used treatment in China. It involves a jade stone being gently scraped over the surface of the skin to help relieve stagnation and pain. It has similar indications and effects as cupping.