Acupuncture helps restore a state of balance to in the body. Overexertion, trauma, overindulgence, pathogens, etc. all cause disturbance in the “normal” functioning of the body. When there are not enough resources to process an insult to the body, each stressor lodges in a different meridian or organ system. Gentle stimulation of acupuncture points brings circulation to meridians that are out of balance.
Your appointment will start with a consult about your current symptoms. After this, I will read your pulses, look at your tongue and complexion, and perform any other necessary physical examinations for range of motion, etc. Once you are settled on the table, some combination of acupuncture, cupping, tuina, and/or estim will occur. The modalities chosen and the acupuncture points used will depend on your unique situation. Since you and the condition you are experiencing are processes in motion, every treatment will be unique and tailored to your current experience.
Dry needling is a technique, often used by physical therapists, used on muscular trigger points to release pain. Interestingly enough, acupuncture is dry needling. All needles that are not injection needles are actually “dry”needles. Acupuncture, however can be used to accomplish a variety of goals depending on your complaint. While a physical therapist is only licensed to use needles to treat musculoskeletal pain, acupuncturists can treat a wide array of conditions ranging from organ function to mental emotional complains and pain.
Are you an athlete, an outdoor enthusiast, or someone who has a regular movement routine? Whether you run, bike, hike, ski, or climb, regular, preventative bodywork that releases muscular tension and promotes circulation is the kind of therapy that will keep you doing with you love.
Injured? Or Feeling like something is “a little off” in your form? It probably is! Acupuncture and associated modalities of trigger point needling, cupping, and electric stimulation will improve healing time by increasing circulation and encouraging your muscles to release and reset.