We specialize in a variety of styles of acupuncture to suit the needs of the patient. Our team specializes in integrating muscle trigger point needling (a.k.a. dry needling) with traditional Chinese acupuncture/meridian theory. This, coupled with other adjunct therapies such as cupping, massage, posture exercises and nutritional counseling provide you with a one of a kind, healing experience to quickly treat your injuries.
Cupping is essentially a deep tissue massage in reverse. Instead of downward pressure, cupping pulls the skin and fascia up off the muscles to unwind taut bands and to create space for fresh blood to nourish the tissue. Cupping breaks up myofascial adhesions, increases blood flow and promotes lymph circulation in the body.
The non-painful application of electricity relaxes hypertonic muscles by altering the signals responsible for contraction and results in a number of beneficial local responses such as increasing microcirculation and thus oxygenation. Flooding a tissue with ions also helps to promote healthy cellular function and increases ATP and protein synthesis. All of these tissue changes are crucial to healing: electro- acupuncture has been demonstrated to reduce inflammation and to speed the healing time of tendons and bones.
Trigger Point Dry Needling
A trigger point is a band of muscle that is stuck in a half-contracted state; fresh blood cannot get in, and waste products cannot get out of the muscle. Trigger point dry needling is the insertion of acupuncture needles into these taut muscle bands, resulting in a local twitch response and the subsequent release of that muscle. Releasing a trigger point removes these blockages and allows the muscle to function fully.
Auriculotherapy is a powerful tool to help manage pain, heal injuries, ease cravings, and enhance performance. Auriculotherapy can be provided using either ear needles or seeds. Ear needles are much smaller than needles used on the body. Ear seeds or tacs are not needles at all; they are simply a form of acupressure. Auriculotherapy often increases the potency of our regular acupuncture treatments.
Gua Sha is an ancient pain-relieving technique of scraping the skin to create petechiae. It triggers a complex physiological process that results in a sustained increase in microcirculation and the creation of an anti-inflammatory substrate. It also provides a uni-directional stretch to fascia, which helps to break up adhesions. It is the precursor to the modern Graston technique.