Methods of Treatment
In addition to the traditional acupuncture needle therapy, the following is a list and short description of additional methods that may be used during the acupuncture treatment:
A type of deep-tissue massage used to release muscle tension and heal injuries such as sprains and strains. Most treatments end with a tuina massage to the neck and shoulder area. Everyone seems to love this part of the treatment. It is a nice way to end the session.
Gua Sha (“gwa-shah”)
This is another method utilized to release muscle tension due to tightness. It works especially well on neck and shoulder pain. A special spoon is used to rub over a problem area to help relax the muscles. It stimulates the flow of blood and qi to the area, thereby promoting healing.
A technique used for muscle tension, neck and shoulder pain, low back pain, and upper respiratory infections. As with gua sha, it too stimulates the flow of blood and qi to the area to facilitate healing. A vacuum is created in small glass cups which are then placed over specific areas of the body.
This is a very soothing treatment that uses a product called moxa, derived from an herb called mugwort. The moxa is held over the affected area to speed the healing process. The moxa warms the affected area, stimulates circulation of blood and qi (energy), dissipates cold and dampness and can even turn a breech baby when held over the appropriate area.
This technique is used for a variety of ailments, particularly pain relief. A mild electrical current is set to stimulate certain acupuncture points in order to release muscle tension. The client may or may not experience slight tingling during this treatment.
The ear has about 300 points that correspond to every part of our bodies. Some practitioners do strictly ear acupuncture to treat all health problems. It is common to use ear acupuncture for any addictions – food, nicotine and alcohol. Battlefield Acupuncture is a specific type of ear needling technique developed by Dr. Richard Niemtzow in 2001 that blocks pain sensors from the brain to afford patients rapid pain relief. He treated a lot of soldiers to aid in alleviating their pain without the use of narcotics. Some clients request to only receive this type of treatment. It takes about 5-10 minutes and is offered at a reduced rate for established clients.