acupuncture & electroacupuncture
Stimulation of soft tissue with acupuncture needles elicits neurological, endocrine, and immunological/inflammatory mechanisms, responses that promote healing and homeostasis, alleviate pain, provide stress relief, and induce physical and psychological relaxation.
trigger point acupunture
Acupuncture dry needling is an indispensable tool in treating myofascial (muscle and fascia) pain. It works by eliminating hyperactive “trigger points” that refer pain across nerve, muscle, and connective tissue in predictable patterns. Dry needling refers to the insertion of very fine acupuncture needles in order to treat hypersensitive areas of muscle and soft tissue known as “trigger points” that, when active, are painful or refer pain to other areas. Studies into dry needling show that it can induce local tissue repair, and affects mechanisms in connective tissue and neuroendocrine function. When trigger points are “deactivated,” they normalize and become less irritable, with higher pain and inflammatory thresholds.
motor point acupuncture
Motor point acupuncture is the stimulation of motor points—synapses between muscles and motor nerves. This form of treatment produces involuntary twitches in affected muscles, helping to reset dysfunctional muscle spindles and to correct reflexive spasms and abnormal muscle function. Often this method is used for muscles that are atrophied or weak, or those that are not responding to traditional physical therapies.
cupping & guasha
Cupping is a method that uses suction to increase circulation and stretch tissue. Guasha is a method that uses pressure to achieve the same effect. These methods of therapy are especially effective for pain management and increasing blood and lymphatic flow.