the summit method
At Summit we use a combination Classic Acupuncture, Dry Needling, Orthopedic Acupuncture, and Neurological Acupuncture. With multiple techniques to draw from, we find that we can produce positive results in a majority of cases. Every case is different and we customize each treatment for your individual needs.
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.
Electro-Acupuncture adds the use of a light electric current (like a TENS unit) for a wide range of conditions from anxiety to back pain.
Trigger point 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.
Orthopedic Acupuncture is a musculoskeletal based system of Acupuncture. The stimulation of motor points, synapses between muscles and motor nerves, is used to fix neurological dysfunction. 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 negative pressure (suction) to improve lymphatic and cardiovascular circulation and stretch tissue. Gua sha is a method that uses pressure to achieve a similar effect. Other terms for Gua Sha are "Graston Technique' and 'Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)' These methods of therapy are especially effective for pain management and increasing blood and lymphatic flow.