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My approach to acupuncture is of a neuromusculoskeletal one - that is, rather than approaching the use of acupuncture from a Traditional Chinese Medicine basis (for which I am not trained), I apply the use of acupuncture in a direct approach to muscle tension, nerve pain and loss of range of movement due to restrictions or adhesions in the tissues.
When a muscle is cramped or very tight, often therapeutic massage techniques can be too painful to provide relief as the body's natural response to the pressure is to tense up further. This is an ideal situation for acupuncture, it allows the tissue to release and soften which in turn allows for the massage techniques that follow to be more effective.
Acupuncture can be very effective in treating headaches, jaw pain and dysfunction (TMJ), tendinitis, rotator cuff restrictions (especially after an injury), muscle-induced sciatica, back pain, joint pain and arthritis, and tense muscles that do not seem to respond to stretching or other attempts to relax them. This is only a small list of conditions that acupuncture can help with.
Basic information to know about acupuncture:
• Needles are sterile and single-use - meaning I open the package to use with your treatment and they are discarded after that use.
• Needle diameter is narrower than the whisker of a cat - nothing at all like the needles you get at the doctor, in fact they are more like a very thin sewing needle.
• The point on your body to be needled is palpated manually (I feel it with my fingers) or with a Pointer Plus which emanates a tone to locate the point. Once located, it is marked with the insertion tube (I press the tube into your skin to make a slight indent) and the area is wiped clean. The needle is inserted using the tube and the indent that I made before to guide it to the appropriate spot.
• Needles stay in place for 5-15 minutes depending on the situation.
• Needles may be twirled or tweaked manually or with electric stimulation to enhance the effect.
• After the needle is removed, there is a possibility of minor bleeding, especially in feet, hands and face as the muscles are very thin and there are more small capillaries. If such bleeding does occur, I will hold a cotton swab to the area until the bleeding stops. There may be a bruise afterwards in this location.
I often incorporate acupuncture into massage treatments to enhance the effects and help achieve the clients goals.
PLEASE NOTE : Any acupuncture provided during my treatments is billed as massage. I am not able to bill or provide receipts for acupuncture as that is now a protected practice of those with an education in Traditional Chinese Medicine who are part of the TCMPAO.