What is Acupuncture
Symptoms of pain and imbalance are treated to unblock meridians, connective tissue adhesions, blood stagnation, and organ function. Acupuncture uses thin disposable needles into the 300+ meridian points to stimulate fluid and energetic flow. Initial assessments examine the general vitality of your health and well being in order to diagnose the balance of Qi (energy). Diagnostic tools like auricular therapy, pulse testing, and examining the colour, shape, and coating of your tongue, serve to expose specific internal imbalances. Treatment plans are custom designed per individual, and vary in frequency and length. You can experience symptoms of calm, relief, ease, energy boost, improved sleep and appetite, pain relief, and general well being.
Also offered with Acupuncture appointments:
Myofascial / Fire cupping – same idea as suction cupping, only heat (fire) is used to create the vacuum seal rather than a suction pump. A small flame is inserted to a glass cup long enough to heat the air inside, and then quickly removed before the cup is placed on the skin. As the air cools, a vacuum is created, and the cups are either left stationary, or can be moved around. This technique has both Western and TCM applications.
When used in TCM, the cups are generally used along the acupuncture channels, or on specific points to elicit a certain response. It is beneficial in a multitude of conditions including: pain, digestive disorders,
When used with Western ideologies, the cups are often placed around target musculo-skeletal areas. This is perfect for a variety of bone/joint injury or discomfort.
Auricular therapy – this is a type of reflexology using the external ear as a micro system to treat most disorders. This is extremely effective in helping with quitting smoking, and also enhancing and complimenting the treatment done on the rest of the body. Either needles are used, or ear seeds are used in the style of acupressure.
Gua sha – is also known as “skin scraping” or “coining”; either a gua sha tool or a soup spoon is used to “scrape” or massage the skin to remove adhesions and muscle tightness, or can be used along certain acupuncture channels to relieve pain, headaches, and increase mobilization of joints.
Trigger Point / Dry Needling – Trigger point and motor point release are used to increase mobility, strength, and flexibility. These techniques can be used alongside TCM acupuncture to treat using a more systemic approach. Combining the two results in a prolonged effect due to the reduction of inflammation, the activation of the immune system and a more normalized endocrine system. Trigger Point / Dry Needling on it's own is used to treat muscular disorders specifically.
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What Does It Treat?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) acupuncture has been found effective in treating the following conditions:
Musculoskeletal: muscle/joint pain and weakness, sprains, injuries, sciatica pain, arthritis, rheumatism
Circulatory: high blood pressure, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, anemia
Gastrointestinal: constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, ulcers, nausea, vomiting, colitis, spastic colon, food allergies, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Neurological: headaches, migraines, facial paralysis, post operative rehabilitation, multiple sclerosis, neuralgia, bell's palsy, cerebral palsy
Emotional: insomnia, depression, nervousness, anxiety
Dermatological: eczema, psoriasis, acne, herpes zoster, skin rashes
Immune Disorders: candida, chronic fatigue, HIV and AIDS, epstein barr virus, allergies, lupus, hepatitis, rheumatoid arthritis
Gynecological/Genitourinary: menopausal symptoms, PMS, infertility, menstrual irregularities, endometriosis, fibroids, morning sickness, complications in pregnancy, chronic bladder infection, kidney stones, sexual dysfunction, impotence
Respiratory: rhinitis, sinusitis, cold, bronchitis, asthma
Other conditions: addictions, stress management, weight loss, fatigue, chemotherapy/radiation side effects, diabetes
Acupuncture is a gentle and sophisticated approach for unlocking stress build up in your body. It's application is excellent as preventative care and works in conjunction with other therapies to compliment treatment plans.
- $120/ 90 mins
- $85/ 60 mins
- $55 / 30 mins Trigger Point Needling
- $10 Add-on Myofascial Cupping Therapy
Mu Chun Chen has recently graduated from his Massage Therapy Program and will soon be offering Therapeutic Massage with his Acupuncture treatments. Stay tuned!