Blending Western and Eastern Assessment tools in my approach, Acupuncture Physical Medicine, I choose acupuncture points specific to your conditions. Acupuncture “needles’ are really like fine ‘pins’ and are inserted in specific acupoints to help redirect your body’s energy, or Qi and restore balance and health. Depending on your situation muscle knots, or trigger points can be needled. Acupuncture affects the hormones in your body such as endorphins or serotonin, causing pain relief and a very calm feeling.
A soothing and anti-inflammatory oil is applied to the area of your body that we will be addressing. Silicone cups are then placed on acupoints or tight muscles to help increase circulation, Qi flow, and relieve tension. I then can ‘slide’ the cups over the constricted muscles and acupoints. This technique is usually used in conjunction during an acupuncture treatment. Other cupping methods, such as Fire cupping or suction cupping, may be employed depending on condition.
Metal clips are placed on the ends of the acupuncture needles and a gentle electric current is passed through. This is similar to a TENS unit that many physiotherapists use. Usually, electroacupuncture is used on stubborn, tight muscles and is very effective in treating arthritis and tendinitis.
A low level cold laser delivers energy to the cells, like photosynthesis to plants, and allows tissues to repair. The process is painless and usually takes 15-30 minutes. An anti-inflammatory reaction occurs and pain is reduced.
I practice the Usui method of channeling universal energy (Ki, or Qi) to help balance out your subtle energy imbalances. Gentle touch or placement of my hands over different parts of your body can help move, infuse, or channel energy to where you most need it. Be prepare to be relaxed!!
At times my assessments include any relevant yoga postures, meditation, or breathing techniques. I will teach you these exercises to do at home as part of your self care program. Additionally, you may book a private yoga session tailored to your specific needs. To book a session send me an email, or visit Soulshine Yoga for more information.