It’s Not Just About The Needles.
We don’t just use typical traditional acupuncture, and we do more than just dry needling. Our style of acupuncture is a unique integration of western orthopedics within the framework of Chinese meridian theory. This blend of the ancient and the modern results in precise, anatomically significant, and effective treatments. This, coupled with modalities like cupping, bodywork, and nutritional counseling gives us a novel and powerful method with which to treat your injuries.
- Trigger Point Dry Needling
- Tui na Bodywork
- Shiatsu Bodywork
- Pre-Event Acupuncture Protocols
- Nutritional Counseling
- Constitutional assessment
- Sleep and lifestyle recommendations
- Addiction Auriculotherapy
Trigger Point Dry Needling
A trigger point is a band of muscle that is stuck in a half-contracted state; fresh blood cannot get in, and waste products cannot get out of the muscle. Trigger point dry needling is the insertion of acupuncture needles into these taut muscle bands, resulting in a local twitch response and the subsequent release of that muscle. Releasing a trigger point removes these blockages and allows the muscle to function fully. It is incredibly effective in easing the lines of pull that are contributing to your injury in the first place.
The non-painful application of electricity relaxes hypertonic muscles by altering the signals responsible for contraction and results in a number of beneficial local responses such as increasing microcirculation and thus oxygenation. Flooding a tissue with ions also helps to promote healthy cellular function and increases ATP and protein synthesis. All of these tissue changes are crucial to healing: electro- acupuncture has been demonstrated to reduce inflammation and to speed the healing time of tendons and bones.
Cupping is essentially a deep tissue massage in reverse. Instead of downward pressure, cupping pulls the skin and fascia up off the muscles to unwind taut bands and to create space for fresh blood to nourish the tissue. Cupping breaks up myofascial adhesions, increases blood flow and promotes lymph circulation in the body.
Auriculotherapy is a powerful tool to help manage pain, heal injuries, ease cravings, and enhance performance. Auriculotherapy can be provided using either ear needles or seeds. Ear needles are much smaller than needles used on the body. Ear seeds or tacs are not needles at all; they are simply a form of acupressure. Auriculotherapy often increases the potency of our regular acupuncture treatments.
In order to perform at your peak, it is imperative that you are eating the foods that are balancing for your body and that your digestion is functioning well enough to transform that food into energy your body can use. In general, we advocate a simple, fresh, whole food diet that is seasonal and in line with your constitutional excesses and deficiencies. Any dietary recommendations will be specific to you, your current state of health, the season, and your personal goals.