Chinese bodywork massage therapy, known as tui-na, is applied after acupuncture treatments in many musculoskeletal cases.
By manually stimulating soft tissue of the body, we increase blood flow and eliminate stagnation in channels which commonly leads to musculoskeletal pain.
A topical herbal lotion or oil is used to enhance the benefits of tui-na.
Moxibustion, a heat therapy where the herb Artemesia Vulgaris is applied at acu-points, functions to:
- warm the body for cold conditions
- increase circulation for stagnant conditions
- strengthen the body for deficient or depleted conditions
This therapy is very effective and is commonly used for:
- musculoskeletal pain especially when worse in the cold or rain
- digestive conditions
Cupping is an adjunctive therapy used typically after acupuncture treatments where suction is applied to an area.
Cupping is commonly used for:
- tight or knotted muscles
- low back pain
Cupping stimulates blood flow to reduce pain by breaking up blood vessels on a microcirculatory level thus moving blood and oxygen through the affected area.
During electro-acupuncture, an electrical pulse is applied to pairs of acupuncture needles to treat chronic pain conditions or difficult pain conditions and post chemotherapy nausea.
The needles are attached to a device that generates the electric pulses using small clips.
This technique is similar to a TENS unit used among physical therapists.
This therapy increases circulation similar to needle manipulation that is performed by hand but is more continuous over a length of time.
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