Acupuncture, Cupping, & Gua Sha
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body. It opens your body’s nerve, lymphatic, and vascular channels, which restores proper signaling and flow of blood and energy. This enables your body to deliver hormonal and nutritional resources, as well as remove metabolic wastes, which are both required for healing and to maintain health.
Acupuncture is effective for:
Cupping is a traditional Chinese therapy to relieve pain and tension in muscles. The treatment includes placing suctioned cups on various parts of the back and body in areas where there is pain, excessive tension, or muscle adhesions.
Cupping is effective for:
Gua sha is another traditonal Chinese therapy to treat pain, muscle tension, and muscle adhesions. This treatment involves using a smooth, stone handheld tool that is scraped along areas of muscle tension to increase microcirculation of the soft tissue and relax muscles.
Gua Sha is effective for:
Neck and shoulder pain
Muscle adhesions “knots”
Acupuncture, cupping, and gua sha can be used together, or separately depending on your health condition.
What to Expect
Your initial acupuncture visit is approximately one hour. It begins with a brief discussion on your current health concerns, past medical history, along with a limited physical examination. The Naturopathic Doctor will be assessing your symptoms from both a conventional medicine stand-point as well as a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective. Next, the Naturopathic Doctor will perform a TCM analysis including a tongue and pulse diagnosis. This is done to get a better understanding of which acupuncture meridians are out of balance. After, the doctor will develop an individualized acupuncture treatment plan based on what came up during the assessment.
To begin the treatment, your Naturopathic Doctor will either have you lay on your back or your front. Next, he or she will insert acupuncture needles into various spots on the body. Each acupuncture point has specific indications, such as moving stagnated tissues, which can be the cause of pain, increase digestive function, or calm anxiety.
The acupuncture needles are very thin – comparable to the size of a thick strand of hair. Some points are more tender than others. However, most people do not find treatment to be painful.
Once all the needles are inserted, the doctor will dim the lights and leave the room for 20-30minutes. This is your time to relax.
Acupuncture promotes relaxation and a general sense of well-being.
These therapies can be used as a stand-alone or adjunct therapy to your healthcare plan at Onyx Integrative Medicine .
Each treatment is customized to you as an individual and performed by a licensed Naturopathic Doctor. The doctor will listen to your health concerns, take a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) tongue and pulse diagnosis and provide an acupuncture treatment. The number of sessions needed varies, however typically 4-6 sessions once per week are required to achieve full benefit.
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Acupuncture vs. Dry Needling
Some may confuse “Dry Needling” and acupuncture. It should be noted that these are not the same thing. Furthermore, there are some significant differences to consider.
Dry needling involves the insertion of needles into ‘trigger points’ which also known as knots in the muscle. On the surface, it may look very similar to acupuncture. However, this is not the case. Physical and sports injury therapists usually offer this therapy. However, dry needling is not regulated meaning there are no requirements for the amount of training a person needs to provide this therapy. It is not unusual for a practitioner to only spend a weekend learning dry needling. This means there is no way to know if someone’s training is legitimate and satisfactory. Also, dry needling is a relatively new procedure which does not have a lot of research behind it.
Acupuncture, on the other hand, has been used for thousands of years, and there have been several research studies to support its efficacy. Acupuncture also differs from dry needling as it can help with numerous health conditions, not just pain. Also, acupuncturists and Naturopathic Doctors who perform acupuncture are trained for three to four years and must pass board exams. Moreover, they must complete yearly continuing education.