Living With Back & Neck Pain, Migraines, Anxiety, or Stress?
– You Don’t Have To
Experience the Pain-Relieving, Stress-Reducing, Benefits of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture, Acupressure Massage, Cupping, Gua Sha Therapy
Chronic pain gets in your way of enjoying the things you love – playing with your kids or grandkids, exercising, and living your life to the fullest.
Taking pain medications, or simply dealing with the pain are not your only options.
Acupuncture, acupressure massage, gua sha, and cupping are effective therapies for all types of pain – back pain, neck pain, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, headaches and more – and it’s both relaxing and restorative.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years and has stood the test of time. Also, research studies support that acupuncture works!
Conveniently Located in Gilbert AZ
Acupuncture isn’t just for pain – it helps with a variety of health conditions as a stand alone treatment or as part of your individualized treatment plan at Onyx Integrative Medicine.
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Cupping & Gua Sha are Chinese Medicine therapies which can be used with acupuncture, or on their own for a deeper pain-relief treatment.
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.
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.
Acupressure massage is an ancient traditional Chinese therapy. It involves opening up the body’s energy meridians and targeting pressure points (or acupuncture points), on the arms, legs, body, and head with pressure. It is perfect for people who do not like needles, or as an add-on therapy to an acupuncture session.
The treatment begins with a meridian massage where the doctor stimulates downward movement along your back and legs. Next, the Naturopathic Doctor begins the acupressure bodywork.
Acupressure points are generally tender areas on different areas of the body, which correspond to different functions of the body. By applying pressure to these points, energy blockages are opened up. While this is not a gentle, relaxing massage you may get at a spa, most people feel a profound sense of calm, tranquility, and relaxation afterward.
This therapy is ideal for people who experience chronic pain, headaches, insomnia, stress or anxiety, fatigue, or simply wish to relax after a stressful day.
Acupressure massage can serve as a standalone treatment, or be coupled with an acupuncture session for deeper healing.
Each person is different. Most people get the most benefit from 1 treatment per week and 4-6 sessions in total. It is important to be consistent as you will get the most benefit when treatments are closer together (at least initially). For maintenance, 1 session every 2 to 4 weeks is typical.
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.
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.
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.