What is Acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture is an extremely safe and effective treatment modality that can be used to treat an array of health conditions and injuries. Acupuncture involves inserting very fine, sterilized needles into the skin to stimulate specific points on the body (commonly referred to as acu-points). When activated, these points can increase blood flow, stimulate your nervous system, and help to decrease inflammation and soft tissue tension while promoting the body’s innate ability to self-heal and create a healthy balance.
In addition to acupuncture, our TCM provider Olivia also provides the following services which she often integrates into her treatments depending on patient needs and preferences:
Cupping therapy uses cups (typically glass, plastic, and/or silicone) to create a vacuum which draws tissue up into the cup when applied to the skin. This “pull” of the skin and tissue works to relieve muscle tension, reduce pain, clear congestion, and can even improve digestion as it increases blood circulation and the body’s ability to self-heal.
Tuina is a form of therapeutic bodywork used by many TCM practitioners. The word can be broken down into “Tui” and “Na”—which translates to pushing and grasping, referring to the types of massage techniques used in this modality. Tunia is performed by applying pressure (using fingers, hands, elbows, knees, and sometimes tools) to stimulate acupuncture points. This technique works by removing blockages, correcting the flow of meridian pathways, and activating the circulation of qi and blood in muscles, joints and tissues. By correcting the flow of energy through the body and balancing yin and yang energies, the body improves its ability to heal and prevent disease—both physically and mentally.
“Gua” means to scrape or rub, and “sha” meaning redness, involves using a smooth tool to apply pressure and rub the skin in specific directions. It is often used in conjunction with acupuncture to relieve muscle and joint pain by promoting circulation and stimulating the immune system.