The treatments are tailored to the patient during each session. The purpose of these therapies is to compliment the acupuncture to create the most effective treatment possible.
Each of the following modalities are effective for different types of conditions and can be incorporated into acupuncture treatments if they are indicated.
When cupping is used, a suction is created bringing tension and toxins to the surface, while also encouraging blood to flow. Cupping is used to treat tension, pain, inflammation, lung conditions and more.
Gua sha is the practice of using a round-edged tool to apply pressure and scrape the skin. The purpose of gua sha is to access the deeper muscle tissues which have been impeded by tension and blockage. This modality is often used for neck, back and shoulder pain, breaking up scar tissue and strengthening the immune system at the onset of colds.
Moxibustion is the burning of a Chinese herb called mugwort over acupuncture points on the body. The warmth produced by the herb increases blood flow, can help to reduce pain and may energize the body.
The bodywork used is similar to massage, however, there is an emphasis on the stimulation of acupuncture/ acupressure points, as well as blood and energy flow in specific areas of the body such as the neck and shoulders, and back and feet.