Treatment plans include but are not limited to the following modalities:
Acupuncture is one of the four pillars of Chinese Medicine. During an acupuncture treatment, extremely thin needles are inserted into specific points along the body’s energy pathways. It has been used in China for thousands of years for treating various diseases and conditions and is now gaining recognition around the world as an extremely effective, natural and side-effect free form of medicine. The acupuncturist evaluates the patient to discern where exactly to insert the needles. Treatment is typically painless. A slight pinch is felt as the needle is inserted but after that there will be no pain (it is nothing like getting a shot as these needles are extremely thin and hardly felt). Normal sensations during treatment may include a feeling of heat, tingling, currents, distention, or just the presence of the needle. These sensations are normal and are related to the flow of Qi (energy) in the body. Most patients report these sensations to be pleasant. Not only is acupuncture amazing at remedying your aches, pains, injuries and other ailments, release of endorphins leave you feeling relaxed and blissful.
Cupping and Gua Sha
Involves the application of glass or plastic suction cups to the surface of the skin. This creates a vacuum effect on specific areas of the body in order to promote circulation, relieve pain, revitalize tissue and loosen areas of fascial restriction. One way to think of cupping is as a reverse pressure massage. In a massage pressure is focused into your tissue, whereas in cupping the suction causes a negative pressure. Not only is cupping great at increasing blood circulation, it also helps increase the lymphatic system circulation, detoxify the body and will even leave you looking and feeling younger.
Thai Massage/ Tui Na
A specialized fusion of Northern Style Thai Massage, as taught by master Pichest Bonthume, is fused with Chinese Tui Na (medical massage). Using the unique touch taught by one of the last living masters of Thai Massage and utilizing the lens of Chinese medical thought, this massage incorporates gentle rocking, deep compression and stretching movements aimed to guide you to a deep relaxation of both body and mind, restoring tranquility to the mind and function to the body.
This advanced system of Korean massage aims to restore proper alignment to the skeletal system. While massage focuses on soft tissue, this system works on bones. With gentle pressure it is possible to move bones which have become misaligned and causes of lack of function and pain back into their proper position. The results are extremely fast and lasting!
Exercises aimed to restore proper balance and function in the body. While being fit and strong is important, when dealing with pain and dysfunction it is crucial to do exercise that restore proper function before attempting to get strong. Exercises are specifically given based on patient's dysfunction with aim of restoring optimal function first and strength second.