Naturopunc Acupuncture and Massage Therapy provides acupuncture, guasha and cupping. I request verbal consent with every patient before administering each technique. You will never feel at a loss of control under my care. I will tell you honestly what you can expect and what you will experience. I highly recommend that you breathe through a technique when you feel fear. We can also abandon it if it is not essential to our goals.
Acupuncture visits may require six to twelve visits to realize the benefits.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine that is backed by a large body of scientific research. Insertion of hair-thin needles into your body relieves pain and treats disease by restoring the normal flow of Qi (pronounced "chee"), the energy or life force that flows through the body. Research finds acupuncture combined with manual therapy effective for the relief of back and neck pain. It stimulates the release of pain-relieving endorphins, mobilizes the immune system, and activates natural opioids in the brain that relieve pain and promote sleep. Acupuncture also triggers the release of neurotransmitters and hormones that positively affect health. Though it is most often used to relieve pain, acupuncture's wide-ranging effects make it a useful therapy for conditions affecting systemically: digestive, musculoskeletal, respiratory, nervous, and cardiovascular systems, urogenital and spiritual well-being.
When you undergo acupuncture treatment, you lie comfortably upon a deluxe therapeutic table, while disposable single-use needles are placed at strategic locations that connect with deeper organs and tissue elsewhere in your body. The needles are so thin that you barely feel more than a slight pinch or tingling sensation. For the patient's comfort, I use the more expensive Seirin Japanese needles and techniques primarily for Japanese and Chinese styles of acupuncture. However, I use thicker Chinese needles for the Trigger Point, Sports Medicine and Neuro-Functional styles with electric stimulation.
may slightly twist the needles occasionally to "grab" the Qi or utilize electro-acupuncture on several of the needle pairs, or apply moxibustion technique to stimulate the movement of Qi further. I also offer traditional air cupping and Vietnamese Gua sha (pronounced "gwah sah" rubbing up the stagnant energy from the superficial muscle tissue).