Acupuncture

Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most widely practiced forms of medicine in the world. Known primarily in the West as a safe and effective method for the treatment of pain, acupuncture’s applications are much broader and can be successfully used to help alleviate disorders of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, or autonomic systems, as well as treat musculoskeletal and psycho-emotional conditions. Acupuncture is concerned with the whole person and its beneficial effects are felt on all levels of the body.

The World Health Organization recognizes Acupuncture for the treatment of:

  • Digestive disorders: Spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea and gastritis
  • Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma and recurrent chest infections
  • Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, tendonitis, low back pain, sciatica and osteoarthritis.
  • Urinary, Menstrual and reproductive problems

Acupuncture uses very fine needles that are inserted into specific points on the body. These points lie along channels of the body that allow for the free flow of energy. When these channels are blocked, imbalance occurs and illness can result. Acupuncture attempts to clear these channels so energy can flow freely and health can be restored. Sometimes, electric stimulation is used to enhance the pain relieving effects of acupuncture. This has been shown to increase the body’s release of its own natural form of morphine.

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM)
Doctors of Osteopathy restore health by applying Osteopathic principles in the practice of a hands-on treatment. This method helps to alleviate pain, restore mobility and reduce or eliminate impediments by focusing on the natural motion within the body’s structure and its relationship to function. Osteopathic knowledge and treatment considers the musculoskeletal system as well as the inter-relationships of all physiologic systems (e.g., neurological, respiratory, digestive, Hormonal, etc.).

Cupping
Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese form of manipulation in which local suction is created on the skin. Each cup creates a vacuum (negative pressure technique) on the patient’s skin to dispel stagnation, increase blood flow to the body’s tissues, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways (a vital part of the immune system). When used on the back, neck, shoulders and other musculoskeletal regions, this technique lifts connective tissue, softens tight muscles, tones attachments, and loosens adhesions.

Cupping is used to treat a broad range of medical conditions such as:

  • respiratory diseases (common cold, pneumonia, and bronchitis)
  • musculoskeletal tightness
  • rheumatic diseases (arthritic joint and muscular conditions)
  • skin problems (eczema, acne)