Description Of Services
Acupuncture + Adjunctive Therapies
Each session involves 75-90 minutes of direct face-to-face therapeutic care. Much of my assessment and treatment is based on your chief complaints, and posture assessment. Treatment involves palpation across many areas of the body, locating specific areas of tension, congestion, and tenderness, and comparing left to right. Treatment focus depends on which areas of the body express the most significant imbalance and pathology.
Acupuncture is the primary therapy (1 hour). Points on the ear can be placed first, stimulating the vagus and cranial nerves to relax and balance the body. For fast pain relief, I offer Battlefield Acupuncture (semi-permanent acupuncture needles in the ear, which fall out on their own typically in 3-5 days). BFA enhances and prolongs pain relief. For body acupuncture, I palpate and needle each point carefully, using diagnostic skills which blend musculoskeletal cues and traditional organ/channel theory. Needle retention averages 20-30 minutes, during which time I apply warming moxa near the body. Acupuncture changes areas of chronic muscle tension, improves natural circulation to undernourished tissues and glands, and allows the body to relax and access deeper healing resources.
Adjunctive therapies enhance acupuncture (10-15 minutes). I use hot towels & stones, acupressure/manual therapies & trigger point manipulation, and Cupping to further relax, soften and blend tissues. Cupping (aka myofascial decompression) glides over the skin creating a low-pressure pull, decompressing the myofascia and invigorating lymphatic and blood flow 4 inches deep into the body. High-grade arnica & essential oils nourish skin. Additional adjuncts are vibratory therapy (tuning forks), E-Stim, Guasha, Qigong exercises, or dietary suggestions.
The net effect of Acupuncture + Adjunctive therapies is transformative. Treatment opens and invigorates energy and blood flow in the muscles and meridians of the body, which nourishes all body systems. After treatment, typically a patient experiences partial to whole pain relief, a sense of relaxation, and increased energy through the body. In cases of pain, often BFA provides immediate pain reduction for an indefinite period of time.
REST OR LIGHT ACTIVITY IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED AFTER TREATMENT, as most people are overworked or depleted. A good night’s sleep allows deeper healing to occur, and one may experience less body stiffness and improved energy the next day. Some people may experience soreness, feel tired, or have a slower healing response for a day or two.
Each treatment is individually based and results may vary. Acupuncture works with your individual physiology and self-healing response. Optimal results usually occur with multiple visits, similar to physical therapy. I try to make each session powerful, so people need treatment less frequently.
For treating an active complaint, it is often the case that treatment once a week builds a momentum of healing and helps to establish lasting physiological improvements. Ideally, once acute or chronic complaints feel sufficiently improved, treatment spaces out to every 4-6 weeks for wellness maintenance. However, frequency of treatment is a personal choice by each patient, usually based on budget and time.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture involves world-class, specialized training and experience in FRA techniques and custom aromatherapy skin blends. The recommended protocol is twelve sessions, once or twice a week, but there is no obligation.
FRA patients must expect significant needling and attention to the neck, scalp and face, which lasts 40-50 minutes. Needle removal lasts 10-15 minutes. Facial massage lasts 5-10 minutes, and focuses on improving circulation in the face, neck and scalp. I am sensitive to each patient’s comfort levels and flexibility in the protocol is achievable. A patient can attempt to zen out during a session, meaning one can focus on each present moment and sustaining strength and serenity through breathing and mental relaxation. Post-session, one experiences a pleasant invigoration of the face and a definite glow. Each session creates slight improvements and they build. Rest is advised pre- and post-session.
Preventive medicine is key
Personalized, preventive medicine enhances energy, function and quality of life. I encourage people to benefit from acupuncture and integrative medicine, and offer lengthy therapeutic sessions at a great value!