Adjunctive therapies integrate well with acupuncture and enhance results! Manual bodywork stimulates friction, warmth, circulation, the immune system, and health of fascia. Therapy is individualized during treatment. Typically I use multiple warming methods: infrared heat lamps, table warmer, moxibustion, acupressure, manual therapies, trigger point release, moving cupping, hot towels and stones, and essential oils.
Moving Cupping (Myofascial Decompression) is very effective at relieving muscle tension, by creating a low-pressure pull which decompresses tissues. Cupping complements acupressure and massage, which use compression forces. Moving blood and fluids back and forth in both directions increases circulation & soft tissue health, and stimulates the immune system.
“E-stim” heightens stimulation between two acupuncture points by attaching a mild, rhythmic electrical pulse, similar to a TENS unit. E-stim can enhance treatment for sciatica.
There are many modalities, and each offers dynamic and unique benefits. Yet all serve to increase circulation of blood and fluids, relieve pain and support wellbeing of soft tissues. Importantly, factors such as exercise, hydration, sleep and nutrition also support and enhance acupuncture results.