Adjunctive therapies to Acupuncture
Manual bodywork therapies integrate well with acupuncture. Integrative treatment stimulates the immune system, and health and flexibility of fascia. Individualized therapy is determined at the time of visit. Adjunctive therapies average 15 minutes. I use heat lamps, moxibustion (a warming technique), acupressure/manual therapies, and cupping with every acupuncture session.
Cupping (Myofascial Decompression) is very effective at relieving muscle tension, by creating a low-pressure pull which decompresses tissues. Cupping complements acupressure/massage, which uses compression forces. The movement of fluids in both directions increases circulation and soft tissue health.
“E-stim” attaches a mild, rhythmic electrical pulsation, similar to a TENS unit, which heightens stimulation between two acupuncture points. E-stim is particularly helpful for sciatica.
Each modality offers dynamic and unique benefits. All serve to increase circulation of blood and fluids, relieving pain and supporting the wellbeing of soft tissues. Exercise, sleep and nutrition also support and enhance the results of acupuncture.