Non-Needle Therapy2018-09-04T00:27:23+00:00

NON-NEEDLE THERAPY at EPSOM PROHEALTH

CUPPING THERAPY

In addition to acupuncture and herbology, cupping therapy has been part of Chinese medicine for over 2,500 years. Originally, animal horn was used for cupping, later on brass, ceramic, and bamboo cups were used. Today, we use glass cups in a variety of different sizes.

Cupping is very like a deep tissue massage. The practitioner applies heat in a cup and then applies that cup to the body, most commonly on the back. The heat creates a vacuum effect and draws the skin up into the cup. The result is a movement of fresh blood to the area, release of toxins, acupuncture point stimulation, increased circulation of blood and lymph, relaxation of tight muscles, and reduction of inflammation.

Cupping does leave noticeable marks similar to a bruise or hickey that is sometimes referred to as “cup kisses”. Although they can look alarming, they are not painful and will disappear on their own within 3-5 days. Most commonly, it’s used for aches and pains of various types including low back and leg pain, neck and shoulder tension, and fibromyalgia. It also helps open up the chest and benefits the lungs to treat respiratory problems such as cough, bronchitis, asthma, and the like. It can even benefit menstrual problems and digestive problems including stomach aches, vomiting, and diarrhea. Schedule an appointment with our acupuncturist to experience this ancient healing modality first hand.

LASER ACUPUNCTURE

Biologically, the laser bio-stimulation will increase the cell production in connective, tendonous, and cartilaginous tissue. This results in increased collagen production. Research demonstrates that the laser affects the mitochondria thereby enhancing the production and synthesis of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) and optimizes oxygenation and phagocytes.

The healing process increases the tensile strength of healed tissue, reduces swelling, increases blood flow, increases lymphatic activity, reduces inflammation and increases cellular metabolism and speeds the repair process. The results are accumulative. Treatment is non-destructive, safe, and painless. The more you get it done, the more effective the results.

FOUR DISTINCT EFFECTS OF LASER ACUPUNCTURE

  1. Growth factor response within cells and tissues.
  2. Pain relief as a result of increased endorphin and serotonin release.
  3. Increased lymphatic activity and strengthening of the immune system response.
  4. Stimulation of acupuncture points, increased collagen and ATP production, increased circulation.

ACUPRESSURE

Acupressure is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine which involves the stimulation of acupuncture points with finger pressure using the power and sensitivity of human touch, rather than inserting needles. This form of healing is non-invasive and gentle. The indications include the vast array of conditions that Chinese medicine has proven to treat effectively.

Because acupressure stimulates the body’s natural self-healing abilities, it also works as a great preventative therapy. Generally, the effects of acupressure are less potent than those of acupuncture, and as a result more treatments are needed to get the same results.

Acupressure is ideal for children. It is gentle, safe, and effective for many conditions, including relief and prevention of colds and flu. Parents can also be taught self-help techniques to use on their child at home. Acupressure is also suitable for the elderly suffering from conditions including sciatica, arthritis, mobility problems, constipation, and poor circulation. Certain acupressure points must be avoided during pregnancy. Be sure to tell your practitioner if you are or may be pregnant.

MOXIBUSTION

Moxibustion evolved thousands of years ago in early northern China. It is part of traditional Chinese medical practices and came about at the same time as acupuncture.

Moxibustion involves the burning of moxa, an herbal wool made from the leaves of the Mugwort plant, over specific acupoints. The moxa is often formed it into a small cone and placed on the tip of a needle or rolled into a cigar-like shape and passed over the skin in wave-like motions. The radiant heat produced by moxibustion penetrates deeply into the body to restore balance, promote circulation, and reduce pain. This form of treatment, usually combined with acupuncture, is indicated for improving general health and treating chronic conditions such as arthritis, digestive disorders, pain, infertility, ulcers, and many other ailments. Many times the practitioner will send the patient home with a moxa stick so that it can be applied regularly between treatments. The burning of moxa will produce a potent smoke. For people who have asthma or respiratory problems, smokeless moxa can be used.

The acupuncturist at Epsom Prohealth also provide both direct and indirect moxibustion. Please ask for more details to the practitioner.

INTERFERENTIAL CURRENT THERAPY (ICT) :
TARGETING THE PAIN SITE, NOT THE ENTIRE BODY

Interferential Current Therapy (ICT) is a non-invasive therapy indicated for the symptomatic relief from, and management of, chronic intractable pain and post-surgical and post-trauma acute pain. It provides a safe and effective alternative to pharmacological approaches to pain control. ICT has minimal side effects and is non-addictive. Adverse reactions associated with electrotherapy may include skin irritation beneath the electrodes.

  • Advantages of Interferential Current Therapy
    • Safe and effective alternative to pain control medications
    • Non-addictive and monimal side effects
It has been used extensively to help manage pain, edema, and inflammation due to soft tissue irritation from trauma or degenerative changes, with less dependence on narcotics. ICT can be used for pain associated with several conditions including:
  • Back pain (most common)
  • Arthritis
  • Strains and sprains
  • Neuralgia
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Shingles
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • etc

TRANSCUTANEOUS ELECTRICAL NERVE STIMULATION (TENS) :
A CLINICALLY PROVEN METHOD TO REDUCE PAIN USING ELECTRICAL STIMULUS

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a noninvasive therapy indicated for the symptomatic relief from, and management of, chronic intractable pain and post-surgical and post-trauma acute pain.

For over 30 years, the medical community has used TENS as a safe and effective alternative to pharmacological approaches to pain control for many patients. TENS has minimal side effects and is non-addictive. Adverse reactions associated with electrotherapy may include skin irritation beneath the electrodes.

  • Advantages of Integrating TENS in Pain Management
    • Decreases pain, increases activity, and promotes return to work
    • Reduces the need for pain medication and its concomitant side effects
    • Reduces the need for muscle relaxants, tranquilizers and steroids
    • Has no known side effects, no risk of overdosing, and no drug interference

AURICULAR ACUPUNCTURE (EAR NEEDLES/SEEDS)

Auricular acupuncture involves the stimulation of the acupoints located on the ear with tiny seeds or pellets. The seeds are no larger than the tip of an unsharpened pencil, do not pierce the skin, and are painless when affixed. The client will leave these seeds in for up to 1 week and re-stimulate the points by massaging the ear several times each day.

There are over 200 acupoints on each ear that represent the anatomical parts and functions of the human body. These points are arranged on the ear in the image of an inverted fetus. By observing points of tenderness, coloration changes, protrusions or depressions, and skin variations, a trained practitioner can not only treat a wide range of diseases using only the ear, but can diagnose them as well. When we stimulate these points we access the central nervous system through the cranial nerves on the auricle of the ear. This sends a direct message to the brain that results in a healing response.
This therapy is most often used for addiction, smoking cessation, and weight loss.

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