Whether you come once a season, once a month or once a week, you will always feel better after treatment, because:
- Acupuncture prompts the subtle systems of the body to move and communicate coherently – ask us how!
- If prescribed, Chinese herbs are a superfood your body absorbs and digests readily, giving you a subtle potent boost.
- We often prescribe Qi Gong exercises to strengthen muscles and bones while relieving stress and clearing the mind.
The services that we might use in the course of acupuncture treatments are diverse and are used depending upon your condition and what you need that day. Acupuncture is so much more than needles: it’s a review of lifestyle, nutritional, diet, and exercise habits. It’s many therapeutic methods, which, in the course of a treatment session, one or several might be used. Here’s an alphabetical list of what we do:
Acupuncture is a unique treatment option because it elicits a response in the local and distal tissue of the body, and the systems.
The acupuncturist directs this subtle internal movement, which gradually nudges your condition to improve. Because the whole body is affected, the side benefit is a general feeling of greater well-being.
Acupuncture is gaining in popularity because many people have tried it and found it worked for them.
There have also been many research studies completed on acupuncture- its benefits, how it works, its cost-savings impact on health care and other policy issues. Most large insurance carriers cover acupuncture, and the military is using acupuncture to treat a spectrum of issues that center around post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Acupressure massage uses acupuncture points along the channels in accordance with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Technically, a lot of acupuncture points are near motor points and trigger points.
The acupuncturist will massage several acupressure points in an area to find tender spots before inserting needles. This relaxes the patient and also gently desensitizes the area.
Auricular acupuncture, using needles or beads and seeds, gives a low level of stimulation that has a strong effect on the brain and nervous system.
Auricular acupuncture is occasionally used alone, but most of the time we use it in addition to body needles for when we want to strengthen the effects of the treatment.
Research studies done on the ear have been shown there are nervous system connections that have a direct affect the musculoskeletal, endocrine, nervous, and organ systems.
The NADA Protocol is specific set of points on the ear that have been found to be helpful overcoming addictions, because they are especially sedating. This helps people who are trying to stop smoking, have trouble with substance abuse, or some other undesirable habit, as long as they have a strong to desire to quit.
The Biomat is an amazing product to use when you want to speed healing or maintain wellness. Lying on it feels warm and cozy and the time spent can be meditative and refreshing.
The Biomat is designed with amethyst crystals that give it structure and act as a super conductor. The crystals deliver a special kind of infrared heat our bodies respond to at the atomic level, resulting in a net benefit to every cell of the body.
The experience of Biomat treatment does feel like a cellular massage, promoting deep relaxation and bringing you to the place within where healing occurs.
The benefits of a Biomat treatment are many:
- Stress and anxiety are reduced
- Sleep improves and natural ability to relax restored
- Systemic inflammation as well as joint pain and stiffness are reduced
- The body’s natural ability to eliminate toxins is supported
- Blood circulation is increased supporting cardiovascular health
- Common problems like migraine and tension headaches go away
- Immunity support to alleviate common allergy and other symptoms
To find out more about the healing benefits of the Biomat, check out this Well-Being Secrets blog post.
Combine a Bomat session with our other offered treatments or enjoy it as a stand-alone treatment. We recommend 30-minute sessions to get the most benefit at an affordable price.
A guided meditation to enhance your session is optional.
Biopuncture is used after an acupuncture session to enhance the treatment and make it last longer, especially in intractable cases.
Biopuncture is a method of injecting a substance made of diluted botanical (plant) directly into the area of pain, most often to relieve inflammation and pain. The dose is low and the treatment is very safe. The needles used in Biopuncture are very fine, sterile, and single-use, just like acupuncture needles.
Unlike western medicines such as NSAIDs and corticosteroids, the homeopathic medicines used in Biopuncture have no side effects and do not mask symptoms but instead stimulate the body’s innate healing processes.
Cupping is an ancient treatment method acupuncturists commonly use for respiratory problems like colds or asthma and aches and pains like a sore lower back or stiff neck.
Cupping is done either prior to acupuncture, afterwards, or as a stand-alone treatment.
There are several types of cups and ways to cup. The sensation of being cupped is a gentle tug in the muscle and tendons on the surface of the body. People love it because it feels good, a little like massage.
Electroacupuncture is used to amplify the effects of needles in acupuncture points, trigger points, or “ashi” points where the patient feels pain or muscle tightness.
The technique involves attaching leads to acupuncture needles so a pulse can be delivered to the area. The sensation is of a tiny knocking in the muscle, which is never uncomfortable or painful, and which dissipates to feeling no sensation after about 10 minutes.
Electroacupuncture relaxes the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, increases blood flow, and speeds healing in the injured area.
We commonly use this technique for acute injury once the initial trauma has subsided, and for chronic pain or injury.
EXTERNAL APPLICATION HERBS
We all get bumps, scrapes, bruises, and worse from time to time.
Chinese herbal medicine has a special group of formulas used exclusively on the skin of the affected area, called “hit” medicine (for its use in martial arts).
These external applications come in several forms: liniments, oils, tinctures, plasters, and raw-herb soaks. The Chinese herbs in these formulas have special properties to stimulate blood flow and encourage new tissue growth.
Use caution when applying hit medicine, because these formulas often contain herbs that are toxic if taken internally. Wash your hands thoroughly.
We also have Chinese herbs that can be taken internally to nourish and strengthen soft tissue and speed healing of injuries or post-operatively.
Functional Medicine targets metabolic processes in the body to identify the cause of illness or imbalances. Combined with Eastern medicine certain conditions have a better outcome.
Acupuncture in particular pairs well with Functional Medicine because of its influence on body systems. The nervous system responds to needling, in one way by facilitating better communication between signaling molecules and it does a whole host of other things in the nervous system and elsewhere [see How it Works].
Gua sha is technique that relaxes the muscles in a unique way, using a tool with a rounded edge.
Gua sha breaks up adhesions in the muscle fibers, and most people find the experience relaxing and effective.
CHINESE HERBAL FORMULAS
Chinese herbal formulas are an essential part of our practice. Sometimes the herbs are more important for treating certain conditions than the acupuncture is!
Chinese herbal formulas are assembled in combination to get the most out of each one, kind of like a symphony where each instrument is distinctive but together they make a greater sound.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine the word “herbs” can stand for plant, animal, or mineral. Animal or mineral are for very special problems, so the majority of herbs we use in our practice are plants. If you think about it, the human body is designed to consume plants, so the properties of the herbs are readily accepted via digestion. Further, when we combine herbs into a formula, patient’s GI history is always taken into account.
Moxibustion (moxa for short) is adds warmth to the body, felt as a pleasant warmth on the surface of the skin. Moxa promotes microcirculation in the area where it is applied. Known as a way to turn a breech baby, moxibustion is used in addition to acupuncture for gynecological, digestive, and orthopedic problems as well as for neuropathies and CIPN.
There are many types of moxa and many ways it is administered. We mainly use small stick-on cones.
At Mountaintop Acupuncture & Rehabilitation, we believe nutrition is the number one way to reach for health and maintain it.
If you want to take that extra step, we will create customized dietary guidelines for you, based on principles of Chinese medicine and nutritional science, the Mediterranean diet, and common sense.
We’ll also make recommendations for supplements and prescribe Chinese herbs that are right for you.
Qi gong tones the nervous system, relaxes the muscles, increases endurance, facilitates deeper breathing, and in general creates a more relaxed state.
We think of qi gong as moving meditation because it clears the mind while working the body.
Qi gong is the basis of the Chinese internal arts Tai Ji, Ba Gua, and Hsing I, and it can be done standing, sitting, or lying down, though it is recommended to begin with standing.
As part of your treatment plan, we recommend qi gong exercises to enhance your treatment with acupuncture.
Stretching is one of the best thing you can do for your body, for a lot of reasons.
Stretch Therapy is a type of bodywork that promotes flexibility, balance, and strength for improved physical performance. Whether you’re an athlete, or exercise for general wellness, or simply need to be more functional in your everyday activities, everyone can benefit from Stretch Therapy.
There is two main types of stretching: 1. Passive (static) and 2. Active (dynamic).
1. Passive stretching is when an external force is applied to stretch a muscle. That force could be gravity, a stretch band, or a partner. During passive stretching the muscle being stretched is more or less relaxed, which is good for lengthening a shortened muscle, improving flexibility, and increasing the range of motion (ROM) in the joint.
2. Active stretching is when you engage the opposite or antagonistic muscle being stretched. For example, to really stretch the hamstrings deeply the quadriceps need to be contracted. This dual action allows the hamstrings to relax and achieve a long-lasting benefit.
Generally, active stretching is used for improving the functional movements needed in sports because it works big muscles and muscle groups. Passive stretching is useful for all the other everyday movements we need to move with ease, stretching both the big muscles and the intrinsic muscles that are in or near the joints.
Tom Messina’s method of Stretching Therapy begins with taking you through a breathing exercise that encourages deep diaphragmatic breathing. This relaxes the body and supplies more oxygen to the tissue, making his manipulations in stretching more profound. Depending upon your problem Tom then applies a series of passive and active stretches in each joint with an emphasis on the areas that are especially tight. Patients feel looser, stronger, and ready to go after a session of stretching.
Stretching is key to recouping bound energy, a little “secret” that will help you keep up your athletic performance and help you move with ease throughout your day.
TUI NA MASSAGE
Tui Na is an ancient form of medical massage that targets specific area, speeding tissue repair by improving blood flow locally.
Soft tissue is manipulated directly before or after the needling session, using an array of techniques. Like any medical massage, it can be strong.