Acupuncture Modalities

RMT Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a Chinese Medicine modality traditionally used to relieve pain and prevent disease. It is widely known for its effectiveness in alleviating pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions and is an excellent complementary treatment for massage therapy. Recent studies suggest that acupuncture triggers the release of endorphins (our body’s natural morphine) in the central nervous system acting as mediators of the analgesic and deeply relaxing effect of acupuncture.

According to Chinese Medicine, our life force energy or Qi permeates every cell of our bodies and is constantly travelling along energetic pathways called meridians. In a healthy state, Qi flows smoothly within our bodies resulting in optimal physiologic activity and internal balance. Musculoskeletal pain and stiffness is the result of stagnant energy in the meridian system, where Qi cannot flow smoothly due to blockages, excesses or deficiencies.

Fine acupuncture needles inserted on a specific point prescription can re-direct and balance the flow of Qi in the meridian system alleviating pain, and improving our bodies’ physiologic function and self-healing capacities.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture

A treatment plan based on Chinese Medicine takes into account the patient’s primary complaint, health history and tongue and pulse assessments. The information gathered will help the acupuncturist elaborate a plan that can include an acupuncture prescription, a tuina massage, a moxibustion, cupping or guasha treatment depending on what is indicated for each patient.

A TCM acupuncture prescription aims to re-direct and regulate the flow of energy or Qi within the body. Blood – which in Chinese medicine is regarded as the fluid responsible for supporting our physiology – has an interdependent relationship with Qi. Qi moves Blood and Blood nourishes Qi. Together they permeate every cell in the body and are constantly travelling along energetic pathways called meridians. While acupuncture treatments re-direct Qi and Blood in the meridians, they also have a calming and uplifting effect, all the elements necessary to stimulate the body’s self-healing capacity.

Current studies on the benefits of TCM Acupuncture show that it can successfully treat pain, digestive problems, mood disorders, insomnia, migraine headaches, menopausal symptoms, infertility and gynaecological issues. New studies are still needed to demonstrate the effectiveness of acupuncture for many other conditions.

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, also known as cosmetic acupuncture, is a treatment modality originated in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is intended to reduce the signs of the aging process by helping the body promote rejuvenation and revitalization from the inside out. This safe non-surgical procedure improves the appearance of the skin by stimulating the production of collagen, increasing the micro-circulation in the face and toning up weakened muscles. The insertion of fine needles on the dermis layer of the skin produces a micro-inflammatory response which increases local circulation. With repeated treatments, the inflammatory response gives rise to the production and build up of collagen.

  • Reduction of fine lines , some could completely vanish
  • “Filling” of deeper lines
  • Reduction of bags under the eyes
  • Softer and tighter skin
  • Brighter complexion
  • Reduced sagging
  • Reduction of acne scars
  • A more relaxed and refreshed expression

The effects of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture are not limited to the face. Treatments are individualized according to how each person is aging. In addition to the cosmetic procedure on the face a full body acupuncture treatment is always provided to ensure the body can achieve internal balance and relaxation while individual needs are addressed. Thus, the treatment is an overall rejuvenation of your health as well as your appearance.

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Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment that involves the use of compacted Artemisia leaves in the form of moxa sticks, moxa cones, moxa wool, etc. to stimulate acupuncture points with the warmth of the burning Artemisia leaf. Artemisia leaf has a bitter and acrid quality which is ideal to produce a consistent warmth that penetrates the meridians and deeply into the muscles. Moxibustion is used to strengthen and warm the body and is a great option for chronic joint pain and stiffness.

Cupping

Cupping is a method of treating the meridians and the connective tissues of the body by the use of plastic or glass cups. In the case of the plastic cups – which are currently being used in our clinic – they are placed on the area being treated while air is pumped out of the cup resulting in the suction of the skin.

The suction action of the cup stretches the connective tissue which helps to reduce adhesions, stiffness and stagnation. At the same time, it has a strong effect in the circulation of blood. As a result, there is an improved blood flow to deeper soft tissue layers which regular massage treatments usually do not achieve.

In addition to the improved blood flow and reduced stiffness, it is possible that the cups will leave red/purplish marks on the skin as a side-effect. That is an expected side-effect of the treatment which will clear up completely after a few days without any further treatment.


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Guasha

Guasha is a Chinese word that means Gua: scraping and Sha: the red marks that surface to the skin during the “scraping”. As the meaning of the name Guasha suggests, you may also have red/purplish marks on your skin after this procedure. They are also an expected side-effect of the treatment which will clear up completely after a few days.

This technique consists of the use of a round edged tool to press/stroke the lubricated skin along meridians or areas of congestion. The purpose of the treatment is to mobilize Qi (our life force energy) and Blood (blood and body fluids responsible for supporting our physiology) and bring to the surface of the skin metabolic waste products resulting from the stagnation caused by an injury or a chronically congested site.

Guasha may provide immediate relief from pain and stiffness as newly oxygenated blood is able to nourish and flush the affected site.