Cupping therapy

Cupping is a type of bodywork therapy that originated in China. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction, like an inverse of massage.The suction helps facilitate the flow of “qi” in the body. Qi is a Chinese word meaning life force, or vital energy. Cupping helps balance yin and yang within the body. Restoring … Continue reading Cupping therapy

Trigger points and referred pain

If you are suffering from any of the following, you may have referred pain from the upper trapezius trigger points: Headaches on the temples or tension headaches, facial, temple, or jaw pain, pain behind the eye, dizziness or vertigo (in conjunction with the sternocleidomastoid muscle), severe neck pain, a stiff neck, or limited range-of-motion and … Continue reading Trigger points and referred pain

Bladder problems and acupuncture

Overactive bladder affects 16-18% of the US adult population with a higher incidence in the elderly.  The expense to the healthcare system is approximately $12 billion annually. Incontinence is responsible for up to 10% of nursing home admissions for people adding an adding an additional $6 billion. Incontinence is a condition that can lead to … Continue reading Bladder problems and acupuncture

Herniated discs and acupuncture

Acupuncture is rooted in the belief that everyone has an energy force called  Qi When the Qi is blocked or unbalanced, your body may respond with pain and illness. Traditional acupuncturists aim to free up the acupuncture channels, by inserting extremely thin needles into specific points in your body's meridians. Based on your specific diagnosis, … Continue reading Herniated discs and acupuncture

PTSD & cPTSD

Post traumatic stress disorder,  has had many different names throughout  history. Names such as shell shock, battle fatigue, and soldiers heart. Many of these names recognize trauma from war as a cause for PTSD, however, the current definition of PTSD has expanded to include trauma that comes from any other acutely shocking event, as well … Continue reading PTSD & cPTSD

What is moxa

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy which consists of burning dried mugwort on particular points on the body. It plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Mongolia.” ~ Wikipedia Moxa  is an ancient form of heat therapy that originated in China, and it uses the leaves … Continue reading What is moxa

Trigger Points and Dry Needling

  Dry needling is a style of acupuncture that focuses on just the acupuncture points known as trigger points.  Dry needling is more geared towards neuro-anatomical needling techniques and placement rather than traditional acupuncture point locations that take the whole body, mind and spirit into account.  The term “trigger point” is used to describe an … Continue reading Trigger Points and Dry Needling