Cupping: Cupping is a therapy designed to stimulate the flow of blood and Qi within the superficial muscle layers. It is used for sore muscles, tension, neck pain, and the common cold. In this therapy small glass “cups” will be placed over specific areas of your body. A vacuum is created under the cup using heat or suction. They may be moved over an affected area or left in place. You may leave the office looking like an octopus gave you a big hug. There is no need for alarm. The slight redness will quickly dissipate.
Tui Na: Tui Na translates to “push grasp”. It is a massage technique that moves Qi in various parts of the body. It is used to relieve muscle pain, tension and inflammation and to heal injuries.
Gua Sha: Gua Sha is another technique used to release muscle tension, tightness and constriction. A specialized tool is used to gently scrape or rub the skin over a problem area. Gwa Sha feels a bit like a deep massage. This too may leave some redness that will quickly dissipate.
Moxibustion: Moxibustion is a treatment that uses an herb called mugwort. It may be burned on the handle of the needle, above the skin, on salt or on a slice of ginger. This is used to “warm” acupuncture points or areas in order to quicken the healing process.