Christina Reddy L.Ac
Acupuncture is much more than just needles. Below you can become farmiliar with the different types of modalites
or techniques acupuncturists can often use during your acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture is the use of hair-thin needles used on specific points around the body to accesses nerve centers that result in physiological or biochemical responses from the brain. Needling of these acupuncture points can trigger relief from pain, induce deep relaxation, or even help with digestive issues.
Cupping is the use of small plastic cups and a hand pump to create suction on top of the skin over certain points in the body. Cupping therapy can reduce pain and inflammation throughout the body and promote mental and physical relaxation and well-being.
Acupuncture points are safely stimulated with a gentle electrical current; the patient feels a gentle vibration in the stimulated areas typically.
Moxa is the dried leaf of the mugwort plant and is burned either directly on the skin (with a protective barrier such as salt or a slice of ginger) or indirectly above the desired area to be treated; the herb is very helpful for warming up the meridians and effective to treat several types of pain.
Tui Na or Acupressure
Known often as “Asian Bodywork”, Tuina is used to promote the circulation of Qi and blood along the meridians of the body. Acupressure focuses on the same acu-points acupuncture does.
Gua sha is the gentle scraping of the skin with a smooth-surfaced tool that helps promote circulation. It is a very helpful treatment if you can feel a cold coming on, great to help stop the cold in its tracks before it becomes full blown!