We offer Asian Medicine acupuncture, trigger point (dry needling) acupuncture, as well as cosmetic acupuncture.
Asian Medicine Acupuncture
With this style of acupuncture we must do a thorough intake to determine where the imbalances within the energetic meridian system are rooted. The body is a complex system of energetic connections between our organs, and these connections must be open for our body to properly function. By optimizing the function of each organ, and ensuring that the connections between them are unobstructed, vital energy is able to course along the proper paths and the body is in balance.
Though this system operates on an energetic premise, very tangible physiological consequences of acupuncture are well documented. There are many controlled research trials that show acupuncture to be as effective as medication for some conditions (Tu et al, 2012).
Trigger point acupuncture
This style of acupuncture is much more localized and focuses on pain relief and muscular rehabilitation. Focal areas of contraction are located and the acupuncture needles are inserted in a piston like manner to allow the muscle fibres to relax and to return to the normal length. Imagine healthy muscle fibres to be nice long parallel ropes that crawl along one another to shorten the overall length of the muscle (to contract). Just like a push pen, the muscle cannot relax until it has completely finished its contraction, and sometimes these muscles fibres get stuck part of the way. This may be due to overuse, an acute injury or an imbalance with other muscles. Regardless of the cause, the muscles fibres are stuck, have shortened the overall muscle length and can’t move forward or backward to resolve the issue (this is what you experience as a “knot”). These muscles fibres aren’t just hanging out and waiting for rescue, they’re still metabolically active, so they are still creating metabolic wastes like lactic acid and carbon dioxide. They’re also so tight that they’re cutting off their own blood supply, which unfortunately, is what they need in order to finish the contraction! What the acupuncture needle does is gentle allows blood flow to return to those fibres, bringing with it, the calcium, magnesium and oxygen that they need to finish the contraction and relax. We will often get rewarding visible twitching as the muscle fibres go through the motions of release. The results are muscle fibres back at their resting position, thereby taking tension off the overall muscle and affected joints. This not only relieves pain, but also returns proper functioning to the tissue.
Acupuncture is an effective non-surgical alternative to reduce the signs of aging. By inserting very thin disposable needles into acupuncture points on the face, local circulation and collagen production is increased. As a consequence, lines are filled out and the skin becomes more firm. The arrival of nutrients from increased blood flow contributes to a healthier complexion with a natural glow. Fine lines are eliminated, and deeper lines softened. The added nutrients also reduce dark circles around the eyes, reduce eye puffiness, tighten sagging skin and drooping eyelids as well as tighten pores. The increased blood flow also improves local toxin removal, and thereby clears up acne and other blemishes.
A 1996 report in the international journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects include: The skin becomes delicate, improvement of elasticity of facial muscles, ruddier complexion, and overall rejuvenation.
Cosmetic Acupuncture will maintain the effectiveness of botox, so it will save you a couple injections per year.
The course of the treatment is between 10-12 sessions. This will be done 1-3 times a week for best results. Each individual will respond different to the treatment depending on their age and lifestyle. Visible results will be noticeable after 6 -7 sessions. Maintenance maybe needed once every month.