TCM Acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is a very ancient form of treating the body and mind for health and well-being. The knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation for about 2500 years. Now this form of traditional medicine is internationally recognized and the WHO has written that TCM Acupuncture can be helpful for people with many health conditions such as:
Acupressure massage (Tuina) can be very beneficial to increase blood circulation and to reduce toxin build up in muscle/skin tissue, connective tissue, and meridian pathways. These pathways are like a highway system that works with the lymph and nervous systems in our bodies and they need to flow freely for good energy and health. When toxins build up and block the flow of energy in the meridians we feel sluggish, easily fatigued, may have digestive issues, difficulty concentrating, chronic aches, low immunity, swelling/fluid retention of joints or many other symptoms. Each meridian works with its organ network and is connected to specific acupoints that can help to stimulate and heal the channel pathway throughout the body. This results in producing a better, more efficient energy system in your body.
The TCM approach is to treat each person individually with their own set of signs and symptoms since we all heal and respond to treatment in different ways. Each person will have a unique set of symptoms depending on the severity of the injury, surgical procedures, and which imbalances are present.
Cupping is a form of therapy becoming more popular due to many athletes and famous actors who have been commenting online about the quick recovery to their muscle aches and pains, reducing internal scar tissue from repeated strain and injury. Traditionally, cupping was used more to help with respiratory ailments such as tuberculosis, bronchitis, and asthma but is now used all over the world for many other health issues.
Glass cups are heated and applied to certain acupoints creating a pressure so that skin and muscle tissue are suctioned upwards into the cup.
This is a painless procedure and in fact, sedates the nervous system flooding the area with endorphins which are the body’s natural stress and pain reducers. Therefore this technique is used for reducing high blood pressure, stiff muscles, anxiety, chronic fatigue, rheumatism and arthritis, and even cellulite. By removing trapped toxins that are in cellulite tissue, the lymph can work faster at removing the fatty deposits under the skin, so that new blood and cells can then circulate much quicker to help with cellular repair.
Cosmetic/Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
Cosmetic/Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture works by stimulating specific Acu-points on the major meridians that follow pathways through facial muscles, nerves, and skin. It is a gentle, effective and safe way to combat the signs of ageing.
These techniques are becoming more popular than facelift surgery due to the pain-free, no inflammation and no time needed off work! The TCM technique uses tiny intradermal needles which are painless and very effective at reducing lines and wrinkles. The techniques used will boost collagen levels and improve cellular renewal. Facial rejuvenation with Acupressure point stimulation and Gua Sha will firm and tone the face, head, throat, and chest area.
These ancient techniques help to:
Facial Yoga exercises are done at the end of each session to strengthen muscles.
Moxibustion: is a TCM technique that involves a controlled burning of the artemisia herb which has been dried and shaped into a cone or ball of various sizes to warm the needle or to place on ointment as a barrier to protect the skin. This warms the acupoint and activates the channel energy and is used for weakness in the digestive system and immune system, pain/weakness in muscle tissue, and for painful/arthritic joints. With instruction on warming specific points, the patient is able to do moxa warming at home in between treatments. This is very helpful when children or adults are healing from injury or surgery. Moxa has been cited to aid in the turning of breach babies and to aid inducing labour. It has always been used together with needling prescriptions since the first book about Acupuncture techniques was written just before BCE.
Craniosacral Therapy was a type of therapy discovered in the 1930s by an osteopathic physician and later developed by Dr. Upledger in the 1970s as he wrote several textbooks to instruct practitioners from every field of medicine on the potential healing ability of this very subtle technique. By using a very gentle support on the back of the head and other parts of the body the CS system is able to re-adjust and re-set the imbalances in traumatized connective tissue. The continuous and subtle movements of the cranial bones respond to the expansion and contraction of the cerebral spinal fluid travelling up and down the spine. The CS system is triggered by every breath and sends a rippling motion through the entire body. A CS therapist uses their fine palpation skills to feel the pulling and pushing of the tissue and can encourage the restrictions in the tissue and cranial areas to release and balance muscle tissue. It has been known to effectively release trauma in the head, neck, and jaw area. It is very effective in helping with chronic neck/headache pain due to whiplash injury.
Today CST is used by many practitioners as a supplementary technique to their primary practice as it has been known to help release and re-adjust blocked connective tissue. This type of therapy is very helpful after concussion injury and with PTSD conditions.
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