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Electro-acupuncture is when a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles that are attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses. This form of acupuncture is particularly good for treating pain or in chronic pain syndromes where energy requires extra stimulation.
Cosmetic acupuncture, or acupuncture facial rejuvenation helps revitalize facial tissue in a natural and safe way without the use of surgery or injection. Although it's not a replacement for surgery, cosmetic acupuncture is a safe, painless, and less costly alternative toward a more youthful appearance.
By naturally increasing collagen production and circulation, lines are reduced, and a healthier complexion is achieved. Like a workout for the face, the treatment improves muscle tone and helps lift sagging skin, frown lines, crows feet, and puffy or droopy eyelids. The oxygenation to the skin improves circulation and blood flow, evening out skin tone, reducing scars and giving an overall healthy glow.
Treatment plans can range from 10-14 1hour sessions that involve invigorating facial massage, facial acupuncture and finishing with a refreshing and relaxing facial massage.
Best results are seen from treatments twice a week for the first 2-3 weeks and then once a week. Booster treatments are recommended monthly or bi-monthly.
Cupping is much like an inverse massage - rather than applying pressure to tense and restricted areas, it uses suction to pull them upward and inward providing gentle stretch and release. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation.
Cupping is often used on the back, neck and shoulders to treat musculoskeletal conditions. It can also be used on any other parts of the body, including arms and legs and can break up fascial adhesions and scar tissue.
Cupping can leave temporary marks on the surface of the tissues that can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. This is because it brings blood as well as toxins to the exterior surface of the skin. This provides a circulatory and detoxifying effect.
Tui na is an integral part of TCM and uses Chinese Taoist principles to bring the body's chi energy into balance. This hands on body treatment uses brushing, kneading, range of motion, traction and massage, with the stimulation of acupressure points in an attempt to open the body's chi and get the energy moving in the meridians and muscles.
These techniques help to aid in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions.
Acupuncture Combo Treatment
Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny hair like needles on affected points of the body in order to stimulate and harmonize energy, improve function, create balance and relieve pain in the body. It is a non invasive procedure that can be applied effectively and safely for a wide range of health conditions.
In an acupuncture combo treatment, an intake and assessment will be obtained based on the chief complaint by answering some questions about health and lifestyle. A treatment plan will be made, and could include any of the modalities that the therapist feels would be best suited to the condition. These could include massage therapy, tuina, cupping, acupressure and/or acupuncture. Some suggestions may be made regarding lifestyle in an effort toward a treatment plan that is effective in balancing the energies/mechanics of the body.
Acupuncture is not a quick fix, it is about commitment and lifestyle alterations that you and your therapist will make together. Some ailments such as acute pain may only take a few sessions, and other longer term or chronic conditions may take longer to heal such as 10 sessions or more. Upon first intake a suggested route can be determined.
Acupuncture combo treatment may provide relief for some of the following conditions:
Neck and shoulder stiffness
Low back and hip pain
Headache and migraine
General stress and anxiety
Rotator cuff injuries
To accommodate the time necessary for both massage therapy and acupuncture it is preferred to book either 75 minutes or 90 minutes. This facilitates more efficient and effective treatment sessions. To do this please feel free to email Colleen.RMT@MChiro.ca or call the clinic 416-690-2888.