What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a component of the health care system of China that can be traced back at least 2,500 years. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. Acupuncture may, it has been theorized, correct imbalances of flow at identifiable points close to the skin.

The practice of acupuncture to treat identifiable pathophysiological (disease) conditions in American medicine was rare until the visit of President Richard M. Nixon to China in 1972. Since that time, there has been an explosion of interest in the United States and Europe in the application of the technique of acupuncture to Western medicine.

Acupuncture is a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical locations on or in the skin by a variety of techniques. There are a variety of approaches to diagnosis and treatment in American acupuncture that incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The most thoroughly studied mechanism of stimulation of acupuncture points employs penetration of the skin by thin, solid, metallic needles, which are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.

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What is Cupping?

Cupping has been used by Alternative medicine practitioners for thousands of years to treat a wide range of health problems. It works by helping the body reduce inflammation by using suction.
Cupping can help anyone, including athletes relieve muscle tension and tightness, pain, stiffness or breathing problems. There are studies indicating that cupping may reduce fibromyalgia symptoms and can be more effective than conventional treatments.


How Cupping works: 

Cupping therapy, a type of traditional Chinese medicine,  involves creating a vacuum within glass cups placed on certain acupuncture points on the skin. This can be done by heating the air within the cup before placing it on the skin.
The resulting suction pulls the skin part of the way into the cup and may be left in place for several minutes and then removed, leaving behind a bright red, circular welt. In wet cupping, the skin is pricked with a needle before the cup is placed.
Cupping therapy can help increase circulation and promote healing. The procedure is generally safe and is performed by a trained professional at our clinic, but please note, it can cause bruises, soreness.

The many athletes who do choose to undergo cupping therapy will often do so before participating in their sport or activity, as well as after. Most have a goal of addressing specific aches and pains within their body, as they want to heal these areas as much as they possibly can before participating in their chosen sport. For athletes who have been diagnosed with a specific injury or have had to undergo a surgical process, cupping therapy can be used to help their body promote a healing response and reduce recovery time.

Patients can come in as often as two to three times a month for cupping, and can be used in conjunction with our Acupuncture treatments as opposed to a stand alone session.

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