For thousands of years Oriental Medicine has acknowledged a life-force called Qi/Chi (pronounced ‘chee’) that flows through all things. This energy moves throughout pathways in the body called meridians and communicates with the internal organs. Fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body to manipulate and regulate this energy flow, strengthening weaknesses or removing blockages which cause disharmony or pain. The needles are sterile, virtually painless and most people experience a feeling of relaxation and peace during and after a treatment. The effectiveness of acupuncture varies with every individual and the severity of the disease and usually more than one treatment is necessary for desired improvement.
Cupping is a type of therapy that involves the use of glass cups, which are suctioned onto the skin for a few minutes at a time. This therapy is used to pull toxins out of the body, eliminate obstructions of qi (energy), and relax the muscles. It is most often used for muscular pain and tightness, but can also be used to treat colds, digestive disorders, and more.
Gua sha is a healing technique that involves the stimulation of the skin in strokes using a round-edged instrument. The purpose of gua sha is to remove blood stagnation, which is considered pathogenic and a cause of pain. This results in increased circulation and metabolic processes, and often, the patient experiences immediate improvement of pain, stiffness, or respiratory issues.
Heat therapy is often used by acupuncturists to promote circulation and induce the smoother flow of qi (energy) and blood in cases of muscle pain, soft tissue injuries, arthritis, headaches, and more.
The TDP lamp is a medical device that is a safe, relaxing, and effective way of applying heat therapy. This therapeutic device features a plate coated with a mineral formation consisting of 33 essential elements to the human body. When activated by its heating element, the mineral plate emits deep, penetrating waves that are readily absorbed into the tissues. This promotes faster healing by stimulating microcirculation, which delivers higher levels of oxygen and nutrients to injured cells while eliminating toxins and cellular waste.
Moxibustion: Moxibustion (Moxa 쑥뜸) is a hyper thermal treatment method applying a burning herb in various ways to the proper points or large surface on the body. As a main remedy, moxibustion can be used alone or in combination with acupuncture. The heat, as well as the properties of the moxa itself, serve to warm the qi and blood in the channels, expel cold and dampness, restore Yang, and in general help to regulate the organs and restore health.
A series of Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation Treatments Can:
- Erase fine lines, deeper wrinkles diminished
- Lift sagging eye lids, reduce bags/circles
- Firm jowls and minimize double chin
- Improve muscle tone and increase collagen production
- Eliminate puffiness by improving metabolism and eliminating excess fluids
- Improve hormonal balance, benefits acne
- Increase circulation of blood and lymph to the face and improves facial color
- Moisturize the skin and tighten pores
- Significantly reduce the appearance of scars and age spots
- Slow the aging process from within
- Reduce stress evident in the face
- Promote overall health and well being
In memory of Adam
NADA style treatments are offered at Queenpin Acupuncture Monday through Friday for $10.00. This auricular form of acupuncture places 5 needles in each ear and asks that the patient sit quietly for 30 – 45 minutes. Consistency is key for NADA to be effective in helping people stop an addictive behavior. It is suggested that patients come every day for treatment, no less than every three days.
Patients participating in this treatment will be treated in the waiting area of Queenpin Acupuncture. Appointments must be made by phone, not online. Cash or check only.
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PREPARING FOR YOUR CHILD’S FIRST ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT
You’ve decided to bring your child in for acupuncture treatment and now you’re wondering what you’re going to tell them about their initial visit. In order to help explain to your child what is involved with an acupuncture treatment we’ve got a few pointers to help you out.
BE HONEST WITH YOUR CHILD ABOUT WHAT THE VISIT IS FOR
If your child is old enough to understand what is going on with their body, explain to them why they are coming in for an acupuncture visit. Let them know you’ll be discussing their problem with the acupuncturist.
TELL THEM ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture helps the body heal itself. Our bodies are designed with great healing powers, but sometimes bodies need a little help to heal and that’s what acupuncture does. It also helps the body heal faster. The acupuncturist is a like a detective that is searching for the root cause of illness and then uses special spots called acupuncture points to begin the healing process. Not even the greatest surgeon can heal a cut, only the body can.
These words sound scary and may cause your child to be afraid of acupuncture.
TELL THEM THE ACUPUNCTURIST DOES “TAPS”
At our clinic, we call acupuncture for kids “taps” because the acupuncturist will do a lot of gentle finger tapping and rubbing to prepare the acupuncture point. The needles are swiftly tapped in and, for kids under age 8, immediately removed.
DON’T LIE TO THEM IT IF THEY ASK IF IT HURTS.
When they are tapped in there is little to no discomfort during the procedure. They might feel a tiny amount of discomfort, but most don’t. Hundreds of thousands of kids get acupuncture every year because it helps them feel better.
HELP THEM BE BRAVE!
Sometimes bringing a favorite toy, stuffed animal or blanket gives them comfort if they are feeling scared or apprehensive. Some kids dress up in costume on their first visit. We’ve seen pirates, Minny Mouse, and cowboys to name a few.
IF THEY DON’T WANT TO DO NEEDLES, WE HAVE OTHER OPTIONS
Sometimes even the bravest kids don’t want to try taps right away. That’s alright, we have other non- needle techniques we can use that have a similar therapeutic effect as acupuncture. Your child will never be forced to do taps or anything else against their wishes, but it is our sincere hope that they will cooperate with us during their treatment.
DECIDE AHEAD OF TIME IF YOU’RE GOING TO OFFER A REWARD FOR TRYING TAPS
It’s their choice if they want try taps, but sometimes a little motivation helps. Rewards have worked quite well for many parents to encourage their kids try it. If you plan to offer a reward, figure out what you’ll offer ahead of time so you’re not caught off guard, but be ready to follow through. You may want to keep it a secret and use it as a last resort or it may work better to tell them about it ahead of time. We have stickers at the office for kids who cooperate so they’ll get a little reward no matter what.
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