A Wide Variety Of Techniques Are Performed At Oakland Hills Acupuncture,
Including The Following:
Acupuncture: The practice of acupuncture has a long history of successfully helping people with a wide variety of ailments. Acupuncture is the most researched complimentary & alternative medicine with more research supporting the practice of acupuncture than many other common procedures. From ancient China to the modern world acupuncture has always greatly benefited peoples health.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine filiform needles into soft tissue. Traditionally the effects of acupuncture are described in terms of adjusting the circulation of Qi and Blood to attain a wide range of effects. Modern research has confirmed many of the uses of acupuncture and found many different mechanisms of action including: the release of endorphins (which stop pain), increased circulation, release of muscle spasms and tension, increased healing time, homeostasis/balance of some hormones, and physical and mental relaxation.
There are a wide variety of effective acupuncture techniques and styles which are integrated to fit the patient's condition at Oakland Hills Acupuncture. For instance, it is common for patient's to seek treatment due to musculoskeletal pain. In the treatment of musculoskeletal pain traditional points as well as trigger points, ashi points, and sometimes motor points are used at Oakland Hills Acupuncture. Trigger points are hypersensitive points along a muscle band that are typically created due to injury or chronically poor posture. These points typically refer pain in a predictable fashion when active or pressed. Acupuncture is the best method for releasing the tension at these points therefore stopping pain and softening the muscle. "Ashi" points are tender points found along a muscle or acupuncture channel that when needled helps reduce the overall experience of pain. Motor Points are the areas where the belly of the muscle is highly innervated. The stimulation of motor points causes the muscle to fire and "reset" itself.
Many of these various types of points actually overlap. Furthermore their combination and the combination of the styles associated with them creates very effective treatments.
How often should I get acupuncture? How long to see results?
Everyone's prognosis is different. While it is very common for many patients to begin seeing results immediately, this is not always the case. Acupuncture works cumulatively and often requires at least a course of 4 to 5 treatments. Chronic conditions or serious injuries may require longer. For example, California Worker's Compensation system recommends acupuncture 1 - 3 times per week, optimally for 1 to 2 months. While most patients do not end up needing that amount of treatment, it is important to understand what established norms for treatment are so that you don't limit your chances for improvement. Initially sticking to a set schedule ensures a a much greater chance of success. Even if the symptoms that brought you in subside in one visit, often without at least some follow-up treatments the symptoms may return. In some cases, taking herbs can cut back the need for acupuncture treatments.
Chinese Herbal Medicine: Chinese herbs are used at Oakland Hills Acupuncture to address a wide variety of ailments including hypertension, fatigue, digestive issues, insomnia, etc. Chinese herbs offer patients the opportunity to have a daily treatment on days when they cannot get acupuncture to treat their ailment. For many issues, Chinese herbs may actually constitute the principal treatment with Acupuncture only being an adjunctive therapy. At Oakland Hills Acupuncture we us easy to carry and prepare herbal granules. All of our herbs have been rigorously tested for pesticides.
Cupping: Cupping is a myofascial release technique which involves creating suction using a glass cup and then applying it to a part of the body, usually the back. The suction helps to release muscle tension and increase circulation. Muscle tension often inhibits proper blood flow in the muscles, making cupping treatments quite beneficial. Cupping is also used in the treatment of the common cold. Modern research suggests that cupping may release histamine and histamine-like substances which aid the immune response.
Massage Therapy: Massage Therapy is one of the most basic and effective healing modalities. Massage Therapy involves the use a variety of hand techniques and strokes. The benefits of Massage Therapy include the reduction of stress, pain, and muscle tension while promoting proper circulation of blood and lymph. For more information about our massage therapist, Heather Swallow, please visit About.
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