Acupuncture and Bodywork Consultations - Adults & Children
Each adult office visit is approximately one and a half hours and usually includes a combination of Chinese medical bodywork (tui na), craniosacral therapy, and acupuncture. Therapeutic foods and movements often are suggested. Children's visits typically are shorter, with more bodywork and fewer to no needles.
The first part of each visit, including any followup appointments, consists of the following Chinese medical diagnostic techniques:
- A review of your current health concerns, symptoms, previous medical history and family health history
- Questions about your general health from the perspective of Eastern Medicine; e.g. about sleep, diet, hunger, thirst, energy level, cold and heat tolerance
- Pulse-taking (Eastern medicine recognizes more than 12 distinct pulse areas related to blood and qi, organ and channel function)
- Tongue Diagnois (a window to various disharmonies in the bodymind)
- Gentle palpation along acupuncture channels and in areas of discomfort
Specific symptoms are treated based on your presentation at each clinic visit. Each treatment usually consists of one or multiple of the following treatment techniques:
- Acupuncture – careful placement of very fine needles in acupoints
- Tui Na – Chinese medical massage restoring proper function, blood and qi flow; often critical for sports injuries and pain. Can be used in place of acupuncture for young children.
- Craniosacral Work – gentle bodywork developed by osteopathic medicine; craniosacral therapy frees restrictions in soft tissues throughout the body. Often focused on the skull, spine and sacrum, but extremely useful for many conditions characterized by fascial (connective tissue) restrictions and misalignment.
Other possible traditional Chinese medical modalities employed are:
- Moxibustion – a heating therapy; small amounts of moxa (the herb Artemisia vulgarias) are burned near or on protected skin; highly beneficial for cold or deficient conditions
- Cupping – a technique of applying special cups with gentle suction to increase local circulation and stop pain
- Gua Sha – a unique skin-scrapping method effective at increasing local circulation, stopping pain and stimulating the immune system
- Qigong – literally "qi practice;" used in Chinese medicine both as a directed energy method to harmonize patient qi and as gentle exercises for patients to cultivate their own health
- Meditation – simple techniques to cultivate mindfulness, allowing a person the space to experience more ease and happiness.
- Breathing instruction - often producing dramatic results by itself; fundamental to health.
- Dietary Therapy – education in healthy nutrition and specific foods for certain conditions from the Eastern perspective.