Acupuncture is only one of the many tools an Eastern medicine practitioner will use. Here is a short description of modalities that may be used during your treatment:
During acupuncture, thin needles are inserted into specific points on the body. The needles are extremely thin (average needle thickness is 0.14 to 0.25 mm), so acupuncture is generally painless.
Acupressure is a great option for people who are afraid of needles and for pediatric patients. The practitioner will stimulate specific points and areas of the body by gentle pressure.
During moxibustion, the practitioner will use a burning stick made of an herb called moxa (also known as mugwort) to gently warm the affected acupuncture point or painful area.
Cupping is often used to alleviate pain, or to fight off the beginning of a cold. The practitioner will apply a glass suction cup to the skin. With stationary cupping, the vessel is left in one place. In the case of running cupping, the suction cup will be moved on the skin, and the sensation the patient experiences is similar to that of a strong massage.
E-stim is a commonly used modality to increase the pain-relieving effects of acupuncture. The practitioner will apply a mild, pulsating electrical current to the acupuncture needle. This is very similar to the electrical muscle stimulation many chiropracters apply to the affected area before adjusting the patients.
Gua Sha is used for pain conditions. The practitioner will scrape or rub the skin in the affected area with a small, spoon-like tool made of plastic or various other materials. The area will be treated until a slight, purplish bruising occurs. The skin discoloration will usually fade within a few days.
Tuina is a form a massage that uses very light touch to manipulate the body's energy, or Qi. It can be used for painful conditions, and is also a vital part of facial rejuvenation treatments.
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