Bet Walker, Dipl. Ac, L.Ac
Acupuncture is an ancient form of medical modality which is gaining more popularity in this country for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. During a treatment, very thin, solid needles are inserted at specific points on the body, and the stimulation of these points affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems. It triggers the release of the body's internal chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins, which have pain relieving properties.
Herbal medicine is the use of plants, flowers, and minerals for diverse qualities and properties to target different aspects of an ailment. Herbs are classified as hot or cold, bitter and sweet, and more. Herbs comes in many forms, mostly popularly pills and teas. When used correctly under the guidance of your Chinese Medicine practitioner, they are generally safe and rarely have side effects.
Cupping therapy is the method of using glass or plastic cups to create localized pressure by a vacuum. The vacuum inside the cups causes the blood to form in the area and help the healing in that area. Another healing aspect of cupping therapy is through the release of toxins in your body. The suction from the cups can penetrate deep into your tissues causing the tissues to release harmful toxins. It triggers the lymphatic system, clears the blood vessels, and stretches and activates the skin.
Gua Sha is a healing technique used in Asia by practitioners of Traditional Medicine, in both the clinical setting and in homes, but little known in the West. It involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation where the skin is pressured, in strokes, by a round-edged instrument; that results in the appearance of small red petechiae called 'sha', that will fade in 2 to 3 days. Raising "Sha" removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes. Gua Sha is valuable in the treatment of many acute chronic disorders.
Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture
Auricular acupuncture is most often used for addiction, smoking cessation, and weight loss. It involves the stimulation of the acupoints located on the ear with tiny seeds or needles. When stimulated, these points access the central nervous system through the cranial nerves on the auricle of the ear. This sends a direct message to the brain that result in a healing response.
Electroacupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. Electroacupuncture uses two needles at time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously, usually for no more than 30 minutes at a time.
Scalp acupuncture is a new therapeutic method which can treat brain diseases or visceral diseases by using needle manipulation on the scalp at points corresponding to functional areas of the cerebral cortex.
Geriatric Acupuncture Therapy - office or mobile service
Whether you identify with the term geriatric or not, acupuncture, herbs, and nutritional counseling can help with the health maintenance of active aging.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), active aging is the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. The word "active" refers to continuing participation in social, economic, cultural, spiritual and civil affairs, not just the ability to be physically active or to participate in the labor force. Active aging aims to extend healthy life expectancy and quality of life for all people as they age.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process. Though Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture can sometimes be referred to as an Acupuncture Facelift, it is more than a cosmetic procedure. It is a rejuvenation and revitalization process designed to help the whole body look and feel younger. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture may erase as many as five to fifteen years from the face, with results apparent after just a few treatments. Fine lines may be entirely eliminated and deeper wrinkles diminished. Bags under the eyes can be reduced, jowls firmed, puffiness eliminated, droopy eyelids lifted and double chins minimized. Other likely results include: moisturizing of the skin with increased local circulation of blood and lymph to the face; increased collagen production, muscle tone, and dermal contraction; tightening of the pores; brightening of the eyes; improving of hormonal balance to help acne; reduction of stress evident in the face – bringing out the innate Beauty and Radiance of an individual.
Battlefield Acupuncture is an auricular (ear) therapy protocol that was invented by Air Force Physician, Dr. Richard Niemtzom MD. He coined the name “battlefield acupuncture” because it could be used on the battlefield if were not advisable to use western pain medication. Dr. Niemtzom used this protocol to help heal solders with concussions and other health issues.
This protocol uses small acupuncture needles called ASP needles. The ASP® needle (Semi-Permanent Needle, “A” is for Aiguille, meaning needle in French) comes in three kinds of metals, 90% of the time the gold ones is used for the Battlefield Acupuncture protocol.
Battlefield Acupuncture is a fast and effective protocol to treat pain, insomnia, stress, ptsd, headache, and more.
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Regular first session $125
Facial Rejuvenation (first session) $145
Battlefield acupuncture $45
20 minute Stress Reduction Session $20