It is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves an assessment of the body's areas of energetic blockages and their treatment by inserting very fine needles along special points in your body. The body reacts by releasing its own pain blocking and healing chemicals which helps promote general relaxation and a balancing of the body's internal systems. Thus acupuncture helps the body to heal itself, reduces pain and improves function and it is often successful where other treatments have failed.
Non-needle acupuncture involves pressure and or the application of microcurrent on the same points where you would normally insert needles. The effects can be quite good but more treatment sessions are needed.
Conditions treated by Acupuncture
Acupuncture can be used in the treatment of chronic pain, anxiety, depression, poor immune function, fibromyalgia, management of cancer pain, smoking cessation, insomnia Headaches, neck and back pain, tendonitis, sprains, strains, arthritis, sciatica, disc derangements, carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, Bell's Palsy, and Temporomandibular joint syndrome. It promotes improved organ function, helps treat disease and can be used for treatment of sports injuries. In addition, acupuncture can be applied in facial rejuvenation treatments.
The craniosacral system involves tissues that extend from the bones of the head, face, and tailbone and the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Because these tissues and fluid form an intricate network that affects the function of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system, restriction in any of these tissues can cause problems such as chronic aches and pains, headaches and movement motor problems. CST involves non-invasive gentle touch techniques that help body tissues to unwind so that physical and emotional tension can be released. This technique also releases stress on the central nervous system, which then allows the body's own healing mechanisms to work more optimally. Thus pain, physical discomfort and general stress are relieved.
Craniosacral Therapy can be effective for many conditions including, migraine headaches, chronic neck and back pain, arthritis pain, fatigue, stress and tension related problems, post injury (car accidents) and surgery pain, and Temporal-mandibular Joint (TMJ) syndrome.
VM is a hands on treatment technique that involves assisting the release of restrictions surrounding organs of the body such as the stomach, liver, gallbladder and appendix. Chronic organ and body pain can develop due to the impact of force on these tissues from car accidents, work and sports injuries and after surgery. VM can help to release the tightened tissues and relieve pain. It involves gentle work on organ tissues and their attachments to improve motility, mobility and tone. Mobility is the movement of the organ from the pushing and pulling of surrounding tissues. Motility is the movement of the organ from its own internal motion). When an organ loses mobility and or motility its function becomes impaired. The surrounding tissues also become tight. VM restores organ motion and function thus optimizing overall health and often reducing pain.
According to Jean Pierre Barral, the founder of this modality, VM can also be effective in the treatment of impotence and sterility, indigestion and migraines.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a condition where the crystals of the inner ear become displaced causing movement of inner ear hair cells that are responsible for balance and spatial orientation. The displacement of these crystals can cause ongoing dizziness and nausea with positional changes. Acute and chronic cases of BPPV can be treated using a technique called Epley's Maneuver. This technique involves simple maneuvers that are repeated for several days until the crystals have moved back into place.
It is also important to consider other possible causes of dizziness such as the side effects of medications, neurological problems, and inflammation of the eardrum. If you are suffering from ongoing dizziness, an assessment to determine whether this form of treatment may be helpful for you should be considered.
Physiotherapy includes a variety of modalities that are used to promote soft tissue healing and pain reduction by increasing blood flow and oxygen, breaking down scar tissue and reducing soft tissue spasm and restrictions. These modalities include ultrasound, interferential current, micro current, tens, traction, paraffin wax, biofeedback, manual therapy, mobility training, work conditioning, therapeutic exercise techniques, full conditioning programs, osteoporosis programs and education.
BF involves attaching a small device to the body that allows the client to monitor their ability to properly activate muscles. It allows the client to see immediate results of their efforts and enables them to log improvements in activation and function of a muscle across sessions. BF is often used to re-train weakened or inhibited muscles that have undergone nerve damage post stroke and post surgery and due to disabilities involving degeneration of the central nervous system. It can also be used to re-train muscles during the recovery from sports injuries.