What type of acupuncture do I need?
Traditional Acupuncture New Patient
Traditional (Balance Method) Acupuncture takes place in our communal room that has six zero gravity chairs. Balance Method Acupuncture can be used for internal/systemic problems like stress, hormone imbalance, digestion, mood disorders, fibromyalgia, and general health and wellbeing as well as pain management. If you are having complicated symptoms or would like to focus on internal problems as well as pain issues this is your style.
TA Maintenance Treatment
This is a follow-up treatment in the community room. This treatment consists of a very quick check-in followed by a traditional acupuncture treatment. Patients can sit 30-60 minutes after the needles are inserted.
TA Extended Treatment
This treatment is also a follow-up treatment in the community room. If you need more one-on-one time with your practitioner for a more detailed check-in or we have chosen to add 1-3 motor-points to your treatment (accessible in a chair) please book this treatment. Recommended if you have not been seen in over 6 months or we have added motor points to your traditional treatment.
Traveler's Acupuncture does not require a New Patient appointment. It is in the communal room and is intended for travelers from out of town to keep up with their acupuncture. Best for uncomplicated conditions consists of a short consultation and treatment. This treatment does not replace a NEW PATIENT TREATMENT.
Orthopedic Acupuncture New Patient
Orthopedic Acupuncture is done in a private room. If you are interested in Dry Needling or an approach that starts by looking at muscle disfunction and the nervous system then this treatment is for you. Treatments consist of a mix of Trigger Point Acupuncture (Dry Needling), Motor Point Acupuncture, Electro, and Neurofunctional Acupuncture. Some people describe it as a deep tissue massage with needles. Some Patients have a soreness similar to post work out soreness after treatments.
OA Returning Patient
This is a follow-up treatment to the Orthopedic Acupuncture usually about 30min.
We use a specific Syle of Traditional Acupuncture called Balance Method which we find to be superior for pain management and complicated conditions. Most patients leave their first treatment with a significant drop in pain. Subsequent treatments are necessary for lasting results. Balance Method is also great for complicated conditions/mood disorders/stress/hormonal issues and digestion.
Motor Point Acupuncture
Motor point acupuncture is the stimulation of motor points—synapses between muscles and motor nerves either by needle alone or with electricity. Stimulation of the motor point produces involuntary twitches in the target muscles, helping to reset dysfunctional muscles and to correct abnormal muscle function. Often this method is used for muscles that are atrophied or inhibited and not responding to traditional physical therapies.
Trigger Point Acupuncture (Dry Needling)
Trigger Point Acupuncture/ dry needling is an indispensable tool in treating myofascial (muscle and fascia) pain. It works by releasing hyperactive trigger points that refer pain across nerve, muscle, and connective tissue in predictable patterns. Dry needling refers to the insertion of very fine acupuncture needles (opposed to an injection) to release these trigger points. When a trigger point is touched with the needle it slightly twitches and releases. When trigger points are “deactivated,” through needling they normalize inducing local tissue repair and become less irritable.
Neurofunctional Acupuncture combines Motor Point, Electro and Traditional Acupuncture targetting both the motor point of the muscle as well as the central and peripheral nervous system through the needling of appropriate spinal segments and distal points. This can decrease pain by working on the signals sent through both the CNS and the PNS helping with chronic pain that has become patterned into the body.
Cupping is a method that uses suction created by a flame or a suction gun to increase circulation and stretch the tissue. Guasha is a method that uses pressure/scraping with a ceramic or stone tool to achieve the same effect. These methods of therapy are especially effective for pain management and increasing blood and lymphatic flow.