I combine 3 styles of acupuncture to create the best treatment for each individual patient.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Most acupuncturists in the United States, and around the world, use Traditional Chinese Medicine. The focus of many TCM treatments is on internal conditions and regulating the organs, and practitioners regularly prescribe Chinese herbs in addition to the acupuncture. When I'm using my TCM training, I'll look at your tongue and feel your pulse, to get a sense of what is going on inside your body. I may also use cupping, which suctions glass cups onto your back to stretch muscles and connective tissue, and pull up toxins. Finally, I might use moxibustion, the burning of the herb mugwort, to warm and nourish your body.
Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM)
The premiere style for pain management, Acupuncture Physical Medicine involves the use of trigger point therapy, which quickly and efficiently releases muscles that are tight, tender or cramping. When practicing in APM style, I feel the tender areas of your body for tight muscles or structural misalignments. In addition to needles, I also use tui-na, a Chinese medical massage.
Kiiko Matsumoto Style Japanese Acupuncture (KM)
After studying with Kiiko herself for three years, KM style holds a special place in my heart. The distinguishing characteristic of Japanese acupuncture is the palpation, or diagnostic touching, of the abdomen. Finding tight or tender spots on your belly helps to figure out what is going on with your organs. Also unique to Japanese Acupuncture is the needling technique, which uses super fine needles inserted painlessly and shallowly with a guide tube.
In addition to acupuncture, I will give massage or bodywork to many of my patients. If you are looking for pain management or stress relief, a massage is a great way to prime the body to receive acupuncture.
Tui-na is a Chinese medical massage used to decompress the spine, stretch the muscles, tendons and ligaments, and loosen the joints. Working to realign the musculoskeletal system and relax the body, it is very beneficial for back pain, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, headaches, and other pain conditions.
Flower essences are subtle herbal remedies that work on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Compared to essential oils, they are much safer to take internally, and do not interfere with any medications, herbs or other therapies you may be using. Both my patients and I have found them to be extremely beneficial for relieving stress and anxiety, releasing emotional trauma from the body, combatting anger and depression, and much, much more. A consultation can be included with your acupuncture treatment if you wish, and you will leave with a custom flower essence formula to take at home.