Acupuncture is the insertion of small, thin needles into the skin and muscles. Particular points on the body are chosen depending on the patient’s condition and injury. Every treatment is customized for each patient and their diagnosis. Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which treats people based on all aspects of their health and body, not just the symptoms.

Tui Na is a type of massage used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The practitioner uses a number of different massage techniques such as “rolling,” “grasping” or “pressing” to assist circulation of blood to affected areas of the body.

Cupping is a therapeutic technique that uses a vacuum to break up and stasis or toxins stuck in the body. A flame is inserted into the opening of glass cup, pulled out quickly, and placed down on the body, creating a vacuum. This will leave “bruise-like” but not painful marks on the body. The more chronic or exasperated a condition is, the darker the marks will be. They disappear after 2-5 days, depending on the color.

Gua Sha has similar effects as cupping. It is performed using a smooth, plastic gua sha “tool” such as a Chinese soupspoon. The spoon is used to push and “scrape” along the skin and muscles, causing an increase in circulation to aid healing.

Moxa is an herb that is burned to provide a type of heat therapy to the body. It can help nourish the body, warm it up and help with circulation.

Dietary and herbal suggestions can be provided to aid in the continuous healing of the patient.

Short massages are provided when needed, such as relaxing muscles or aiding in circulation. Soft tissue release is a deep, high-pressure technique used to loosen or activate muscles.

Stretching can be performed to help lengthen and loosen muscles in order to return the body to its natural posture.

Postural assessment is performed with most conditions, especially when pain is involved. This helps to find which muscles are overstretched, loose or not working correctly, and which ones are tight or overcompensating.