Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to heal and improve functioning by inserting very fine, sterile, disposable needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise points on the body. These points help to stimulate several body mechanisms including the autonomic nervous system, the endocrine system, and immune system. Think of Acupuncture as a method of manipulating blood flow, increasing circulating endorphin levels, and generating a healing response by focusing blood, white blood cell and histamine response.
Cupping is done by creating suction in a plastic or glass cup and placing it on muscle and subdermal connective tissues. The suction causes layers of tissue to bubble up into the cup. Cupping can be done both stationary over tight areas or the cups can be manually moved along the length of the back, neck or leg which is termed sliding cupping. A healthy muscle tissue allows muscle fibers to slide and extend over underlying layers but tissue that is damaged or inflamed restricts this movement. The suction action, of the cup, forces these layers to become ‘unstuck’, drawing blood between the layers and allowing for repair and healing of the area.
Conditions that benefit form acupuncture include:
- ACL/MCL issues
- Muscle strains
- Chronic pain
- Tennis and golfers elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome