- Chinese Acupuncture
- Japanese Acupuncture
- Cold Laser Therapy
- Acupressure and Massage
- Auricular Acupuncture
- Cupping Therapy
- Gua Sha
If you want to try natural healing methods to treat your problems, contact Cynthia for acupuncture therapy. She will help resolve all your concerns.
Each person is viewed individually and not just a symptom and, with this philosophy the individual becomes a participant in their own healthcare through lifestyle modification and changes. Lifestyle can nourish and protect or take a toll on the body, mind, and spirit. The changes do not need to be major, but can be as simple as daily breathing exercises, relaxation, water consumption, diet and exercises.
Nature is the guiding light for Chinese medicine. Following the patterns of the seasons will help a person to heal more quickly and stay in a more optimum state of health. The theory is based on channels of energy flowing unobstructed through a person. When the energy is blocked in any way, disease is the result. Acupuncture manipulates the energy to help the person return to health.
Many diverse conditions can be treated with Chinese medicine with gratifying results for the patient. Very often after a few treatments patients begin to realize significant improvement.
Acupuncture needling techniques in Japan generally involve thinner or smaller needles. Japanese acupuncture does shallow insertions compared to Chinese acupuncture.
This type of acupuncture treatment is divided into two different steps: the root treatment and local treatment. Root treatment seeks to resolve core energy and structural imbalances, whereas the local treatment addresses symptomatic relief of patient complaints.
Cold Laser Therapy
New Breakthrough Science for Quick Pain Relief and Healing
Why Laser Therapy?
Low level laser therapy is a painless, non-invasive, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of pain syndromes, injuries, neurological conditions, wounds and fractures.
Treatable Conditions Include:
Arthritis, Back Pain, Bursitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Headaches, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Sciatica, Hair Loss, Weight Loss, Shoulder Pain, Tendonitis, TMJ Pain, Trigger Points, Smoking Addiction and much more.
How Does Laser Light Heal?
Low level lasers supply energy to the body in the form of non-thermal photons of light. These light photons can penetrate 2 inches without being absorbed by the skin, fat, or blood. Once the photons reach the injured tissue, they stimulate and energize the cells to repair and heal at remarkably fast rate. The physiological effects include improved cell metabolism, improved blood circulation, analgesic effects, anti-inflammatory effects, stimulation of nerve function and stimulation of wound healing.
What Can I Expect During a Laser Therapy Treatment Session?
A treatment can vary from 2 to 30 minutes. Most patients notice an immediate improvement after 1 session. The majority of patients need 5-8 visits for maximal benefit. Duration of treatment and number of visits is often dependent on the severity and chronic nature of the condition.
Is It Safe?
Low Level Therapy is very safe and has no side effects. The FDA approved Cold Laser device and laser therapy has been used for over 30 years internationally. It is finally being made available in the United States after 12 years of study and research.
Acupressure & Massage
Acupressure experts may use their fingers, palms, elbows or feet to apply pressure on special parts of the body. Sometimes, acupressure may also involve stretching or acupressure massage, as well as other healing methods.
There are many benefits of massage therapy and acupressure. Acupressure is used to treat a wide range of conditions and disorders. It helps an individual in stress management and is especially effective in relieving a person from discomfort due to chronic pains.
During an acupressure session, the patient has to lie down completely clothed on a soft massage table. The acupressure practitioner gently presses on acupressure points on your body. This session may take about one hour and may require several sessions for the best results.
There are about two hundred auricular acupuncture points in the outer ear being pricked with acupuncture needles. They are never placed at the auditory canal or the hole leading to the inner ear but to the cartilage of the outer ear.
The purpose of auricular acupuncture is to release pain relieving chemicals or endorphins. Auricular acupuncture can help patients with anxiety disorders, weight loss and people with addictions. It can also reduce the pain levels for people undergoing surgery.
Suction is created using heat or mechanical devices. It is also known as Chinese acupuncture cupping. It is said to have cured many forms of disorders that a patient might be suffering from. Both acupuncture and cupping are helpful for their healing effects and other benefits.
Cupping therapy treatments are of two types – dry cupping and fire cupping. Dry cupping procedure commonly involves creating a small area of low pressure next to the skin. The low air pressure may be created by heating the cup in an open flame or in hot scented oils. Then it is placed against the skin. As the air inside the cup cools, it contracts and pulls the skin slightly inside the cup.
Fire cupping involves soaking a cotton ball in an alcoholic substance. The cotton is then lit by a match or a lighter. Use of fire cups removes the oxygen inside it and a small amount of suction is created. Massage oil is sometimes applied to create a better seal.
Visit Cynthia Pearson, RN, MAc today and explore a whole new way to overall well-being of your body. For more information on cupping therapy or to schedule an appointment, contact or call her at 703-319-1994.
What is Gua Sha?
Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medicine that aims at improving your blood flow and immune system. This is a treatment in which a trained professional scrapes the skin to produce light bruising. Gua Sha therapy involves repeated pressured strokes over oiled or lubricated skin with a smooth edge of an object.
Benefits of Gua Sha Treatment
Gua Sha is a alternative treatment for people who suffer from fatigue or sore muscles. Gua Sha can also help people suffering from certain digestive disorders. Aside from digestive disorders treatment, Gua Sha can also relieve head pain and is used for people with fibromyalgia, gallbladder, liver, kidney and lung diseases.
Gua Sha works in the same way that acupuncture would be used. After a couple of sessions with this treatment, the skin will look bruised. This is normal and the bruises will usually disappear after a few days.
What is Moxibustion?
The Chinese character for acupuncture means “acupuncture-moxibustion.” Acupuncture is in popular demand compared to moxibustion although these two are equally effective in traditional Chinese medicine. Moxibustion is commonly used with acupuncture to better facilitate healing.
Instead of using acupuncture needles, moxibustion therapy uses Moxa, also know as mugwort herb. Its active agents improve blood circulation especially to the uterus and pelvic area. Moxibustion is an effective cure for menstrual cramps and breech births.
The purpose of moxibustion therapy is to improve blood, encourage normal qi in the body and improve overall wellness. Moxibustion can help improve the immune system especially for people who get sick often. Moxibustion is an effective cure for back pain, muscle and body pain, arthritis, chronic fatigue and chronic low energy.
The most common form of moxa used for moxibustion is the cigar-shaped, because it is the simplest to use. The lit moxa is placed about one inch away from the affected area. The distance can be adjusted based on the person’s comfort level. The moxa is kept in that distance until the skin turns red. The patient will feel a pain-free, warm sensation during and after the treatment.