Non-Needle Acupuncture Techniques
Acupuncture Without Needles?
You might be asking.... Is that a REAL thing?
By definition, acupuncture is the act of inserting a tiny needle into an acupuncture point. The goal is to move energy through the acupuncture pathway so that the body can heal.
We have many tools and techniques to move energy in the acupuncture pathway. And they all work!
In fact, with each acupuncture sessions we typically use a combination of the techniques below.
Here's our advice...
Don't let your concern for needles stop you from booking an appointment.
We use many different modalities daily that patients LOVE!
We use low-level laser to stimulate the movement of energy in the acupuncture channel via acupuncture points to help regenerate cells, decrease pain, reduce inflammation and improve circulation. Laser acupuncture is especially helpful to treat children and adults with a needle phobia. We also use laser for scar tissue blockages caused by adhesions.
Microcurrent treatment sends small, unnoticeable electrical signals through acupuncture channels to stimulate the flow of energy. Different frequencies are used for conditions such as inflammation, tissue repair, resolution of scar tissue, etc.
Every acupuncture pathway can be activated with the power of specific vibrational frequencies. Tuning forks are used as a stand alone treatment to stimulate acupuncture point, and as a resource to create a very deep relation during a needle treatment. We use tuning forks in the the clinic daily.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy involves using pressure to relieve tender muscle, nodules and fibrous tissue in the body. Trigger points are most often associated with acupuncture points and are not always in the same location of pain. For example, a trigger point on the foot may relieve a headache or nausea.
Rapid Release Vibrational Therapy
Acupuncture pathways consist of fascia tissue. Rapid Release is a unique vibrational therapy device which incorporates vibration at the same electrical frequency of fascia tissue. Rapid Release treatment helps move blood through stubborn scar tissue and adhesions which form during chronic pain conditions. We also use Rapid Release Vibrational Therapy to resolve muscle tension and boost the immune system.
Far Infrared Heat with Negative Ion Therapy
We use the Jade Vitality Far Infrared Heating Pads in each of our treatment rooms. These heating pads combine far infrared heat and negative ion therapy to create the perfect healing environment. Far infrared heat helps stimulate blood flow (which activates the acupuncture pathways), helps relieve pain, helps resolve inflammation and generates a deep sense of relaxation. Negative ions help stabilize moods and boost immune system function.
Ear Seeds (Auriculotherapy)
You can treat the entire body via the acupoints on the ear. Ear seeds are commonly used to add home support to an acupuncture session. They are great for chronic pain, anxiety, smoking cessation, digestive issues, insomnia, and more.
Cupping therapy is a form of treatment in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. It promotes healing and blood flow in superficial muscle region of the acupuncture pathways. As the skin rises within the cup, redness appears on the skin. The redness is considered to be “old stagnant blood” from deep in the musculature. Pulling old blood to the surface allows for new blood to circulate and heal the wounded area.
Craniosacral therapy is a technique which balances the body through the cerebral spinal fluid which runs from the brain through the spine. This balances the acupuncture pathways through the spine. This therapy is especially helpful for patients who suffer from migraines, chronic pain, and emotional imbalances.
Shoni Shin is a Japanese style of acupuncture channel therapy that involves using small tools to stimulate energy flow in the channel. This painless technique is commonly used on children.
Gua Sha is a skin scraping technique that stimulates blood flow at the surface of the skin to activate acupuncture channels. Gua Sha is often used to treat muscular pain, to boost the immune function and to reduce inflammatory symptoms in chronic illness.
Most of our patients are very surprised at how tiny an acupuncture needle is. It's only about as wide as a mustache hair (or a kitty cat whisker)!
- Usually, once they see a real acupuncture needle, they are shocked at how tiny it is.
- At this point they typically decide to try the needle and are pleasantly surprised at the acupuncture experience.
- They are even more surprised when they drift into a deep relaxing sleep during treatment, not even feeling the needles.