At the office in the Nasby building downtown Northfield you can get cupping, acupuncture, moxibustion, tuina and herbal therapies.
Acupuncture is the insertion of single use sterile needles into the skin at precise points to cause a stimulus for the body to begin the healing response.
Acupuncture has many benefits, including stress reduction and pain relief; however, psychologically, acupuncture is also reported to increase the levels of various chemicals in the central nervous system – enkephalin, epinephrine, endorphin, serotonin, GABA, norepinephrine and dopamine.
In a recent systematic review titled, “Use of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Sports-Related Injuries in Athletes: A Systematic Review of Case Reports” acupuncture was reported that acupuncture played a significant role in the treatment of shoulder pain, elbow tendinopathy, proximal hamstring tendinopathy, or peroneal nerve entrapment. Electroacupuncture was highly recommended as a conservative intervention for the treatment of femoroacetabular impingement , lateral meniscus injury , and ganglion cysts of the foot . Electroacupuncture plus manual acupuncture is very effective in the treatment of calf strain and tennis elbow.In mental and behavioral disorders, acupuncture for golfer’s yips and electroacupuncture for sports-related postconcussive symptoms appeared to significantly reduce the symptoms. Manual Acupuncture is beneficial and feasible for treating the exercise-related delayed onset of muscle soreness in adolescent athletes and persistent pain in para-athletes.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called “moxa” are burned on or very near the surface of the skin.
The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences.
Specific health benefits of moxibustion can include: Stimulating circulation and improving the flow of qi.
Expelling cold and dampness from the body (“warming the meridians”) to relieve back pain and pain from arthritis and menstrual cramping.
In a randomized control trial they found acupuncture used with moxibustion can effectively improve the proprioception of the injured lateral collateral ligament of the ankle joint in athletes, which is superior to conventional physiotherapy in the therapeutic effect.
Cupping therapy, like acupuncture, is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on the skin for a short amount of time to create a negative pressure. This treatment is used for multiple reasons, including to reduce pain and inflammation, improve blood flow, relaxation and well-being. Often used following sports injuries or to treat over worked muscles by reducing lactic acid build up. In one study cupping donen twice a week for 4 weeks was shown to reduce myofascial pain in baseball players.
In a systematic review on theraputic affects of cupping on low back pain found improved outcomes for pain intensity, physical incapacity, quality of life and nociceptive threshold from before receiving the cupping.