Other Manual Therapies
In addition to acupuncture and massage, our talented practitioners have been trained in a wide variety of other manual therapies that fall outside the traditional acupuncture or massage categories. Below are some of the treatments and techniques that our practitioners provide for you.
Osteopathic techniques are gentle, simple techniques that help release tension and relieve pain. Some techniques include gentle stretching, resistance techniques, and gentle pressure applied to specific joints, muscles, and other tissues. Acupuncturists can use osteopathic techniques to help align joints and relieve pressure.
Osteopathy was developed by an American physician, Andrew Taylor Still, in the 1870s. He wanted to develop non-invasive, non-medicinal, non-surgical alternatives to the medical practices of the day.
Osteopathy was the answer. Its practices tune into the health and wisdom inherent in your own body, stimulating the body’s own ability to heal itself.
Osteopathy allows the body to unwind fascial tension patterns among the organs and surrounding tissues that are otherwise difficult to release on their own. This is often the root of musculoskeletal issues, especially chronic, long-standing problems that are resistant to treatment.
This unwinding increases organ function and improves the natural feedback from the organs back to the brain, helping your body’s systems (circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine, digestive, immune, etc) regulate on their own.
Osteopathy improves your health and vitality, and the treatments themselves create a deep sense of relaxation as you experience them.
Gua Sha & Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
Gua sha is a traditional Chinese medicine technique. It uses a special tool made of bone, wood, or stone and is scraped along skin to release the fascia under the skin.
Gua sha improves circulation and range of motion, and relieves muscle pain and tension. It can also reduce inflammation and, thus, improve your immune response.
Gua sha often causes red marks, which usually fade within a day; and skin may be tender for one to two days after an intense treatment. However, gua sha should never leave actual bruises or break the skin.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM)
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation, or IASTM, is a Western version of much the same technique.
IASTM also uses scraping tools to reduce fascial restriction, break up fascial adhesions and scar tissue, and reduce tension in muscle, tendons, and joints. This results in reduced inflammation, improved range of motion, and decreased pain.
Studies show that IASTM speeds up the healing process and increases the number of fibroblasts in the treated area. Fibroblasts are cells that produce collagen, fibers, and other structures that repair tissues and heal wounds.
Kinesio Taping is a rehabilitative taping therapy created by Japanese-born chiropractor and acupuncturist Dr. Kenzo Kase in the 1970s. It is a very specific method of taping injured body parts to provide support while maximizing range of motion, circulation, and lymphatic flow.
Kinesio Taping is based on a thorough understanding of both anatomy (how the body is built) and kinesiology (how the body moves). Special adhesives and acrylics allow the tape to stretch and move while still providing support, as well as being hypoallergenic, moisture-resistant, and comfortable on your skin.