We use a variety of treatment options based on each client’s individual and unique needs. The main treatment method is acupuncture, which is the insertion of tiny needles into specific points of the body. Acupuncture increases blood flow, regulates the immune system, decreases inflammation, and has been shown to regulate hormone and other chemical mediators throughout the body.
Acupuncture: There are many different types of acupuncture used around the world. At Eternal Crane Wellness we focus on Traditional Chinese Method (TCM) acupuncture. Other styles include:
Cupping: A traditional form of bodywork where an inverse pressure is applied to the muscles using a vacuum sealed cup. Cupping stretches the muscles, increases local blood flow, and can pull lactic acid out of the muscles.
Gua Sha: A method of bodywork where the acupuncturist uses a blunt instrument to scrape along the edges of the patient’s muscles in order to decrease muscle pain. This increases circulation and, like cupping, can free lactic acid from the muscles. Gua Sha has also been shown to strengthen the immune system by releasing an anti-viral enzyme.
Tui Na: A form of traditional Chinese massage that the acupuncturist may use on a few acupuncture points or areas after your needles are removed.
Chinese herbal supplements: A way for the patient to maintain treatment throughout the week and thus increase the effects of the office treatment and decrease the total number of treatments needed. Herbs are individually priced.
MORE ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE
Traditionally in Chinese Medicine the body is said to be made up of 18 channels or meridians that run across the body. Qi, or energy, and blood flow through these channels. Whenever this flow is disrupted this causes pain, disease, and dysfunction. The acupuncture points are thought to act like a system of sluices and dams that redirects the flow and brings the body back to equilibrium.
Today we understand acupuncture in biomedical terms that we discovered by using functional MRI studies and by comparing serum levels of chemical messengers before and after treatment. When an acupuncture needle enters the skin your body sees this as an acute trauma. This causes a release of adenosine, a painkiller, nitric oxide, which increases local blood flow, and a regulation of cytokines which are the chemical mediators that control your inflammatory system. Furthermore acupuncture has been shown to release endorphins which decrease stress and help lead to relaxation.
Acupuncture can help treat hundreds of ailments - some of these are listed below.
NEUROLOGICAL: Headaches, Migraines, Neuralgia, Post-operative pain, Stroke residuals, Facial Pain
DIGESTIVE: Abdominal pain, Chron's Disease, Ulcerative colitis, Hyperacidity, Irritable colon, Chronic diarrhea, Indigestion, Constipation
WOMEN'S HEALTH: PMS and cramps, Menopause syndrom, Obstetrics, Impotence, Pre-Natal care
EMOTIONAL and GENERAL WELL-BEING: Traumas, Hypertension, Insomnia, Depression, Anxiety, Nervousness, Fatigue, Stress, Weight management, Addiction to alcohol, drugs, and other addictive substances
MUSCULOSKELETAL: Pain and weakness, Back and neck pain, Sprains and strains, Sports and accident injuries, Arthritis, Disc problems, Sciatica
RESPIRATORY: Sinusitis, Common cold, Tonsillitis, Bronchitis, Allergies, Asthma
EYE, EAR, NOSE, AND DENTAL: Poor vision, Tired eyes, Tinnitus, Toothache
OTHER BENEFITS: Increases vitality and energy, Deep relaxation, Skin rejuvenation, Regulates heart rate and blood pressure, Stabilizes the immune system, and cosmetic needs (acupuncture stimulates blood to flow to the surface of the skin and also stimulates collagen production which fills in wrinkles on the face in a more subtle and completely natural way. There are reports that results can last up to 10 years!)