Acupuncture is a treatment that is over 2000 years old. A therapist who has successfully completed courses in this type of treatment may only perform it.
The primary purpose of acupuncture is to encourage healing, reduce or relieve pain and improve the functions of the body.
Acupuncture involves the placement of a very fine needle through the skin at specific points on the body. The needle causes the body to release natural pain killers called endorphins which block the message of pain to the brain.
Acupuncture is effective in treating conditions such as, headaches/migraines, neck/back pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, tendonitis, sciatica, arthritis, knee problems and very recent injuries (swelling, pain).
Special advice: do not eat large meals before or after treatment. Avoid alcohol and coffee after treatment. Avoid showers/baths after treatment. No exercise or cigarettes for 3-4 hours. For females, no acupuncture for the first 3 days of menstrual cycle and pregnant women should avoid acupuncture entirely.
Cupping Therapy is an ancient Chinese method of causing local congestion. Cupping therapy involves introducing a flame into a glass, which will rid the glass of oxygen and create a vacuum. The glass draws up the underlying tissue and when left on the body for a couple minutes will cause blood stasis and localized healing will begin.
Cupping can affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins. It can activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins.
Cupping therapy can help treat common disorders, such as back pain, tiredness, hypertension, stress related disorders, broken veins and sports injuries. Cupping therapy can remove pain, relax stiff muscles and tendons, improve the flow of blood through joints and detoxify the skin and circulatory system.