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Muscular Skeletal Treatments

Muscular Skeletal Acupuncture

A deeper method of needling has been shown to be more effective for the treatment of pain associated with myofascial trigger points. Trigger points are hyperirritable spots in a palpable, taut band of skeletal muscle fibers. Nearly all myofascial points are acupuncture points.

Larger gauged needles are used with more stimulation and deeper penetration into the acupuncture points for painful conditions.

There is a better response in the release of trigger points when local twitch responses are elicited. After the muscle has finished twitching, the spontaneous electrical activity subsides and the pain and dysfunction decrease dramatically. This method was developed in 7th century by Chinese physician Sun Su-Mo, who inserted needles at points of pain, which he called Ah-Shi points.

Along side acupuncture massage, stretching, ischemic compression, gua sha and cupping methods are also used to assist blood flow and the removal of bound tissue and lactic acid build up in tight areas of the body.

We also recommend the use of our Far Infrared sauna alongside an acupuncture treatment.

 

Scar Tissue Release

Scar tissue affects the natural flow of blood, nutrients, fluid and life force through the body

Almost all of us have scars other than the belly button. Scars imply both a physical trauma (caused by surgery, accident etc.) and an underlying emotional component. This is usually memory of trauma, or a fear of touching or even looking at a scar as it can remind us of when and why we got it, and how we felt at that time.

Scar tissue consists of collagen fibres deposited by the body in no particular order to help knit and heal a wound and may well be a major factor in our body’s health and wellbeing. In both physiological and energetic terms scar tissue can seriously impair and even completely disrupt the flow of blood, nutrients, lymph and life force through the body. Its presence can cause life-long havoc, pain, affect body mechanics and restrain range of movement through fascial interruption and adhesions the body creates to compensate. Muscle testing shows that scar tissue can affect areas of the body that may look to be completely unrelated to the scar location.

Examples

  • Someone had an inguinal hernia as a child and is dealing with digestive issues or problems with lymphatics or lower back later on in life. While the symptoms may have a range of causes, the surgeon’s knife would have cut through the vital yin meridians of Kidney, Liver and Spleen, affecting, changing and potentially completely disrupting meridian function. This has consequences for the body’s physiology with potential follow-on effects for our emotional wellbeing.
  • Women who have distinctly feminine scars from mastectomies, hysterectomies, C-sections (especially emergencies) or laparoscopies/laparotomies often report feeling “disconnected” from the respective part of their bodies. This has the potential of affecting their lives in a myriad of ways.

UK Bowen therapist Alastair McLoughlin’s method to release scar tissue aims at “reconnecting” us to the affected part of our body by collapsing those wound-knitting collagen fibres after the original wound has healed well. Breaking them up changes body tissue at a fundamental level underneath and around a scar. There will be no return to sensation in the scar if the nerve damage is too extensive. Nor may the scar itself disappear. But the tissue will have a very different look and feel to it as it benefits from improved blood and nutrient supply as well as fluid and lymph distribution and life force flow throughout the body.

Clients are usually reporting an improved ability to look at and touch their scars, a return of the affected area to softness and warmth, greater flexibility and an improved overall sense of wellbeing. Some clients have also mentioned that their clothes fit better.

Treatment usually does not exceed 2 sessions and may include moxibustion to help the body “plump up” the territory previously occupied by the scar tissue. Treatment usually does not exceed 2 sessions and may include moxibustion to help the body “plump up” the territory previously occupied by the scar tissue.

Clients are usually reporting an improved ability to look at and touch their scars, a return of the affected area to softness and warmth, greater flexibility and an improved overall sense of wellbeing. Some clients have also mentioned that their clothes fit better.

 

Cupping

Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy in which heat is applied inside of a cup to create a vacuum, and when placed on the skin creates a suctioning affect. Through this process the cup draws up and holds the skin and superficial muscles inside the cup. Depending on the strength of the vacuum cupping can affect the body up to four inches into the tissue.

Cupping is applied to certain acupuncture points as well as to parts of the body that have been affected by pain.

This process removes stagnation of blood and the toxic burden of lactic acid in the muscle. It also opens the muscles and meridians so that blood and Qi can flow freely. These methods activates the lymphatic system, promotes blood circulation, releases toxins, clears visible veins and capillaries, improve the appearance of varicose veins and is good for deep tissue repair.

Cups are generally left in place for ten minutes. The skin will redden due to the congestion of blood flow. Some bruising on the skin is to be expected depending on the level of stagnation in the area. The bruising can last from 3 days to 2 weeks to clear.

 

Moxibustion

Burning a herb known as mugwort (or moxa) above the skin is what is known as Moxibustion. Moxibustion creates a pleasant sensation of warmth by omitting far infrared (FIR) heat just like the sun.

When our bodies are heated by FIR rays the activity level of our atoms are increased and heat is generated. Research shows that FIR can literally alter the body’s basic biological functions by stimulating cellular metabolism which increases the body’s regenerative ability and helps restore the proper function of the nervous system. Healing and detoxification of the body is maximsed by far Infrared.

From a Chinese Medical perspective burning moxa expels cold and warms the meridians, which leads to a smoother flow of blood and Qi.

Moxibustion is useful in a range of conditions such as:

  • Fertility issues
  • Turning breech babies
  • Pregnancy support
  • Painful menstruation
  • Lowered immunity
  • Asthma and the common cold
  • Arthritis and other joint problems
  • Digestive dysfunctions
  • Chronic tiredness/low energy

Moxa can be used as a stand-alone treatment but is typically used along side an acupuncture treatment.

 

Gua Sha (Spooning)

This healing technique is done with a round edged instrument, typically a ceramic or jade spoon. Deep pressure is used with the spoon to stroke over the skin causing cutaneous stimulation resulting in a large amount of blood to flow around the area.

Gua Sha removes blood stagnation; promote normal circulation and metabolic processes. It is used for painful muscular skeletal conditions, fever, URTI (upper respiratory tract infections), and any other symptoms of stagnant blood and qi.

If there is a lot of stuck blood in the area where Gua Sha is applied then the ‘Sha’ (toxins) will clear through a red petechiae, like a rash, with a discoloration of the skin to either purple or black, if it appears brown there maybe dryness or vacuity in the blood, and dark red indicates heat. The discoloration typically fades in one to three days, sometimes when there is severe blood stagnation in the area the discoloration can take two weeks to clear.