What to expect in a treatment
Being both a qualified Remedial Massage therapist as well as an Acupuncturist - the treatments I can provide will generally involve both Acupuncture and massage combined into one treatment.
Acupuncture points are selected locally (near the site of pain) and distally,
either on the legs or arms.
The needles stay in place for about 20 minutes, and at times a TENS machine may be used to apply a small current to the area.
Acupuncture works to help the underlying causes of the pain and helps the body with the inflammation. Massage may then be used to release the tension and stretch out the muscles that are restricting movement in the body.
Specialised techniques such as cupping or moxibustion can be used for treatment of back pain. (In my practice I use glass suction cups instead of flame cups).
Cupping can be done on dry skin with no oil or If oil is used the cup can be slid along the muscles to help mobilise blood flow to promote healing.
This method helps with chronic non specific pain from lack of movement (if you sit at a desk for long periods or drive for a living)