Saco River Acupuncture
Acupuncture
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Services

Services

During your visit, one or more of the following techniques may be used to facilitate healing :

acupuncture

The insertion of very fine, sterile, & single-use needles in specific acupuncture points to activate the nervous system. By balancing the sympathetic ("fight or flight") & parasympathetic ("rest & digest" or "breed & feed") nervous systems, the body can begin to heal itself. For more information go here.


cupping

Glass or plastic cups create suction to release lactic acid deep in the muscles. It is like the inverse of a massage : instead of pushing down on muscles, it pulls up on them, allowing more space for them to release and relax. Cupping increases circulation and improves blood flow, thus reducing muscle tension and inflammation. 


gua sha

Gentle rubbing of the skin with a smooth-edged tool in order to release muscle tension, break up scar tissue, and increase blood circulation.


moxibustion

Moxibustion involves the heating of acupuncture points with the herb mugwort (known as moxa) to stimulate circulation, counteract cold in the body, and promote the smooth flow of blood.


tui na

Therapeutic Chinese medical massage to remove stagnation while reducing pain and tension. Much like acupressure, Tui na works alongside acupuncture treatments by activating channel pathways throughout the body. 


electro-acupuncture

Micro-current is applied to acupuncture points via the needles and has a stimulating effect on the cells, tissues, muscles, & entire systems. 


lifestyle & nutritional guidance

Tips and encouragement to help you feel your best!