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Treatment for injuries and pain is varied and based largely on what is causing your suffering. The treatments for acute and chronic pain are quite different. Acupuncture or SCENAR therapy can be offered together or separately.

Acupuncture

Based on concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine, hair-thin needles will be placed at different points in the body. These can be stimulated using a variety of techniques including electrical (a small electrical current passes between two needles), warming (moxibustion), cupping or simply being manipulated by the practitioner using acupressure or massage.

Moxibustion: is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of the herb mugwort, also known as artemesia vulgaris, to facilitate healing. The purpose of moxibustion, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi (energy), expel cold, warm the channels or meridans and maintain general health. Moxa can be placed directly on an acupuncture point or the herb is burned near the point using a lighted moxa stick, it can also be placed on a needle. The patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin and muscle.

Cupping: Cupping is an ancient Chinese technique that helps to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, and open meridians for better flow of energy and blood circulation throughout the body. We create a partial vacuum in the cups which are them placed on the skin and left for a few minutes or up fifteen minutes.

This has a number of effects that help in localized healing. It draws stagnation and toxins closer to the surface, increasing blood supply to the area so the capillaries can carry away debris and bring in nutrients. The vacuum also helps to separate muscle fibres that may be twisted or bound, making it possible for muscles, tendons and ligaments to glide smoothly, easing movement and decreasing pain.

Due to the increase blood flow in the area of the cups some red colouration of the skin usually occurs which may take a few minutes to nearly a week to clear. This is natural and part of the healing process.

Guasha: Guasha is used to remove lactic acid from your muscles. Lactic acid can build up as a result of trauma or injury, repetitive use, stress and tension, or improper posture. This build-up of lactic acid is thought to cause muscle soreness or tightness. Guasha is very effective for this type of muscle pain, and is an excellent treatment for headaches, whiplash and muscle spasms.

Guasha uses oil and a flat scraping tool to rub over the problem muscle area. This process draws the lactic acid out of the muscle and up below the surface of the skin where the circulatory system can get rid of it. After guasha treatment, it is typical to have deep red dots where the lactic acid has worked its way out of the muscle. You can move it along quickly by drinking plenty of water and soaking in an Epsom salt bath.

SCENAR Therapy

This therapy involves the use of the SCENAR (Self-Controlled Energo-Neuro Adaptive Regulation). This electrical device was developed to keep cosmonauts in optimum health during space travel and is now used by world-class athletes and medical professionals. It is highly effective at pain reduction without drugs or unwanted side effects. The device is brushed over an area of inflammation or pain and gentle electrical impulses are sent to the brain to stimulate the instant release of the body’s own powerful natural healing compounds – such as endorphins. The results are often immediate and many people are able to achieve a dramatic reduction in pain, often within seconds. Chronic pain may take a number of sessions or require ongoing maintenance. In these cases, you can be taught how to use the SCENAR technology at home. Read more about Scenar in our dedicated section on SCENAR Therapy.

Massage

Therapeutic massage will be used to release tension, improve blood and qi (energy) flow and encourage the removal of toxins. For further information, read our Massage section. When used as part of a Traditional Chinese diagnosis, massage will incorporate the stimulation of acupuncture points.

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