Acupuncture is a 2,000 year old medicine that involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into selected points along the network of channels, called meridians, that span the entire body. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory includes tongue & pulse diagnosis used to assess imbalance in the body. Specific acupuncture treatments are tailored for your individual needs.
Initial visits will last approximately 90 minutes to allow for a thorough understanding of you and your health concerns. Treatments may include orthopedic tests that are done to assess the specific issues, especially pain. Loose fitting clothing can be worn to the treatment. Follow-up appointments assess previous treatments and last 1 hour.
Jennifer uses her extensive studies with herbs together with ancient Chinese formulation theory to design Chinese herbal formulas for her patients. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are complimentary therapies that can adjust the body chemistry for positive long term effects.
There Are Three Ways To Take Chinese Herbs:
- Patent pills
- Granular powders that dissolve in water
- Raw herb decoctions for boiling at home
Jennifer strides to find the most appropriate method of taking herbs for each patient depending on cost, lifestyle, and preference.
Cupping is the practice of using suction cups to loosen muscles and encourage blood flow; it is used in combination with an acupuncture treatment, but can also be used alone. Cupping is used to relieve pain (stiff muscles), and is generally used on the neck and back but also elsewhere on the body. Cupping is a deep-tissue therapy, so toxins can be released. After a cupping treatment the area on the body that was cupped can turn a variety of colors, this is a normal part of the therapy so no need to be worried. This sometimes creates soreness after the treatment, so it is advised to drink plenty of water afterward.
Jennifer utilizes several massage techniques in conjunction with your acupuncture treatment plan in order to increase circulation and help restore balance to the body. She has done a wide variety of different types of massage training and combines all the modalities to create her own style of bodywork.
Some of the techniques used include traditional Tui Na (Chinese massage), Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Structural Integration, Reflexology, and Sports Massage.