Ideas from Knee pain treatment

A couple of days ago, after I treated a patient with knee pain, her anterior tilted pelvic was also been fixed as a “side effect”. Because I didn’t work on the muscles around the pelvic such as the hip flexors and gluteal muscles, and I didn’t push or pull the pelvic bones also. What I did was when I treated the knee pain condition, I worked on the quadriceps and hamstrings and matched the knee joint bone position properly.

This case tells us the truth: many posture conditions are not caused by tight or weak muscles. Try to fix the bad posture by loosing the tight muscle or strengthening the weak muscle is useless. We all know that bad posture cause chronic pain. So by working on the tight muscles to treat chronic pain is also not a good approach.

Our body change the posture to balance pressure we received to the whole body or to avoid to put more pressure on some pain spot of the body. Like this knee pain case, her anterior pelvic tilt was not caused by short hip flexors or weak gluteal muscles. It was just because she has knee pain, her body changed the posture to feel better.

Of cause, not only knee pain would cause this, low back pain causes pelvic anterior tilt also. In this case, if just by treating the tight muscle to correct the pelvic tilt, the low back pain would not be fixed, sometimes it might get even worse.

The right way to assess the pelvic tilt condition is to check other parts of the body first to see if there was any injury before, any knee joint pain, ankle joint pain or misalignment and hypomobility. Then you can find the real reason of the bad posture. By treating the real cause, fix the chronic pain condition and bad posture is expected.

 

Face Skin Lifting Acupuncture

What do you expect during the treatment?

Typically, Face Skin Lifting acupuncture treatment would involve the insertion of about 5 to 15 needles, with the majority on the face and head, and some on other parts of the body. After all the fine needle delicately inserted in the proper location, they are kept in place for another 30-40 minutes, a brief 20 minutes face massage will be followed.

What does it feel like?

Patients might respond differently to acupuncture depending on their individual constitution and sensitivity. Some may not feel anything while the needles are in, while others might experience tingling, warmth or a mild dull ache in some insertion sites. Many of my patients feel extremely relaxing during treatment.

What is the result?

Generally a patient can expect to see improved texture and skin color, with the skin looking smoother, brighter and ruddier, with a more rested and relaxed appearance. There is also a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, sagging jowls, double chin, puffiness and drooping lids.

The best results for facial rejuvenation tend to come with 10 to 12 initial sessions done weekly followed with a maintenance treatment every one to three months.

Some of the benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture include:

  • Minimizes the appearance of Fine Lines and wrinkles

  • Reduces Frown Lines

  • Tightens Pores (recommend Skin Spin Roller at home)

  • Increases Collagen Production

  • Brightens the Eyes

  • Improves Muscle Tone

  • Relieves Muscle Tension in Facial Muscles

  • Improves Skin Health

  • Slows the Aging Process

Traditional Chinese Structure Integration

What is Traditional Chinese Structural Integration?

Traditional Chinese Structural Integration has been developed and practiced in China thousands of year. It woks on balancing the body via what really holds us together - the connective tissue or Fascia. Traditional Chinese Structural Integration is done in a way that fascia releases or moves to it's normal position after some body part gently manipulation by the practitioner. The goal is to unwind the stress patterns that are residing in your body, restoring it to its natural balance, alignment, length, and ease. By using strategic gentle, slow, fascia and visceral fascia manipulation, coupled with movement, chronic pains and some internal dysfunctions are treated.

What is the standout specialty of the treatment comparing to other treatments?

This treatment procedure is so gentle that you don't feel pain. There is no crack sound. There is no needle using. Treatment is done over loose cloth.

Benefits of the treatment?

There are many benefits with Structural Integration. The most notable is the deep healing that occurs on all levels. People report a profound sense of ease. Structural Integration maximizes the full potential of our ability to have greater energy and awareness. Looses the tightening muscle and tendon to stop chronic muscle pain and ease stress.

Who are the people suitable to the treatment?

People who are with the following conditions will get the benefits the most:

Back pain, joint problems, poor posture, scar tissue, anxiety, stress, arthritis, headaches and migraines, poor circulation, digestive disorders, whiplash injuries, muscle tension, asthma, constipation, flat feet, Scoliosis, tendonitis, osteoporosis, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson's disease, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and many other chronic problems.

Even if you do not have any problems, Structural Integration can be life changing

How long is the treatment session?

It depends on your condition, usually it is about 60 minutes.

What do you need to prepare before you come to the clinic?

Wearing loose cloth and pants and no food within 2 hours.

What do you expect during the treatment?

Practitioner might touch your skin or over your cloth to do gentle manipulation. You may need to follow the instruction to do some easy movement such as rolling your body on the table or deep breath.

How many sessions do you need for you to get the improvement of you condition?

Usually you will feel the improvement right after the treatment. Some complicate case might need more than 3 sessions to feel the change.

 

Visceral Fascial Manipulation Therapy

Fascial manipulation therapy is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to relieve pain and increase your range of motion and some internal dysfunction.

To understand what fascial manipulation is and why it works, you have to understand a little about fascia. Fascia is a thin connective tissue that covers all the organs of the body and every muscle and every fiber within each muscle.

When muscle fibres or organs are injured, the fibres and the fascia which surround it become short and tight.  If there was surgery in abdominal cavity leading to scar tissue forming, which will contract to tight the fasical covers the organs in the abdominal cavity. This uneven stress can be transmitted through the fascia to other parts of the body, causing pain and symptoms like back strain, cervical pain, dizziness, carpal tunnel syndrome, abdominal pain and even other more complicated internal dysfunction symptoms.

Fascial manipulation treats these symptoms by releasing the uneven tightness in injured fascia.

In this massage therapy, the area of tightness is located, then a light stretch is applied and the tissue relaxation is expected. This process is repeated until the area is fully relaxed, and then the next area is treated.

Fascial manipulation is a technique used to equalize the fascial tension throughout the body. Uneven fascial tension can compress nerves and muscles causing pain. Some of the positive effects you should notice include a decrease in pain and an improvement in your overall posture. Abdominal fascial manipulation treats related internal dysfunctions. If you had abdominal surgery or tense tummy, most likely abdominal fascial manipulation is suit for you.

 

 

What is RMT massage?

RMT massage is an Swedish massage performed by registered massage therapist who has been trained to assess the soft tissue and joint conditions and to perform proper treatment. It is covered by company extended health care insurance.

There are many massage techniques used by Swedish massage. The five basic skills are sliding or gliding, kneading, rhythmic tapping, friction and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage is helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks.  Clinical studies report that Swedish Massage can effectively reduce low back pain and the effectiveness can last for as long as 15 weeks. One study reported that Swedish Massage caused reduction in salivary cortisol indicating its role in management of stress and mood.

What is Moxibustion ?

Moxibustion  is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy which consists of burning dried mugwort (moxa) on specific points on the body. Moxibustion and acupuncture together called ZhenJiu in Chinese. It has been used in China and other Asian countries for a long time.  Practitioners usually store the mugwort for many years and grind it up to a fluff; they burn the fluff or process it further into a cigar-shaped stick. They can use it indirectly, with acupuncture needles, or burn it on the patient's skin directly

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There are several methods of moxibustion, including direct scarring, direct non-scarring, and indirect moxibustion. Direct scarring moxibustion places a small cone of moxa on the skin at an acupuncture point and burns it until the skin blisters, which then scars after it heals. Direct non-scarring moxibustion removes the burning moxa before the skin burns enough to scar, unless the burning moxa is left on the skin too long. Indirect moxibustion holds a cigar made of moxa near the acupuncture point to heat the skin, or holds it on an acupuncture needle inserted in the skin to heat the needle. Some other indirect ways are burn the moxa on a piece of ginger or salt or some other type of material made from herbs which separate the skin from the burning moxa. 

Then effects of Moxibustion include warming up the regions and meridian points then stimulating circulation through the points and inducing a smoother flow of blood and qi. It can treat conditions associated with the "cold" or "yang deficiencies" in Chinese Medicine. Moxibustion mitigates against cold and dampness in the body. It is very good for chronic conditions.

What is Tuina massage?

 

Tuina is a form of Chinese therapeutic massage. 'Tui' meaning to push and 'Na' to grasp.

Tuina is an important component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) alongside with acupuncture and herbals. However, Tuina not only does it work on muscle groups, joints, sites of pain and poor circulation, but it works the same meridians and points used in acupuncture and employs the same basic theory as TCM: "Injury or disease causes blockages in the channels of the body. Blockages cause pain." Tuina removes the blockage Qi then treat the disease.

In China, Tuina practitioners treat conditions that, in the West, would be treated by osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists or with drugs. Tuina can and should also be used as a preventative form of treatment to maintain health and prevent accumulation of stress, disease and injury.

 

What can Tuina treat?

Tuina massage offers a wide range of benefits, both physiological as well as psychological, increasing well-being. Tuina speeds up the bodies ability to heal it self. Tuina massage can be used for a variety of purposes, from general massage to sports injuries. It can be used to treat a variety of ailments:

  • Neck pain and Frozen Shoulder
  • Headache, Migraine
  • Low energy, Poor circulation
  • Back pain, Sciatica
  • Digestive Disorders and Stress
  • Joint pain
  • Sports injuries
  • And much more....

What can I expect from Tuina?

Tuina is performed over your clothed body. Patients sit on a chair or lie on a table. Tuina is a medical treatment and as with all TCM modalities, a case history and diagnosis will be done prior to treatment. Some techniques performed may be familiar to you. The massage is usually done using gentle to quite firm pressure using palms, thumbs, fingers, and elbows, added to this are various stretches. It can be more vigorous than other forms of massage. As with other body therapies you may leave a little sore, light-headed or supercharged after your treatment, but mostly patients always feel better after Tuina. Ointments, herbal compresses and cupping maybe applied as an additional benefit to your personneltreatment.

What is Gua Sha ?

Gua sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light bruising. Practitioners believe gua sha releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing. Gua sha is sometimes referred to as "spooning" or "coining" by English speakers. It has been used in China and other Asian countries for thousands years.

 

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Practitioners tend to follow the tradition they were taught to obtain sha: typically using either gua sha or cupping. The techniques are sometimes used together. In China, they are widely available from national and public hospitals to private massage shops, because of local people's deep trust to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and reasonable price, they are very popular.

Gua Sha treatment, like acupuncture, helps to stimulate the Chi (Qi) which is the body’s essential life force energy. There is a saying that where Qi goes, blood flows. So as the scraping contacts Qi it also creates a rush of blood flow, thereby creating a raised red rash, also known as petechiae. The redness will subside in a few days. Many people find immediate relief to their pain. For those using this treatment for asthma, breathing difficulties, or blocked congestion, Gua Sha may be useful for prevention -- not just treatment. Gua Sha is often practiced by acupuncturists and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners/doctors.

Our price:

  1. 15 min$30
  2. 30 min $50

How Does Cupping Therapy Work?

Cupping is a therapy in which a jar is attached to the skin surface by negative pressure created by introducing flame into the cup or some other means of suction so as to form a localized congestion or blood stagnation to prevent or treat certain disease / condition.

Cupping can free channels of the body and promote qi and blood circulation, leading to relieve swelling and pain, dispel wind and cold.

Traditional Fire Cup or Modern Pump Cup

For fire cupping, your therapist will put a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper in a cup and set it on fire.It creates a vacuum as the fire goes out, he then puts the cup upside down on your skin. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for up to 10 minutes.

A more modern version of cupping uses a hand pump instead of fire to create the vacuum inside the cup.

Sometimes therapists walk the cup on your skin which they can move from place to place on your skin for a massage-like effect.

Conditions which cupping can treat:

  • Arthritis caused by wind cold dampness

  • Acute sprain or strain

  • common cold

  • cough

  • asthma

  • indigestion

  • stomach ache

  • vertigo

  • headache

  • abdominal pain

  • dysmenorrhea

  • eczema

  • muscle ache

Side Effects

Cupping is fairly safe, as long as you go to a trained health professional. But you could have these side effects in the area where the cups touch your skin:

  • Mild discomfort

  • Blisters

  • Bruises

  • Skin infection

Our Price

First treatment including diagnosis $60

Follow up treatment $40

What can your tongue tell you about your body?

 

Check the picture of the tongue is one of the very important TCM diagnosis method. The tongue has many relationships and connections in the body, both to the meridians and the internal organs. In general, red tongue with yellow coating means heat in your body, pale tongue with white coating means cold or Qi and blood deficiency, thick slippery coating or greasy coating means water retention or dampness in your body. Different conditions needs different acupuncture points combination to treat. 

Watch this video from Youtube to get more information about the tongue diagnosis.