Additional therapies are often used along with acupuncture
Aldis S. Sigurdardottir
BSc Hons, Li.Ac. OMBAcC.
Acupuncture is often combined with other chinese medicine therapeutic body work methods or massage.
It all depends on the problem in hand and what is best for each person.
Tui Na Massage
(Chinese therapeutic massage)
It is a form of medical massage based around the acupuncture points and meridians to relieve muscle tension, stimulate acupressure points, open energy meridians and stimulate the flow of qi. Tui Na is used in many hospitals in China and has become the frontline of healthcare. The massage is usually done using gentle to quite firm pressure using palms, thumbs, fingers, and elbows, added to this are various stretches.
Stroking action to methodically apply pressure to the skin with a specialised round-ended instrument. Guasha is used to move blocked qi (energy), which is considered to be the main cause of pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.
Cupping is the application of rounded glass/plastic/bamboo cups. A vacuum seal is created inside the cup and quickly places onto the skin where treatment is needed to stimulate blood flow and clear stagnant qi. Cupping is not painful, it is often describe a deep warmth, and a tingling sensation. It can leave reddish patches on the skin. Although these marks resemble bruises, the muscles have not been traumatised in any way. The redness on the skin indicates that there has been movement in the circulation of blood under and around the cups. Not all cupping will result in redness as this depends on the complaint being treated.
Application of indirect heat using moxa (therapeutic herbs) and/or heat lamps to warm and relax muscles and energy meridians. In moxibustion the moxa is placed either directly on the skin or held just above it, over specific acupuncture points or meridians. The treatment is often described as a warm and soothing sensation.