Isis Acupuncture

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Facial Rejuvenation

Japanese-style Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one form of therapy within a comprehensive medical system that includes theory, diagnosis, physiology, physical therapy, nutrition and the use of herbal preparations.

An acupuncturist's view of health or disease is based on assessing the body's vital energy, its life force - known in Traditional Asian Medicine as "qi" (chee) - and its relative balance or imbalance; this encompasses spiritual, emotional, mental and physical states. Qi flows along several channels that run across and throughout the body and connect to the internal organs. Disease is caused by interrupted energy flow at specific points along these pathways. Tiny, hair-thin needles are inserted into affected points, where they are stimulated in order to regulate energy flow and to trigger the body's natural healing response. Stimulating these points influences key organ function, the immune system, and the body's pain response.

In general, Japanese style acupuncturists use much finer needles, insert them more superficially, and stimulate them more gently than do traditional Chinese acupuncturists. Studies have shown a marked response in parasympathetic activity with Japanese style needling. In addition, research has demonstrated that small amounts of superficial stimulation by competent practitioners produces significant responses in the body. Our goal is to provide a comfortable and therapeutic treatment experience while effectively addressing our patients' health conditions.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine developed in conjunction with acupuncture over 2000 years ago. Chinese herbs principally come from vegetable origins (such as plant bark, roots, stems, leaves, and flowers). Some herbs come from mineral and animal extracts. Herbal formulas are customized to address three essential aspects to an individual's health condition: his/her unique constitutional pattern, his/her specific symptoms, and the underlying cause of the presenting disease.

Chinese herbs can be prescribed for a wide range of different diseases. Customized formulas provide great flexibility in addressing unique manifestations of the same disease in different people. After a comprehensive diagnosis, an herbal formula may be recommended to address a patient's current health condition and particular constitutional pattern.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a Traditional Asian Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) to facilitate healing. Like acupuncture, moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and qi.

Moxa can be applied directly or indirectly. In direct moxibustion, a small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned. Japanese moxibustion uses the highest grade of pure moxa possible, which allows for its application directly on the skin. The result is an intense, penetrating heat that stimulates the acupuncture point involved without being uncomfortable for the patient. In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner either lights one end of a moxa stick and holds it close to the area being treated for several minutes or ignites moxa on the top of a needle, generating heat to the acupuncture point and the surrounding area.

Modern day moxibustion applications include strengthening the immune system, and treatment of chronic low energy, chronic fatigue, and cold hands and feet. Moxibustion is also used for painful conditions such as menstrual cramps, arthritis, and muscle pain anywhere in the body. Western research shows that moxibustion treatment increases white blood cells and reduces pain and inflammation.

Acutonics®

Acutonics® is a needle-less and non-invasive treatment similar to acupuncture. It involves applying precision calibrated tuning forks to specific acupuncture points to access the body's meridian and chakra energy systems for therapeutic effect. The harmonic oscillations of the tuning forks travel deeply into the body and human physiology. Applying the forks stimulates and balances the body's physical and subtle energy field to promote healing.

For those individuals who are needle sensitive, Acutonics® allows for the benefits of acupuncture without penetrating the skin. The use of Acutonics® in conjunction with needling can also prolong and deepen the effects of acupuncture treatment.

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and Massage

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture involves the insertion of very, very fine needles into specific points on the face and the body (usually on the ankle, foot and wrist) to revitalize the skin, sculpt the muscles of the face, reduce wrinkles, and tighten flaccid skin around the neck, jaw, cheeks and eyes. Cosmetic acupuncture was being done as early as 960 AD during the Sung Dynasty. Both the Empress and the Emperor's concubines received it.

From a western standpoint, many of the points used on the face are in areas where the nerves innervate facial muscles. Needling increases nerve conduction and blood flow to the surrounding muscle-skin matrix and increases lymph circulation to the face. This can increase moisture, increase collagen production, and refine muscle tone.

Cosmetic acupuncture may erase as many as five to ten years from the face. Results are apparent after just a few treatments.

Some of the aesthetic benefits of cosmetic acupuncture are:

  • Fine lines may be erased and deeper wrinkles diminished
  • Bags under the eyes can be reduced
  • Jowls can be firmed
  • Droopy eyelids and brows can be lifted
  • Double chins can be minimized

During this treatment there is a release of stress - stress that becomes embedded in our facial expressions. Patients will see more color, vitality, and youthfulness in their face following treatment.

We recommend an initial course of 10 one-hour treatments 2 times per week for 5 weeks for best results. Following the initial course, we recommend a maintenance series of 3-4 treatments every 6 months to prolong and enhance the initial results.

Sotai Movement Therapy

Sotai(ho) is a Japanese form of muscular and movement therapy. It is a method of neuromuscular reeducation and untwisting of muscular holding patterns. This balances the nervous and muscular systems. Treatment focuses on returning natural body alignment by working with the breath and by comfortable positioning with gentle movements. The goal is to increase mobility without forcing movement in areas where restriction is present in the body.

Auriculotherapy - Ear Acupuncture

Auriculotherapy is a form of acupuncture applied to the auricle (the outer portion) of the ear. Modern ear acupuncture is based on both ancient Oriental Medicine and modern Western research. In the 1950's, Dr. Paul Nogier discovered that various parts of the body correspond to specific areas of the ear in the form of an inverted fetus. He believed that the ear is a microsystem (a miniature representation) of the body and the entire body is represented on the ear. Practitioners may check for irregularities or painful spots on the ear or rely on electrical devices to measure skin resistance at points on the ear. By stimulating corresponding acupuncture points on the map of the ear, patients experience relief from pain and disease in the associated body parts.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork. The word shiatsu means "finger pressure", and shiatsu is sometimes described as a finger pressure massage. Practitioners use finger and palm pressure in a continuous, rhythmic sequence to promote smooth qi and blood flow along meridians that run the course of the body. Similar to acupuncture, the goal of shiatsu treatment is to correct imbalances in the body by looking for and treating areas where energy may be stagnant or blocked. Shiatsu can help to stimulate the immune system and facilitate the functions of the nervous system, circulatory system, bone structure and muscular system.

Tui Na

Tui Na is another form of Oriental bodywork. Tui Na methods include massage and manipulation techniques with palms, fingertips, knuckles and implements to help remove blockages along the meridians of the body. This form of bodywork was originally used on the elderly and infants. Today Tui Na techniques are specialized for infants, adults, trauma, sports injuries, orthopedics and rehabilitation.

Cupping

Cupping is a therapy using heat and suction via glass cups on specific areas of the body to stimulate the flow of qi and blood within the superficial muscle layers. It is useful for sore muscles, tension, neck pain, chronic back pain, acute sprain or injury, and the common cold.