Bioenergetic therapists such as acupuncture and structural therapies such as massage/bodywork are modalities currently used by professionals to address these health problems, which are sometimes resistant to conventional treatments.
Within this classification, acupuncture occupies an important place, with excellent results when used correctly, becoming a safe and economical method in chronic conditions.
There are thousands of studies on acupuncture and you can read here about evidence-based acupuncture. Even though much of acupuncture's credibility comes from its centuries-old practice, it's nice to have validation based on current scientific studies.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture represents the most well-known and widespread area of traditional Chinese medicine in the West. It is a technique in which very thin needles are inserted into the body at specific anatomical points called acupoints.
This technique contemplates several modalities of stimulation of the inserted needles, which can be:
- Manual acupuncture, the needles are manipulated manually.
- Electroacupuncture, the needles are connected to a device that provides a low to moderate electrical discharge.
- Heat acupuncture or moxibustion involves wrapping needles in a medicinal plant, that is lit and warms the stem of the needle, introducing heat into the body; it is completely safe and poses no danger of burning.
- Laser acupuncture, acupuncture points are stimulated with a laser pulse.
All of the above have the same goal: to realign the body's vital energy, or Qi (in Chinese), to encourage self-healing and restore the natural biological balance.
Combine to enhance the effect.
One of the great advantages of bioenergetic therapies is that they can be combined to enhance their healing effect. In combined treatment, the same problem is worked on from different perspectives and the treatment can be tailored in a more personalized way to obtain the maximum benefit.
With more than two thousand years old, medicinal massage is the basis of almost all bioenergetic therapies and one of the therapies that have been most perfected and adapted to the demands of the modern world.
It has no contraindications and is recommended for people of all ages. Especially beneficial for the elderly and children, it provides physical, mental, and emotional balance.
During a session, the therapist uses hands and fingers to apply pressure, friction, vibration, kneading or traction with different intensities. It is performed with the patient sitting or lying on a comfortable surface
Manipulative techniques and passive joint movements are used to improve movement range and delay joint degeneration, to realign the body and correct posture.
How are they combined?
The use of acupuncture theory to promote the healing response in combination with massage therapy does not necessarily imply the use of needles and massage at the same time.
The necessary stimuli on the acupoints can be applied with hands and fingers as well as pressure along the acupuncture channels. This type of stimulation through massage is called acupressure, being one of the ways to integrate both techniques with greater efficiency.
Daily sessions can also be carried out, alternating acupuncture treatments on one day and massages on the other, this intercalated treatment is another option to obtain the maximum benefit of both therapies in an integrated program.
Needling acupuncture points during a massage considerably modifies its benefits. So it becomes an effective formula to obtain greater results in less time.
A therapy plan like this that includes acupuncture and medicinal massages is highly recommended in cases of:
- Pain in muscles, bones and tendons
- Sports injuries
- Arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Muscle spasms
- Neck, back, shoulder, hip, leg, knee and ankle pain.
- Stress, anxiety, insomnia.
- Headaches, migraines
It can also help with respiratory, digestive, and reproductive system issues, or even menstrual and infertility issues.
It is common practice in alternative therapy clinics throughout Asia to combine acupuncture and massage to treat joints, muscles, and chronic pain. Because both therapies have such a close theoretical correlation, together they are extremely powerful in healing the patient naturally and quickly.
In Jacksonville, Florida we offer practitioners of both massage therapy and acupuncture to offer you the best of both worlds for your health and wellness! You can book an appointment now to get started on your journey to optimal health.