For those clients I can see and work with in-person, we often do some kind of bodywork to relieve pain, improve mobility, and help with other physically experienced problems. Listed and described below is a brief description of each of the modalities I'm trained in and use.
These first two methods involve inserting fine, micro-filament needles into any acupoint on the body. Most treatments involve 10 or fewer needles. These are VERY different than a hypodermic or injection needle, which are quite thick by comparison. There is nothing added or subtracted with an acupuncture needle, which allows them to be almost non-detectable by the client. Most often, the needle's are entirely painless, or only give a very brief and slight discomfort.
For anyone who prefers not to use acupuncture but who would like the benefits of acupuncture, most of my other methods can accomplish the same or similar results (see below).
Used for thousands of years in the Orient (China, Japan, Korea, etc.), and spread to the western world as early as the 15th century, acupuncture is the second oldest currently practiced traditional medicine in the world (the oldest is Ayurveda, from India). Still taught with foundation texts written 3000 years ago, the principles and practices of Oriental medicine have withstood the test of time as effective, efficient, and reliable.
Training to become an acupuncturist involves a minimum of 1900 hours of classroom theory and practical clinical experience. Additional post-graduate studies are required to keep current with best practices and to refine the practitioners skills. Acupuncture is one of the four main practices of what is often referred to as TCM (for "Traditional Chinese Medicine"). The other practices are herbology, Qigong, and Tuina.
Sports Medicine Acupuncture
Sports Medicine Acupuncture is a specialized integration of modern Sports medicine (including western anatomy and functional movement) with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Practitioners provide the highest level of assessment and treatment of sports, work and orthopedic injuries.
The following methods can accomplish the same or
similar results to acupuncture, without the use of needles.
Body Wisdom Acupressure
Using the same theories and principles of Oriental medicine as acupuncture, acupressure uses pressure applied by the fingers to acupoints. Known and enjoyed as a deeply relaxing treatment, it's also a great skill to learn so you can help your loved ones (and yourself!) to reduce or eliminate the effects of stress.
Zander started his exploration and study of acupressure in 1999, and has practiced and taught it to students at community colleges and privately for most of the past 20 years.
Korean Hand Therapy
Similar to Reflexology, Korean Hand Therapy (or "KHT") is an amazing micro-system. It involves treating the whole person through an image of the entire body as a reflection on the hand. Clients are often amazed at how powerful and precise this technique is for helping with pain, digestive upsets, range of motion and other issues.
Medical Qigong Therapy
Medical Qigong therapy and prescriptions combine the use of breathwork with individual physical movements, creative visualization, and perceptual intention. The primary goal is to purge toxic emotions from within the body's tissues, eliminate energetic stagnation's, as well as strengthen and balance the internal organs and energetic fields.
Zander completed his 3 year Masters Degree in Medical Qigong Therapy in 2009, simultaneously with the completion of his acupuncture diploma. He has used and taught Medical Qigong as a primary treatment method to acupuncture students and the general public since then.
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Cold Laser Therapy
"Cold" laser therapy refers to the laser not having a cutting or burning effect. Laser is a highly organized form of light, and "instructs" disorganized tissues to improve their functioning. When used with acupoints, it's effects are similar to using a needle - and in many cases, even better!
Most easily described as Chinese Massage Therapy, Tuina uses a variety of techniques that are also found in other massage disciplines, but with a special advantage: an understanding of the energy channels, or meridians, of the body and of acupoints. Tuina can be used for deep relaxation or invigorating and energizing, and has a proven track record of success for conditions which are often thought to be untreatable or very difficult to treat.
Cupping Therapy, in one form or another, has been used in many traditional cultures. I've often had clients excitedly tell me how their grandparents used it on them when they were growing up in Europe.
Used to draw out tensions, toxins, and stagnation from the surface and deep tissues, this is a favorite treatment for clients who are doing strength or weight training. Cupping often helps them both lift more weight with greater ease. At the same time, it helps them increase their range of motion by releasing deeply held muscle tension for a more natural, and stronger, elasticity.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that uses heat to stimulate acupoints and the flow of Qi to facilitate healing. The application of heat is accomplished most often through the burning of mugwort, aka "moxa", which is an herb that burns slowly, evenly, and intensely. The practitioner will apply the burning moxa either close to the body, on an acupuncture needle, or with a shield to protect the client from any burn. The purpose of moxibustion is the same as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine: to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and to correct, maintain, and improve overall health.