Orthopedic Sports & Dance Acupuncture
Utilizing functional screening, acupuncture, manual therapy, essential oils, and sport/dance specific therapeutic exercise, acute and chronic injuries are addressed. Together with the client a plan of care is created for a timely and effective return to activity.
Acupuncture sessions combine several styles of acupuncture within each treatment. Unique to this integrated style is the ability to address musculoskeletal trigger points, muscular motor point deficiencies, and specific musculoskeletal injuries within the global context of Chinese Medicine to balance the entire human system. Muscular trigger points are addressed directly via fasiculating the dysfunctional muscle. This method of needling is sometimes referred to as dry needling. Application of essential oils on acupuncture points or as part of myofascial massage allows the healing powers of the plant to assist in tissue health as well as emotional support during and long after the treatment session.
Various manual therapy techniques (such as myofascial release, joint mobilizations, muscle energy technique, soft tissue massage, PNF, gua sha, cupping, Graston, Craniosacral), and exercise modalities may be used as part of an Integrated injury rehabilitation program or independently for performance enhancement.
Combining Acupuncture and manual therapy techniques in this manner is an extremely effective way to speed recovery from injury or intense physical activity and improve performance by optimizing the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, balancing the immune system, reducing anxiety and stress responses, and improving sleep. By regulating the body systems performance is optimized.
Dance Medicine session
Specific to the dancer patient, sessions include the above comprehensive acupuncture treatments while addressing specific dance movement demands and function. Appointments can be used as part of a preventative well-being routine or to address injury or pain complaints. Sessions with Megan can include joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques, and therapeutic exercise instruction in addition to acupuncture and manual therapy modalities.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years to help treat issues such as the common cold, flu, menstrual irregularities, digestive upset, skin concerns, joint pain and more. Chinese herbal medicine is unique in rather than using a single herb or single supplements, such as western herbs and supplements, Chinese Medicine herbal formulas are put together in multi-herb combinations. Appointments include individual consultation and suggested custom prescription and/or topical prescription as appropriate.
Cupping therapy uses special cups on your skin to create suction. Cupping is useful to break up scar tissue and myofascial restrictions, reduce pain, provide deep tissue massage, improve blood flow, and to combat cold/flu onset.