Massage is an especially powerful adjunctive treatment to acupuncture in cases that involve pain due to soft tissue disorders and biomechanical dysfunction. Myofascial release, deep tissue, and a variety of physiotherapeutic techniques are employed for problems like chronic back and neck pain, joint problems, sports trauma, repetitive injuries, and postural imbalance.
Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong, yoga, and resistance training are useful tools that give the client the opportunity to take an active part in their own healthcare. Whether they are used to address a pain condition, develop deep relaxation, or in order to maintain a healthy body, these arts are an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Yet another way a client may participate in restoring and maintaining health, nutrition can greatly support the actions of acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbs. Whereas most problems can be helped by a sound diet, there are some issues that are only healed by focusing upon one’s diet.
This modality is a Japanese technique that is used primarily on children and infants. It utilizes gentle tools that stimulate the Qi in the meridians without actually penetrating the skin. Treatments are short to accommodate the attention span of little ones and I find that this needle-less approach is well tolerated and even enjoyed by some children.
Traditional Chinese medicine utilizes a number of other modalities that may be unfamiliar to those of us in the West. Moxibustion, Gua Sha, and Cupping are a few examples of the other tools that are used in the clinic in conjunction with acupuncture and Chinese herbs to deepen the effectiveness of the treatments.