Types of Treatments
Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments. Handling these tissues in a specific manner can help to ease tight and stiff muscles, sore joints and improve general circulation and proprioception.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment method for everyone, and it works by stimulating the body's natural healing and functioning abilities. With the insertion of a sterile, thin-as-a-hair needle into the specific acupuncture point for your condition, we can regulate the qi (energy flow) by reducing or increasing it, depending on what's going on.
Moxibustion is an element of acupuncture in which dried herbs (typically mugwort) are burned closely to the skin's surface with the intention of warming up the system and dispelling 'cold' conditions. I use a type with reduced smoke and smell, but we will have a conversation about sensitivity should we use this method on your chilly little system.
Cupping (Fire and Suction)
Cupping (using fire or a suction pump) is often used in massage therapy and acupuncture to assist the body in its healing process. It helps by pulling the blood into a region to facilitate increased stimulation and blood flow, as well as stretching tight connective tissue and muscles. Wanna give it a try? We'll have you looking like Phelps in no time!
Osteopathic Manual Practice
Though I am not an osteopathic manual practitioner, and do not claim to be, I am attending the Collège d'Études Ostéopathiques to further my studies to eventually earn the title, and as such, like to incorporate some osteopathic soft tissue manipulations into my practice. Any and all techniques are always within the scope of practice for a registered massage therapist and registered acupuncturist in Nova Scotia and are done safely.