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acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been successfully used for approximately two thousand years for a wide variety of ailments, both mental and physical. Very thin needles of varying widths are inserted into the skin at particularly selected points on the body based on the presenting symptoms.  

“Does acupuncture hurt?

No, at least nothing compared to the shots or blood draws you would get at the doctor. These needles are a fraction of the size, and if you feel any pain at all, it is just an initial prick which goes away after a second or two. Some people don’t feel anything at all! Some other sensations commonly felt consist of vague dull aches, itching, a rushing sensation up or down the limb or body, heat or cold, or slight tingling.

 

“How can acupuncture help me?”

Acupuncture treats the whole body! Your highly trained acupuncturist carefully selects points on your body and stimulates these points with the needles to send certain messages to your body to help regulate particular systems. The needles interact with a space between your skin and muscles called the interstitial space, which is basically a messaging center for your body. (This concept was recently discovered by western medicine JUST this year, but the Chinese doctors have known about this for thousands of years, and is called the San Jiao). The use of this concept has been proven to treat a plethora of ailments, and can likely treat yours too!

 

For example….

Let’s say you have some low back pain. Your practitioner places a needle in the middle of a knot of tight muscle. This stimulates your body’s messaging system, or the San Jiao, with a clear message: This muscle is stuck, and we need to bring in our resources to restore proper function and movement to this area! Blood flows, interstitial fluid moves, and the direct stimulation of the muscle by the needle causes the muscle to relax. This concept can be applied to nearly everything, from headaches, to anxiety, to indigestion. Acupuncture brings movement to those systems which are stuck!

 

“But what if I am scared of needles?”

Your Quill acupuncturists have treated plenty of people with a fear of needles, and they all were returning patients! Once they feel their symptoms relieve and a deep relaxation take hold, no one can deny the magic of acupuncture. For our patients with a fear of needles, we have extra-extra-thin needles that feel like absolutely nothing upon being inserted, and we are happy to give particularly gentle treatments with very few needles. Always remember- YOU ARE IN CONTROL. You are free to stop the treatment at any time, and we will happily cater to what you are comfortable with.

Electro-Acupuncture

Electro-acupuncture is simply regular acupuncture with wires attached to the needles which lead to a small battery pack. This small electric current gives a little more stimulation to the needles for situations that may be a little more stubborn to resolve. The battery pack has a set of dials that easily adjusts the electrical current flow, and your practitioner is able to adjust the flow so you may be able to feel a little buzzing, but nothing too strong or uncomfortable. After a minute or two, you likely won’t feel anything at all!

Cupping

You have seen this treatment modality leave its mark on the backs and shoulders of all our favorite athletes as it makes its way into mainstream medicine! What most people don’t know is that cupping is a treatment modality as old as acupuncture, if not older! There are many different types of cupping, but the main idea is the use of suction to pull metabolic waste out of the tissues and to the surface of the skin so it is more easily metabolized by the body or pushed out through the pores of the skin. It is a treatment perfectly paired with acupuncture. Feel that tight muscle in your neck? That knot does not have enough movement of fluids through it, and is collecting that metabolic waste as those fluids and tissues stagnate and cause pain or stiffness. Cupping and acupuncture can help loosen that muscle and bring movement to the area, although it is likely to leave a mark of success (aka a bruise!) These bruises may look red, purple, or black, but aren’t sore! That’s just the metabolic waste showing itself before it disappears within a matter of days to a week.

Gua Sha

The Quill ladies LOVE gua sha! It feels like a massage, and loosens up those tight muscles! The concept behind gua sha is very similar to cupping- it is another way to bring that nasty metabolic waste stuck in the muscles to the surface of the skin. However, instead of using suction, gua sha is a quick repetative scraping motion over the muscles. We have a wide variety of tools that can do this, from porcelain Chinese soup spoons to metal lids, but our favorites are copper tools specially handcrafted for gua sha! This treatment will likely also present itself with a red, purple, or black bruise, but will not be sore, and should disappear within a matter of days to a week.

Tuina

Everyone loves a nice massage! Tuina (pronounced twee-nah) is a type of Asian medicine bodywork that consists of deep tissue massage techniques, passive stretching, and other movement therapy. This will be offered as an adjunctive therapy only; we do not give full treatments of strictly tuina. Because tuina is consists of passive stretching and movement therapy, you may hear some popping and cracking in those stiff joints! This is unintentional as we are not licensed chiropractors, but we won’t frown at some healthy movement!

Herbal Medicine

Herbs- the substances that keep treating after the treatment is over! Acupuncture and herbs are like two peas in a pod, and in China, you rarely find one without the other! These two treatment modalities are arguably the most important in Chinese medicine as acupuncture kicks off the treatment while the herbs continues the effects of the treatment throughout the week. There are many different forms of herbs you can choose from: bulk herbs are the dried raw herbs you will cook into a decoction, granules are herbs in powdered form to mix into warm water, pills, and tinctures. Bulk and granule herbs are wonderful because we are able to customize the formulas herb by herb and tailor them to your condition exactly, and they are more potent. Pills and tinctures are convenient, but they are pre-blended formulas that we are unable to modify. However, we like to say that whatever medicine you are willing to take is the most effective medicine, so you have the power to choose whatever suits your herbal fancy!

Energy Healing

This is not your average reiki treatment! This is its own animal! Katherine practices a style of energy healing developed by Dr. Michael Winer that asks you to be very present and involved in your own healing. She will zero in on the most pressing issue affecting you at the moment and help you to relax through it, then let it go. The goal is that you will become familiar with the process, and learn to heal yourself! Some of the feelings brought up may be a bit uncomfortable, but who ever said healing was easy? The feeling of liberation and a brand new you afterwards makes it all worth it! Once you start, you won’t want to stop!

acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been successfully used for approximately two thousand years for a wide variety of ailments, both mental and physical. Very thin needles of varying widths are inserted into the skin at particularly selected points on the body based on the presenting symptoms.  

“Does acupuncture hurt?

No, at least nothing compared to the shots or blood draws you would get at the doctor. These needles are a fraction of the size, and if you feel any pain at all, it is just an initial prick which goes away after a second or two. Some people don’t feel anything at all! Some other sensations commonly felt consist of vague dull aches, itching, a rushing sensation up or down the limb or body, heat or cold, or slight tingling.

 

“How can acupuncture help me?”

Acupuncture treats the whole body! Your highly trained acupuncturist carefully selects points on your body and stimulates these points with the needles to send certain messages to your body to help regulate particular systems. The needles interact with a space between your skin and muscles called the interstitial space, which is basically a messaging center for your body. (This concept was recently discovered by western medicine JUST this year, but the Chinese doctors have known about this for thousands of years, and is called the San Jiao). The use of this concept has been proven to treat a plethora of ailments, and can likely treat yours too!

 

For example….

Let’s say you have some low back pain. Your practitioner places a needle in the middle of a knot of tight muscle. This stimulates your body’s messaging system, or the San Jiao, with a clear message: This muscle is stuck, and we need to bring in our resources to restore proper function and movement to this area! Blood flows, interstitial fluid moves, and the direct stimulation of the muscle by the needle causes the muscle to relax. This concept can be applied to nearly everything, from headaches, to anxiety, to indigestion. Acupuncture brings movement to those systems which are stuck!

 

“But what if I am scared of needles?”

Your Quill acupuncturists have treated plenty of people with a fear of needles, and they all were returning patients! Once they feel their symptoms relieve and a deep relaxation take hold, no one can deny the magic of acupuncture. For our patients with a fear of needles, we have extra-extra-thin needles that feel like absolutely nothing upon being inserted, and we are happy to give particularly gentle treatments with very few needles. Always remember- YOU ARE IN CONTROL. You are free to stop the treatment at any time, and we will happily cater to what you are comfortable with.

Electro-Acupuncture

Electro-acupuncture is simply regular acupuncture with wires attached to the needles which lead to a small battery pack. This small electric current gives a little more stimulation to the needles for situations that may be a little more stubborn to resolve. The battery pack has a set of dials that easily adjusts the electrical current flow, and your practitioner is able to adjust the flow so you may be able to feel a little buzzing, but nothing too strong or uncomfortable. After a minute or two, you likely won’t feel anything at all!

Cupping

You have seen this treatment modality leave its mark on the backs and shoulders of all our favorite athletes as it makes its way into mainstream medicine! What most people don’t know is that cupping is a treatment modality as old as acupuncture, if not older! There are many different types of cupping, but the main idea is the use of suction to pull metabolic waste out of the tissues and to the surface of the skin so it is more easily metabolized by the body or pushed out through the pores of the skin. It is a treatment perfectly paired with acupuncture. Feel that tight muscle in your neck? That knot does not have enough movement of fluids through it, and is collecting that metabolic waste as those fluids and tissues stagnate and cause pain or stiffness. Cupping and acupuncture can help loosen that muscle and bring movement to the area, although it is likely to leave a mark of success (aka a bruise!) These bruises may look red, purple, or black, but aren’t sore! That’s just the metabolic waste showing itself before it disappears within a matter of days to a week.

Gua Sha

The Quill ladies LOVE gua sha! It feels like a massage, and loosens up those tight muscles! The concept behind gua sha is very similar to cupping- it is another way to bring that nasty metabolic waste stuck in the muscles to the surface of the skin. However, instead of using suction, gua sha is a quick repetative scraping motion over the muscles. We have a wide variety of tools that can do this, from porcelain Chinese soup spoons to metal lids, but our favorites are copper tools specially handcrafted for gua sha! This treatment will likely also present itself with a red, purple, or black bruise, but will not be sore, and should disappear within a matter of days to a week.

Tuina

Everyone loves a nice massage! Tuina (pronounced twee-nah) is a type of Asian medicine bodywork that consists of deep tissue massage techniques, passive stretching, and other movement therapy. This will be offered as an adjunctive therapy only; we do not give full treatments of strictly tuina. Because tuina is consists of passive stretching and movement therapy, you may hear some popping and cracking in those stiff joints! This is unintentional as we are not licensed chiropractors, but we won’t frown at some healthy movement!

Herbal Medicine

Herbs- the substances that keep treating after the treatment is over! Acupuncture and herbs are like two peas in a pod, and in China, you rarely find one without the other! These two treatment modalities are arguably the most important in Chinese medicine as acupuncture kicks off the treatment while the herbs continues the effects of the treatment throughout the week. There are many different forms of herbs you can choose from: bulk herbs are the dried raw herbs you will cook into a decoction, granules are herbs in powdered form to mix into warm water, pills, and tinctures. Bulk and granule herbs are wonderful because we are able to customize the formulas herb by herb and tailor them to your condition exactly, and they are more potent. Pills and tinctures are convenient, but they are pre-blended formulas that we are unable to modify. However, we like to say that whatever medicine you are willing to take is the most effective medicine, so you have the power to choose whatever suits your herbal fancy!

Energy Healing

This is not your average reiki treatment! This is its own animal! Katherine practices a style of energy healing developed by Dr. Michael Winer that asks you to be very present and involved in your own healing. She will zero in on the most pressing issue affecting you at the moment and help you to relax through it, then let it go. The goal is that you will become familiar with the process, and learn to heal yourself! Some of the feelings brought up may be a bit uncomfortable, but who ever said healing was easy? The feeling of liberation and a brand new you afterwards makes it all worth it! Once you start, you won’t want to stop!