Needle free modalities
Acupuressure is the use of one's finger to apply pressure at different spots on the body. This technique is good for children and highly-sensitive people. It is also a good home remedy that the acupuncturist may show you how to use.
Cupping is the use of plastic or glass cup shaped objects to create suction on the skin, relaxing muscles and clearing toxins. This technique is often used after an acupuncture treatment for patients with pain. Cupping can leave red, purple marks on the area being cupped that may last a few days but usually disappears after two days.
Gua sha is the use of an object to scrape the skin to relax the muscles and release toxins. This technique can be used on its own for aiding in the treatment of cold and flu symptoms or it can be used to relax muscles. Gua sha can leave red marks on the area being treated that may last a few days but usually disappears after two days.
Shiat su & Tui na
These are Eastern medicine massage styles that incorporate different stroke techniques to relax the muscles and help with circulation. These techniques are often used after an acupuncture treatment for pain to encourage circulation in the affected area.
An ear seed is a tiny seed on an adhesive that is placed on an acupuncture point on the ear or other part of the body. These seeds are left on for 3 to 4 days. This technique is good for those that are needle sensitive and children. It also can be used in addition to acupuncture.