(Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture)
Gua sha massage
Gua Sha is a massage technique designed to relieve tension in the muscles, boost blood circulation, and encourage lymphatic drainage. It helps break up fascia, the connective tissue that hugs muscles, but can sometimes interfere with optimal circulation. Great option for chronic pain treatment.
Heat therapy is very good at increasing blood flow, damaged tissue, reducing pain, relaxing the muscle spasms and the mind. Chinese Medicine does not work with cold, as it is believed that Qi (energy) and blood move better when the body is warmer. Blood is a liquid too, so is affected by the cold.
What do scientific studies say about Acupuncture
Research into acupuncture as a medical treatment has grown exponentially in the past 20 years, increasing at twice the rate of research into conventional biomedicine. Over this period, there have been over 13,000 studies conducted in 60 countries, including hundreds of meta-analyses summarizing the results of thousands of human and animal studies. A wide-variety of clinical areas have been studied, including pain, cancer, pregnancy, stroke, mood disorders, sleep disorders and inflammation, to name a few.
"It is no longer possible to say that the effectiveness of acupuncture can be attributed to the placebo effect or that it is useful only for musculoskeletal pain.”
Stephen Janz, National President of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)
Acupuncture uses very thin needles to stimulate energy points on the body. Olivier uses techniques to ensure the insertion is sensation free.
Sterile one time use
Yes, needles are one-time use, sterile and all medical hygiene precautions are carefully followed by Olivier. Needles are disposed of after each use.
Fear of needles
Some people are just afraid of needles. It's normal. While some areas might be a little more sensitive than others, Olivier will always aim to use optimal and less sensitive points for your treatment.
What to expect
After the first session clients leave with 30-50% less pain, depending on the severity of the issue treated. During the session after needle placement you may choose to talk with the practitioner or just relax or even sleep.
How many sessions
Depending on the case at hand, it is usually recommended to conduct 4 sessions of acupuncture, weekly preferred after the first treatment. Even if your pain goes away after the first session, to ensure it doesn't come back.