Three photos in a row: first two images show hands applying a Gua Sha stone to a patient's stomach and back, the third image is of two cupping jars applied to a patient's back.

What Are Our Popular Adjunct Therapies?

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Heat therapy that helps reduce pain by releasing tension held in an area due to increasing the flow of blood and lymph.

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Gua Sha

Gentle manual therapy applied to the skin to create an anti-inflammatory response, increase blood flow to the muscles to relax and release tension.

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Gentle manual therapy using cups to create suction over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, increase blood flow and promote relaxation.

Individual results may vary. No guarantee of specific results is warranted or implied and your results will depend on many factors (full disclaimer link here).

How Adjunct Therapies Work

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Increase blood circulation to painful areas

Blood flow increases in the tissues around the injured area. This allows nutrients and oxygen to enter the site of injury to begin the healing process.

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Increasing the supply of healthy, oxygenated blood to muscles and skin brings nourishment and allows toxins to be carried away by the lymph.

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Sedate the nervous system

Increasing circulation and releasing muscle tension helps the nervous system to relax, helping with the healing process.

Common Questions

  • Does it hurt?

    Each therapy is creating a reaction in the body that may cause a slight discomfort at first but decreases pain by 70% once finished.

  • Will it leave marks?

    Gua sha and cupping both leave ‘marks.’ These are temporary side effects from the treatment and will last anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks.

  • Where on the body do you do these therapies?

    The therapies are done on all areas of the body to stimulate circulation, calm the nervous system, and have effects on various organs and tissues. Depending on the pain, the area could be limited to something the size of the neck or as large as the whole back.

  • Is there any bleeding or risk of infection?

    There is no bleeding and no risk for infection. We give you clear directions on how to care for the area after treatment.

  • How often do I need treatment?

    Depending on the form of adjunct treatment, it may be once a week or every other week. 

  • How long will I have to keep coming?

    Unlike many other clinics, we won’t try to get you coming weekly for months on end. Our goal is to get results efficiently and quickly so you don’t need continual follow-up. Most likely you’ll have weekly sessions for about 6-12 weeks or so. Then, we’ll need to start making room for all the friends and loved ones you’re going to send to us!

Questions about our treatments?

Feel free to contact us with any questions, we are happy to offer a free consultation to help you understand the process and benefits.

Success Story: Fertility + Hormonal Health

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I saw Leigh at Essential Acupuncture for moxibustion and acupuncture at 35 weeks pregnant for a breech baby. A week later, I found out that the baby had turned! Leigh’s calming presence and personalized treatment put me at ease and I enjoyed all of our interactions. The space itself is clean and lovely. I highly recommend Leigh and Essential Acupuncture. — Ashley B.

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