Spruce Acupuncture uses a comprehensive approach in designing a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to the unique and specific needs of each patient. Upon completing a thorough health evaluation, recommendations for specific treatment options will be made that are focused on improving the whole person and returning the body to balance.
Acupuncture has been used for over 2,500 years as a healing technique of Eastern Medicine. Originating in China, it involves inserting ultra-fine, sterile needles into specific Acupoints on the skin to improve function and promote the body’s natural self-healing process.
Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems, as well as both the cardiovascular and the digestive systems. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help treat disease and bring the body back into balance.
Nutrition & Herbal Medicine
Herbal Medicine has been considered to be the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Patients often find that herbs or supplements are an effective alternative to western pharmaceuticals and their associated side effects. Herbs are a natural way of supporting the body’s healing process.
Made famous by Michael Phelps during the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio De Janeiro, Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy designed to improve local circulation and reduce inflammation. The technique involves placing heated glass cups on the skin surface to increase blood flow and release the connective tissue beneath the skin. Cupping is often recommended for muscle pain, general soreness, or upper respiratory tract infections. It is also used to clear excess mucus, treat the common cold, and relieve flu-like symptoms.
Gua Shu is used for the treatment of muscle and joint pain, musculoskeletal disorders, inflammation, colds, and fevers. The technique involves using a handheld tool to apply pressure while scraping the skin surface, often leaving behind petechiae. In 2009, a Harvard medical study concluded that the therapeutic benefits of Gua Shu were the result of increased blood flow to the treatment area creating an antioxidative response.
Moxibustion (known as “moxa”) is a therapeutic healing technique originating in ancient China. The herb mugwort is usually rolled into a stick, lit, and held over specific areas of the body. It is used for a variety of health concerns including arthritis, reproductive issues, digestive disorders, or even for turning a breech baby.
(Only smokeless moxibustion is provided onsite, however, scented moxa sticks are available for purchase to continue treatments at home.)
Acupuncture needles are used to conduct small electrical currents. This technique has been proven to decrease pain, accelerate healing, and significantly reduce inflammation, edema, and swelling.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Food intolerance can occur at any stage in life and is often known to plague multiple members of a family with similar symptoms. Blood tests can provide a picture of what foods may be causing a hyperimmune response and creating symptoms of a weakened digestive system, fatigue, brain fog or headache. Contact us to determine if you may benefit from food intolerance testing.
LED Light Therapy
Lightwave LED Light Therapy provides medical grade red, infra-red, and blue lights to stimulate, heal and restore the body.
Discovered by NASA, Photobiomodulation, another word for LED light therapy, has been shown in hundreds of studies to reduce pain, inflammation, discoloration, pigmented lesions, acne, and wrinkles. It has been proven to boost the body’s natural collagen production by increasing fibroblast activity. Though best known for anti-aging therapy, Photobiomodulation goes way beyond skin deep. A recent Harvard study (2016) demonstrated that consistent LED therapy significantly improves the performance of athletes.