Barton Acupuncture

Treatments

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Acupuncture is a complex branch of ancient Chinese medicine but its principles and methods are easy to understand. There are 14 major energy pathways — called meridians — that move through the whole body with a subtle energy referred to as Qi (chee). When there is a blockage of this energy within the meridians, there will be an experience of pain, dysfunction, and ill health. Blockages to energy are caused by stress, eating and sleeping poorly.  The main purpose of acupuncture is to restore the natural flow of energy within the meridians. By stimulating specific acupuncture points with fine sterile needles, the normal balance and flow of energy is restored.

During your initial visit,  I spend valuable time gathering important information about your main complaint and what you would like to accomplish with treatments.  The first appointment is 90 minutes, which includes an evaluation, treatment plan, and treatment.  Follow-up treatments are 60 minutes, and I usually recommend 4-8 sessions to regain your optimum health.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a complex branch of ancient Chinese medicine but its principles and methods are easy to understand.   There are 14 major energy pathways — called meridians — that move through the whole body with a subtle energy referred to as Qi (chee). When there is a blockage of this energy within the meridians, there will be an experience of pain, dysfunction, and ill health.   Blockages to energy are caused by stress, eating and sleeping poorly.  The main purpose of acupuncture is to restore the natural flow of energy within the meridians.   By stimulating specific acupuncture points with fine sterile needles, the normal balance and flow of energy is restored.

Kiiko Matsumoto Style Acupuncture

Kiiko Matsumoto Style Acupuncture (KMS) was developed by Kiiko Matsumoto over the past three decades. Kiiko Matsumoto style acupuncture utilizes a systematic, easy to learn, palpatory method which is
designed to provide instant feedback. When using this system, a practitioner follows a palpation sequence, which both establishes a diagnosis and suggests several treatment options which might be effective for treating a particular patient. KMS is largely defined by its use of a highly systematized method of palpation.

KMS addresses the patient’s health issues from several levels. By looking more deeply into the structural and/or constitutional imbalances, which often underlie a patient’s symptomatic complaints, I am able to assist in a more complete and lasting healing. It is precisely this holistic approach which gives a KMS practitioner the ability to help patients with the most complex issues. Often by seeing the patient’s problem from this broader perspective, the practitioner can solve difficult cases.

KMS offers a totally new way to look at patients. It combines Classical Chinese medical principles with modern pathophysiology in a way that facilitates understanding and brings out the best in both. Within the treatment methods used in KMS, there is a technique suitable for any patient.

Cranio-Sacral Therapy

Cranio-Sacral therapy is a gentle hands on therapy used by trained practitioners in the health field.   A cranio-sacral therapy session involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, which allows them to tune into the cranio-sacral rhythm.The practitioner  gently works with the cranial system and fascial system.  In this way, the restrictions of nerve passages are said to be eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is said to be optimized, and misaligned cranial bones are restored to their proper position. Cranio-sacral therapists use the therapy to treat depression, anxiety, neck and back pain, jaw pain, headaches, and digestive problems.

Shiatsu is like acupuncture in that both work with the meridian system to improve overall health.  Whereas traditional acupuncture uses pulse taking and tongue diagnosing to determine the pattern of energy to be treated and balanced,  shiatsu utilizes hara diagnosis (the abdomen) checking pressure,   tension,  heat or cold to determine the meridians that are out of balance.  Shiatsu utilizes “finger pressure” along the meridians,  while acupuncture uses needles.  I like to offer shiatsu to clients who have an aversion to needles and would like the healing effect of acupuncture without the needles.   Sometimes, I will combine acupuncture and shiatsu to improve the overall effectiveness of  the treatment.

Integration of  Acupuncture and Cranio-Sacral Therapy

Meridians represent the outer energetic layers of the body and the organs pertain to the interior. They both represent an indivisible energetic unit. Problems of the internal organs can affect the relevant meridians and problems, which start in the meridians, can penetrate into the interior.

Cranio-Sacral Acupuncture is a means of connecting the two. Through needling a change is created in the fascial sheet and this is reflected in the cranio-sacral rhythm.  Acupuncture points have an intimate connection with the cranio-sacral rhythm and can alter the rhythm with only slight pressure or needling of the appropriate point.

Using Traditional Chinese Medicine to diagnose which TCM pattern is most predominant and integrating it with  cranio-sacral palpation and diagnosis, I am able to pinpoint the precise location and nature of the presenting problem and select the most suitable acupuncture points based on my diagnosis.  Once the needles are in place, I begin the cranio-sacral session.   The acupuncture needles help to release restrictions in the cranio-sacral system and the movement of the fascia releases stagnate qi in the meridians.  During a session there is a wonderful flow of cranio-sacral rhythm and flow of energy within the meridians. It is like a dance within the body that results in complete relaxation and sense of well being.

The positive effects of cranio-sacral therapy and acupuncture depend to a large extent upon the patient’s own natural healing processes. The light, hands-on, approach and gentle needling technique assists the hydraulic forces inherent in the cranio-sacral system and the energy moving in the meridians to improve the body’s internal environment.