Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world dating back over four thousand years. Its basic principles are rooted in the philosophy of Yin and Yang in which all things are interconnected. TCM views the mind and body as an energetic whole and works to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Many of the concepts associated with TCM, such as qi (pronounced “chee”) have no true equivalent in Western medicine. Qi, often referred to as the vital force or energy, flows through the body via pathways called meridians. When its flow becomes imbalanced or blocked it can lead to illness, pain, or weakness. TCM works to correct these imbalances and promote an even flow of qi thereby restoring health and wellness.
While acupuncture is one of the most recognized forms of treatment used, TCM actually consists of a variety of methods designed to restore health and prevent illness including: Chinese Herbal Medicine, Cupping, Moxibustion, Gua Sha, TCM Nutrition, Tui Na, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong.
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Massage therapy is one of the oldest forms of natural healing with some of its first records dating back thousands of years to Ancient China and Egypt. It is documented in many ancient texts as a beneficial form of treatment including The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, a standard text used by most schools of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Massage therapy has been found to reduce inflammation, improve recovery time from injury, boost sleep quality, restore energy, improve athletic performance, and reduce stress and anxiety.
Therapeutic massage is a general term used to describe any type of massage therapy that helps restore the body’s natural healing response. It usually involves a combination of massage techniques and stretching to release muscle tension, increase blood circulation, relieve pain, and improve range of motion.
The techniques used in therapeutic massage help promote an even flow of qi thereby restoring health and can be used in conjunction with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The therapeutic massage modalities used at Hilton Acupuncture include deep tissue massage, neuromuscular massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and sports massage.