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Chinese Medicine Modalities

A woman receiving a facial acupuncture treatment. The session may also include Cupping, Tuina massage, Gua sha, Moxibustion and Electrical stimulation.
A woman receiving Gua sha treatment on her face. The session may also include Acupuncture, Cupping, Tuina massage, Moxibustion and Electrical stimulation.

Chinese Medicine encompasses a range of holistic healing practices that work in synergy to restore balance within the body, alleviate discomfort, and reduce pain.

A woman receiving Acupuncture treatment. The session may also include Cupping, Tuina massage, Gua sha, Moxibustion and Electrical stimulation.
A woman receiving a fire cupping treatment. The session may also include Acupuncture, Tuina massage, Gua sha, Moxibustion and Electrical stimulation.

About Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves the precise insertion of ultra-thin, sterile needles at specific points along the body.

2024 Best Acupuncture Aurora - Laura Kaufer Acupuncturist. Sessions with Laura may include Acupuncture, Cupping, Tuina Massage, Gua Sha, Moxibustion and Electrical stimulation.

These points, rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine’s millennia-old wisdom, have been substantiated by extensive modern medical research. They target specific nerves and muscles to induce both localized and systemic healing.

Safe and Relaxing Sessions: We use gentle, pain free needle techniques and provide attention and care during your treatment to make sure you are comfortable. All needles are sterile and single-use.

During an acupuncture session, you might experience sensations like mild pressure, warmth, a dull ache, or slight throbbing around the acupuncture points. Should you encounter any discomfort or pain, inform your practitioner. Pain is neither intended nor acceptable in acupuncture treatments.

Cupping

Cupping gained widespread attention when athletes, including Michael Phelps, displayed the distinctive marks left by this deep tissue massage and myofascial release technique during the 2016 Olympics.

Cupping entails placing glass cups on the skin and creating a suction effect. This action causes a gentle upward and outward movement of muscles and fascia, accompanied by increased blood circulation to the treated areas, resulting in temporary red marks that typically fade within 1-3 days.

Cupping is an effective modality for addressing both acute and chronic pain, such as neck and shoulder tension, low back pain, and painful menstrual cramps.

Gua sha

Gua sha is a soft tissue therapy that involves the controlled scraping of the skin with a specialized tool. This technique enhances blood flow and reduces muscle pain, effects that persist for days following treatment.

Gua sha has also demonstrated immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties [see Arya Nielson PhD’s work here].

While some skin discoloration (petechiae) may occur, it dissipates over several days. Guasha can be utilized to treat a variety of conditions, including headaches, neck and back pain, and respiratory ailments.

Tuina

Tuina, the Chinese medicine equivalent of therapeutic massage, resembles Shiatsu.

It employs pressure at specific acupuncture points and stretching along meridian channels and fascial connections.

These techniques can help alleviate pain, enhance blood and lymph circulation, and promote overall health.

Electro-stimulation

A low-amplitude electrical current is applied to acupuncture needles that are inserted at specific locations on the body.

You will feel a slight pulsing or tingling at the site. It will not cause pain. If you’ve ever used a TENS machine at physiotherapy, you’ll recognize the sensation.

This is done to enhance the therapeutic effect of acupuncture treatment, to stimulate the tissue, and to alleviate pain. The intensity and frequency of the electrical current depends on the condition being treated and your level of comfort.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion, an ancient technique that was used alongside acupuncture, involves the burning of a Chinese medicinal herb called Mugwort over specific acupuncture points.

This process yields therapeutic outcomes and can help with hot flashes, digestive issues, and breech presentation during pregnancy.

Read more about Moxibustion

Dietary Therapy

The food we consume serves as the foundational building blocks for our bodies, sustaining, restoring, and promoting healing. Chinese Medicine’s dietary concepts consider an individual’s constitution and environmental factors.

Warming foods are recommended for individuals prone to feeling cold. As the weather becomes drier and colder, moistening and hearty foods should be included in the diet. The overarching goal is to provide the body with the types of foods and fluids it can readily utilize to ensure optimal energy and function, allowing us to live life to the fullest.

Let’s work together…

…to promote bodily harmony by targeting imbalances, thereby preventing discomfort and fostering well-being.

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2024 Best Acupuncture Aurora - Laura Kaufer Acupuncturist. Sessions with Laura may include Acupuncture, Cupping, Tuina Massage, Gua Sha, Moxibustion and Electrical stimulation.

where to reach me

I currently practice out of Stouffville Natural Health Clinic (Stouffville) and Aurora Prime Physiotherapy (Aurora)

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Aurora Prime Physiotherapy

Wednesdays: 12:30pm-5:30pm

Fridays: 12:30pm-5:30pm

Stouffville Natural Health Clinic

Tuesdays: 12:00pm-7:00pm

Thursdays: 10:00am-2:30pm

Alternating Saturdays: 9:00am-1:30pm