Acupuncture is said to unblock the body's energy pathways, similar to the way a busy sidewalk is easily cleared by poking pedestrians with a javelin. Remove troublesome obstacles with this Groupon.
- $69 for four acupuncture treatments ($380 value)
During each acupuncture treatment, a practitioner gently inserts hair-thin needles into the skin, one at a time. Though some clients never notice the needles, you may experience a quick twinge of discomfort. After placing the last needle, the practitioner lets clients rest on the padded table for 15–60 minutes before rousing them from their sleep and carefully removing the needles. In addition to easing physical ailments, acupuncture can also help overcome elusive challenges such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Acupressure: Healing with Precise Pressure
Acupressure treatments can bring back balance to your body. Learn how they reach for equilibrium with Groupon's study of this ancient technique.
The power to thwart a headache may lie in your own two hands. Simply use your right thumb to apply pressure to the fleshy web between your thumb and forefinger of your left hand, hold for a minute, then switch to the other hand. This DIY technique is based on a form of ancient Chinese medicine known as acupressure—basically, acupuncture without the needles. Both acupuncture and acupressure rely on the stimulation of key points along the body's meridians, invisible lines that are believed to serve as pathways for energy (called chi) to flow between vital organ systems. Acupressure practitioners use either their hands or blunt instruments to apply pressure to these points in order to knock down barricades on chi highways and restore balance to the body. This deceptively simple technique has been used to assuage symptoms ranging from nausea and muscle pain to stress and fatigue.
Although it's considered less precise than acupuncture, acupressure can focus more on the body as a whole, and is an ideal alternative for needle-phobic patients or sick balloon animals. The scientific jury is still out on how acupressure might work, but many believe that the pressure can help release endorphins or send signals through the autonomic nervous system, which regulates involuntary responses such as heart rate, digestion, and breathing.
Most acupressure sessions begin with a consultation to establish what ailments need addressing. Patients can remain fully clothed during the treatment, which can also be incorporated into traditional massage techniques, particularly shiatsu, which centers on pressure from the fingers and palms. Acupressure has even made its way into veterinary clinics, where practitioners apply their healing touch to dogs, horses, minks, and rabbits.
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Physical therapy, pain management, and chiropractic care are the three primary disciplines of the practice, which aims to construct strong relationships between clinicians and patients. Staff members also work to find similar connections between the systems of the body, which functions best when all of its components work in harmony. By doing this, they relieve chronic pain and guide bodies toward wellness without prescription drugs. The team counts a family doctor and an internal physician among its ranks, which include physical therapists, chiropractors, and a pain-management expert, which is also what some sports fans call their favorite team’s coach. Their areas of expertise extend to acupuncture, massage therapy, and stress management, all part of a comprehensive roster of treatments to usher holistic relief and health into achy frames.