Mystic River Acupuncture

167 Broad Street

Groton, CT 06355

Excellence in Chinese Medicine Since 1989
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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the best known branch of Chinese Medicine. One of the world’s oldest systems of medicine, acupuncture has been practiced for over 3,000 years. Acupuncture traditions are based on a unique knowledge of the body. Its theories are at once complex and elegant.

Acupuncture is the manipulation of Qi (pronounced “chee”), loosely translated as ‘energy’ in our bodies. Qi runs in very specific, interconnected pathways, much like the network of blood vessels.

Pain occurs when Qi becomes stuck in meridians. Acupuncture is manipulates the stuck Qi to re-create a flow. By promoting a smooth flow of Qi in the channels, acupuncture can relieve back pain, headaches, sports injuries, repetitive strain issues, and numerous other types of pain. “Where there is free flow there is no pain” is an ancient Chinese adage.

Acupuncture often treats well those conditions that fall between the cracks of more conventional medicine. As early as 1979 the World Health Organization issued an extensive list of illnesses that may benefit from acupuncture.

Acupuncture is also exceptionally effective for stress-induced or stress-aggravated conditions. Acupuncture works on physical, emotional and mental levels to bring us back into balance.

According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating many diseases and conditions, including:

• anxiety

• sinusitis

• PTSD

• common cold
• insomnia

• asthma
• headache

• toothache
• migraine

• various eye conditions
• Bell’s Palsy

• digestive disorders
• disc pain

• PMS
• neuralgia

• menstrual difficulties
• muscle pain infertility (male and female)
• arthritis

• fibromyalgia
• low back pain

• essential hypertension
• sciatica

• drug withdrawal symptoms

The British Acupuncture Council provides the complete WHO list. 
Call your acupuncturist to learn if acupuncture can help you.

 
Specialty Acupuncture

Acupuncture For Weight Loss

Acupuncture increases your success rate, especially if you are committed to a good diet and exercise. People often feel more motivated in sticking to their weight loss programs when acupuncture is included.

Acupuncture can reduce cravings, increase will power and stabilize your metabolism so you process food completely. By treating any stress factors, acupuncture will calm your system so you are less likely to eat due life’s pressures.

Acupuncture won’t miraculously make you shed those pounds, but it will help you reduce in a healthy way. After you reach your goal, you can come for regular “tune-ups” to help you maintain your proper weight.

 

Acupuncture for Athletes and Musicians

Acupuncture is an asset to all types of athletes. Whether you are beginning training, dealing with an injury, or trying to keep focused or stay in shape, think of using acupuncture. 

Musicians have many of the same issues as athletes do. They can sustain injury from repetitive use of specific parts of their bodies while playing an instrument or dancing. 

Acupuncture helps relieve performance anxiety, allowing athletes and musicians to feel focused, yet relaxed for events.


Dental Acupuncture

Acupuncture can reduces toothache and jaw pain. It also relieves pain and swelling from dental procedures and enhances healing of the area. Patients often use acupuncture to control pain while waiting for a dentist appointment.

Many patients schedule to come by for a treatment on their way home from dental work. Acupuncture quickly takes care of numbness from Novocaine and reduces the pain so you won’t need as much medication. Patients report that they need no painkillers at all, or are able to use mild over the counter analgesics.
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We will collaborate with your dentist for serious problems such as TMJ or chronic pain.


Pre-Surgery and Post-Surgery Acupuncture

Acupuncture helps with pre-surgery by incasing circulation and calming anxiety. Post-surgery, it reduces pain and swelling so your body can heal faster. With acupuncture, you will likely need less medication and sleep soundly. The best time to receive treatment after surgery is as soon as possible.

Nowadays most physicians are open minded about acupuncture for post-surgical pain control.

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an natural alternative to Botox or surgical procedures for facial rejuvenation. Micro-fine needles are used to soften wrinkles, firm skin and relieve tension. You can use acupuncture to look and feel more vibrant. Herbal formulas will help with acne, eczema, and other skin conditions.

Facial Rejuvenation works best with twelve weekly treatments. Tiny needles are inserted in your face, your jaw and cheek-bones. Corresponding points in your hands and feet reinforce the effects. Changes are subtle, and your friends may notice something is different, but won’t know what.

You will not look as though you have been through a face-lift or Botox. Rather, you will look healthier, relaxed, better balanced, with a glowing complexion.

Shorter facial sessions are also available as an add-on during a regular acupuncture treatment.


Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture, also known as ear acupuncture, gained recognition for its use in treatment of addictions. It is also are used to treat acute and chronic pain, symptoms of illnesses, anxiety, and stress related problems. Ear acupuncture is a popular aid for weight loss and smoking cessation, especially when combined with “take home” treatment of ear tacks or seeds taped to your ears to prolong the effect of acupuncture. Advantages of auricular acupuncture are that it can be done quickly and patients do not need to undress.


Chakra Balancing Acupuncture

This type of acupuncture is very helpful to those wanting a more spiritual aspect to treatment. Chakra Balancing with acupuncture involves combining needling ‘opening points’ in hands and feet with direct needling of chakras. Patients rest with the needles in quiet or with their preference of sacred sounds such as singing bowls, native flute, chanting, and hymns. Chakra Balancing promotes sense of well being and encourages creativity.         

   
        
Battlefield Acupuncture

Battlefield Acupuncture is a form of auricular acupuncture. Based on a French system of ear acupuncture, Battlefield Acupuncture was first developed for the military to minimize the amount of drugs ended in the field. It is also effective for PTSD.
Special Battlefield Acupuncture needles are used in specific ear points. The needles are inserted in a way that allows them to remain in the ear for several days. Battlefield Acupuncture provides quick relief for pain, while relaxing and calming the mind.

Herbal Medicine

One-hour (a full 60 minutes), half hour (30 minute) and 90 minute sessions are available. A specific problem is addressed in a half hour. Ninety minutes is enough time for a full body massage with time to focus on a problem area. Your input is encouraged throughout your session.

Mystic River Acupuncture offers a variety therapeutic massage styles.

Swedish Massage
This is a basic massage. You may choose to have a total body massage or opt for focusing on specific areas. Pressure ranges from medium to light, depending on your needs.

Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone (or Healing Stone) Massage is a Swedish massage with heated stones incorporated into the routine. Heated stones are placed on tense muscles or used to knead a tight area. Warmth from the stones softens muscles as the massage melts away tension. Heat should always feel comfortable. Be sure to tell your therapist if the stones are too hot.

Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue work provides a more vigorous massage with more intense pressure. Deep tissue massage is most often used for very tight muscles. Compression of tissues, as well as kneading, is used in deep tissue work.

Medical Massage
Medical Massage is result oriented and specifically directed to resolve conditions that have been diagnosed by a physician. The massage is focused only on the areas related to the diagnosis and doctor’s prescription. Non-prescribed medical-style massage can be administered to address the client’s needs where assessment shows soft-tissue imbalances.

Chair Massage
Chair massage is given with the client sitting fully clothed in a forward leaning massage chair with knee, face, and hand supports. You may have seen this in airports and at health fairs. Chair massage is most often used for back and neck. Treatments are about 15 minutes.

Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage
Massage is a wonderful way to relieve aches and pains during pregnancy, especially when the mother is trying to avoid pharmaceutical medications that may harm her baby. Pregnancy massage is great for back pain, sciatica, and other discomforts that can accompany pregnancy. It can also provide deep relaxation to promote a healthy birthing experience. Combining massage with acupuncture during your pregnancy is good for you and good for your baby. After the baby is born postpartum massage will relax the new mother and help relieve aches and pains from the birthing experience.

A Gift Certificate will be the most appreciated baby shower gift!


Sports Massage
Sports massage is used to prepare athletes training for major events and to enhance healing from sports injuries.

Many athletes find massage an essential part of their training program.
Regular bodywork promotes good circulation in muscles used when competing at a high level. Massage enhances ability to focus and reduces apprehension that may accompany performance.

For injuries, massage can reduce healing time, enabling the athlete to get back to training sooner. Massage can be used in conjunction with other medical intervention, including physical therapy or even surgery.

Cupping Massage
Therapeutic cupping is combined with Swedish massage. Cups are applied on one area while therapist works on another. Cupping will enhance pain relief provided by massage and makes the experience even more relaxing.

Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy (AOBT)
While holding on to bars mounted securely to the ceiling, the therapist stands on the table and applies pressure with her feet. The pressure applied can be adjusted to give you a relaxing experience or deep tissue therapy. In particular, AOBT opens up the spinal column and is an excellent way to relieve sore, aching backs. Your Ashiatsu therapist may follow up with Swedish style attention to your neck or other areas that prefer a “hands on” approach. it.

Massage Parties
Think about providing massage at your next gathering. Chair or table massage make any event memorable. Your guests will love you for it!

Therapeutic Massage makes a great gift for any occasion!

 
N.A.E.T.

Nambudipad’s Allergy Elimination Technique, or N.A.E.T., was developed by Dr. Devi Nambudripad as a result of her search for personal relief from allergies. Using her understanding of the East Asian meridian system and modern applied kinesiology, she developed a protocol that is safe and noninvasive.

Applied Kinesiology (muscle testing) is used to determine which substances weaken the immune system. After testing, the sensitivity to that allergen is treated using acupressure. N.A.E.T. is mainly used for food, respiratory, and environmental allergies.

N.A.E.T. is a gentle, relaxing technique.  Because it is painless and noninvasive it is appropriate for children as well as adults. Many patients prefer to be treated with acupuncture rather than acupressure during their N.A.E.T. sessions.

Kathleen received her N.A.E.T. training in California from Dr. Nambudripad. She has taken several seminars on N.A.E.T. at Dr. Nambudripad’s Los Angeles clinic. Kathleen will be happy to evaluate you to determine whether N.A.E.T., Chinese herbal therapy, or acupuncture is the best way to deal with your allergies.

 
 
Therapeutic Massage

One-hour (a full 60 minutes), half hour (30 minute) and 90 minute sessions are available. A specific problem is addressed in a half hour. Ninety minutes is enough time for a full body massage with time to focus on a problem area. Your input is encouraged throughout your session.

Mystic River Acupuncture offers a variety therapeutic massage styles.

Swedish Massage


This is a basic massage. You may choose to have a total body massage or opt for focusing on specific areas. Pressure ranges from medium to light, depending on your needs.

Hot Stone Massage


Hot Stone (or Healing Stone) Massage is a Swedish massage with heated stones incorporated into the routine. Heated stones are placed on tense muscles or used to knead a tight area. Warmth from the stones softens muscles as the massage melts away tension. Heat should always feel comfortable. Be sure to tell your therapist if the stones are too hot.

Deep Tissue Massage


Deep tissue work provides a more vigorous massage with more intense pressure. Deep tissue massage is most often used for very tight muscles. Compression of tissues, as well as kneading, is used in deep tissue work.

Medical Massage


Medical Massage is result oriented and specifically directed to resolve conditions that have been diagnosed by a physician. The massage is focused only on the areas related to the diagnosis and doctor’s prescription. Non-prescribed medical-style massage can be administered to address the client’s needs where assessment shows soft-tissue imbalances.

Chair Massage


Chair massage is given with the client sitting fully clothed in a forward leaning massage chair with knee, face, and hand supports. You may have seen this in airports and at health fairs. Chair massage is most often used for back and neck. Treatments are about 15 minutes.

Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage


Massage is a wonderful way to relieve aches and pains during pregnancy, especially when the mother is trying to avoid pharmaceutical medications that may harm her baby. Pregnancy massage is great for back pain, sciatica, and other discomforts that can accompany pregnancy. It can also provide deep relaxation to promote a healthy birthing experience. Combining massage with acupuncture during your pregnancy is good for you and good for your baby. After the baby is born postpartum massage will relax the new mother and help relieve aches and pains from the birthing experience.

A Gift Certificate will be the most appreciated baby shower gift!


Sports Massage


Sports massage is used to prepare athletes training for major events and to enhance healing from sports injuries.

Many athletes find massage an essential part of their training program.
Regular bodywork promotes good circulation in muscles used when competing at a high level. Massage enhances ability to focus and reduces apprehension that may accompany performance.

For injuries, massage can reduce healing time, enabling the athlete to get back to training sooner. Massage can be used in conjunction with other medical intervention, including physical therapy or even surgery.

Cupping Massage


Therapeutic cupping is combined with Swedish massage. Cups are applied on one area while therapist works on another. Cupping will enhance pain relief provided by massage and makes the experience even more relaxing.

Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy (AOBT)


While holding on to bars mounted securely to the ceiling, the therapist stands on the table and applies pressure with her feet. The pressure applied can be adjusted to give you a relaxing experience or deep tissue therapy. In particular, AOBT opens up the spinal column and is an excellent way to relieve sore, aching backs. Your Ashiatsu therapist may follow up with Swedish style attention to your neck or other areas that prefer a “hands on” approach. it.

Massage Parties


Think about providing massage at your next gathering. Chair or table massage make any event memorable. Your guests will love you for it!

Therapeutic Massage makes a great gift for any occasion!