Avida Center is unique in that it offers acupuncture treatments with/without massage therapy, provides one-on-one treatments, and accepts most insurance. Although we are skilled in treating many ailments, our specialty is pain relief and orthopedic injuries.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing modality that consists of the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. Acupuncture stimulates specific points near the surface of the skin that have the ability to alter biochemical and physiological conditions in the body. Since acupuncture points are designated areas of electrical sensitivity, inserting needles at these points stimulates sensory receptors. This in turn stimulates nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system in the brain. The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing hormones (thought to be some 200 times more potent than morphine). Endorphins play a significant role in the hormonal system, which is why acupuncture is effective in treating back pain, arthritis, PMS and infertility. The substances released as a result of acupuncture relax the body, and also regulate serotonin in the brain, which affects emotional states. Other physiological effects include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count, which supports the immune system.
Electro-Acupuncture: As with traditional acupuncture, fine needles are inserted on specific points on the body, however, the needles are then attached to a device that transmits continuous electric pulses or “frequencies” using small clips. This technique is proven to help reduce pain and inflammation.
Moxabustion: Moxabustion, also known as moxa, is a traditional Chinese medicine technique which consists of burning dried mugwort, or ai ye in pinyin, on or over specific points on the body to facilitate healing. It helps to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and warm the body and meridians.
Fire Cupping: Fire Cupping is a method of soft-tissue decompression by the use of suction cups via heat created by fire. There are many benefits to cupping including: releasing soft tissue by loosening muscles and fascia, increasing blood flow to restricted areas, and detoxifying the body. It is recommended for stubborn pains and tight muscles and joints. Temporary therapeutic redness or petechiae on the skin may appear as a result of this therapy. For more information, please refer to www.cuppingtherapy.org.
Gua Sha: Gua Sha translated literally means “scrapping.” A blunt object such as a coin, Chinese soup spoon, or Gua Sha tool is used to “scrape” the painful muscular area in a unilateral direction until temporary therapeutic redness or petechiae on the skin appears. It is similar in effect to cupping in that it releases soft tissue by loosening muscles and fascia, increasing blood flow to restricted areas, and detoxifying the body. It is recommended for stubborn pains and tight muscles and joints. For more information, please refer to www.guasha.com.
Massage: Massage therapy is manual manipulation of various body tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue to help improve mobility and circulation and reduce pain. The styles that we offer at Avida Center are: Circulatory, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, and Chi Nei Tsung, a gentle abdominal massage that enhances the function of the abdominal organs.