Asian Body Work
Dr. McLaughlin is an experienced TuiNa (Asian bodywork) practitioner. Asian Bodywork involves gentle massage techniques, Acupressure points (typically administered to patient’s head, hands, and feet), passive stretching, slide cupping and gentle soft tissue manipulation. He integrates some bodywork with most of his acupuncture treatments as well. He performs pediatric TuiNa on infants and young children who are too young to receive body acupuncture or for his adult patients who do not wish to receive acupuncture.
Tui na is a gentle, yet invigorating style of Asian bodywork that includes passive stretching, various forms of soft tissue manipulation, and acupressure along the joints and muscles, hands, feet, ears, head, and spine. Dr. McLaughlin typically does a little tui na bodywork during his acupuncture sessions in order to improve patients circulation, relax muscles, and gently stretch stiff or achy joints. Some patients enjoy the hands on therapy so much they request an entire session of Tui na bodywork in addition to their regular acupuncture treatments.
Acupressure is a gentle hands-on manipulation of traditional acupuncture points. It can be used along with Acupuncture treatments or as a stand alone form of treatment for small children, frail patients, or for patients who do not wish to be needled but still want the benefit of Acupoint therapy. Acupressure can be performed on any traditionally used acupuncture point and is often combined with other treatment modalities.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy, traditionally used in Oriental Medicine, Dried herbs, usually aged mugwort, are burned near the skin or heated on the end of acupuncture handles to invigorate more blood flow to the treated area. Traditionally, in Asia, moxibustion is performed both directly (on the skin) and indirectly (near the skins surface until heat is felt) but Dr. McLaughlin only uses the indirect method, and only chooses this method of treatment for very specific ailments in patients with stubborn, chronic pain conditions. It is not commonly used in his practice, although when warranted, can bring magnificent therapeutic outcome.
Cupping is a treatment modality that uses small "cups" to create a vacuum and suction blood flow to the surface of the skin. It is used to enhance circulation, relax muscles, and improve blood flow through the myofascial layer when there is pain and fascial restriction. It also can help relax the nervous system so it is an excellent modality for stress management, muscle tension patterns in the back, neck, shoulders, glutes, thighs, and legs. It is safe and effective for all ages and has other therapeutic benefits when used on specific acupuncture points, such as improved lymphatic flow, improved digestion, and enhanced immune system function. Cupping can be used in conjunction with acupuncture therapy or as a treatment by itself. The procedure usually takes 15-30 minutes.