Not if you like deep-tissue massage. It can be intense, but it shouldn’t be painful.
If you hate deep-tissue massage, you’ll probably hate cupping too. Also it leaves red marks (they aren't technically bruises, but they look similar so be prepared for people to ask you what happened!)
Gua sha is a scraping technique that works on the fascia. It can help hydrate the tissue, move metabolic waste through the lymphatic system so your body can process it, and loosen tight muscles similar to cupping or massage. It can also leave red marks like cupping, but doesn't always. Many chiropractors use a similar technique, so you may have experienced it before with a different name.
First we’ll talk about what you want to work on. If you have pain, I might do some tests to pinpoint the exact location of the injury.
Then you’ll lie down on a massage table, I’ll do the actual acupuncture part, and then you’ll take a nap for half an hour. Acupuncture can be very relaxing, so you might feel a little groggy after.
Make sure you’ve eaten within a few hours of your appointment. Because acupuncture lowers your blood pressure, if you come in hungry it’s possible to get light-headed during treatment.
After your treatment, it’s a good idea to rest and relax if possible. I don’t recommend exercising after treatment, especially after trigger point therapy. Drink lots of water to help your body metabolize anything that got "stirred up" during treatment.
Dry needling and trigger point therapy are similar, but acupuncture is based on a comprehensive medical system, whereas dry needling is basically just sticking needles where it hurts the most. Dry needling is probably not dangerous (assuming the person doing it is qualified), but acupuncture is more effective.
All kinds of stuff!
I primarily treat sports injuries, chronic and acute pain, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, digestive disorders, and allergies.