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FAQs

Active Isolated Stretching


What is Active Isolated Stretching?


Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a stretching technique that helps people maximize the effectiveness of stretching without causing discomfort or injury by isolating the muscle to be stretched, repeating the stretch 10+ times, holding the stretch for two seconds and using breath to help increase the effectiveness. The reason the stretch is repeated is to increase the circulation of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the muscles being stretched. It is important that the stretch isn’t held for longer than two seconds so the stretch reflex isn’t activated. The stretch reflex is our body’s natural protection against strains, sprains and tears. By holding the gentle stretch for such a short amount of time, the body’s range of motion is increased with each repetition without any pain, strain, sprain or tear.

Acupuncture


How does Acupuncture work?


From a Chinese medical perspective, acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body to re-create balance and healing from within. From a Western biomedical perspective, many theories exist to explain the effectiveness of acupuncture. Research has shown that acupuncture can affect a number of body systems including: brain chemistry, hormone levels, endorphins, and neurotransmitters. However, an all-encompassing explanation for how acupuncture works based on biomedical principals has yet to be developed.

The Chinese hold that balance is fundamental to a person’s health. This includes balance within the body and between the body and the external environment. When a person has total balance within their body and with the external environment, Qi and blood will flow smoothly throughout the body, insuring that all the organs, muscles, tendons and tissues are nourished. However, if the person is not in complete balance internally or externally, a blockage may occur. This could manifest as pain, sickness or disease. TCM was developed with the focus of helping the body once again be in balance. It does this through any combination of TCM modalities. For acupuncture specifically, the practitioner uses particular points on the meridians where the Qi is both concentrated and accessible. By inserting the needle, the practitioner is able to rebalance the Qi and blood within the body and the patient will feel improvement.

Does Acupuncture hurt?


Different patients experience acupuncture differently. However, most patients feel little to no pain. Acupuncture needles are very fine, about the circumference of a few hairs. Most patients feel very relaxed during their treatments and some even fall asleep. Even people who are afraid of needles have little anxiety during acupuncture due to the small size of the needles and almost non-existent pain.

What should I expect from my first treatment?


Your first treatment will take about two hours. We will do a thorough intake and then an acupuncture treatment. Questions will be asked about your main complaint (the issue that brings you in for treatment), as well as your general health insuring that the practitioner clearly understands all of the balances or imbalances within the patient’s body. The findings from this intake will be presented to you in a “Report of Findings” document at your second visit. Your acupuncturist will then insert needles into the points best suited for the individual case. You will then relax on a comfortable massage table for about 20 minutes. To ensure that you are at ease during the treatment, it is best to wear loose and comfortable clothing.

Does Acupuncture only work if you believe in it?


You do not need to believe in acupuncture for it to work. Acupuncture has been proven effective in controlled clinical trials, which means it is effective for treating many different aliments and it is not simply based on “placebo effect”. Furthermore, acupuncture is effective in animals and babies: two groups not believed to be susceptible to the so-called “placebo effect”. Even so at Jada Holistic Healing we know that patients with a positive attitude and an open mind only increase their body’s healing potential. This is why we take the time to educate our patients on the process of their treatments and give as much lifestyle advice and support as needed.

Is it safe?


Acupuncture needles are sterile, single use and disposed immediately after use. Side effects from acupuncture are rare and considerably less severe when compared to some Western medical treatments. Some side effects include small bruises, light-headedness, a slight itchy or burning feeling.All herbs used at Jada Holistic Healing come from reputable companies who are Good Manufacturing Procedures certified by the FDA. The herbs we use are routinely tested for purity and contamination from harmful components such as heavy metals and pesticides.

How many treatments will I need?


The number of treatments needed will depend on the severity of your condition and whether it is an acute or chronic issue. Acute conditions tend to resolve faster than more chronic ones. Typically you can think of your healing process in 3 segments. The first being relief care during which treatments are more frequent, maybe twice or more a week. Second, corrective care treatments may occur once per week. Third, wellness care treatments maybe once to twice a month. It will also depend on whether or not you take herbal medicine and what type of lifestyle changes you are willing to make. The frequency of your treatments will always be a decision we can make together.

What if I'm scared of needles?


Often people are scared of needles because they have had their blood drawn or have received a flu shot from hypodermic needles. Hypodermic needles are stiff, thick and hollow because they are designed to pull a fluid out or force a liquid into the body. However, acupuncture needles are flexible, thin and solid. Most of the needles are no thicker than a few human hairs and often the patient won’t feel much sensation from the insertion of an acupuncture needle. Many patients are surprised to find that they feel very relaxed and may actually fall asleep during the treatment.

How many needles will be used?


The number of needles depends on the condition being treated and the constitution of the patient. The number of needles will range from one to a few dozen. The patient is encouraged to speak up if they do not desire anymore needles.

How do the needles work?


Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories that Qi (loosely translated as “energy”) flows through channels (or meridians) throughout the body and the surface of the skin. These channels can be compared to interconnected highways and are distributed much like nerves and blood vessels are. Needles are inserted into acupuncture points where the Qi is both concentrated and accessible. The needles adjust the flow of Qi in the body, leading to areas where it is needed and lessening it from areas where it is stuck or excess. In this way, the needles are able to restore balance and harmony back to the body, improving the health of the patient.

Auricular Acupuncture


What is Auricular Acupuncture?


It is a treatment modality based on the premise that different parts of the body have a reflex association with certain areas in the auricle of the ear. Stimulation of these points may be done with acupuncture needles or a small pellet. Auricular therapy can be used for digestive, emotional, hormonal, skin or musculo-skeletal concerns to name just a few.

Cupping


Does cupping hurt?


Cupping doesn’t generally hurt. There will be a strong pulling sensation when the cups are applied and most patients really enjoy the sensation.

Will cupping leave bruises?


Cupping may leave circular bruises that usually last a few days and are usually painless.

Electroacupuncture


What is electroacupuncture?


Electroacupuncture is an acupuncture technique that, comparatively speaking, hasn’t been around very long. It is however, an increasingly popular form of treatment and is used for an array of conditions such as pain relief for muscle spasms, neurological disorders, nausea caused by cancer medication and some studies suggest it may help lower blood pressure and reduce heart disease. Electroacupuncture is most commonly used for excess conditions such as pain syndromes or in cases where the qi is difficult to stimulate.

Does Electroacupuncture hurt?


Patients will usually experience a tingling or buzzing sensation while being treated with electroacupuncture. This is due to the electric current between two needles. Electroacupuncture should not be painful, it should be tolerable and slowing increased with the guidance of the patient.

Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST)


What is fascial stretch therapy (FST)??


FST is a complete, full-body approach of assisted stretching to improve strength, coordination, balance, agility, mobility and of course flexibility. Benefits of FST include restoring function and eliminating pain, increasing flexibility, increasing strength, improving lymph and blood flow and improving neural dynamics. I am the only Level III certified specialist in Minnesota and only one of 43 in the world.

 

Unlike stretching that attempts to isolate and stretch specific muscles, FST targets fascia; the connective tissue found in, around, and between joints. To stretch the fascia, a certified FST therapist gently tractions the joint then moves the legs, arms, spine, and neck in smooth motion at various angles to remove pressure, release joint-lubricating synovial fluid, and improving flexibility of muscles.  FST follows a logical anatomical progression to work through the entire chain of muscles. The true function of muscles cannot be separated from the movement of fascia.  Unlike traditional stretching, FST incorporates multiple angles and planes of movement that follow the "grain" of your fascia. More importantly, FST focuses on decompressing your joints to illicit profoundly positive changes in the body. This simply cannot be achieved with yoga or the old-fashioned stretching you learned in gym class. While many therapies can help the conditions associated with overuse, misuse, or non- use of our bodies, FST is the best option to address inflexible fascia at the deepest level....the joint capsule. Clinical studies have shown that this form of stretching can increase flexibility by up to 52% in your very first session!

Who would benefit from FST?


Stretching is performance and anti-aging therapy at its best! Many patients have experienced significant pain relief after years of suffering as well as a renewed sense of energy, vitality and freedom of movement! This remarkable technique can benefit anyone from high-school athletes seeking to avoid injury and gain a competitive edge to retired golfers wanting to improve and enjoy their game rather than focus on pain from sore muscles & joints to a person who has tightened up over the years and notices that it's negatively affecting their quality of life. 

What is fascia?


Fascia {fash-ee-uh} is an amazing part of the human body that most people don't even know exists. It's the connective tissue that permeates and envelops all structures of the body, essentially connecting them all together. In a normal, healthy state the fascial system maintains the body in a delicate balance of tension and elasticity. With the proper amount of tension, it helps support the efficient alignment of your bones while being elastic enough to permit full, unrestricted movement. The problem is that fascia will shorten, thicken and tighten when tissues come under stress from aging, poor posture, dehydration, improper body mechanics, lack of exercise, repetitive motion, injury, emotional stress, surgery, disease or over-training. Over time, the accumulation of these restrictions begins exerting abnormal pressure on joints, nerves, blood vessels and even organs and can create pain in seemingly unrelated areas of your body. The condition of your fascia directly affects the health and function of your joints and muscles and plays a pivotal role in your posture and movement. 

Food Therapy


What is Food Therapy?


Food therapy is the belief of healing the body through the use of natural foods rather than medications. For more information, visit this link

Guasha


What is Guasha?


Guasha is a form of Chinese massage which focuses mainly on relieving tension from the muscles. The purpose is to stimulate circulation and move “stagnant” blood, allowing the muscles to relax. Blood stagnation can cause a wide range of symptoms such as pain, stiffness and inflammation. The Guasha tool is used to scrape the skin in the affected area, causing petechial or minor hemorrhaging just beneath the skin’s surface and may cause some bruising. This is a normal response to the release of blood stagnation and although it may sound painful, it can really help relieve tight muscles and be quite relaxing.

Moxibustion


What is Moxibustion?


Moxibustion (moxa) is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves burning mugwort, a spongy herb, which facilitates healing but increasing blood circulation and increasing heat. Therefore, moxa is often used on patients who have a cold or stagnant condition. Moxa has been successfully used to turn a breech baby and help reduce menstrual cramps and muscular or joint pain.

Will Moxibustion burn me?


The patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, but should not experience any pain, blistering or scarring unless the moxa is left in place for too long.

Muscle Testing


What is Muscle Testing?


Muscle testing is used when a patient is suspected to have have impaired muscle performance, including strength, power or endurance. Identification of specific impairment of a specific muscle or muscle group provides information for a more direct and potent treatment.

Oriental Herbal Medicine


How does Oriental Herbal Medicine work?


From a Chinese medical perspective, acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body to re-create balance and healing from within. From a Western biomedical perspective, many theories exist to explain the effectiveness of acupuncture. Research has shown that acupuncture can affect a number of body systems including: brain chemistry, hormone levels, endorphins, and neurotransmitters. However, an all-encompassing explanation for how acupuncture works based on biomedical principals has yet to be developed.

The Chinese hold that balance is fundamental to a person’s health. This includes balance within the body and between the body and the external environment. When a person has total balance within their body and with the external environment, Qi and blood will flow smoothly throughout the body, insuring that all the organs, muscles, tendons and tissues are nourished. However, if the person is not in complete balance internally or externally, a blockage may occur. This could manifest as pain, sickness or disease. TCM was developed with the focus of helping the body once again be in balance. It does this through any combination of TCM modalities. For acupuncture specifically, the practitioner uses particular points on the meridians where the Qi is both concentrated and accessible. By inserting the needle, the practitioner is able to rebalance the Qi and blood within the body and the patient will feel improvement.

Tui-Na


What is Tui-Na?


Tui-Na is Traditional Chinese Medicine’s version of massage. One of the advantages over simple massage is Tui-Na’s ability to focus on specific problems such as chronic pain. Tui-Na is especially effective for joint pain, muscle spasms, back pain, sciatica and pain in the neck and shoulders. It doesn’t simply work on the muscles, bones and joints. Tui-Na also works with the energy of the body, leading to a long lasting and effective treatment. Further, it is not used strictly to treat problems; it is also used to prevent injuries but keeping the body’s energy in balance and harmonized.