Rebecca Reinhart treats patients seeking pain relief and pain management, autoimmune support, perinatal care, skincare, and general health concerns. She is a board certified acupuncturist, acupoint injection therapist, and trained RY200 yoga teacher. Rebecca coaches on meditation and mindfulness, and is happy to give talks about acupuncture and health when available. Rebecca is currently seeing patients throughout the Central Vancouver Island area.
Acupuncture is the insertion of sterile single use filiform needles into electromagnetically active points on the body. Once inserted the needle can be manually manipulated by a trained Registered Acupuncturist to effect change in the local area, or along the related nerve pathway, fascial line or connected meridian.
Needling along the nerve pathway and into the intramuscular tissue is a commonly used technique in sports medicine to treat neurofascial pain and functional movement deficits. Needling along the channel pathway has a systemwide impact, helping to calm the central nervous system and promote healing.
Acupuncture is now fully integrated in the modern biomedical field. Doctors, physiotherapists, and acupuncturists alike use needling because of its proven effect on the endocrine system, central nervous system, muscles and soft tissues, and nerve pathways to name a few.
Depending on presentation of symptoms, various adjacent techniques and approaches can be utilized to refine treatment aim and effect.
Cupping is when a glass or plastic rounded jar is attached to the skin through negative pressure, creating local congestion. The cup can be left at the site of attachment or pulled along a muscle body. It is commonly used to promote circulation and detoxification, and to break up areas of adhesions or tight muscles.
Moxibustion is the application of raw materials, most specifically the herb, Artemis Vulgaris, to acupuncture points to stimulate warmth, heat and movement in the affected area. There are many different uses and methods in a clinical setting. Your therapist should explain to you when it is needed and how it’s being used.
Electrostimulation is used to potentiate the effect of a acupuncture treatment by sending a calculated electrical charge similar to the biological electricity of the human body through needled acupuncture points. Everything from frequency, waveform and amplitude of the current can be modified for desired effect.
Point Injection Therapy
Point Injection Therapy is the injection of liquid medicine with a fine syringe just under the skin into acupuncture points, trigger points, muscles and ligaments for therapeutic effect. Commonly prescribed injectable medicines include high grade biotherapeutics such as vitamins, homeopathics, saline solution and mild analgesics.
Gua Sha is a technique whereby the smooth edge of an instrument is applied in soft to rigorous strokes on the skin of the affected area until redess (petechiae) or bruising (ecchymosis) is caused. The resulting microperfusion has been show to break up stagnation and promote smooth flow of blood in the area to help relieve the underlying congestion or pain.