Acupuncture Today
March, 2014, Vol. 15, Issue 03
Share |

Using Facial and Scalp Acupuncture To Treat Neuromuscular Facial Conditions

By Michelle Gellis, LAc, MAc, DiplAc

As a practitioner and instructor of facial rejuvenation acupuncture I have gotten many calls over the past 10 years from individuals seeking help for various conditions affecting the facial muscles, nerves, and overall function of the face.

My skills in needling the face, the facial muscles, utilizing facial cups and facial Gua Sha tools along with much training in scalp acupuncture have provided me with a framework to treat my patients. By incorporating these different modalities, I have been able to help patients regain lost motor functions in their face and to relieve conditions such as TMJ and the effects of stroke and MS.

There are many conditions, which affect the appearance and functionality of the facial muscles. Facial and scalp acupuncture, facial cupping and motor points are uniquely suited to address these conditions. The same points used to raise a saggy jowl or a furrowed brow can be used to treat a drooping eyelid such as with ptosis or bells palsy.

The same scalp points, which can help with nerve pain or motor issues can help with facial pain from trigeminal neuralgia or shingles on the face. Facial cupping and facial Gua Sha (when done with special facial cups and facial Gua Sha tools by a practitioner trained in facial cupping and facial Gua Sha) brings blood and Qi to the muscles of the face and has the potential to relieve TMJ and invigorate conditions affected by paralysis or weakness such as MS, or stroke.

Lastly, intramuscular needling techniques (which are invaluable in acupuncture facial rejuvenation for relaxing taught muscles which cause deep wrinkles) can be used to relax atrophied facial muscles as may happen with myasthenia gravis or ptosis.

Once a diagnosis has been made and a pattern has been established for treating the underlying condition, body points are inserted and then local points can be used either for their function (for example GB20 to disperse wind) or to stimulate a muscle group (for example ST4).

Scalp points for motor function can be particularly valuable to re-innervate the face after a stroke or Bells Palsy. Lastly, special intramuscular techniques are employed and motor points are stimulated (if necessary) to relax atrophied muscles. Once all needles are removed, facial cupping and Gua Sha can be used to further the effectiveness of the treatment.

Combining different modalities and techniques increases the effectiveness of the treatment and the rate at which your patient will see results. Knowing which muscle groups are affected and what the underlying cause for the condition is of utmost importance when planning a treatment of this type.

I like to see patients at least twice a week until their symptoms abate, and in the case of Bells Palsy, and stroke, the sooner the patient is seen the greater chance for success.

Michelle Gellis is a Licensed, Board Certified Acupuncturist. She is a faculty member and clinic supervisor at the Tai Sophia Institute, a Five Element Acupuncture School in Laurel, Maryland. Michelle also teaches Traditional Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation, Facial Cupping and Facial Gua Sha classes based on Five Element and TCM principles. She may be reached through her website: www.gellisacupuncture.com.


Join the conversation
Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreement
Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgar, racist or hateful comments or personal attacks. Anyone who chooses to exercise poor judgement will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow MPA Media the right to republish your name and comment in additional MPA Media publications without any notification or payment.
comments powered by Disqus

AT News Update
e-mail newsletter Subscribe Today

AT Deals & Events
e-mail newsletter Subscribe Today


Generic Cialis Pills Mexico Drug Cialis Tadalafil Levitra Slovenia By Money Order Viagra Cialis Generic Pills For Sale Cialis Dosage Splitting Pills Viagra Chicago Cialis With Next Day Delivery Cialis No Online Pharmacy Prescription Flagyl Suppository For Sale No Prescription Cialis Free Consultation Levitra Order Cheap Free Viagra Get Viagra Without Prescription Viagra Gel Sachets In Australia Cialis 20mg Shopping Find Viagra Free Edinburgh Search Sildenafil Health Canada Levitra Round Brown Pill Viagra Order Online Viagra 100mg Information Viagra Cheap Generic Pharmacy Search Cialis Plizer 100mg Viagra Viagra Find Sites Free Cialis Online Safety London Viagra Without Prescription Cialis Cheap Online Non Prescription Cialis Cialis Online Purchase Rx Levitra