MARA Back to Work Guidelines
MARA Members are asked to follow Provincial recommendations and review guidelines which are expected to change as all Maritime provinces move forward through the Recovery Phases.
It is also required that the Member's workplace responsibility to prepare a site-specific plan on how they will implement the precautions noted in the Guide.
MARA has been working to create guidelines to keep our members and clients safe and ensure they have a safe and enjoyable experience.
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Acupuncture 101: Modalities
In addition to needling points on the body, a number of additional modalities are used by acupuncturists to speed healing depending on the specific requirements of the patient.
The external surface of the ear or “auricle” is stimulated to alleviate pathological conditions present in other parts of the body. The points in the ear are stimulated using small acupuncture needles, “press” needles or subcutaneous electrical stimulation. Auricular therapy is an effective treatment for addictions (e.g. drugs, nicotine and food) as well as for detoxification.
Scalp Acupuncture Initial results of clinical work indicated that acupuncture applied to the scalp has good effect on diseases that are associated with cerebral damage, such as a stroke. Its applications have been extended to virtually all other diseases but a focus on nervous system disorders is still dominant.
FAR INFRARED LIGHT (FIL)
Far Infrared Light is invisible to the naked eye. It penetrates deep into the skin gently elevating the body's surface temperature. Far Infrared Light is very relaxing. It helps reduce muscle pain and congestion by stimulating the flow of Qi and blood.
ELECTRO ACUPUNCTURE (EA)
In Electro Acupuncture the strength of the stimulation is increased by running a small electrical current through the needles, which encourages the release of natural painkillers helping reduce muscle tension and the effects of chronic pain.
Moxa is a soft woolly mass prepared from the ground young leaves of a Eurasian Artemisia (especially Artemisia vulgaris) that is used in traditional Chinese medicine typically in the form of sticks or cones placed on or close to the skin or on acupuncture needles. Once ignited, they generate heat raising the level of Qi at the area being treated.
Like acupuncture, Qi Gong is based on the concept of Qi, a vital force that flows through the body via specific pathways or meridians. Qi Gong uses graceful movement, stillness, breath, and visualization to release stagnant Qi and collect vibrant Qi from nature and the universe. The practice of Qi Gong improves health by breaking up blockages in the flow of Qi, thereby restoring energetic balance, fostering health and longevity
Cupping uses plastic or glass cups applied to the body. The air is then suctioned out using heat or a small manual pump. This suction stimulates acupressure points, increases blood flow and releases myofascial restrictions.
Medical class lasers can be used to stimulate acupuncture points and break up soft tissue adhesions.
Maritime Association of Registered Acupuncturists (MARA) was established in 1997 as a provincially registered and an incorporated professional association. Initially, it was formed, registered and incorporated in Nova Scotia but is now registered in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. MARA's founding members were experienced health care professionals from various health disciplines who were very well versed and highly trained in the art and science of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Today, members of MARA are found across the Maritimes. Our members are highly trained and experienced Acupuncturists and Health Care Professionals who strive to meet and exceed professional standards, ensuring safe and highly effective treatment.
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