Traditional eastern medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat patients holistically, often addressing several, seemingly unrelated, symptoms at once to propel patients forward into a healthier future, free from pain and prescriptions.
Summer Bradley’s clinical approach starts with a Japanese style of diagnosis, called Fukushin, involving a gentle palpitation of the abdomen. This area of the body reflects the energetic and physical state of all the body’s organs and their complex functional relationships with each other.
Once an imbalance is detected, Summer uses her extensive training and experience to determine the best course of treatment for the patient.
Acupuncture stimulates specific anatomical points in the body in order to clear energy (qi) blockages that can cause pain and illness. Such obstructions accrue through the course of daily life as a result of injury, emotional imbalance, poor diet, invasive surgery, inactivity, lack of rest, and chronic disease. By removing qi obstructions, increasing circulation, and reducing pain, acupuncture stimulates the body’s own innate healing mechanisms.
In addition to her master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine, Summer is classically trained in the Japanese acupuncture styles of Kiiko Matsumoto, evolved to look deeply into the imbalances of the body that underlie a patient’s symptomatic complaints. This method of diagnosis allows the practitioner to administer a more complete and lasting treatment, even with the most challenging of cases.
A common misconception about acupuncture is that, like a pain pill, it is a temporary treatment for pain. In reality, acupuncture functionally restores the body’s own healing systems, allowing pain and imbalance to naturally fade away without ongoing treatment.
As a mother, Summer is passionate about helping children and teenagers as well as adults. Using a gentle and painless style of pressure point stimulation called Shonishin, Summer has successfully treated younger patients for symptoms as varied as autoimmune disorders, vertigo, colitis and chronic ear infections.
Asian Herbal Medicine
Herbal teas and tinctures are often prescribed for patients to support their healing between appointments. As a trained biochemist, Summer took a particular interest in herbal medicine over the course of her education in Chinese medicine, pursuing a two-year post-graduate herbal study program with the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine. She takes great care in advising her patients on how specific herbal medicines can bolster treatments. Her services include dietary counseling when appropriate.
Cupping is a technique used to promote the circulation of qi and blood. Glass cups are gently suctioned to the skin and applied to a local area. The cups can be left in place or moved to promote circulation under the skin. Cupping can help with muscle tension, coughs, pain, and strains. It is often compared to a deep tissue massage. Cupping is also used to release toxins from the body through the suction which penetrates deep into the tissues. Cupping stimulates the lymphatic system thereby helping to move qi and blood.
Scraping (Gua Sha)
Gua sha is a technique that helps relieve stagnation or release pathogenic qi from the body. Oil is applied to an area and a Chinese soup spoon is used to scrape (gua) the skin to bring up redness or raised red bumps or bruising (sha) and relieve blood stagnation.
Moxibustion involves burning moxa (a substance created from dried leaves of the herbs mugwort or wormwood) and applying the resulting heat to specific points on the body. The heat generated during moxibustion helps increase the flow of qi throughout the body.
Treatment for Babies and Kids
Kids don't always tell us when they are not feeling well. They don't always know what is going on or how to explain it, but they show us with their moods and their actions. Shonishin (show-nee-shin) is a unique form of pediatric treatment that uses acupuncture theory but replaces the needles with metal tools that tap, rub and brush acupuncture points. It is unique in that it has a potent therapeutic affect without actually inserting needles, making it a wonderful method for treating children.
Shonishin is suitable for children of any age, from newborn babies and toddlers up to school aged children and and is used successfully both for prophylactic and therapeutic purposes. In addition to addressing pain, illness or imbalance, regular treatment boost immunity and vitality of any child by harmonizing the flow of chi in the body. You may notice the side effects of better sleep, better mood and a more relaxed child.
Allergies and respiratory issues, frequent colds and ear infections, insomnia, nightmares and night terrors, anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, fussiness, acid reflux and colic, digestive issues, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, skin issues, teething pain, and body pain.
Teens Like Acupuncture, too!
Young adults and pre-teens also experience a huge benefit from acupuncture treatment for many issues, including hormonal transitions, digestive disorders, acne, and the stress of being a teen.
Helping out mini-me's to become self aware of their body and their well being is a gift that will continue to benefit your child throughout their life.
Between the ages of 8 and 11, children can be transitioned to a needle insertion style, but only if it meets the child's comfort level. Shonshin remains an excellent treatment method through the teenage years especially for those reacting sensitively or suffering from needle phobia.
Summer Bradley, LAc MSTCM
Licensed Acupuncturist Summer Bradley works with patients to determine the root cause of their health issues and involves them as active participants in their healing. Her goal is to do more than relieve immediate discomfort. Instead she aims to set patients on the path to optimal health and well being. Summer has extensive experience treating acute and chronic pain and she takes particular interest in challenging cases. Since becoming a mother herself she has trained in traditional methodologies focused on motherhood, children and birth.