Welcome to Brio at Athlete's Touch, a place for rebalancing and strengthening the body, mind, and soul. Brio focuses on recovery and rehabilitation of orthopedic conditions, surgeries, and injuries.
Our integrative approach to rehabilitation includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, kinesiotaping, personalized exercise programs, and nutrition.
The basic theory of Chinese medicine begins with yin and yang as the framework. The theory of yin and yang states that everything in nature has two opposing aspects and everything is always in flux, never constant. When this concept is applied to the human body, it is called homeostasis. Under normal conditions in the body, there is a relative physiological balance of yin and yang, but when there is an excess or deficiency of these energies, this is when disease or injury arises.
At Brio, we complete an extensive initial evaluation and analysis of a patient’s condition during the first visit. We, then, diagnose the condition and develop an individualized treatment plan.
Acupuncture is often thought of as the practice of inserting needles at various points in the body; however, it is inclusive of several other adjunctive treatment techniques. At Brio, we incorporate the following adjunctive techniques into treatment as clinically indicated.
Acupuncture (Initial Visit)
Acupuncture (Follow-Up Visit)
The first visit typically lasts one to one and a half hours, and begins with a thorough intake process reviewing your health history. Depending on why you seek care, a visit may include orthopedic or other noninvasive tests. After an extensive initial evaluation, we will diagnose your condition and create a treatment plan based on that diagnosis. The acupuncturist will insert needles and leave you to relax in your private treatment room. The acupuncturist will remain close at hand to answer questions, make adjustments, and monitor your comfort.
Follow-up visits typically last one hour and begin with a discussion of your condition, including changes and/or progress. In addition to the acupuncture treatment, follow-up visits also may include additional adjunctive therapies including: Topical Herbs, Cupping, Gwa Sha, Electrical Acupuncture, or Kinesio Taping.
Electro-Acupuncture – the application of gentle, pulsating electrical current to the needles for increased stimulation of the acupuncture points and meridians. Electroacupuncture is effectively used as a form of anesthesia and as a pain reliever for muscle spasms.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Gwa Sha and Cupping
A process of releasing the superficial muscle layer by the use of either a ceramic spoon or glass cups. These techniques relieve stagnation and promote circulation of blood and body fluids.
A therapeutic warmth created by the burning of moxa (artemesia vulgaris) over specific acupuncture points along a meridian to promote circulation and healing.
A specific type of medical massage along the meridians of the body to promote circulation and healing.
Herbal Medicine and Nutrition
Herbs are one of the most important modalities in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Chinese herbal medicine incorporates ingredients from all parts of plants, such as the leaf, stem, flower, root, and also ingredients from animals and minerals. Often used in various individualized combinations, herbs work to restore balance to the body, increase circulation, and alleviate pain.
Herbs may be prepared in a number of ways, including raw herbs, which are boiled into a tea, concentrated powders combined with water or juice, wine, pills, liniments, plasters, creams, soaks, or washes. Brio utilizes herbs primarily in the form of pills, liniments, plasters, and creams.
In China, food is viewed and utilized as medicine. All food has specific energetic properties and it is used in conjunction with herbs to promote healing. Everything we put into our body has a direct impact on how it will function and how quickly it can recover from injury. Since proper nutrition is so tightly wound in to the web of Chinese medicine, we, at Brio, provide education and encouragement to our patients in taking steps to properly nourish the body during their healing process.
The Kinesio Taping Method is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process through supporting and stabilizing the muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It is used to successfully treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, medical, and neurological conditions. Kinesio tape has been used for over 25 years in the fields of sports performance, physical and occupational therapy, and pain management.
Kinesio® Tex Tape is used to:
Re-educate the neuromuscular system
Promote improved circulation and healing
At Brio, we have the ability incorporate kinesio tape into our treatments to augment and support the rehabilitative process of our patients.
Erin Gagnon, L. Ac., MAOM
Athlete's Touch - Sports Rehabilitation & Wellness Center
980 Forest Avenue, Suite201
Portland, ME 04103
Monday: 12pm - 7pm
Tuesday: 9am - 2pm
Wednesday: 12pm - 7pm
Thursday: 9am - 2pm
Friday: 7am - 12pm