ACUPUNCTURE
For nearly 5,000 years, cultures across the globe have practiced the holistic form of medicine known as acupuncture.  Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body that lay along energy pathways, generating the movement of energy (qi) and prodding the body’s own healing potential.

A BRIEF HISTORY
The basis of acupuncture is firmly rooted in the Tao and includes the theories of Yin & Yang and the Five Elements.  In applying these theories to acupuncture, we can begin to understand the interconnected and continuously transforming nature of the human body.  These theories can help us understand the possibilities of both “dis-ease” and healing.

HOW ACUPUNCTURE WORKS
“Where there is pain there is no flow.  Where there is no pain there is flow.”  Acupuncture, and other techniques used by acupuncturists, free up blockages in the energy system of the body.  These blocks can cause pain, disease and emotional distress.  Therefore, when the system is restored to its natural flow, we are restored to health and balance. 

CONDITIONS ACUPUNCTURE CAN TREAT

Acupuncture enhances the immune system, promotes healing and reduces inflammation.  It can profoundly reduce stress and create an overall state of well-being.

Acupuncture can successfully treat medical problems of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, reproductive, neurological, gynecological and urinary systems.

Many of the conditions acupuncture can address include:

muscle pain headaches diarrhea hay fever
back pain migraines constipation   allergies
neck pain  facial pain acute epigastria sinusitis
shoulder pain dental pain peptic ulcer bronchitis
knee pain stroke gastritis colds & flu
arm & finger pain postoperative pain abdominal pain hypertension
wrist pain Belly’s Palsy abdominal bloating smoking cessation
foot & toe pain neuralgia IBS weight loss
numbness anxiety indigestion addiction
TMJ panic attacks morning sickness arthritis
insomnia infertility frozen shoulder depression
PMS tennis elbow Menstrual cramps  

The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture for a wide range of medical problem.  Please see www.who.int for additional information.

THE ACUPUNCTURE SESSION
Your current condition and medical history will be discussed.  Additional information will be gathered through pulse, tongue and body palpation examination.  Only sterile, single use, disposable needles are used.  Because acupuncture needles are so thin (often as thin as a hair), one normally does not feel pain on insertion.  However, one may feel a quick pinch or a variety of sensations that indicate the “arrival of qi”.  These may feel like a dull ache, a spreading feeling, heaviness or warmth.  These sensations normally last for just a moment, although the needles remain in the body for the duration of the treatment.

In addition to or instead of the use of needles, other techniques may be applied during a session including heat therapy, fractioning and various forms of body work.  Specifically these techniques can include moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, shoni shin, tui na, amma, bleeding and electric stimulation.  All techniques will be fully discussed and questions or concerns addressed.  In most cases, after all the needles are in place, the patient will rest for about 20 minutes before the needles are removed.  This time is normally deeply relaxing and often results in a profound inner calm and reconnection with the self.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER A SESSION
You may find that your condition improves immediately (even while on the treatment table) or over the next few days.  Occasionally symptoms are exacerbated before they get better.  It may be necessary to do a few treatments or a series of treatments, based on the condition and the length of time it has existed.  A treatment plan will be discussed during the first session and readdressed as needed.  Depending on the type of treatment received, the patient may feel some muscle soreness.  Almost always there is a deep sense of inner peace and relaxation.  While some patients may feel relaxed and even sleepy, others may feel energized.  I always encourage clients to contact me with any concerns or questions.

FOR ATHLETES
A large portion of my clientele is made up of athletes of all kinds.  I regularly work with tri-athletes, iron men and marathon runners, particularly while they are in training.  I also routinely treat body builders, yogis, dancers and performers.  I specialize in Myofascial Release Techniques (including Trigger Point Release) that help relieve pain, release spasmed muscles, decompress joints, increase range of motion and profoundly improve athletic performance.  I regularly treat conditions concerning knees, hips, ankles, feet, shoulders, backs, hamstrings and IT bands - all the places those of us who use our bodies in extreme ways can potentially encounter problems. 

In my experience, I find that Acupuncture can be the one single factor enabling an injured athlete to resume their training and participate in their competition when they otherwise would not be able.  Acupuncture also works very well with other therapies such as Physical Therapy, often speeding up the time someone needs to be in Physical Therapy altogether.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Our lives can be busy and stressful.  Our well-being is essential.  We can increase our performance, calm our body, mind and spirit and transform our lives.  We have the choice to make personal health a priority and unleash our own healing potential.  I look forward to the opportunity to accomplish this with you.