What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncturists and chinese medical professionals have used this medicine for hundreds (even thousands!) of years as a noninvasive medical system to diagnose and help millions of people with a wide variety of medical problems. As a complete holistic medical approach, we take the whole person into account -- body, mind and spirit -- to determine the most effective course of action to help your body heal itself and for you to reach optimal health and feel your best! Acupuncture uses very fine, sterile needles which are inserted into specific points on the body to access your energy or “Qi” (pronounced “chee”). When we activate your Qi, it promotes your bodies natural healing process by increasing immunity, enhancing recuperative power and improving mental and physical health. Acupuncture helps to increase your bodies overall function and well-being. We can help you, feel like you again!

Do the needles hurt?

This is a safe, painless, and effective way to help a variety of medical issues. When most hear the word “needle” they cringe and think of the thick needle that they use to draw your blood. Those medical needles are hypodermic which are hollow and have to be big enough to pass liquid through. The needles used in Acupuncture are filiform needles, meaning that they are solid and a much tinnier gauge then a medical syringe. They are approximately the size of a cats whisker! Sometimes people experience pain, numbness, heaviness, dull ache, tingling or the sensation of energy spreading as the needles are inserted. These are all indicative of the treatment working well.
 

Is it safe?

There are no negative side effects of acupuncture! It is a safe, drug-free therapy that leaves you with a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.
 

How much does it cost? Does Insurance cover it?

I charge $80 for an hour long session. I do not personally submit to insurance, however I can complete the paperwork with Diagnoses codes for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement after paying for the treatment in full. Payment is expected at time of treatment.

What can Acupuncture help to treat?

This medicine is widely recognized by national and international health organizations to be effective in treating a large range of medical problems. Below are some common health concerns that can be treated with Acupuncture.

 

                          -Anxiety                             -Headaches/Migraines          -Low back pain                       -Knee pain

                          -Joint stiffness/Pain        -Fatigue                                   -Nausea & Vomiting               -Hypertension

                          -Arthritis                           -Neck pain/Stiffness              -Sprain                                    -Sciatica

                         -Obesity                             -Weak Immune System          -TMJ                                         -Tennis Elbow                                    -PMS                                  -Menstrual Cramps                -Allergies                                -Chronic Cough

                         -Morning Sickness           -Pregnancy                              -Fertility (Male or Female)     -Frequent Miscarriages

                         -Diabetes                           -Earache                                  -Chronic Gastritis                   -Cancer Pain

                         -Scar Treatment               -Facial Rejuvenation               -Fibromyalgia                         -Endometriosis

                         -Depression                      -Induction of Labor                 -Insomnia                                -Seasonal Depressive Disorder

                         -Frequent Urination         -Constipation                           -Diarrhea                                -Frequent UTI or Bladder Infection

                         -Erectile Dysfunction       -Tinnitus                                   -Addictions                             -Ulcerative colitis

                         -Poor circulation              -Menopause                             -Asthma                                  -Fibromyalgia

                        -Malposition of fetus        -Adverse reactions to Radiation and/or Chemotherapy      - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

                        -Facial Pain                       -Skin Conditions                      -Nerve Pain                             -Irritable Bowel Syndrome

 

And many, many more!

What other therapies are available during my treatment?

Fire Cupping

 

After removing the air from a glass cup using fire, we quickly place it one the skin to create a suction with the skin. This is a great way to help the body eliminate toxins by pulling them to the surface. Cupping is also a great way to break up stagnation in an area. Patients tend to enjoy cupping because it feels similar to a massage. You know those pesky knots you get on your back? Cupping helps to loosen them up!
 

 

 

 

Moxibustion

 

 Moxibustion involves the application of heat by burning dried mugwort (aka Artemisia Vulgaris Latifolia) either in the form of a cone directly on an acupuncture point or a “Moxa stick” which is waved just above the skin. It has a warming, nourishing and building effect for the Qi energy. It helps patients who may feel cold, or fatigued. It can also be used to warm a particular area that frequently feels cold on the patient, like a stiff, cold low back or a sprained muscle. Moxa has a great healing effect to the area it is used, whether it be a joint, sore muscle or a tight tendon. It can also be used to build blood on anemic patients to help what a Chinese Medical Professional would call “blood deficiency.”

 

 

Zero Balancing

 

This is a bodywork modality in which the practitioner applies finger pressure of traction to bones, joints and soft tissue to create fulcrums, or points of balance to allow for reorganization and relaxation. We work on the key joints of the skeleton that conduct and balance the forces of gravity, posture and movement. It helps to clear blocks in the body’s energy flow, amplify vitality and contribute to better postural alignment. An "adjustment" or session lasts from 35-45 minutes. I am not officially certified in this modality yet, however I am in the process of becoming certified and can perform a basic Zero Balancing treatment! I would love to have some practicing bodies!

 

 

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