This is the most common question asked about acupuncture because many people associate needles with pain. Acupuncture needles are about the thickness of a dog’s whisker, so they are virtually painless when inserted.
This depends on the condition being treated. Although the acupoints are located throughout the entire body, usually the needles are placed on the extremities from your elbows down to your hands, and from your knees down to your feet. Other common areas include the abdomen, back, and ears.
I am often asked why I practice this medicine. In reply I can only say it mostly has to do with that look on a patient’s face when the pain they have lived with for twenty years slips away. The look is a smile. A smile that says there is peace. We see the same expression whether or not it’s pain, asthma, anxiety, etc. When the nervous system quits sounding the alarm people shine. The other reason I am in this profession is because I absolutely love challenges. The more complex the case, the more interested I become.
You know it came as quite a shock to me upon opening my doors in 2000. I wasn’t seeing simple cases of pain, stomach aches, etc. What I saw was a grim procession of people that had been to every other clinic in the state. Having given up almost all hope they threw a Hail Mary Pass and ended up in my office. So I cut my teeth on an extremely challenging case load and it has never been different.
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“For the first time in my twenty years of asthma inhalers, I have been able to cut my medication in half as a result of acupuncture treatments and herbal formulas. I hope to eliminate inhalers completely, in time, by continuing my treatments at the Acupuncture Health Center.”
“Acupuncture gave me back my life! It not only treated the pain I was having, it improved all aspects of my health, body and mind. Acupuncture has put me on the path to total health! Don’t take pills, get acupuncture!”
“Scott and “magical” Marie have introducted me to a whole new world of health and wellness. It is wonderful to be free of pain and to have renewed energy!”
“For five years, two lung doctors said my problem breathing wasn’t fixable. Then Scott helped my phrenic nerve to move my right diaphragm to fill my lung again. He also took away the pain in my arthritic finger and has treated my 80 year old aches and pains. I have recommended several friends and family to Scott and Marie.”
“The Acupuncture Health Center has been able to help me when traditional “Western” medicine has either given up or has suggested invasive procedures with a record of unreliable results. Perhaps equally important is that, if Scott and Marie cannot help a patient, they will be honest about it and suggest alternative treatment elsewhere.
The staff is friendly. Scott and Marie are easy to talk to and never make me feel embarrassed. The office ladies are helpful and attentive. I especially enjoy the atmosphere of relaxed good humor that usually pervades the space.
P.S. The heated tables are wonderful, especially on a cool day, and I am invited and encouraged to listen to my Ipod.”
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