The Art of Electro-Acupuncture

The success of an acupuncture treatment lies in the details.  This is what I call the art of electro-acupuncture is in the details of how one uses the therapy.  The specific stimulation machine, proper selection of acupuncture points, how long you use the stimulation, and the proper frequency are all factors in success of the therapy.

Acupuncture Microstim

In my acupuncture clinic, we use the Pantheon Research microstim machine.  This is one the highest quality machines ensure a safe and effective treatment.  Microstim means that the amplitude of the electric stimulation is much smaller.  This is much more comfortable for … Read More

Acupuncture for N.F.L. Players

By Keith Allison (originally posted to Flickr as 112606 206) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsMany patients in my acupuncture clinic are talking about the article in last week’s New York Times.

This article tells how NFL players are now regularly using acupuncture to help heal from injuries and recover from their grueling schedule. It makes sense.  Acupuncture reduces pain, relieves stress, lowers inflammation, and makes you feel better overall.

Many pro athletes are now using acupuncture as part of their health maintenance program.  Acupuncture can help serious athletes by keeping muscles loose, decreasing inflammation, and increasing circulation.

Of course, it also can treat specific ailments as well, like rotator cuff injuries, … Read More

Acupuncture Helps Two Moms with Neck and Shoulder Pain: Success Stories

One of the under discussed pains of parenthood is neck pain from baby carrying.  Continuing my series on acupuncture for neck and shoulder pain, I wanted to share a few success stories.

Today I will write about two young mothers with shoulder pain and how their individualized treatment helped them feel better.

Mother with Shoulder Pain from lifting a Stroller

New parents are prone to shoulder pain from lifting babies, diaper bags, and strollers, not to mention the stress associated with being a new parent.  This woman was in her mid thirties with two small children.  She developed nagging shoulder … Read More

3 Reasons Acupressure Works for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Acupuncture and acupressure go hand in hand for treating neck and shoulder pain.  Acupressure, also called Tui Na, is a type of medical massage utilizing acupuncture points and channels.

Tui na, as part of Chinese medicine, uses massage techniques to stimulate acupuncture points and channels.  Tui na has been shown in clinical studies to be effective for reducing neck pain.

Acupressure Styles

Tui na has many types of styles. I studied in tui na China with Dr. Xiao, who was famous for his unique technique.  He focused on the rolling which has a particular ability to relieve … Read More

Acupuncture Therapy for Neck and Shoulder Pain

The neck and shoulders are thoroughly integrated.  So much so that pain in your neck often comes from trigger points on your shoulder. This is why I treat the neck and shoulders together with acupuncture.

Chronic neck and shoulder pain is a very common problem in contemporary society from computer overuse, stress, and poor posture.

The acupuncture will deeply relax the muscles and related trigger points in the neck and shoulder.  Acupuncture treatment often leads to long term pain relief.

For most people, neck and shoulder pain develops over time. At one point, your body was healthy and pain free. … Read More

How Acupuncture Treats Pain

The majority of Americans are in chronic pain or have experienced it.  More and more, people are seeking acupuncture for relieve of all types of chronic pain, from back pain and neck pain, to headaches and migraines, or chronic pelvic pain.

Pain can affect almost every system in the body and develops from many sources.It can occur from a chronic immune disorder, after an infection, from a physical injury, or from emotional stress. Often, pain stays around a long time after an injury has healed.

As a teenager, I first sought out acupuncture to treat my own … Read More