Empower Chiropractic & Acupuncture

Acupuncture

 

 

We believe that our physical, mental, and emotional well-being are interconnected... that our external environment and life experiences, from injuries to illness and trauma, can change our physiology just as much as our internal health can affect how we carry ourselves and perceive the world around us. Our Acupuncture treatments are personalized for each patient and take your health history, lifestyle, emotions, diet, digestion, work, and more into account to treat the "root" underlying your condition as well as the "branches" of ways its presenting. In that way, you are treated as an individual, not a series of symptoms. Our care is meant to improve your quality of life by giving you the space and attention needed to be heard and to heal. 

 

 
 

 
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CONDITIONS TREATED

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and World Health Organization (WHO) as being an effective treatment for a variety of health conditions.

 

HERE ARE A FEW AREAS OUR PRACTICE FOCUSES ON:

 

 

PAIN RELIEF

Neck & Back Pain

Joint Pain

Headaches & Migraines

Acute/Chronic Injuries

DIGESTIVE HEALTH

Abdominal Bloating & Pain

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Allergies & Food Sensitivities

Acid Reflux (GERD)

Emotional Health

Stress Relief

Anxiety

Depression

Insomnia


fertility support

Pre-Conception Preparation

Irregular Menstrual Cycles

Infertility (with or without Male Factor)

IUI/IVF Support

History of Pregnancy Loss

WOMEN'S HEALTH

Irregular/Painful Menstrual Cycles

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Endometriosis

Peri-Menopausal Support

Pregnancy & POstpartum Support

Morning Sickness

Breech Positioning

Labor Preparation

Insufficient Lactation

Sleep & Nutritional Deficiencies


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GENERAL BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE

BETTER SLEEP

DECREASED STRESS RESPONSE

IMPROVED MOOD

PAIN REDUCTION

REGULATED DIGESTION

SERVICES

In addition to Acupuncture, we offer the  following services and therapies to patients:

 

Cupping therapy

Cupping gently lifts the skin and connective tissue (fascia) to improve circulation, relieve pain, and reduce stress. By creating a mild vacuum-like pressure, it feels like a deep tissue massage, just in reverse (and just as relaxing). Cups are commonly placed along the neck, shoulders, back, and legs to treat soreness and tension. Cupping is also beneficial for athletes because it accelerates tissue repair, shortening their recovery time. We offer Cupping with Acupuncture or as its own Cupping-Only treatment.

 

Eastern dietary therapy

Eastern Dietary Therapy is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that values food as a primary source of preventative and restorative medicine. Together we will discuss your diet and eating habits to see how they impact your current health. By understanding food in a holistic way, from its nutritional make-up to its TCM properties (flavor, temperature, organ-systems affected, etc.), we will give you personalized dietary guidance to enhance your treatments, health, and lifestyle.  

cosmetic Acupuncture

Cosmetic Acupuncture is a natural way to get glowing skin. It increases circulation in the face, stimulates elastin and collagen production, all while toning facial muscles to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and scars. Points are also placed along the body to treat underlying imbalances (hormonal, stress, digestive) interfering with your skin's health. We pair treatments with Gua Sha to gently boost lymph flow and Dietary Therapy to nourish your skin from the inside-out between treatments.

 


Electro-stimulation

Electro-Stimulation, or "E-Stim," is where a low-intensity stimulus is used to continuously activate specific Acupuncture points. Research indicates that certain frequencies can promote the release of neurotransmitters, endorphins, and modify how pain-signals are recognized in the brain. E-Stim can be applied at areas of tenderness and increased concentrations of neuro-muscular fibers (Motor Points) to reduce pain, release tight muscles, or activate muscles that are not contracting properly. 

Moxibustion Heat Therapy

Moxibustion, or "Moxa," is a form of heat therapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine that uses the herb mugwort, Artemis vulgaris, to send heat into specific Acupuncture points. In Chinese Medicine, heat effused from moxa promotes the free flow of qi and blood, which is essential to preventing pain and restoring balance in the body. In our practice, we commonly use moxa to alleviate joint pain, regulate digestion, improve fertility, and even assist in pregnancy for labor preparation. 

GUA SHA

Gua Sha is a form of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) that uses a soft-edged tool over the skin to restore circulation in areas of pain and stagnation (including scar tissue or muscle "knots,"). In our practice, Gua Sha is used: along the face and neck to promote lymph flow, to relieve pain and emotional tension held in the chest and back, as well as preventing the common cold during a change of seasons. This traditional therapy is just as functional as it is versatile in its healing ability. 

 

 
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

How does it work?

From a Chinese Medicine perspective, Acupuncture works by stimulating your body's ability to regulate and repair itself. There are 12 main channels that carry energy or qi (pronounced "chee"), blood, and fluids to provide nourishment throughout our body. In a healthy person, the flow of these vital substances are freely moving in a state of dynamic equilibrium. When one of these channels becomes blocked or stagnant, pain, illness, and imbalances arise. Acupuncture works by re-integrating the flow of qi and clearing obstructions within these meridians to promote wellness.

From a Western Medical perspective, Acupuncture has been shown to influence the nervous, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, and immune systems to naturally facilitate the body's physiological and biochemical processes. During treatment, sterile, single-use, hair-thin pins are inserted into specific anatomical points along the body that have higher concentrations of superficial nerve endings and vasculature. When stimulated, these points send signals to the brain via the body's connective tissue (also known as fascia). By facilitating these signals, Acupuncture improves circulation and promotes the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins to reduce pain, decrease inflammation, balance hormones, and reduced stress. 


Is Acupuncture used for stress relief? 

Yes! Relaxation and improved sleep are the most common side effects of Acupuncture even if that is not what you are coming in for. Patients use their treatments to pause from their busy lives and literally nap if they need to, which is encouraged. One of the ways Acupuncture works is by shifting your autonomic nervous system from being in a "flight or fight" (sympathetic) state to one that can "rest and digest" (parasympathetic). It is in that "rest and digest" state that your body is able to repair, regulate, and heal itself. 


Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is safe when practiced by a licensed clinician. Lauren Dyer is Board Certified and Licensed through the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine). Her rigorous 4 year graduate program emphasized Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology amongst other bio-medical courses. In school, she gained 3,000+ hours of didactic and hands-on clinicial experience treating an array of medical conditions. She is also certified in Clean Needle Technique (CNT). These certifications attest to her diligence in providing safe clinical care. 


What if I am afraid of needles?

Acupuncture does not need to hurt to be beneficial, nor should it! Acupuncture pins are drastically different from hypodermic needles used to draw blood. They are so small and thin that they are just wider than a strand of hair. To many people's surprise, they have a rounded tip. This makes them essentially sensation-free when inserted. Your clinician  Lauren has been trained for years in how to provide treatments that are gentle and painless so you can relax. 


How many treatments will I need?

Treatment frequency really depends on you, the severity of your condition, and how long you have had it for. Most patients attend multiple sessions over time and once their symptoms improve, we space treatments out from there. It is more likely that you will experience quicker, sustained progress when you have treatments consistently at the beginning. This is because Acupuncture works cumulatively. Treatments and any effects need time to build on one another to become long-lasting. Your clinician will collaborate with you on a treatment plan that suits your needs. 


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