Katie Winslow, LAc, RAc, Dipl.OM is located within the offices of Integrative Medicine – Carin Nielsen, MD.
Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and can be traced back for at least 2,500 years. It has been used traditionally to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as to improve general health.
Acupuncture is used to correct imbalances in the body with the shallow insertion of very thin, surgical stainless steel needles at specific locations on the body. The needles may be manipulated by the practitioner’s hands or by electrical stimulation.
Although acupuncture is based in ancient philosophies, its application is just as relevant today whether utilized as a stand alone approach, or used in conjunction with modern medical care.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ACUPUNCTURE VISITS
STEP ONE - HISTORY and EXAMINATION
During your first office visit, the practitioner will obtain a medical history and will want to hear the details of your symptoms and concerns. Be sure to Inform the acupuncturist about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have.
If you are a returning client, the practitioner will want to know how prior sessions have affected you, and if there are any new symptoms or concerns.
Following this discussion, the practitioner may feel your pulse in your wrist and examine your tongue.
STEP TWO - TREATMENT
Acupuncture needles are surgical-grade stainless steel, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. You will be given a gown or sheet to maintain privacy if any clothing needs to be removed. Once the needles have been inserted you will be left for a period of time to lie still. Most clients find this experience very relaxing and some even fall asleep! When your treatment is finished, the practitioner will take care that all needles are removed. Acupuncture needles are sterile, single-use, and disposable.
The initial treatment is usually 90 minutes in length. Plan to arrive approximately 15 minutes early to complete your new patient information forms. Each session thereafter lasts about one hour. Treatments may take place over a period of several weeks or more.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM ACUPUNCTURE? ANYONE!
Regardless of your health history and physical background, almost anyone is a candidate for acupuncture. Though many people seek acupuncture in order to improve health problems, it can also be beneficial if you already feel well. Acupuncture can help you maintain wellness, boost immunity, and manage stress. At Integrative Medicine, practitioners provide acupuncture in collaboration with Dr. Nielsen’s recommendations. Patients very often see greater improvement in their condition when treated by both an MD and an acupuncturist.
Acupuncture clients do not need to be referred by a provider, nor do they have to be clients of Dr. Nielsen. Anyone is welcome!
According to the National Institutes of Health, promising results have emerged showing efficacy of acupuncture for a wide variety of medical disorders including nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy, chronic pain, and PTSD. and postoperative dental pain. Also, acupuncture has been effectively used for years in the treatment of addiction, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, and stroke rehabilitation in which acupuncture may be useful as an integrative therapy. In an array of health objectives such as weight reduction, addiction recovery, and postoperative recovery, acupuncture can serve as an excellent adjunct therapy.
Katie uses acupuncture for a variety of symptoms and conditions. Some of the most common include:
- STRESS REDUCTION
- IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
- PAIN MANAGEMENT
- DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
- CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME AND TENNIS ELBOW
- HORMONE IMBALANCE
- GENERAL WELLNESS AND IMMUNITY BOOSTING
- REDUCTION OF POSTOPERATIVE PAIN AND SWELLING