There is nothing more joyful than working with women (& men) as they plan the expansion of their family.
I know how stressful this time can be for women, and stress can certainly work against them. That’s one of the biggest gifts acupuncture can give a woman undergoing fertility treatment. It helps manage the stress and keep Qi flowing.
As we work to balance hormones, strengthen the body, promote circulation or whatever the woman needs to get pregnant, acupuncture often becomes one of the most enjoyable parts of the medical process.
I became a certified massage therapist in 2005 specializing in Neuromuscular Re-education, Therapeutic Stretching and Deep Tissue. It was then that I began working with athletes and those recovering from injuries.
In a lot of ways, I began to feel limited by what massage and stretching could do, so becoming an acupuncturist seemed like the logical next step.
There’s a reason why the first thing acupuncture was approved for in the United States is treating pain. I can sometimes reduce pain that a patient puts at 7 or 8/10 by 70% with just the first treatment.
PTSD, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION
If I could only treat one symptom in an effort to eliminate all disease, I suppose that one symptom would be stress.
Stress really and truly is the root of so many (if not all) diseases.
It was for this reason that in 2017, I offered a free PTSD clinic to survivors of the Route 91 mass shooting in Vegas who lived in our area… and sadly, had to offer it again in 2018 for survivors of the Borderline shooting.
Acupuncture isn’t just for survivors of gun violence. I treated an 8 year old boy who developed facial ticks after his father suddenly passed away in a car accident. I treat people in bad marriages and people who suddenly remember childhood trauma. I treat people who have anxiety due to high stress jobs and those who suffer from it for no known reason.
SLEEP / WAKE DISORDERS
I decided to focus my doctoral research on sleep after reading a clinical study where sleep specialists were able to identify schizophrenic and bipolar patients out of a crowd by simply looking at their sleep patterns.
It occurred to me that when sleep is disrupted it causes a host of other problems. Likewise, many disease also disrupt sleep. I began wondering if patients slept better, would they recover faster?
In my private practice, I’ve had to expand my research from just sleeplessness to include sleep disorders such as narcolepsy (which is being diagnosed more and more frequently these days).