The main areas for practice focus are:
Head and Neck | Dermatological | Thyroid | Orofacial Pain | Chronic Pain
Below is a list of some of the most common conditions that are being treated at this office. An assessment or initial consultation is free, whether in person or on the phone.
- Hypothyroid and Hyperthyroid (including autoimmune)
- Chronic constipation
- Joint and muscle pain
- Chronic neck, jaw, or head pain
- Back and hip pain
- Rotator cuff and shoulder problems
- TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Atypical orofacial pain
- Headache and Migraine
- Cervical spondylosis
- Eczema or dermatitis
- Acne and acne rosacea
- Facial rejuvenation
This list is not comprehensive. If you would like to discuss your specific health concerns, please use the contact form on the “Appointments” page. You will be contacted shortly.
Michelle typically sees patients on a long-term basis, particularly for issues that involve digestive or immune health. This includes many pain conditions that are not responding well to medications, or that have become chronic. A health plan for most patients will involve a weekly or bi-monthly course of acupuncture that can span anywhere from a few weeks to up to 2 or more years.
As patients improve, the frequency of treatment lessens. Note that there are also many people who only require a couple of treatments to feel better, and may only be seen once or twice a year. There is definitely a lot of variation, as the response time is quite individualistic and can fluctuate with stress, diet, lifestyle.
Michelle has advanced training in thyroid disorders with Apex Energetics, a health and wellness company, as well as a distributor of educational seminars on functional medicine. Many women especially suffer from signs of thyroid problems and the common signs and symptoms include chronic fatigue, muscle pain, headaches, insomnia, dysmenorrhea, amongst others. Using a plan that includes acupuncture, herbals, vitamins, minerals and enzymes is key to healing on a deeper level. Lab testing may be advised and can be ordered through this clinic. Some insurances cover this cost as well.
Chinese medicine is more than acupuncture. Please read or skim through some of the blog posts to learn more about the benefits of this wonderful medicine.
Modalities used in this office:
Acupuncture of Chinese, Japanese, and auriculotherapy (ear) style
Acupressure (press and rub, or press and hold along the meridians). Especially useful for those with pain syndromes who will benefit from hands-on work.
Gua sha (Vietnamese style scraping with ceramic or plastic implement). Used to disperse very stagnant energy, for example, fascial constrictions around muscles that restrict movement of joints. Usually performed on the back muscles.
Cupping (placement of glass cups on back, legs, arms and abdomen to release areas of focal tension or stagnation).
Moxibustion (warming technique using rolled herbal ingredients over the back or abdomen). Very helpful for internal Cold stagnation, for example, menstrual cramps, intestinal cramping, tight paraspinal muscles, cramping and spasmodic pain).
Herbal medicine. The advantages of herbal cures are significant and greatly underutilized in this country. Herbs enter into tissues without creating circulatory disturbances to the blood or organs, and gently yet profoundly alter blood chemistry to heal many conditions. Used for digestive, respiratory, immune system health, and even topically for dermatological conditions.