Rebalance & Harmonize
Acupuncture is described “as being able to modify the flow of qi, or energy, throughout an individual’s body”. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles to assist in restoring function and balance to the body. By restoring function within the body management of various acute/chronic conditions such as, hormone balancing, improving fertility, easing pregnancy symptoms, management of pain, improving blood circulation, digestion, and providing stress relief can be achieved.
Here at Renew, we have several procedures in place to help you restore balance and function caused by pain and acute/chronic conditions.
Meet the Acupuncturist
DAOM, MAOM, BHSc, LMT, LPN
Karen started working in the medical field thirty years ago as an LPN. She served in the United States Army Reserves for six years as a combat support nurse obtaining the rank of SGT. In 2009, she returned to the Ohio College of Massotherapy School and obtained her Associates degree in Massotherapy, specializing in Myofascial and Precision Neuromuscular Therapy.
Complementary medicine has been a passion of Karen’s; leading her to obtain her Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in August of 2018; and her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in September of 2020 from the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is currently working on research in regard to the management of Genetic Hemochromatosis.
Karen takes an integrative approach with each of her patient’s. She starts the process by assessing the patient’s lifestyle, health profile, and overall wellness goals. She then tailors a plan for each patient and offers several treatment modalities in order to achieve optimal health.
services to help you heal
Renew offers a wide range of acupuncture services. These services complement each other in their ability to address the reasons for those symptoms. Karen will devise an individualized wellness plan for each of her patients. Thus, restoring balance and function to assist her patient’s in reaching their health goals.
Additional modalities that can boost the effects of acupuncture can include:
A natural therapy that involves scraping the skin with a Gua Sha tool to improve circulation and reducing inflammation.
Cupping is another ancient healing technique that holds powerful healing potential. It uses suction to boost blood flow and address nerve pain. It also increases blood flow and induces relaxation.
Massage therapy is yet another proven method for increasing circulation, aiding lymphatic drainage, relaxing muscles to promote faster healing.
This is a traditional hands-on manipulation treatment guided by Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. Tui Na assists the body in restoring balance both physiologically and emotionally.
The ear is its own micro-system. By applying ear seeds or small disposable needles, the ear can be utilized to treat pain, calm the mind, and treat acute/chronic disease processes.
Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment in the following conditions:
- Bell’s Palsy
- Back Pain
- Knee Pain
- High Blood Pressure Fatigue
- Low Energy
- Digestive Issues
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Cosmetic Acupuncture
What will my appointment include?
The first appointment includes a comprehensive health history as well as an evaluation of the patient’s pulse and tongue. Each following visit includes a pulse and tongue diagnosis, an assessment of your current condition, the insertion of needles, and a discussion about self-care. Typically, an acupuncture visit generally lasts 30 to 60 minutes.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes, acupuncture is extremely safe. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has determined that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of common health problems. Major side effects are almost non-existent, and the most common minor side-effects are bruising.
Acupuncture, when performed by a licensed and competent practitioner is safe and effective.
Will it hurt?
The answer is usually no, but a small percentage of people experience minor discomfort for a short time. Acupuncture uses very tiny solid sterile disposable needles which are much smaller than the needles you see at a doctor’s office.
While there is slight discomfort with needle insertion, acupuncture needles are so small that most patients do not feel much at all. Some patients feel energized by the treatment, while others fall asleep immediately after because it is very relaxing.
What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is most commonly used for pain management. Examples include: back, neck and spine pain, herniated discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, headache, facial pain, jaw pain and TMJ, menstrual pain, arthritis, sprains, muscle strain, repetitive strain injuries, tendonitis, sports and auto injuries.
Acupuncture and Herbal therapy are also very effective in treating the colds/flu virus, insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, allergies/sinus problems, skin disorders, asthma, digestive problems, fertility and reproductive enhancement for men and women, fibromyalgia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, menopause, anxiety, depression, and the effects of chemotherapy.
How many treatments will I need?
A typical course of treatment is 6 to 15 treatments. This will vary for each patient. You might need more or less than the average number of treatments. In some cases, treatments will be on-going.
Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
Check with your insurance benefit coverage.