Each acupuncture treatment is individually customized utilizing wisdom from Japanese, French-Vietnamese and Chinese traditions in an integrative manner.
The lineage of acupuncture I practice is interwoven with modern Western medicine, and is the type of acupuncture currently taught at Harvard University. I routinely review medical studies, involving acupuncture as well as other treatment methods, and base my methods on the evidence provided by these studies. Many of my patients are referred to me by the orthopedic surgeons or other Western medical practitioners I work with.
While some choose acupuncture over other forms of treatment, I have also seen concurrent Western and Eastern treatments yield a synergistic effect.
For more information on what an integrative health plan for you might look like, I offer free 15-minute phone consultations with new patients. Request a consultation online.
My practice is largely based on Japanese tradition. While people who subscribe to the ‘no pain, no gain’ mentality may be skeptical of Japanese-style treatments, they are in fact highly effective and preferable for people who are sensitive or find it difficult to relax through the dull, achy sensations typical in other traditions.
One key reason Japanese acupuncture is more gentle feeling is that it uses thinner needles that are inserted more shallowly. Secondly, much of the initial portion treatment is focused on alleviating the sensitivity in painful areas using seemingly unrelated or faraway points.
For instance, in treating low back pain, we will start out strategically placing needles, typically in the lower legs and arms, that reduce the sensitivity in the back. Only once there is a marked reduction in tenderness, will we needle that area directly. Your feedback about what you feel throughout the treatment guides at what point we proceed to the next stage.
I also incorporate electromagnetic techniques refined by the Japanese masters to gently treat injured or inflamed areas as well as moxibustion heat therapy to warm body regions and acupuncture points stimulating circulation.
The French-Vietnamese tradition of acupuncture stems from the work of the late Dr. Nguyen Van Nghi who combined Eastern and Western in his medical practice after completing studies in both. He was insistent that Western and Eastern Medicine were not separate scientific pursuits, but that there was one medicine. A specific example of how these medical traditions blend in the French-Vietnamese acupuncture tradition is the release of painful and movement-restricting myo-fascial trigger points by increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage, and relaxing contracted muscles.
Acupuncture is part of a tradition of more than 5,000 years, including various forms of herbal medicine, massage, exercise, and dietary therapy. While much of the needling techniques I use are from the Japanese tradition of acupuncture that I have found to be highly effective yet more comfortable for many people, I usually incorporate one or more of the following Classical Chinese forms of bodywork.
Cupping – The use of glass cups to create small areas of low air pressure next to the skin gently pulling muscles upward to loosen tension, encourage blood flow, and calm the nervous system.
Gua Sha – Repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edged tool to increase circulation in deeper tissues and for long-lasting pain relief.
Tui Na – Traditional East Asian massage that incorporates acupressure techniques along with herbal liniments to target specific medical conditions.
Vivacity also integrates the following adjunct therapies into the practice when applicable.
In some cases, nutrition can be the missing link in maintaining one’s health, improving digestion and even boosting immunity and regulating hormones. The Vivacity approach incorporates traditional East Asian dietary wisdom such as Ayurveda and that of the modern, world-renowned Hippocrates Health Institute. In addition to being tailored to the individual, nutritional therapy may address supplementation and cleansing. While nutrition through balanced food choices is often the foundation of optimal health, moderate supplementation may also be helpful. Cleansing allows the digestive system to rest while the body renews and rejuvenates and can be a great way to start a new season or a new health program.
The Vivacity approach to fitness incorporates traditional Sivananda yoga as well as medical Qi Gong for physical therapy and rehabilitation. If improved fitness is an aspect of your wellness goals, I can assist you in establishing a dynamic practice that supports your health.
“I tried acupuncture because I was having problems with chronic and recurrent sports injuries that led to high levels of muscular tension in my legs even though I have not run competitively for several years. Despite the first treatment being an experience with unfamiliar sensations, Margie made me feel at ease, and I had a profound reduction in the muscular tension I’d lived with for years. After a few subsequent treatments, I have come to anticipate and appreciate the acupuncture experience. While I still see some residual impact from my previous injuries, the overall condition of my body has greatly improved.” – P.W.