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Pain: The Essentials

Acupuncture is a very effective tool in the treatment of pain.  Chronic, acute, area specific, referred, all over body pain, you name it…acupuncture treats it! Some examples of specific pain issues that are well treated with acupuncture would be: low back, neck, and shoulder pain, muscle pain, menstrual cramps, migraines, and fibromyalgia.


Leslie practices what is called the Balance Method. This method was put forth by Dr. Richard Tan of San Diego. This treatment style involves using distal points to where the pain is being experienced.  What this means is that needles are NOT placed directly where the patient is experiencing the pain.  Hand points are used to treat the low back, wrist and ankle points are used to treat the neck. This technique creates a reduction in pain immediately! Patients usually experience a 30-70 percent decrease in pain while on the table and sometimes up to 100 percent!  No waiting game.  Relief can be instantaneous. 


How many treatments needed depends on the individual case at hand. Generally speaking chronic disorders require 10-20 treatments, while acute conditions need less.  Research has shown for best results, acupuncture should be given once per day for acute conditions and 2-3 times per week for chronic conditions.  Even treatment two times a week is far superior to one treatment per week. 


Why would you choose acupuncture over other modalities?

  • Because it works!

  • Acupuncture reduces inflammation

  • Acupuncture treats the whole body, not just the symptom

  • Acupuncture treats the root cause of imbalance and disease instead of covering up symptoms that are meant to be there to communicate to you that the body needs attention

  • There are no negative or harmful side effects with acupuncture, only positive ones like restful sleep, feeling calm, and improved digestion

  • Acupuncture is NOT addictive like many pain medication

  • Acupuncture is an affordable, non-invasive approach to health and wellness










I am an avid runner with my sights set on running another Iron-man Triathlon; however, I had not been able to run or even walk with out tightness and pain in my heal for months. Today, I just completed my first pain free run thanks to Leslie and her acupuncture care and guidance.  I had tried everything that I could think of to address my chronic Achilles tendinitis and was considering surgery. Thankfully, I visited Leslie and within a few weeks of acupuncture treatments and supplements, I am now able to begin training for my triathlons.


Leslie's knowledge and passion for healing are evident in her approach to care giving. I am very pleased she was there to help me with my passion, pain free running :)


All the best,

Darren Day

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