A patient mentions pain in his right shoulder. Then, an acupuncturist inserts a needle into his left ankle. Primarily focusing on the distal style of acupuncture, Acupuncture Connections' team is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine and certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, ensuring that each member knows exactly where to place each pain-battling needle. During each session, one of the acupuncturists inserts an average of 8 to 10 FDA-approved single-use needles into specific areas—along the forearms, hands, lower legs, and head—aiming to treat issues from autoimmune diseases to digestive issues to fatigue. Since distal acupuncture involves the treatment of areas normally exposed while wearing shorts and a T-shirt, patients typically don't need to remove their clothing or steel breastplates. The sessions begin with a private consultation with a practitioner who holds a master's degree in acupuncture.
Kimberly Griffin takes a preventive medical approach by focusing on the root of her clients' problems, and she performs maintenance exercises to keep future problems from developing. This is one of the many philosophies she learned while earning her master's degree at the New England School of Acupuncture. Kim also holds a bachelor's degree in nutritional sciences, and has been working as a nutritionist for the past nine years. When appropriate, she incorporates dietary advice into her acupuncture sessions, which can treat conditions such as sinus problems, joint pain, anxiety, and the dreaded disco fever.
Wendy Li at Acupuncture Herbs and Beyond has a PhD in biomedical engineering as well as a degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine. Her approach to wellness reflects this background, emphasizing the ways in which Western medicine and Eastern tradition can come together to form an effective healthcare regimen. Specializing in combating pain, stress, and insomnia, Li performs treatments including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other Chinese treatments such as cupping and Gua Sha.
Marisa Fanelli's first close-up encounter with Western medicine was at the age of 17, when her mother fell ill, and it was riddled with disappointments. Misdiagnoses, ineffective medications and surgeries, and most importantly, doctors' apathy toward her mother's personal well-being, discouraged Marisa. But her negative experience with modern medicine culminated in something positive: an exploration of acupuncture. At Healing Point Therapeutics, Marisa not only uses acupuncture to heal her clients mentally and physically, but she also offers other treatments in the same vein. These treatments include hypnotherapy—which she sometimes blends with acupuncture—cupping, and Gua Sha, a massage-like practice.
Before she became a licensed massage therapist, Connie Dale learned how to reduce tension and ease repetitive injuries at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy. She uses that education and her experience to mitigate aliments ranging from shin splints and tennis elbow to carpal tunnel syndrome. Connie can also treat frozen shoulder—a condition that hampers mobility and often occurs when a snowman gives you a massage. In addition to reducing headaches, fibromyalgia pain, and tight muscles with Swedish and deep tissue techniques, she also treats children and soothes cancer patients. Connie's also been known to visit hospitals and Special Olympics events to give patients and competitors relaxing chair massages.
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