Tradition and innovation exist in harmony at Yen Acupuncture. The staff uses millennia-old Chinese techniques, as well as modern technologies, to help pinpoint the root causes of various problems and then treat those causes. This is the key to Yen Acupuncture's signature treatment system, which can be adapted to suit each individual's particular needs.
Initially, the acupuncturist checks for signs of trouble using Chinese pulse diagnosis and infrared thermal imaging before deciding on the appropriate approach. That approach can incorporate the center's advanced acupuncture method, which involves inserting hair-thin, single-use needles into key spots on the extremities, ears, and scalp. These needles reinvigorate the body's natural healing processes by triggering nervous-system activity in the treated areas. Chinese herbal medicine and manual therapies, such as cupping, round out the center's selection of traditional treatments, although the staff can also employ rapid-release therapy, which uses high-frequency vibrations to boost circulation and break up scar tissue.
When Ling treats patients, it’s really two masters at work. This is because she traces her knowledge of traditional curative practices back to not one mentor, but two: a renowned doctor of herbal formulas and a master of acupuncture, who specializes in skin diseases, allergies, infertility, and pain management. Inside her clinic, where jars of herbs and natural medicines line wooden cabinets and hardwood floors glow with natural sunlight, Ling applies this knowledge when assessing patients’ health, prescribing herbs, and treating ailments with signature acupuncture sessions.
At MFC Spine & Sports, Doctor of Chiropractic Eric Murphy and his staff have more than a few pain-relief tricks up their sleeves. Their chiropractic techniques include the Diversified method, trigger-point therapy, and spinal decompression, just to name a few. For patients who want a second helping of holistic treatment, MFC's team also performs massage therapy.
Migraines. Insomnia. Stress. Lower back pain. Traditional Chinese medicinal practitioners such as Dale Tope and Amy Woods believe all of these problems and more can be quelled by skilled acupuncturists. At Pflugerville Acupuncture, the licensed duo thoroughly evaluates each client before designing an acupuncture plan that targets a series of specific points on the body.
Tope, a registered nurse and former chief ward master for the Army, specializes in men?s health and patients suffering from PTSD, and his specialties are balanced by Woods, who focuses on women?s health. Together, they not only helm acupuncture services but also prescribe at-home remedies from their apothecary, which stocks Chinese herbs, pain patches, and supplements that ease stress by growing into live-in butlers when submerged in water overnight.
The majority of Total Wellness Austin's treatments are customized to meet the needs of each individual, and they all help to strengthen the relationship between mind and body. Owner Lori Massad-Koska sets the tone by developing individualized yoga programs for her clients that assist in lowering stress and improving flexibility, and a series of online instruction videos allows her students to practice in the comfort of their home or their car on the commute to work. Massad-Koska's classes also incorporate furry best friends in Doga sessions, which allow pooches and their pet humans to stretch together.
In addition to sun salutations, Total Wellness Austin aids its clients in the quest for better health with acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic care and prompt extended sweating with boot camps led by certified personal trainers. Their focus on wellness extends from clients to the community in which they live: mental-health workshops raise donations for the family room at the Travis County courthouse, which helps comfort children in trouble, and a band of skilled instructors teach free yoga sessions for vets, their spouses, and bands of migrating penguins.
Kirsch Method likely wasn?t voted Best Acupuncture Service of 2012 in Austin Fit Magazine solely because it can help treat digestive disorders, headaches, and spinal maladies. That?s what every acupuncture clinic should be able to do. What makes Kirsch Method different is that its therapist, Matthew Kirsch, is not interested in inserting needles and then leaving the patient alone for 90 minutes. He believes in fully treating a patient, which is why he stays in the room and performs craniosacral therapy while the needles work on realigning energies. This alleviates tension in the fascia surrounding spine.
Kirsch started performing the complementary treatments during the 1,000-hour clinic portion of his acupuncture training, part of the more than 3,000 hours he's spent earning his master?s degree in Oriental Medicine. He also learned to administer acupressure, a massage style that focuses on the same energy meridians as acupuncture but eschews needles, much like a porcupine who wants to soften his tough-guy image.