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.
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.
As a clinical aromatherapy practitioner with more than nine years of professional experience, Amy Kreydin helps her clients at The Barefoot Dragonfly live more fulfilling lives by adopting a holistic approach to addressing well-being. This approach hinges upon the idea of finding balance between the mind, body, and spirit, and Amy utilizes therapies grounded in ancient as well as modern modalities to help find this balance. Clinical aromatherapy utilizes fragrant essential oils that work together on a chemical as well as an energetic level. A certified reflexologist, Kreydin also performs reflexology treatments that locate and relieve energy blockages throughout the body by applying deliberate pressure to key points on the feet, hands, and ears. When these energetic blockages are released, the body is able to function at peak efficiency and naturally heal itself, which can ease symptoms such as chronic pain or pent-up stress.
Licensed and certified acupuncturist Naae Kim prides herself on keeping up to date with the latest nutritional research. For her patients, this is a boon; her nutritional knowledge helps her to understand each patient’s body holistically and plan treatments accordingly. Naae blends Eastern and Western techniques, using acupuncture, herbal therapy, and custom nutritional programs to stimulate the body's own natural healing response. Through holistic healing, Naae aims to discover and uproot the deep causes of maladies, rather than treating the symptoms or ignoring them by covering the affected areas with lace doilies.
Within Serenity Creek Med Spa, pale-blue walls and contemporary decor surround guests sipping on complimentary coffee and tea. The spa's staff capably perform skin, laser, and beauty-injection services that smoothly escort wrinkles away from the placid surface of each client?s face. Serenity Creek?s secluded location means nosy neighbors and intrusive IRS agents will never discover the secret to clients? eternal youth.
"Our mission is to transform lives and communities through graduate education in Oriental medicine," school president William R. Morris tells AOMA students. These budding practitioners are all working toward a master's degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, studying needle techniques, herbal and mind-body medicine, and Eastern bodywork modalities at one of the largest institutions of its kind in Austin. In 2009, the clinics had more than 20,000 appointments to treat patient ailments ranging from allergies and stress to digestive woes and ice-cream headaches.