• Acupuncture. That's with needles right?

      Yes. Modern acupuncture makes use of stainless steel, single use, disposable needles. There are a variety of sizes to suit the point and the patient's tolerance. Bigger needles give a bigger signal.

    • Does Acupuncture hurt

      Surprisingly, in the hands of the a skilled practitioner, acupuncture is virtually Painless. That being said, putting a needle into the body presents some inherent obstacles. Tension and nervousness can aggravate a sensitive person, so breathing techniques can be employed to minimize the insertion. once the needle is in, there shouldn't be any sharpness. That's a sign we might be pressing up against a nerve, a tendon, or other sensitive tissue. If that is the case, communicate that with your practitioner and the needle can be adjusted.

    • Why would someone get acupuncture?

      Acupuncture helps to activate the qi and blood. Though this concept might appear mystical and vague, it can be understood as the life force energy. That which brings new substance to tissue and animates the system. Activating this force can do all number of things, because this is the force that heals us, as well as propels us through the patterns of our lives. 


      An acupuncture session is a way to program the body's deep healing and life forces. 

      People use acupuncture

      • to heal from injuries,
      • to manage and overcome pain.
      • To regulate metabolism, digestion and elimination
      • to feel better, more "clear" energy
      • for beauty
      • to improve function
      • to promote a healthy immune system
      • to overcome allergies
    • How Does it work?

      A typical session involves an intake and assessment. This is more involved in the early stages. On Follow-up sessions it's a matter of assessing progress, and re-evaluating if necessary. 

      Based on this assessment and evaluation, with the patient lying appropriately on the treatment table, palpation begins.

      the intake guides the palpation, and the palpation reveals abnormalities of the channels. These can be felt as small masses or nodules.*

      Once suitable points are selected, they are prepared and needled. After checking for any sharpness, the needle can then be adjusted to access the qi. This will be felt as a dull streaming, heavy, sometimes achy feeling. 

      The points are needled and the patient lies still for 25-40 minutes. 

      During the time of needle retention is a good time for breathing practice and feeling into your body. 

      The Taoists describe a primordial state of the void, the pre-natal essence, the world as it existed before you and all the forms came to be. It's from the void that the world manifests and it's manifestation is patterned as you. 

      Pain and disease are a distortion of the healthy pattern of your manifestation. By allowing your body to relax and for the qi to flood the channels by making connection to the deep source of the void through the sinking of the yin and following the light to its source, you will be able to reset your system in a deep and profound way.

      if you spend the time with the needles thinking about your to do lists, or engaging the emotions, the treatment might take longer and have less dramatic results.


      *This is an example of the consequence of Qi-Stagnation, leading to damp heat accumulation and congealing fluids and blood. While this is at a micro-level, the goal of health, is to keep the channels and qi flowing freely.


    • yeah, but i mean what's happening, how can putting needles help my sciatica

      Ah, I see, perhaps you need a more objective explanation. 

      Let's get into the material aspects of the sciatic nerve. It's a nerve that leaves the spine at the level of L4, and L5. This is precisely at the hingy part of the lower back. So it is safe to presume that there is some kind of compression on that nerve triggering nervy pain signals. 

      Often times there will be tightened muscles all around the sacrum, the glutes, the hips, the thighs, the Ileopsoas. By putting needles in key trigger points in these muscles, the muscles respond by increasing blood flow in and out of the muscle, the muscle relaxes, pressure on the nerve is reduces and tension on the joints is also reduced.

      Furthermore, acupuncture has the effect of stimulating the production and release of endorphines, your body's own painkillers. 

      so it's like your own muscle relaxers and pain killers working directly where they are needed with the added benefit of the holistic release that acupuncture provides. 

    • What should I wear for a treatment

      Loose comfortable clothing is best. most of the points on the limbs are on the feet and hands, wrists and ankles, elbows and knees. 

      For work on the shoulders a tank top works well.

      Doing work on the back requires access to the back so it is best to remove the top and lie face down. 

      It's very important that you feel comfortable during your session, and while you lie quietly, know that your acupuncturist will be within earshot in case they are needed. 

    • Do you take insurance?

      I am not an in-network provider for any insurance companies. What this means, is that your coverage might or might not cover my services. I'll be happy work with you to determine if that is an option. Otherwise I can easily provide a superbill for you to submit to your insurance and perhaps they can re-imburse you.


    • What about Community Acupuncuture?

      For those of you who might be limited in your ability to pay for my services, I do offer community acupuncture once a week, which is donation based.

      Community acupuncture is a style of acupuncture where more than one person are seen in a community setting. Often times chairs are used. I am able to see about 8-10 people in this way during a two hour session.


    • I think members of my club would like this

      If you are a part of a group or organization who would like to host a community acupuncture event, please reach out and we can create something. justin@heavenlystreams.com