Dr. Hansell uses her understanding of neuromuscular anatomy and pain physiology combined with the classical Chinese medicine approach of moving our inherent vital energy called qi. Medical acupuncture can help with a spectrum of medical disorders from early pre-symptomatic state to chronic or musculoskeletal lesions by moving qi in specific meridians through the body. It is often beneficial prior to and post procedures/surgery for improved outcomes and heal times.
Most commonly treated conditions with medical acupuncture:
- Back, neck, knee, shoulder, and all other musculoskeletal pains
- Headaches or migraines
- GI issues : IBS, IBD, diarrhea, constipation, reflux
- Menstrual issues: PCOS, irregular cycles, heavy periods
- Neuropathy symptoms
- Lymphedema associated with cancer treatment or surgery
- Depression and anxiety
Dr. Hansell also performs traditional chinese cupping. This modality moves vital energy “qi,” improves blood flow, and loosens fascia and connective tissue. This results in improved heal times from injuries, pain reduction, improved sports recovery, and reduction in muscular tightness, spasms, and stiffness. There are also inflammatory cytokine changes that happen at the cellular level that can help detoxify as well as decrease local inflammation.
Medical acupuncture and cupping are performed in conjunction with our functional medicine model. We know that these modalities can benefit inflammation but the underlying root cause of the inflammation still needs to be addressed, therefore we do not perform sole acupuncture consults and treatments separate from our functional medicine model.