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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the application of a thin stainless steel needle inserted into various points on the surface of the body. Acupuncture points lay on meridian lines of our body which are unseen energy channels. Meridians are similar to the pathways of the circulatory or nervous systems. There are 14 meridians in our body they are conduits responsible for the transit of life energy called “CHI.” 

This life force energy runs through various channels from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet.  When our bodies get out of balance the energy is sluggish, just like being stuck in a traffic jam. Acupuncture points are placed on the body to get the vehicle moving so that the body can heal. 


What I Treat With Acupuncture

Specializing In: 

Sports Injury Acupuncture

Auto Accidents Acupuncture

Workers Compensation Acupuncture

Chronic Pain Acupuncture

Acute Pain, Recreational/Hobby Injury, and Overuse Injuries.

  • Muscular and Tendon Sprains and Strains
  • Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Joint Pain
  • Facial/Bell’s Palsy (Early Stages)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy (Weakness, Numbness, Tingling Pain)
  • Nerve Pain and Impingement (Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel)
  • Any form of Tendonitis (Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow)
  • Joint Pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Low Back, Neck, Upper Back Pain, Knee Pain
  • Before and After Care of a Surgery
  • Bone Fracture Healing and Pain
  • Headaches and Migraines

Acupuncture Improves Musculoskeletal and Nerve Pain

  • It relaxes tight or injured muscles and tendons
  • Improves blood circulation to the injured region helping it heal faster
  • It increases oxygen to the injured tissue promoting faster recovery
  • Helps break up adhesions and scar tissue with electro-acupuncture
  • Produces natural painkillers in the body
  • Increases range of motion to stiff muscles and joint in the body
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Decreases stress and anxiety and build up the immunity to help the body recover more quickly.

How Does Acupuncture Regulate Mood?

Acupuncture is effective in treating Mental/Emotional Imbalances and Disturbances.
Some of which include Anxiety, Stress, Depression, and Insomnia.
During treatment, I chose a set of acupuncture points that will enhance the patient’s mood and put the body into homeostasis.

Acupuncture Increases Serotonin Levels! Most of our serotonin is found in our gut, it is a chemical nerve that stabilizes our moods.

Release Endorphins! Endorphins are hormones that induce feelings of pleasure. They also tell your brain to decrease the perception of pain.

Decrease Cortisol Levels! Cortisol is a stress hormone your body produces which is related to increased body tension, excess abdominal fat, stress, and anxiety. By telling your fight or flight system to calm down, you decrease your Heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels.


Types of Acupuncture I Practice

Traditional Chinese Medicine:

I use a set of points from foot to head to move blood and CHI through your meridian systems of the body. I also used local points to the area where the patient complains of pain.

Eastern View:

There are 2 life forces Yin and Yang.  These forces control our chi (energy) throughout our bodies meridians (pathways). Illness is a result of yin and yang being in disharmony. When an acupuncture needle is inserted into the body it will cause energy to flow into our meridians.  This momentum frees up stagnation that has been ruminating in our body and shifts the body to go into homeostasis (normality).  The result is a balance of Yin and Yang getting the body to work at its optimal capacity.

Western View:

Acupuncture stimulates the muscle and sensory neurons that send a message to the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).  By Stimulating the NS there is a release of neurotransmitters that will block messages of pain from being delivered to the brain. This block is one of the keys to reducing pain levels in the body. Endorphins are also released to further decrease pain.




Two points will be chosen to stimulate traditional acupuncture points on the body. These set of acupuncture points are stimulated by a device that is connected to acupuncture needles via clips on a wire. The device will generate continuous or intermittent electrical pulses that will be delivered to the needles and the acupuncture point.  The benefit of electro-stim acupuncture is having a larger area of stimulation.  It is effective in the treatment of nerve pain and musculoskeletal pain.


Dry Needling Acupuncture

This technique is very helpful in treating muscle pain and improving range of motion.  Trigger points are known as “knots” and motor points in the muscle are needled and then stimulated by a “pecking” needle technique. The pecking technique is a rapid in and out procedure used to stimulate the points so the muscle can twitch.  By making the muscle jump the muscle will relax and pain decreases. Needles can be retained from 15-30min or removed after a few twitches occurred.


Trigger Point Acupuncture

Are hypersensitive areas in the muscle that can be tender to pressure. They are like a “knot” in nature, as muscle fibers coil together producing a taught band of clusters in the muscle. When pressed they often send specific pain referral patterns dependent on the muscle that is affected. 


Acupuncture Motor Nerve Points

Found in the center of the muscle, this is where the muscle is highly executable when stimulated the nerve to tell the muscle to contract or relax. It is a neuromuscular junction that “act as a reset for muscles”.


Acupuncture FAQs

Alicia Stadtmiller
Alicia Stadtmiller
00:23 03 Mar 20
I had a pinched nerve causing my finger to go numb for a couple of months, so I gave Maya a try. Never been to acupuncturist prior. The pinched nerve is gone and my chronic sciatica and lowback... pain I have had for years is at an all time low, especially for the winter months. Thank You Maya!read more
Olga Rudnitsky
Olga Rudnitsky
23:01 08 Feb 20
Maya is a very gifted acupuncturist and healer. She has helped me tremendously with my anxiety, backpain and insomnia. She is warm and caring and has a great personality. She uses many tools like... cupping and moxibustion in addition to needles. I strongly recommend her to anyone in either mental or physical pain!read more
18:08 06 Feb 20
Maya is amazing! I’ve been having such bad foot pain for the last 6 months and after just the first treatment I felt relief! She recommended some simple at home treatment that I have been also doing... myself to help get rid of the pain. I’ve been getting acupuncture for only 2 weeks and the results have been wonderful. I have recommended Maya to some friends already!read more
Sydney Aker
Sydney Aker
23:38 30 Jan 20
Maya is super knowledgeable, will have your body feeling better in no time 👍
Mary D
Mary D
02:51 28 Dec 19
I was experiencing chronic tension headaches for a a few months and I had to take ibuprofen multiple times a day to function and not be miserable. All that ibuprofen is not a good idea and I asked my... primary care doctor for an acupuncture referral. I started receiving treatments from Maya and I was surprised how effective the treatments were. I started seeing a huge improvement after a few visits and now my headaches are pretty much resolved. In addition to the needles, she also tackled my problem with other methods like cupping and rapid release therapy. This is my first time receiving acupuncture treatments and Maya was fantastic in explaining everything very thoroughly and putting me at ease. She has great energy, cares about her patients and I would refer my own mother to more
Quincy Knowlton
Quincy Knowlton
21:50 12 Dec 19
Maya is very friendly and flexible. She successfully treated my painful sciatica that had interfered with my jogging for years. Maya has the professional knowledge and technical skills to treat... whatever ails you. I say this with authority because I personally studied acupuncture and tui na/massage when I lived in more

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