What is Acupuncture

  • Tanya Hasman
    Licensed Acupuncturist LMT ABT

    Tanya has close to 15 years of experience in various clinical settings. In the past she has worked as a physical therapy Aide, an acupuncture assistant, a licensed massage therapist and bodyworker, and a medical assistant.  She currently holds a license for Acupuncture, Massage Therapy and also has an Asian Bodywork Practitioner certification. She has special training in Thai massage and loves witnessing patients experience it for the first time. Tanya is a graduate of Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, where she studied under the late and deeply respected Dr. Alan Uretz as well as various other talented and amazing doctors and professors in this awesome field.

    Tanya specializes in the integration of the modalities of Acupuncture and Eastern medicine techniques with manual therapy and traditional Asian bodywork. This promotes good health, increases physical performance and helps to treat various ailments.

    Tanya enjoys spending time and traveling with her wonderful family.  She is so excited to be a part of the Advanced Wellness team because she understands how important a holistic approach is to the health and wellness of the body and mind.

What is Acupuncture ?

The intent of acupuncture therapy is to promote health and alleviate pain and suffering. The method by which this is accomplished, though it may seem strange and mysterious to many, has been time tested over thousands of years and continues to be validated today.
The perspective from which an acupuncturist views health and sickness hinges on concepts of "vital energy," "energetic balance" and "energetic imbalance." Just as the Western medical doctor monitors the blood flowing through blood vessels and the messages traveling via the nervous system, the acupuncturist assesses the flow and distribution of this "vital energy" within its pathways, known as "meridians and channels".

The acupuncturist is able to influence health and sickness by stimulating certain areas along these "meridians". Traditionally these areas or "acupoints" were stimulated by fine, slender needles. Today, many additional forms of stimulation are incorporated, including herbs, electricity, magnets and lasers. Still, the aim remains the same - adjust the "vital energy" so the proper amount reaches the proper place at the proper time. This helps your body heal itself.

Acupuncture is just one form of therapy used within the coherent system of healing known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM includes herbology, physical therapy, dietetics and special exercises (such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong), and is a complete medical system unto itself and is not another branch of modern Western medicine. Acupuncture evolved from principles and philosophies unique to Asian thinking and TCM, and is most effectively applied when done in accordance with those principles.

Some Conditions Treated With Acupuncture

• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Common Cold & Influenza
• Degenerative Disk Disorders
• Diet, Nutrition, & Weight Control
• Fibromyalgia
• Headaches & Migraines
• Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
• Indigestion, Gas, Bloating, Constipation
• Insomnia
• Menopause Symptoms
• Musculoskeletal pain
• Nausea
• Orthopedic Conditions
• Pain - other kinds
• PMS & Menstrual Irregularity
• Sports Injuries
• Tension / Stress Syndromes
• Tinnitus

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