I wanted to share my thoughts on acupuncture, specifically its significance to me and how it played a pivotal role in my life and how I started my practice of Acupuncture in Philadelphia.
My true understanding of acupuncture began through conversations with a close friend whose father, a missionary, had learned the art of acupuncture in Korea and utilized it effectively in Africa for many years. I was introduced firsthand to the numerous benefits of acupuncture, particularly its efficacy in treating various ailments, including musculoskeletal conditions. At that time, I was grappling with severe plantar fasciitis that had proven resistant to two cortisone injections, only worsening over time. Fueled by determination, I decided to take the plunge and scheduled an appointment at a local community acupuncture clinic.
My good fortune led me to the care of Megan Rogers, a remarkable acupuncturist and practitioner. I vividly recall describing my heel pain to her and urging her to do whatever was necessary to alleviate it. The next thing I knew, I was reclined in the treatment chair, experiencing an indescribable sensation—a wave-like feeling that traveled from my head to my leg, coinciding with a gradual reduction in heel pain. While I wasn’t completely cured after the first session, I had a deep conviction that acupuncture was the answer to my heel pain. It took approximately six sessions in total, but at the end of that journey, I was finally able to resume running, and my heel pain was history.
This transformative experience, using acupuncture to vanquish a long-standing pain, expanded my perspective as a healthcare provider. I had explored all conventional orthopedic treatments, including physical therapy, injections, and anti-inflammatories, all to no avail. In contrast, after just three acupuncture sessions, I experienced more relief than I had ever obtained from traditional medical therapies.
Following my success, my wife embarked on her own acupuncture journey to address her health concerns. As she too found relief and healing, we began contemplating her transition into a second career as an acupuncturist. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mother, she had achieved great success as a project manager with a Master’s in Statistics from the University of Pennsylvania and had authored several publications in prestigious journals. With our children now in school, she decided it was time to re-enter the workforce, and acupuncture emerged as the perfect fit. She applied, enrolled, dedicated herself for three years, and ultimately graduated as valedictorian of her class.
For those unfamiliar, acupuncture has a centuries-old history as the traditional medicine of ancient China. It is a well-established discipline that harnesses the body’s innate healing mechanisms to restore balance. Remarkably, I believe that many principles of Osteopathic Medicine have roots in Chinese medicine because our fundamental philosophies align. Now that I practice acupuncture myself, I am genuinely astounded by its effectiveness and consider it the most potent method for healing the body.
Initially, I saw acupuncture as a solution to my heel pain, thinking it involved merely inserting a needle into my degenerative tendon to break up scar tissue and facilitate healing. Little did I know how intricate acupuncture truly is. My wife’s intensive three-year academic pursuit of acupuncture gave me a deeper appreciation for the art. I gained insight into how acupuncturists evaluate and treat the body, emphasizing the essential principle of restoring equilibrium. Restoring balance is, in my view, the key to understanding the efficacy of acupuncture. When all the body’s systems operate in harmony, health flourishes. Regrettably, life often disrupts this balance, leading to various issues. As an osteopathic physician, I use my hands to correct imbalances in the spine and tissues, aiding the body in regaining equilibrium. However, acupuncture delves even deeper, engaging the body’s healing mechanisms more effectively than I could achieve manually. It’s not limited to needles; techniques like cupping therapy and gua-sha are potent tools for altering tissue, reducing inflammation, and relieving stress.
I am truly grateful that my wife and I both practice this highly effective medicine. Her approach to treatment is marked by elegance and brilliance, showcasing her creative and artistic mind, whether she is helping an anxious teenager or a mother struggling with chronic headaches.
As for me, I use Acupuncture in Philadelphia to tap into the body’s nervous system, reactivating dormant pathways. At the end of the day, you could say that we “balance” each other, at least in my perspective.
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