To wrap up my series on treatment points today, I am going to tell you all about Acupuncture Tonification Points!
I've recently posted about reflex points I commonly use in my practice (scroll back through my posts to find them!), and we have covered both neuro-lymphatic reflex points (increase lymphatic drainage from muscles/organs)and neuro-vascular points (stimulate vascular flow to muscles/organs).
I have learned much about the acupuncture meridians in my Applied Kinesiology courses, including which muscles and organs correlate with which meridians, and various points along the meridians that are of specific importance. One type of acupuncture point I choose to use very often is the tonification points. Simply put, when stimulated, tonification points nourish and stimulate the chi (energy) flow along the meridian and to the associated organs and muscles.
I do not needle acupuncture points as a licensed acupuncturist would. I incorporate the acupuncture systems into my treatments differently. While it is not a comprehensive acupuncture treatment and does not replace the amazing service that acupuncture and oriental medicine practitioners provide, I find so much benefit in working in some of what this incredible and ancient medicine offers for my patients that I choose to use it often, usually when I find it to be indicated via muscle testing.
I use chiropractic manipulation, red light laser therapy, and acupressure tapping or rubbing to stimulate tonificaiton points. We will often see an immediate re-facilitation aka strengthening of the weak muscle/s associated with the meridian. It's another amazing tool to have in my toolkit!
We had three generations here in the office last Friday! I absolutely loved treating this grandmother, mother, and granddaughter, who all came in together for a family chiropractic visit!
People often ask me who chiropractic is for. One of the answers to this is that chiropractic is for ALL ages, from newborn (sometimes they are adjusted within hours of birth) to the elderly, and everyone in between.
With the Mason family, each treatment was a bit different, as it is for all of my patients, yet simiilar. We assessed their skeletal alignment, muscle testing function, organ and organ system needs, emotional blockages, nutritional needs and more. We used our tools of chiropractic manipulation, from traditional manual adjustments to gentler techniques such as pelvic blocking and activator instrument-assisted methods, neuro-emotional and other mind-body techniques, reflex point work, and more to bring grandma, mom, and daughter back into balance and functioning at their most optimal.
On any given day, I have many families come in together, from husbands and wives, to parents with their children, to siblings, to cousins, to sisters or brothers-in-law, to grandmothers and grandfathers and their grandchildren, and more! Treating families together makes for a special kind of treatment. The family bonds can be felt in the office and even become a party of the treatment. Plus, there are usually lots of laughs (like we definitely had on Friday) and good conversation in a fun and relaxed space. There's just something about treating families!
On May 7th, 2020, Governor Hogan lifted the restrictions on licensed health care providers to resume elective and non-urgent medical procedures. For Synergy Chiropractic, this means that we have returned to seeing all patients who wish to come in for treatment under guidelines given to us by the Maryland Department of Health. We were required to send our COVID-19 office protocols to the Maryland Department of Health to be allowed to continue seeing patients during these times. These protocols include:
*Screening all patients before visiting the office. Patients who have had cold or flu-like symptoms or been around anyone who has within two weeks, or has traveled within two weeks, will not be permitted in the office.
*Disinfecting the entire office in between patients
*Washing hands thoroughly between each patient
*No patients waiting in the waiting area. Patients will wait outside or in their car until Dr. Amanda is ready to see him/her.
*Hand sanitizer placed around the office
*Dr. Amanda and Janice wearing n-95 masks and Janice wearing gloves when interacting with patients
I would like to ask that all of my patients please be mindful that we need time at the end of the visit to thoroughly clean and disinfect the office. Please also be mindful to check out and clear the office quickly so that we can minimize the number of persons in the office at all times.
I have enjoyed seeing many of you return to the office for your holistic chiropractic appointments! If you are wishing to schedule an appointment to come in, please also be aware that I am currently booking out about 2-3 weeks. We do not have the flexibility to add patients to the schedule as we did before as the cleaning procedures are time-consuming. Please plan to schedule ahead of time!
Lastly, I know these times have been trying for many of us in different ways. I am feeling the collective consciousness right now and....it is HEAVY. I made a commitment as a doctor of chiropractic to support my patients, especially when life is challenging, and they are in need. This is why I have remained open for the past few months, not once closing my doors for any amount of time. I promise that I will continue to fulfill my calling to support my patients' health and well-being.
In response to the racial injustices, police brutality, protests, riots, rage, hurt, and more that we have recently witnessed, I want to be clear that I intend my office to always be a safe haven and all-inclusive space for anyone, of any age, color, gender, size, culture, religion, belief system, and type. I commit to striving to make each and every patient feel not only accepted but actively supported in who they are.
My favorite non-profit is One Love Foundation, an organization dedicated to educating people about healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors, learning how to have better relationships, including with people from different communities, and all-in-all, how to love BETTER. You'll see me wearing this shirt around the office this month to promote their message. Check out their website here: www.joinonelove.org
Thanks for reading, and see you all soon!
In light of recent events, I felt inspired to make this post.
There are so many wonderful reasons why I love what I do, but one of the best, most enlightening and unexpectedly enjoyable parts of my job is getting to work with all different types of people, from all different types of backgrounds, with all sorts of different jobs and life purposes, with all different types of pain and trauma, with a large range of very different beliefs. Mostly, they all come in for similar reasons- to not only feel better and improve their health and well-being, but to feel cared for, to be able to care for others, and to be happy.
This diversity is a blessing for me and my practice.
Since I have gotten to work with so many different types of people, I have learned so much. Like I said, it really is one of the best parts of my job.
I just want to set the record straight for Synergy- all are welcome here, in a safe and all-inclusive space.
Happy Memorial Day to our patients, family, and friends and most importantly a heartfelt thank you to all of those who have given their lives while serving in the US military. Another thank you to all of those who continue to serve in our military, which includes many of my patients. We are grateful, and we honor you.
This year, I spent the day (safely) biking to and visiting five of the outdoor Washington, DC war memorials: US Marine Corps War Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, WWII Memorial and the District of Columbia War Memorial. It was one of the most special ways I've spent the holiday.
I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend, and we look forward to seeing you back in the office tomorrow!
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