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Nilda Acevedo – Fibromyalgia Testimonial

Nilda Acevedo, a good-natured and positive-minded, 61-year-old woman, had been suffering with fibromyalgia since 1987. Her fibromyalgia had been causing her pain from head to toe. Nilda also has spurs in her knees, which have caused excruciating pain in her legs. Nilda was unable to do any stationary standing at all, and was taking medication for pain two to three times a week. Nilda also received multiple cortisone shots that had little to no effect, besides causing weight gain.

In 1994, Nilda received physical therapy, but it wasn't effective. She felt as though the therapists didn't give her specific problems enough individualized attention. She again tried physical therapy in 2000, but unfortunately, it didn't give her any relief. Finally, Nilda saw a rheumatologist who recommended physical therapy and acupuncture treatments.

Nilda came to ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center. She was very impressed with how the therapists took their time to find out where the pain was coming from, and offered her a step-by-step prognosis. Nilda was glad that it was very different from her other failed attempts at physical therapy. While receiving therapy at ARC, Nilda had acupuncture, acupuncture with stimulation, cupping, physical therapy and massage therapy.

After a month of treatment, Nilda is now able to stand stationary for longer periods of time, enabling her to cook and wash dishes. Nilda is just thrilled that she "... hasn't taken any pain killers since the first week of treatment!" Nilda is so happy that the staff at ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center is so knowledgeable and gives such excellent care. Nilda has already recommended a friend of hers to ARC, who is now creating their own success story.

Kovee Clair – Fibromyalgia Testimonial

Kovee Clair was suffering from fibromyalgia for the past three years. She said that everything hurt. Her pain was mainly in her shoulders, upper back and hip area. She had also had two major strokes and countless minor strokes around the same time she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Kovee was having regular falling accidents, was unable to go upstairs, or walk any distances, and was unable to raise her arms up over her head. Kovee's life was very limited, even after receiving traditional physical therapy and occupational therapy. She had even resorted to receiving treatment from a chiropractor. Unfortunately, none of these treatments gave Kovee any relief. The doctor who had been treating her fibromyalgia recommended acupuncture treatment.

Kovee came to ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center with the hopes of getting some relief. After her first visit, she was surprised that she felt better. She really started to feel the long-term relief after about five treatments. Kovee received physical therapy, massage therapy, cupping and acupuncture with stimulation. Kovee can now climb stairs for the first time in three years and raise her arms over her head. She has not had any more falling accidents.

Kovee was very impressed with the staff at ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center. She felt as though the staff was very knowledgeable, professional and courteous. She is just thrilled that she no longer feels pain everywhere. Kovee thought, like many fibromyalgia sufferers, that there wasn't any hope for her condition. She tells everyone she knows about the therapy and care she has received from ARC, and hopes that her testimonial will help others recover from pain, as well.

Diane Kaiser – Osteroarthritis Testimonial

Diane Kaiser had been suffering with severe back pain for fifteen years before coming to ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center. Diane was having trouble walking any distances, performing household chores had become very difficult and getting going in the mornings was a long process. Diane said, “I had to sit in a straight back chair for about an hour before I could start my day”. Because Diane was in a lot of pain, she had been pro-active to treat her condition. Diane had seen an orthopedic surgeon and was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. In an effort to help her arthritis, she had taken anti-inflammatory medications, she had two spinal epidurals and two facet injections. All of which had no lasting affect on her condition and Diane was eager to try something new to help relieve her pain.

Her daughter told her about ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center and the success they were having with other patients who have similar conditions. So, Diane decided she was ready to give it a try. At her first visit, Diane reported to the therapists that her pain level was an 8 out of 10 and it was recommended that she come to ARC three times a week for four weeks in order to tackle her pain level. While receiving treatment at ARC, Diane received manual physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture with stimulation and cupping. Diane was happy to express, “I was very impressed with Dr Wang’s knowledge and ability to locate the root of my problem in my spine”. Diane went on to say, “All the therapists took their time to explain everything, they were all so thorough and thoughtful by giving individual attention and really taking their time with me.”

After a month’s worth of treatments, Diane is able to get ready in the mornings in half the time. Diane said excitedly, “I am actually able to move around straight out of bed!”. Diane is now taking walks for exercise and her household chores have become much easier to perform. Her once level 8 out of 10 pain level is now down to a 1, even a 0 at times. Diane is happy to tell all her friends about her tremendous changes since her therapy.

Mercedes Moreira – Osteroarthritis Testimonial

Mercedes Moreira had been suffering with severe low back pain that radiated down to her knee for 5 years. Mercedes was suffering from Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis. Mercedes said, “I was unable to perform any normal activities including cleaning, gardening and just walking”. She went on to say, “I spent most of my time in a reclining chair, and a lot of the time I even slept there.”

Mercedes had visited her Doctor for her severe pain and was put in a wheel chair and used a cane when necessary. Mercedes had injections in her back and took pain medication regularly to reduce the pain level. She also saw a Chiropractor, but none of the treatments gave her any relief. Mercedes had success with acupuncture 30 years earlier for migraines and out of desperation she told her doctor that she needed acupuncture. “Thankfully”, she added, “my Arthritis Clinic recommended ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center.”

Mercedes’ pain was so severe that she didn’t start to show signs of improvement until the third or fourth treatment with ARC. While receiving treatment at ARC, Mercedes had Acupuncture, Electro-stimulation, Manual Therapy, Massage Therapy, and Exercise Training, By her tenth visit, Mercedes was able to do her housework, she is back to gardening and she takes walks every morning.

When Mercedes started therapy at ARC Physical Therapy and Pain Center, she reported to the Physical Therapist that her pain level was a 10 out of 10. Mercedes said excitedly, “after a month’s worth of treatment, my pain level is down to a 0 to 1 out of 10!”

“I think the staff at ARC was the best! Everyone is so nice and truly cares about the patient’s well-being. I am comfortable telling anyone who suffers with pain about ARC”, Mercedes said as she left ARC with a new pep in her step.

Refer A Friend Program Details

At ARC Acupuncture & Physical Therapy, we have generated a word-of-mouth clientele due to our high success rate. In our efforts to continue growth and to thank you for your confidence in our practice, we have created a Patient Referral Program. You will receive $25 off your next visit each time you refer a new patient who completes a treatment, and an additional $25 off after that person’s sixth treatment.

For more information about this program, feel free to ask our front office personnel.

Referral forms must be presented for program validation. Forms are available at each office location.

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Acupuncture with Electric Stimulation

Though the body has an amazing ability to heal itself, pain often triggers a negative cycle within the body when muscles constrict, restricting blood flow. The key to acupuncture is its ability to reach deep into tissue, increase circulation and get to the source of the problem.

The use of electric stimulation with acupuncture increases the intended effect. Although electric stimulation is used commonly in physical therapy to constrict muscles and reduce pain, the inclusion of acupuncture needles allows the stimulation to penetrate deeper than if delivered through a superficial patch on the skin. Used simultaneously they increase the likelihood of effective pain management and pain relief. Studies show that acupuncture causes a chemical reaction in the brain, affecting serotonin levels and causing the release of endorphins, the body's own natural painkiller.

Acupuncture As A Pain Management Tool

Acupuncture, which originated in China more than 3,000 years ago, is a treatment for pain and illness in which thin needles are positioned under the surface of the skin at specific points on the body. It spiked interest in the United States in the 1970s, following reports of the use of acupuncture as the sole analgesia during major surgeries.

Many studies have suggested that the majority of acupuncture points are located over the peripheral nerves, near nerve endings. Due to our better understanding of pain, we realize that needle stimulation via acupuncture can close the gate and block the stimulation of pain signals within A-delta fibers located in or just under the skin or muscle.

Acupuncture can also activate the release of endorphins (our body's own natural painkillers) within our central nervous system to further reduce the transmission of pain signals.

For these reasons, acupuncture is rapidly becoming a very popular, cost-effective and drug-free alternative in managing severe and chronic pain of all kinds.

Acupuncture Needles

Acupuncture can be performed as a treatment on its own, as well as in conjuncture with a complete TCM course of treatment. Since its introduction to the West in the 1970s, acupuncture is gaining new interest as a means of chronic pain management without the use of pharmaceutical drugs.

Acupuncture needles are quite safe with each needle wrapped in a sterile package prior to use. Needles are made of stainless steel with a copper grip. Each needle is promptly and properly disposed of after one single use.

Surprisingly to some, there is very little association with either blood or pain when using the needles. The majority of acupuncture patients do not bleed at all. Most describe the sensation as a slight sting or prick that only lasts a second as the physician places the needle for treatment. Most patients describe the treatment as relaxing or report no sensation at all when needles are removed or while the needles remain in place for approximately 20 minutes during a treatment.

Barbara Rutherford – Osteroarthritis Testimonial

Barbara Rutherford, a 68 year old pleasant woman, suffered from neck, shoulder, low back and knee pain for many years. "The pain in these joints is because of the osteoarthritis", explains Barbara and continues: "The pain was 7 or 8/10 and it effected my life so drastically that I had difficulty walking and I was unable to go shopping, do my gardening or even play with my grandchildren! ".

Barbara found temporary relief with medications such as NSAID's, conventional physical therapy, traction and corticosteroid injections. But recently, the local rheumatologist referred Barbara to ARC - Physical Therapy & Pain Center. "I was reluctant to receive the acupuncture but I decided to give it a try anyway", said Barbara.

After the first treatment Barbara was quite sore, but 7 treatments later a 60% improvement was noted. "The pain decreased from 8/10 to 3/10 and I can now walk much better, stand for longer periods of time which allows me to do some chores around the house. I even plan to resume my gardening! ", states Barbara.

Treatment included manual therapy, medical acupuncture, electrical stimulation, therapeutic exercise and prophylactic procedures. Barbara concludes: "The staff at ARC is great; they are knowledgeable, empathetic, very helpful and they educate and involve the patient in their care. I already recommend my husband to see them!"

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