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Acupuncture at Wellness Collective Arizona

Aa an ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture is highly effective in managing a broad array of conditions. Some of the benefits of acupuncture include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, pain relief and the release of biochemicals that support the immune system.

Cassandra Runge is a Licensed and Nationally Board Certified Acupuncturist. She sees patients with an array of conditions.

Conditions That Acupuncture Can Help

Here are some of the many issues that can improve with acupuncture:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Colitis
  • Digestive issues
  • Fertility issues
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Insomnia and sleep disturbances
  • Menopause and perimenopause symptoms (e.g., hot flashes)
  • Migraines
  • Muscle aches and pains

Acupuncture stimulates specific points that are along channels or meridians that lead to different parts of the brain and organs in the body. Think about the meridian or channels like a map of the body. Like a map, you can take different roads to get to the same location.
So there are different points that are stimulated along the channels or the roads that will affect the organ or the parts of the brain that we’re trying to stimulate. Essentially we’re trying to balance the energy (the qi) and the flow of blood through the body to get those results. That’s how Cassandra chooses the point.

Perhaps you’ve wanted to try acupuncture but were concerned about the size of the needles. There’s no need to be nervous as the needles are super thin—smaller than a piece of hair! Our needles are in a guide tube, which looks like a little straw. Most people will feel the straw pushing on their skin more than they’ll feel the insertion of the needle.

Some patients don’t even feel the needles being inserted, and others even fall asleep during their sessions as acupuncture is highly relaxing. Some individuals also experience a floating sensation. Others feel the energy moving and have a heavy sensation.

This type of modality applies pressure on the meridians instead of using needles. It’s often used either on children or someone who has a fear of needles. Cassandra teaches patients how to do acupressure on certain points at home so they can prolong their care plan in between sessions. The exercises are easy to do.

To stimulate the points further, electro-acupuncture can be attached to the needles. It’s similar to electro stimulation that uses pads that you sometimes get at the chiropractor or physical therapist. It’s the same type of buzzing sensation to help relax the muscles. It stimulates the point that it’s inserted to.

Electro-acupuncture is effective for muscle tightness. Many people with low back pain disc issues have success with pain relief when acupuncture is combined with electro-acupuncture.

Cupping is ideal for pain relief, particularly any musculoskeletal aches or pains. It helps to boost the immune system and open the pores to release toxins. This therapy pulls the skin into a cup. When it does that, it helps promote the flow of blood, fluid and energy underneath the tissues. That’s what helps with pain relief.

Cupping is a very gentle therapy. Cassandra will perform cupping at your comfort level. Some people prefer the cups to be very tight, and others barely want them touching their skin. She can either leave the cups in place or move them around.

If you like getting a massage cupping is like getting a reverse massage.

Can people of any age get acupuncture?


Acupuncture is appropriate for teens and older.
Are there any contraindications?

Not necessarily. Cassandra will ask if you’re on blood thinners. If you have a bleeding disorder, acupuncture may not be the best option for you. She’ll also ask if you bruise easily or are pregnant and if you are taking any medications. If we do electro-acupuncture she needs to know if there’s metal in your body (e.g., you have a pacemaker).
Can pregnant women get acupuncture?

Yes, we just need to be cautious with the points that we use.
Does acupuncture hurt?

No, the needles used are ultra-thin. You may feel a slight prick or some discomfort, but it’s not painful. Let Cassandra know if anything is uncomfortable and if there’s a place that you don’t want to be needled. She will avoid that area.
Do you use essential oils?

Cassandra uses them more therapeutic-wise as part of a patient’s care plan. Certain oils will be recommended for pain relief by applying them topically. She will recommend that other oils be taken internally.

Schedule a Session Today

Find out if acupuncture Mesa could help you get the relief you’ve been seeking. Contact Wellness Collective Arizona today to book a session with Cassandra!
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