Acupuncture for Neuro-Functional Recovery and Rehabilitation
Tom has a gift for seeing simplicity in complex subjects.
All systems in the body are reliant upon the nervous system. It is like the system of waterways - springs, streams, rivers, seas - in nature.
As an acupuncturist, Tom integrates Eastern holistic perspectives with modern neuro-anatomical knowledge to help people recover and live more fully with neurological problems.
Tom specializes in treating neurological disorders and neuro-muscular problems including but not limited to those listed below.
Sciatica, low back pain, hip pain
Neuro-functional acupuncture offers profound assistance with quality of life for:
Stroke (post-stroke recovery)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
MS - Multiple Sclerosis
ALS - Amyotrohpic Lateral Sclerosis; aka. Lou Gerhigs Disease
Various Autoimmune Diseases
Why see a Neuro-functional Acupuncturist?
Because Neuro-functional acupuncture targets the brain and nervous system,
and acts to:
1) Reduce inflammation in the brain and peripheral nerves
(Reduces Pain, Reduces Brain Fog)
2) Restore top-down organization among major brain networks
(Restores Clarity, Self-control and Personal Autonomy)
3) Facilitate auto-regulatory feedback loops between systems and
restore synchrony within the brain and peripheral nervous system
(Improves motor control, Reduces effects of stress, Promotes Healing)
This means, NFA can help anyone suffering from a:
Neuro-degenerative disorder - Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - ALS, Huntington's, et al.
Autoimmune disease - Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Graves Disease, Guillain Barre Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, et al.
Neuro-Behavioral Disorder - ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourette's Syndrome, et al.
Neuro-Psychiatric Disorder - Addictions, Eating disorders, Mood disorders, Sleep disorders, et al.
Modern neuroscience informs us of functional relationships within different areas of the brain and also between the nervous system and other systems of the body (such as endocrine, immune, musculo-skeletal and digestive systems). Neuro-functional acupuncture is a modern way of seeing the acupuncture channels which focuses on the nervous system and its functional relationships and nerve pathways throughout the body.
Traditional acupuncture focuses on pathways of circulation through the body in a more general way. The acupuncturist assesses blood circulation, fluid and lymph movement as well as sensations of warmth and cold, heaviness, numbness and pain. These and several other diagnostic indicators guide the traditional acupuncturist to stimulate the body at different locations (acupuncture points) to effect change in the body.
The goal of treatment is to alleviate symptoms and shift the person's experience in the direction of balance for that individual, at the time of treatment. This often involves techniques to relieve pain and directly work on problematic areas but also involves treatment to address underlying systemic patterns of imbalance. The long range goal then is to do this consistently until the pain or problem is resolved and systemic re-patterning can be sustained. Thus, not only is health re-established but the patient is made stronger by the process.
It is a process that invites the patient to participate in the creation of health and healing in their body and in their life. It is by nature an empowering process that gradually hands health back to the patient and shows them how to sustain it.
Traditional acupuncture and neuro-functional acupuncture are in no way opposed to one another. Rather, they compliment each other very well.
The modern neuroscience-based approach gives us specific, targeted ways to address problems with known involvement of nerves and nervous system derangement. At the same time, the classical Chinese medicine approach provides a comprehensive way to restore circulation and vitality to the tissues and engage the body's self-healing capabilities. To use the two together is like knowing the general terrain you're traveling in while still using a GPS to arrive at your specific destination.
...It's just the smart way to go.
Acupuncture can help!
If you'd like to make it a part of your holistic treatment plan...
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At Alchemy Center, we believe in listening to the body and awakening the inherent wisdom from within the body. To this end Tom utilizes both classical acupuncture techniques and modern neuro-functional techniques, both with and without electro-acupuncture. Tom also incorporates East Asian bodywork (Tui Na), Qigong rehabilitative exercises, and anti-inflammatory dietary guidance into his work when appropriate.
Tom has taught acupuncture for 14 years at the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in Sugar Grove, NC. He loves to teach and practice Qigong and Tai Chi as well and does regular classes at Alchemy Center for Healing Therapies in Boone, NC.
"The healer you have been looking for
is your own courage to know and love yourself completely"