Many kids today suffer from chronic inflammatory conditions such as asthma, eczema, constipation and headaches.
As parents have become more fed up with the lack of effectiveness of western medicine and frustrated with the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs; many have turned to acupuncture and alternative methods to offer a safe, natural and effective treatment for their child’s condition.
1 in 3 children in the United States suffering from asthma, allergies, ADHD or autism
We are finding that more children are suffering from chronic childhood illnesses then ever before. Pediatric acupuncture focuses on treating symptoms leading to a safe resolution of illness and preventing illness in the future by stimulating healing and restoring the body’s own resilience. Modern acupuncture treatments are done using painless acupuncture and non-needle treatment techniques, so even children afraid of needles will find the treatments easy and painless.
In Chinese medicine the belief is that each child is unique and we customize each treatment plan to the child’s individual needs.
Michelle takes into full consideration the child’s medical history as well as physical constitution when constructing a treatment plan for her pediatric patients. Michelle will often give dietary recommendations, as well as suggest tuina (Chinese medical massage) techniques to stimulate the child’s immune system.
As a mother of two children, Michelle is very sensitive to some children’s apprehension about acupuncture.
She is determined to make the acupuncture experience as positive as possible for both the children and parents. Using a “child-led” technique, Michelle allows the child to dictate what techniques they are comfortable with and which ones they aren’t ok with.
Building trust is the key to Michelle’s success with treating children and babies. For young children a rapid needling technique is used, where the needle is inserted and immediately taken out. Babies and children do not have to sit still for more than a few seconds at a time.
If the child isn’t excited about trying acupuncture, Michelle has plenty of other non-needle techniques she can use to stimulate the acupuncture points in a gentler manner. These techniques include laser, tuning forks, micro-current pen, essential oils, energy work, crystals, acupressure and Tuina (Chinese Medical Massage).
Parents and children love acupuncture because it is safe, natural and a less invasive healing technique that is actually GOOD for your body!
Here’s a list of some of the common ailments I treat in my pediatric practice: