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Due to frequent exposure in the media, most of the public is now at least vaguely familiar with acupuncture. However, many people do not realize that acupuncture is only one of a number of therapies included under the wide umbrella of what is known in Asia as Chinese medicine (also known as Asian and Oriental Medicine in the west). In fact, the word acupuncture in Chinese actually denotes the use of acupuncture needles as well as moxibustion. Commonly used therapies in Chinese medicine include:  

  • Acupuncture- The puncturing of the skin with extremely thin needles in 1 or more of several hundred points known to help with certain conditions or patterns of imbalance. Points may be chosen according to the ancient, and elaborate, diagnostic system of Chinese medicine, or other less intricate ways of choosing points to treat may also be employed. The needles use are so small that most people, even those who generally hate needles, find them tolerable. However, for those folks who are just plain needle phobic, the principles of acupuncture can still be used without actually penetrating the skin used pressure against the skin, ie. acupressure . However, the effects are generally milder and take longer to achieve the desired effect.  
  • Herbal Medicine -Including plant, mineral, and animal products, herbal medicine has been used in Asia for several thousand years for the treatment of both acute and chronic diseases.  
  • Moxibustion -The application of a an herb called moxa, or mugwort, which is burned above certain acupuncture points or areas of the body to increase circulation.  
  • Cupping- The application of glass or plastic cups with suction to the skin. Useful for muscle knots and for some internal disorders.  
  • GuaSha- Literally meaning to scrape until "sand" appears. This therapy uses a tool, traditionally made of bone, to scrape the skin until petechia (ie. small, sand like bruises) appear. Especially effective for chronic injuries, this technique bears a resemblance to much more recently developed techniques used by chiropractors and physical therapists like myofascial release,  cross friction massage, and proprietary systems like Graston Technique.  
  • Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan)- While western medicine only recently began to recognize the importance of exercise and stress management techniques on overall health, Chinese medicine has long advocated cultivation of health through physical methods that promote fitness and overall well-being. Qigong and taijiquan are arts which cultivate health through the promotion of integration of mind and body.  

 

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“I was in excruciating neck pain and arm pain….the treatments Dr. Z provided soon helped bring my pain under control…I feel like I have the old me back.” 

Christine N., Real Estate Agent 

 

“Better posture…regained balance…increased strength…less tired and able to function with normality…..quality of life improved. 

             Linda F., Housewife 

 

“At first, my back was killing me as well as my driving foot. I would literally limp after getting out of the car to get in the house. Your chiropractic adjustments helped me recover almost immediately.” 

 

“I tore my right shoulder rotator cuff..You treated my shoulder with adjustments and the laser and it is better. The doctors at my work are astonished. I teasingly tell them all the time that the only true medicine is Chiropractic medicine. Thank you Dr. Zimmerman-you’re the best.                  Liz R., Manager 

 

“Chiropractic care eased my neck ache and lower back ache felt after my car accident...I would truly recommend chiropractic care for those who feel that they need to correct posture or those who suffer from back aches, headaches, neck aches, or to just better a lifestyle. I feel that your services are terrific.”-             Ricardo D., 

 

“Working with Dr. Zimmerman has showed me how much better I can feel without taking medication. This is the only treatment that I have had which has offered me immediate relief.”-Aaron G., Programmer

 

Dr. Zimmerman's complete approach to wellness is, I think, the way forward for modern medicine. He treated my symptoms and the causes simultaneously, this helped me to correct problems with my posture that were causing my discomfort."-

          Tim W, music producer

 

Your assistance in ridding myself of bone spurs on my heels worked like a miracle. I have had no pain ever since using your advice and techniques. I have now lost over 50 lbs. and continue to loose slowly. Today I can walk for 2-4 miles comfortably..I continue to tell my friends of your assistance and expertise and refer them to you for services whenever possible. I really do appreciate all you've done for me.-       Linda R., Teacher

 

 

 

The above are all true testimonials from patient’s of Zimmerman Chiropractic and available for viewing in our office. We have not included full last names to protect our patients’ privacy.