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Frequently Asked Questions In Motion Orthopedic & Sports Acupuncture

Serving the communities of Mesa, Apache Junction, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.

Does acupuncture hurt?

People often comment that they did not feel the insertion of the needle and are completely unaware of its presence. Occasionally, a momentary sensation, like a mosquito bite, is felt with the insertion. When the needles are appropriately stimulated, a pressure, tingling or traveling sensation may be felt. Most people are amazed by how relaxed they feel during and after the treatment.

Is acupuncture safe?

As long as it is performed by a competent practitioner, acupuncture is extremely safe. Acupuncturists are required to use sterile disposable needles that are discarded after one use.

What conditions are treated with acupuncture?

At In Motion Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture we specialize in the treatment of orthopedic, neuromuscular and neurologic conditions. We have successfully treated:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Recent injuries
  • Post surgical pain
  • Sciatica
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Wrist Pain
  • Foot Pain
  • Parkinson’s
  • Stroke recovery
  • Sports performance enhancement
  • Colds and flu
  • Asthma
  • Sinus conditions

Can acupuncture help stroke patients?

Yes. Denise has studied special acupuncture techniques that are highly effective in helping stroke patients restore mobility, speech and memory. Acupuncture works best for stroke patients when it is given as soon as possible after a stroke. Patients have a higher chance of achieving full recovery if they receive acupuncture from 1 day to three months after suffering a stroke. We have established the Kinetic Clinic two days a week especially for stroke recovery.

What is the Kinetic Clinic?

The Kinetic Clinic is a group acupuncture setting that fosters an encouraging community healing environment. We use scalp acupuncture primarily. Specific zones on the scalp are directly related to different areas of the body. Stimulation of these zones while the patient moves, rapidly increases and restores mobility. The same techniques can be used to improve balance and alleviate pain. Once maximum effect has been achieved other points may be added while the patient rests comfortably in a chair.

Because patients are treated in small groups of four the cost of treatment is less than for a private session. The Kinetic Clinic is ideal for stroke patients and is also very effective for patients who are experiencing pain. Call us at 480-832-0966 for days and times.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture points are specific points located on the body proven to treat specific conditions. Stimulation of these points signals the body to produce endorphins, which are the body’s own natural painkillers. These endorphins are hundreds of times stronger than morphine. Various hormones and neurotransmitters are also released through the stimulation of acupuncture points. This is why acupuncture can alleviate pain, balance hormones and restore our sense of well being. In addition, it decreases swelling and inflammation as well as increasing circulation to promote healing of injured tissues.

How should I prepare for my treatment?

  • Bring a list of current medications and supplements to your first visit.
  • Even better, bring the actual bottles to your appointment.
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing that can be easily rolled up.
  • Eat a light meal 1-2 hrs before your appointment.

What should I do after my treatment?

  • Drink several 8 oz glasses of water.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and strenuous activity for the remainder of the day.
  • Follow the recommendations given to you by your acupuncturist.

How many treatments will I need?

This is unique to the individual and depends on the severity of the condition. Mild sprains and strains may heal after 1-3 treatments. More severe acute conditions and recent injuries may require 2 treatments a week for 2-3 weeks in order to provide the best outcome. Chronic conditions generally require more treatments. For chronic conditions I recommend 6-8 treatments and then I reassess your progress. Some people notice an immediate improvement in their health, while for others acupuncture tends to have a cumulative effect over several visits.

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Many companies now do provide acupuncture coverage. It is best to call your insurance company to find out if your policy includes acupuncture. We will give you a receipt that you can send to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Does the clinic offer Chinese herbs? If so, what kind?

Yes, we have an extensive Chinese herbal pharmacy that consists of patent herbal formulas that come as capsules or tablets. The clinic also offers customized formulas. We also carry a variety of liniments, salves and patches for external use. All our herbs and supplements are of the highest quality and are certified good manufacturing practice (GMP).

What Sets Our Clinic Apart From Other Chinese Medical Practitioners?

  1. Denise has extensive training and experience in acupuncture orthopedics, sports acupuncture and neuromuscular therapy. She is also certified in Integrative Sports medicine. This background gives her the ability to treat the most challenging sports and orthopedic related injuries and get you back in motion as quickly as possible.
  2. Denise has studied advanced needling techniques that rapidly and effectively alleviate pain, restore motion and treat the root cause of your condition.
  3. We teach you how to care for yourself to speed recovery.
  4. We combine acupuncture treatments with tuina (Chinese massage), stretching and mobilization techniques to facilitate a complete recovery.
  5. We do a through Western orthopedic assessment as well as a comprehensive Chinese medicine diagnosis. The results are clearly communicated to you.
  6. We love what we do and are devoted to top quality patient care.
  7. We take our time with you: 1.5 hours in the first visit and 60 minute follow-ups.
  8. We educate you about what's wrong, why and how it can be healed according to Chinese medical principles.
  9. All of our herbs and supplements are highest quality GMP certified, safe and effective.
  10. You can speak to Denise, the owner of In Motion Orthopedic & Sports Acupuncture, directly about your needs.
  11. Your treatment is personally tailored to your needs. Many practitioners use the same protocols on all of their patients. At In Motion Orthopedic and Sports Acupuncture, your treatment specifically reflects your unique individual dynamics.
  12. Evening appointments are available.

If you are ready to take control of your health and get back in motion, then call our clinic today at 480.832.0966 and set up your first appointment. We are never to busy to help you!

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Our Mission is to Help you:

  • Stay active, strong and pain free.
  • Restore your health so you can reclaim your life.
  • Correct the root causes so recurrence is minimized.
  • Rebuild a solid foundation of health, strength and vitality for life.

4435 E. Broadway Rd. Suite 4
Mesa, AZ 85206

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“After knee surgery I was unable to lift my leg enough to climb a stair. I couldn’t make the stair so she adjusted the needles then I tried again. Then she adjusted the needles again and then I could lift my foot up. I’ve had acupuncture from 10 different acupuncturists, but never from someone specializing in orthopedic acupuncture. What she did was amazing.” - JK
Pain or loss of mobility is a warning sign from our body that something is very wrong. It is telling us that we need to take action immediately and make changes in our lives. My own personal experience has taught me that ignoring pain will not make it go away, and hoping to wake up with mobility suddenly restored is wishful thinking...