I first turned to acupuncture when I had tried everything else and nothing had worked. I had a stubborn, recurring sinus infection that wouldn’t go away. My mother suggested I go see a naturopath and the naturopath asked if I would be open to trying acupuncture. Desperate to be well, I agreed. I was skeptical, but quickly became a believer in the healing power of a few carefully placed needles. When the final needle was inserted right between my eyes, the sinus congestion literally disappeared; it was instantly gone. I don’t know how or why acupuncture works, I just know that it does. I have used acupuncture to treat a wide variety of ailments – pain, illness and stress – and always been delighted with the results of the treatment. Most recently, Gina has been working on my ankle. I had a nasty injury that was initially misdiagnosed as a sprained ankle. After eight weeks of resting, icing, elevating and wrapping my ankle, taking anti-inflammatories and going to physical therapy my ankle was not healing. It was still swollen, still extremely painful and still several different unnatural shades of purple, green and gray. So I called Gina. After a single treatment, the color returned to the ankle and I began to finally heal. Gina has used acupuncture, cold laser, Gua Sha, cupping and Kineseotape on my ankle and the combination of therapies has been perfect. At different stages in my healing process, certain treatment methods have been more important. I went through a phase when I could really feel the laser working on the soft tissue inside my ankle. Then there were a few months where I was addicted to Kineseotape. It really helped manage the swelling I would get in the ankle after a day of heavy activity. Currently, I am in love with cupping, especially the tiny cups. Gina has actually measured the range of motion in my ankle immediately before and after an acupuncture treatment and the increase is remarkable and quantifiable. I don’t know where I’d be without Gina. My ankle is stronger, and really my entire body is in better shape than before my injury. My recovery would not have been so successful without acupuncture and alternative treatment.
I always look forward to my acupuncture appointments with Gina. That time is time that I have set aside for myself, some “me time”. Some people might enjoy a manicure or a massage, but to me, there is nothing more relaxing than acupuncture. Unwinding is challenging for me. I have trouble shutting off my mind, being still and just breathing. I’m not sure if it is the expertly placed needles, the super-comfy table, the cozy atmosphere, the soothing tunes playing softly in the background or Gina’s calming personality, but I always walk out feeling rested and rejuvenated.