ALANA POLLACK HAMMER
MS, Dipl.OM, LAC
“If there is pain, there is no free flow; if there is free flow, there is no pain.” –famous Chinese saying.
ADVANCED STYLE OF ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT
It is a common misconception that acupuncture should be given to the affected area of a patient’s disease. This concept of “local” treatment is actually less effective and misses the magic of acupuncture theory. The body possesses a complex system of connections, primarily made of nerves and blood vessels. Acupuncture uses its meridian system to describe the functional organization of these connections to help relieve pain and improve bodily functions.
I primarily practice “Balance Method Acupuncture”. Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan developed this system of treatment, with strong influences from Master Tung and Dr. Chao Chen’s I-Ching Acupuncture. The Balance Method uses powerful “distal” acupuncture points on the arms and legs to treat all aspects of the body. So if you come to my clinic complaining about knee pain, the one place I won’t put a needle is in your injured knee. By choosing “remote” acupuncture points, I can have the patient move the affected area during treatment to observe the clinical effects.
Balance Method Acupuncture is unique in its ability to obtain instantaneous results for pain. After insertion of the needles, most patients can immediately feel a decrease in pain level and improved range of motion. The points used during Balance Method Acupuncture treatments are considered to be the most powerful points on each meridian, according to classical Chinese theory. These locations were originally detailed in the oldest known Chinese medical text: The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic.
GENERAL PAIN CONDITIONS
Arthritis and joint pain (hand, knee, etc.), Fibromyalgia, Menstrual pain, Muscle tension, Muscle spasms, Overuse /overtraining injuries, Pain from cancer, Post-surgical pain, Repetitive strain injuries, Sprains/strain (wrist, ankle, knee, etc,), Stress-related pain and Tendonitis.
LOW BACK PAIN, SACROILIAC PAIN AND PELVIC PAIN
Chronic pelvic pain, Lumbar disc pain, Nerve pain from herpes zoster (shingles) and Sciatica.
NECK PAIN AND THORACIC (UPPER BACK) PAIN
Cervical disc pain, Neck pain, Neck sprain/strain, Thoracic disc pain, Thoracic outlet syndrome,Upper back pain and Whiplash syndrome.
HEADACHES & FACIAL PAIN
Dental and jaw pain, Headache, Migraines, Tension headaches and TMJ syndrome.
SHOULDER PAIN AND UPPER ARM PAIN
Bicep tendonitis, Frozen shoulder, Rotator cuff injury, Shoulder instability and Shoulder tendonitis.
ELBOW PAIN, FOREARM PAIN, WRIST PAIN, AND HAND PAIN
Carpal tunnel syndrome, Finger sprains and arthritis, Hand sprains and arthritis, Tennis & golfer’s elbow, Wrist pain and Wrist sprains and arthritis.
HIP, THIGH, AND KNEE PAIN
Ligament sprains, Hamstring strains, Hip/gluteal tendonitis, Knee pain, Knee meniscus injuries, Knee osteoarthritis, Patellar tendonitis, Post joint-replacement recovery and Quadriceps tendonitis.
CALF PAIN, ANKLE PAIN, AND FOOT PAIN
Achilles tendonitis, Ankle sprain, Ankle/foot tendonitis, Foot pain, Heel pain, Calf strains and Plantar fasciitis.