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Our ability to help people with treatment resistant migraines and headaches has motivated increasing number of patients to visit us from out of state or remote areas of Wisconsin.  If you have worked with doctors, specialists, chiropractors, and other practitioners without success please… don’t give up hope. Go to this page for Information For Patients Who Travel To Beaver Dam

 

Relief from Migraines & Upper Back Pain

 

My name is Linda S.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in October 2012 because I was suffering from migraines and upper back pain.   I had sharp, intense pain in my upper back, lower neck, and head for ten years. I couldn’t lift 10 pounds without being in pain or walk my dog because it strained my back. It was difficult to work, socialize, or sleep comfortably. My vision was blurred and I lost my appetite. All of this made me feel irritable and depressed.

 

I tried medications such as Diclofinac and a muscle relaxer called Metaxalone.  I also tried physical therapy and finally Novocaine and Botox injections.  I felt hopeless when none of these offered any relief.  They only gave me pressure headaches and made me sick to my stomach.

 

I began to feel some improvements in my condition after one treatment at Abundance Acupuncture.  At this point in time my condition feels 80% better. I now feel like a weight is off of my shoulders.  I’m not popping pills all the time and I am able to sit and stand without pain. Now that I have relief from the constant pain my appetite is better, I am more active, and less depressed.

During the treatments I felt relaxed and refreshed. The clinic is wonderful and the staff is very attentive.  I would recommend acupuncture to everyone because of the relief it gave me, especially after enduring years of medications with no help.

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No More Aspartame, No More Headaches!

 

Before I started getting acupuncture treatments I had been dealing with head-pounding headaches for a couple years. It had gotten so bad that I was taking up to 8 Tylenol® a day!! Looking back, it really started when I began to drink diet soda on a regular basis. Once it was brought to my attention how aspartame metabolizes in my body and how it could be the root cause of my headaches, I cut back my intake drastically from 6 cans a day to one or two a week. Now, I no longer need to take pain medications for headaches and I can think more clearly!

 

Ask questions, get the facts, and know that greatly reducing artificial sweeteners in my diet made a BIG difference for me!

 

Miles Shea

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Neck Pain and Headaches

 

I want to thank you for helping me after my latest round of severe neck pain. I cannot believe how much your acupuncture treatments have helped. As I told you, my "pain in the neck” started when I was in 4th grade. As a 10 year old I sustained a neck injury in a gymnastics class. For years I saw a chiropractor, which helped with my range of motion and the worst sharp pain. But ever since I have suffered chronic headaches, upper back and neck pain and discomfort. As an adult, occasionally I wake up in the morning in intense pain, unable to move my head or neck I came to you hoping you might be able to help me with pain management I had no idea I would also experience greater range of motion AND relief from my constant headaches!

 

I didn’t know quite what to expect during my first treatment. I was surprised how it felt when the needles were inserted and removed. There was a tiny “ping” feeling, some pressure, and then I couldn't feel the needles at all. I've found it easy to drift off and fall asleep during treatments because it's very relaxing, actually.

 

Before taking acupuncture, I had headaches all the time--‑about 4 per week, sometimes more.  And I always had tension and aching in my neck and upper back. Now, headaches and all that discomfort are rare for me. At first, when I had pain free days, I was so unaccustomed I kept saying "I can't believe how good I feel! I don't have a headache! I’m in not in pain!" Pain had become a part of my life at such a young age that it's very strange to not feel it now. I really appreciate this new pain‑free life! It's a gift.

 

There have been other unexpected benefits. Because I don't suffer so much physical pain and discomfort, I actually feel like doing things more often with friends, and I enjoy myself more because I'm not fighting a head or neck ache. It's easier for me to focus on having a great time. Also, I'm more comfortable on the job because my range of motion isn't restricted, my upper back and neck pain are almost completely gone, and again, I'm not fighting headaches. It feels like a new life.

 

Thank you so much. Your work has improved the quality of my life.     Kristanne C.

 

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35 Years of Headaches

 

My name is Lois S.  I went to an acupressure workshop given by Abundance Acupuncture on August 21st, 2007 because I was suffering from headaches several times per week,  I have had this problem for 35 years. The headaches would wake me up at night and also interfere with my work day. They interrupted my sleep and caused me to feel fatigued and irritable.   

 

I tried medications such as Aleve and Excedrin Migraine and chiropractic.  The medications that I took caused stomach ulcers and bleeding ulcers that resulted in my being hospitalized this year.

 

I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after a demonstration treatment at the workshop and since then I have been able to manage the headaches myself using the techniques I learned at the acupressure workshop.  At this point in time my condition feels 85% better.  It has been over 15 years since I have had so few headaches! I now feel I have control of the headaches and not the other way around.  I am able to stop the headaches without medication and enjoy any activity.

 

I am looking forward to beginning my acupuncture treatments for other pain management!

 

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Fifty Five Years of Headaches & Neck Pain

 

My name is Jane V.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in March 2010 because I was suffering from chronic migraine headaches and neck pain that started 55 years ago when I was a child. When my neck hurt the headaches would follow and this was starting to happen four or five times a week.  The headaches would sometimes get so severe that I thought my head would explode. They also interrupted my sleep and made me feel fatigued, depressed, irritable, hopeless, and embarrassed.  It was difficult for me to go out and socialize with friends and family. Many times my husband and I had to leave events because I felt a headache coming on or because I suddenly got a migraine.

 

I was treated all these years with imitrex, anti-seizure medications, and various pain medications. The imitrex helped but it only treated the symptoms and did not prevent the headaches from coming back.  I also tried physical therapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy but I ended up feeling hung over and even more sore after the massage.

 

I began to feel significant improvements in my neck and head after one treatment at Abundance Acupuncture and continued with several treatments per week.  At this point in time my condition feels 100% better.  I now feel much better. My neck pain is gone and I rarely have any signs of a headache. I sleep all night and wake refreshed, my energy level is great, and I feel good as well as happy.  My husband and I get out more often; in fact, we enjoyed golfing all summer.

 

During the treatments I felt very relaxed. I look forward to my treatments as my “wellness time”.  The clinic is lovely, clean, and neat and the staff is extremely friendly.  I would recommend acupuncture to my dearest family and friends because it eliminated my long time problem with migraines and pain.  As for myself, I am going to continue with treatments once a month for maintenance.

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Daily Headaches and Shoulder Pain

 

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First, I think it is important to give you a little bit of background on me so you can understand the impact acupuncture has had on my life:  I am 48 years old, have been a competitive swimmer since I was 7, and have been competing in triathlons for 13 years.  In September 2010, my husband and I finished Ironman Wisconsin together:  swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles.

 

In October 2010, I was not feeling very well and was struggling with a headache and sinus congestion.  Thinking it was just allergies, I took some over the counter drugs to relieve both the sinus pressure and the headache.  Much to my surprise, I wasn’t getting any relief.  Within a few days, the headache was so severe I started waking up throwing up in the middle of the night.  I couldn’t even move my neck because the pain started to go down the right shoulder and into my arm. 

 

Then, one evening it was so bad I asked my husband to take me to the emergency room. (We have been married 24 years and I have never asked him to take me to the doctor, so you know it was pretty severe)  I actually thought I was having a stroke because it was extremely difficult for me to concentrate and get my words out.  At the emergency room, they did a cat scan and couldn’t see anything, so they put me on some very strong pain meds to relieve the pain of the headache.  Within a few days we had an appointment with a neurologist at the UW-Hospitals.  To make a long story short, four months later, many, many tests and almost daily headaches, the neurologist still was at a loss as to what was going on.

 

 In March he recommended that I try alternative medicine and so my husband recommended acupuncture. As a veterinarian, he was reading in his veterinary journals and medical journals that this form of alternative medicine was making a rather significant difference in both people and animals. Plus, we had a few friends who were recommending it to us as well.

 

So I made the call to Abundance Acupuncture and began my ‘alternative’ treatments.  I came in very skeptical, as I had truly had it with what was going on, as I was pretty much not functional all this time.  Plus, I am leery of trying new things anyway, so for me, this was a stretch.  All I can say is: Simply amazing.  My treatments began at the end of March.  By the end of April, I had gone from almost daily headaches to only having 3 headaches in the month of April.  In May, I had only had 1 severe headache.  Life was almost back to normal.  By the end of May, I was given permission to start running again.  I couldn’t believe it. Back in November I thought my way of life of exercising every day and being able to do the things I enjoy was over and after two months of acupuncture I could start doing everything again.

 

Now, I swear by acupuncture.  In the fall of 2011, I did my first ½ marathon and the following spring began competing again in triathlons.  I go to acupuncture even if I start to feel any discomfort at the back of my head, or in my right shoulder.  It has been the best thing I could have ever done.  No pain meds have been needed since March 2011.  Acupuncture has truly been a blessing in my life.

 

Plus, to top it all off, after thinking I would not be able to compete again, I was very blessed to be able to take part and finish Ironman Wisconsin 2012!  Thank you Abundance Acupuncture.  I tell all my friends and anyone who asks about you!

 

Rita H.

Wife of 1

Mom of 3

2 time Ironman Wisconsin Finisher

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Relief from 15 Years of Migraines

 

My name is Denise.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in July 2015 because I had been suffering from migraines for 15 years. They started with neck pain which then spread up the back of my head and behind my eyes. They were aggravated by bright lights, made me feel nauseous, and sometimes continued without a break for six hours. It was difficult for me to work or take care of my animals. The migraines also left me feeling exhausted and I often missed out on get-togethers with my friends.

 

I tried medications such as Excedrin Migraine, Maxalt, and Vicodin, as well as chiropractic and massage therapy to resolve this problem and experienced some temporary relief.

 

I began to feel improvements in my condition after twelve treatments at Abundance Acupuncture.  At this point in time my condition feels 90% better. I feel less tightness in my shoulders and have more range of motion in my neck.  I am sleeping better and I don’t have to worry about when the next migraine might come and interrupt my life.

 

During the treatments I felt relaxed. The clinic has a comfortable atmosphere and the staff is very friendly and helpful. I recommend acupuncture to everyone because this was my last option and it really helped me! 

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Relief from Dizziness and Headaches

 

My name is Barbara D.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in February of 2011 because I was suffering from dizziness, vertigo, headaches, and tingling in my hand.     I had these problems for 16 months. They made me feel so uneasy that, at its worst, I would feel sick to my stomach, be filled with anxiety, and feel like I was about to pass out.  It was difficult for me to sleep and I was irritable, hopelessness, and exhausted.   I was unable to keep up my usual social activities and I stayed at home because I was afraid that the dizziness would flare up unexpectedly.  I had to put my life completely on hold for more than a year.

 

I visited many doctors and specialists and tried medications such as Diazepam, Meclizine, and others.  The Diazepam would put me to sleep but, I woke up the next morning feeling just the same as before. I tried reflexology which helped a bit but, it was too painful for me to continue.  I even had neck surgery which made no difference and I now wonder if it was even necessary.  Then my daughter in law told me of a friend who came to Abundance Acupuncture and of the success that she had.  

 

I took my daughter in law’s advice and began to feel some improvements in my condition after four treatments at Abundance Acupuncture.  At this point in time my condition feels 80% better. I now feel more at ease with myself because I have less dizziness and fewer headaches. I have recovered my social life with family and friends which I deeply missed and I am able to comfortably drive my car again for the first time in the last nine months.  I have also had significant improvement in the nausea that I was feeling and the tingling in my hand has lessened.

 

The staff at Abundance Acupuncture is wonderful. I look forward to the feeling of relaxation that I experience during the treatments.  I would recommend acupuncture to anyone who has tried everything else because acupuncture is painless and has done wonders in returning me back to a normal life.

 

Thank you all,

Barbara  

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Headaches and Neuropathy

 

My name is Gretchen.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in March, 2011 because I was suffering from debilitating nerve pain in my head.  I had this problem for three months and it gave me sharp, shooting, stabbing pains in the back and top of my head.  I also felt severe pressure and pain building up in my head.  I was unable to lie in bed for longer than 30 seconds due to the pain, I couldn’t sleep for longer than two hours at a time, and I felt fatigued, irritable, depressed, and hopeless.

 

I tried medications including antiseizure medications, narcotics, and other headache medications but they did not relieve the pain. They made me feel sedated and groggy which felt terrible because, even though I was horribly sleep deprived I still couldn’t get a normal night of sleep.

 

 After the first two treatments at Abundance Acupuncture I was very aware that improvement was being made and after six treatments I felt significantly better. At this point in time my condition is 90% better.  I feel like I have control of my life again.  I am able to sleep at night and wake up rested.  I have more energy to enjoy work and life with my family again and I feel happier.

 

During the treatments I felt relaxed and at peace. I used the time to pray and sing hymns in my head. The clinic is very pleasant and the staff has a wealth of knowledge and professional training which they focus on caring for your individual needs.

 

I have never experienced this type of nerve pain before but, I would recommend acupuncture to anyone dealing with headaches and nerve pain because of the help I received.  I feel that acupuncture allowed me to regain control of my life and for that I am truly thankful.

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Chronic, All Over, Aches and Pains

 

My name is Kirsten M.   I came to Abundance Acupuncture in March 2014 because I was suffering from headaches and pain in my neck, back, and other joints.  I had these pains for most of my life.  My whole body ached and my hands and joints were very painful and swollen. I was unable to sleep properly and this left me feeling tired, irritable, and depressed.  It was difficult to work full time or simply function normally in my daily life.

 

I tried medications such as Aleve, Tylenol, muscle relaxants, and Trazadone, but I continued to be fatigued and in a lot of pain.  I started to feel significant improvements and was able to move my neck with less pain during my first treatment.  Now I am feeling great!  I have less pain, feel more energetic, and I am able to do the things I enjoy that I haven’t been able to do in years. I am less depressed and I have been able to eliminate a number of medications which I had been taking for years and years.

During the treatments I felt relaxed and could actually feel the pain melting away. The staff at the clinic is very friendly and helpful.  I would recommend acupuncture to anyone who hurts because it works.

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Relief from Facial Nerve Pain

My name is Roger Krause.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in September, 2Ol3 because I was suffering the after effects of a (Wallenberg) brain stem stroke.

A few days after the stroke, I couldn't swallow and I had some nerve pain on the side of my nose. With therapy I regained the ability to swallow and recovered my weight (I had lost 30 pounds), but the nerve pain in my face persisted and even expanded for four months. The intense tingling that started on my nose spread to include my lips, mouth, and both sides of my face.

The nerve pain would stay away for awhile and then come back spontaneously. It would go away if I wiped my face lightly with my hand, but I never knew how many seconds or minutes it would take to return. This made it difficult for me to work or do any other activities because I spent half the time lightly wiping my face to relieve the sensation. It also interrupted my sleep and made me feel irritable.

I tried medications such as carbamazepine to resolve this problem.  It didn't help with the pain and when it started to affect my swallowing my doctor discontinued it. 

I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after four acupuncture treatments. At this point in time my condition feels 80% better. I am able to do more work and participate more normally in everyday activities because I am no longer distracted by wiping my face all the time. I am also feeling significantly more energetic.

During the treatments I felt relaxed and in good hands. The herbs and supplements recommended by Abundance Acupuncture helped with my overall health and reduced my blood pressure. The clinic is excellent and the staff is very professional. I would recommend acupuncture to everyone I know that has some physical issues because the clinic treats the causes of our ailments; not just the symptoms.

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Headache, PMS, & Infertility

 

 Abundance Acupuncture has helped me with a number of different health concerns: frequent headaches, Premenstrual Syndrome, and fertility issues.  The headaches and muscle tension in the neck and shoulders started over 9 years ago. Whenever I was stressed out I would get increased tension which would lead to a headache.  Then I would get stressed out because I had headaches, which would lead to more headaches, and it became a vicious cycle.  When I was taking birth control pills I had headaches every day, but even after I got off of the pill I had headaches at least twice a week.  They were worse before my period and whenever I was stressed out.

 

I went to the doctor and they gave me an antidepressant which worked for the first year or so and then it stopped working.  Then they tried increasing the dose for a few weeks and that didn’t help so I stopped taking it altogether. I ended up taking Advil and tried relaxation techniques and yoga.  When I started having acupuncture I was really hoping that it would work because I had tried so many other things…  Now I know that it works.

 

I had a wonderful response to the acupuncture treatments and I noticed improvements right away after the first treatment.  The biggest difference I saw was the relief from the tension in my neck and shoulder.  The tension used to be there all the time but, now if I feel some tension I notice it right away and I can usually relax it before it builds up.  I’m overall more relaxed than when I started treatments and because of that I don’t seem to worry about things as much as I used to.

 

My Premenstrual Syndrome started when I had my very first periods and I was miserable seven to ten days before each of my periods. With the treatments I noticed a number of changes in my monthly cycle. I stopped feeling nauseous when I ovulated.  I had less PMS irritability, water retention, and breast tenderness. I didn’t have the headaches, my cramping was reduced, and when I did have the cramping it was gone right away with the treatments so I didn’t need to take any medicine…which was nice.  Actually since I started with the treatments I haven’t needed any medicine at all.  Even the cold I had was alleviated by the acupuncture.

 

 My husband and I were trying to have a baby and we had a number of concerns about our fertility.  Through acupuncture I relaxed my body so it was more accepting to getting pregnant.  In any case it worked!  I’m pregnant! 

 

The clinic has a very comforting atmosphere and I felt that everyone who worked there all wanted me to get better.

 

Kate R.

 

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Insomnia and Daily Headaches

 

My name is Ellie F.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in March, 2008 because I was suffering from severe insomnia, anxiety, and neck and shoulder pain that were causing almost daily headaches.   I had the neck and shoulder pain for two years. The insomnia had bothered me for four weeks, but had escalated to the point where I was living on one hour a night of bad sleep for almost a week.  I had daily panic attacks at work, if I could make it to work at all, and I was unable to care for my children.  It was immensely draining, physically and mentally.  I felt fatigued, irritable, depressed and had a loss of ambition and energy.  My appetite was low, my body ached, and I worried about the strain it had on my family relationships.  It made it difficult for me to function properly at work and be a good mother to my three children and a loving wife to my husband.  It also completely eliminated any social life I had prior to the problem.

 

I tried chiropractic and medications such as Ambien, Lunesta, and Lorazapam and herbal sleep aids, but I either had no results at all or I had an unrefreshing drug induced sleep that left me feeling sluggish and foggy all day.  I began feeling significant improvement in my insomnia after three treatments and immense continued improvement after seven treatments.  At this point in time my condition feels 90% better.  I now feel awake and refreshed in the mornings and little to no evening anxiety and headaches.  I have a much healthier appetite, am able to exercise daily, and can keep up with the demands of running a household and caring for three lively young children!  I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms, like my nearly life long constipation issue I thought I would just have to live with.  Not so! What a nice surprise.

 

During the treatments I felt extremely relaxed after the needles were inserted.   Any discomfort I felt was replaced with an almost “floaty” euphoric feeling with a distinct magnetic current moving throughout my body.  The clinic is clean with a calming atmosphere and the staff is very genuine, warm, and welcoming.

 

I would recommend acupuncture to anybody searching for alternative healing because acupuncture can effectively balance the energy of your whole body, both emotional and physical health.  It can bring back normal function so as to lead a healthful lifestyle, something everyone deserves to give themselves.  Acupuncture can also eliminate the need or dependency on harmful or even potentially dangerous medications that could have lasting side effects on our bodies.

 

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Back Pain, Headaches, & Thyroid Trouble

 

My name is John K.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in May 2009 because I was suffering from chronic low back pain and related sciatic pain in my right leg that had bothered me for 20 years.  Sometimes my back and leg would hurt so bad that I had to lay on ice and even that didn’t relieve the pain for long.  I had difficulty doing everyday tasks because of the pain.  I always had to watch how much work I was doing because I knew that it could flare up at any time.  I had to limit activities that I enjoyed, sleeping was difficult, and I ended up feeling fatigued, irritable, depressed, and hopeless.

 

I also had persistent headaches that went on for days and days, difficulty with concentration, and an over all feeling of sluggishness that was related to a recent diagnosis of Hypothyroidism. 

 

I tried over the counter medications such as acetaminophen and aspirin combined with caffeine.  I also tried chiropractic which helped temporarily, but the pain always came back.  I actually felt some pain relief after the first treatment at Abundance Acupuncture and after seven treatments there were significant, lasting improvements. 

 

At this point in time my condition feels 99% better.  All the pain is gone and if I get a little sore after doing something the soreness goes away quickly.  I am able to participate in physical activities, I am sleeping better, I feel better emotionally, and I’m not as irritable.  The headaches are gone and my body does not ache the way it used to.  My overall energy has improved and I can concentrate better because I don’t have that cloudy feeling in my head.

 

During the treatments I felt relaxed and comfortable knowing that my symptoms were improving.  The clinic is very welcoming and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. 

 

I would recommend acupuncture to everyone who is suffering from pain because I know it worked for me and will work for anyone.  In the beginning I was skeptical about the process but after my first two visits I was convinced it was for real.  It has improved my lifestyle, and now that I can be more active, I hope to see even more improvements.  I would recommend Acupuncture over medicine any day; the results are better and acupuncture will not harm your internal body.

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Headaches, Fatigue, and Weight Loss

 

My name is Lynn S.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in October, 2008  because I was suffering from headaches, fatigue, irregular digestion (constipation), left knee & hip pain, and weight gain.  I had some of these problems for five years and some so long I no longer remember when they started.

 

These problems contributed to a negative “so so” attitude about my life in general.  I was pushing myself to participate only, not living with a purpose.  These problems also caused me to feel irritable and hopeless.  The pain limited my physical activity and made it difficult for me to enjoy exercise such as walking and biking.

 

I tried medications such as Excedrin and Tylenol for pain, nasal steroids for the allergies. I also tried physical therapy and chiropractic but only felt temporary relief until the next appointment.

 

I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after five treatments at Abundance Acupuncture.  At this point in time my over all condition feels 85 % better.  I have had 100% improvement in my headaches and digestion, so much that I have forgotten the conditions existed, and these were the primary reasons for trying acupuncture. I have even lost 6 pounds!

 

I now feel a positive instead of negative attitude about myself and I am able to relax and approach life with less frustration.  I now control my thoughts instead of my thoughts controlling me.  I feel less anxiety and frustration and have increased concentration and more initiative. During the treatments I felt relaxed and encouraged by the results that I felt after each treatment. The clinic is professional, yet personable and the staff is very caring.

 

The most important thing that I have learned is that the body has an amazing energy that can get caught in a traffic jam and acupuncture clears the road for the energy to flow. We just need to recognize the problem and reroute the energy before we crash and burn.

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Back & Neck Pain and Migraines

 

My name is Pam K. and I came to Abundance Acupuncture in September 2007 for a free consultation. I met David Milbradt during our company health fair of which he happened to be a vendor. On the day of the health fair, I was dealing with some severe shoulder and neck pain and he administered a couple of acupressure treatments and I immediately had relief from the pain. I scheduled a free consultation with his office; however, I did not actually start treatments until January 2008.

 

I have been suffering from chronic lower back pain for twenty years due to a back injury that I incurred when I was 19 years old. Because of a weakness in my spine in the lower back, I had also been diagnosed with a bulging disk when I was 39. When my back would go out, it would literally put me on my knees. I have treated this condition with muscle relaxants, ibuprofen, chiropractic and physical therapy. The condition would improve but never go away. These lower back attacks could happen once a month or twice a year. I never knew when, but I usually had some minor discomfort before it would happen, although not always. If I felt the back attack coming on, I would take ibuprofen and get a chiropractic treatment as soon as possible. However as I noted, I didn’t always know when there would be an attack.

 

I have also been suffering with upper back, shoulder and neck pain for the past eleven years, which I believe is due to many hours of computer work daily. There have been days when this pain would also trigger a severe tension or migraine headache.

 

Because of these major health issues, I was personally dealing with chronic fatigue, which in my own opinion, was also leading to some depression. Even though I wanted to be happy and active, I just didn’t have the energy. It took all of my available effort to accomplish the smallest tasks on some days. There was sort of a snowball effect which lead to other issues. I am hypothyroid, so weight gain is a constant issue and when you don’t have any ambition for any physical activities after work, exercise isn’t an option and weight gain is inevitable. My mental health was to the point where I would wake up to go to work and would count how many hours it would be until I could come home and take a nap! Not much for any quality of life since most every day I would take a nap after work. In 2002, I also took on the undaunting task of returning to college full time to pursue my bachelor’s degree. So between full time work, school, mother and anything else, I realized I was a physical wreck.

 

I didn’t know of anyone that used acupuncture, but I felt that since I had tried so many different avenues for pain relief and was never really pain free, I decided to give acupuncture a try. When I had my initial consultation, I wasn’t sure that I liked everything that I was told because it meant making some life changes for me and I wasn’t sure I was entirely ready for some of those changes. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous about being stuck with multiple needles. However, David was very good with my initial treatments and that helped to calm my nerves during the treatments. After my first four treatments, I already had relief from the lower back pain. I didn’t understand it, but for the first time in twenty years, I could lay on my back without discomfort. I have basically had no lower back pain since early February!

 

The next area that we started working on in my treatments was the upper back, neck and shoulder pain. This has been more challenging since I never really get to give that area any rest. My full time job requires me to be on the computer for many hours daily and my school work also drove many nights of computer work also. As of today, this pain and discomfort is minimized by at least 70-80 percent from what it was when I started treatments.

 

Because of these improvements, we have been able to work on other health issues. I had on birth control pills for ten years. After starting acupuncture treatments and learning more about Chinese medicine, I went off the pill in March. We are still working on regulating my monthly cycle and all of the side affects, but there are improvements after two months.

 

My energy levels have dramatically improved from where I was in January. I no longer have to come home to take naps and have begun an exercise routine. I have been able to lose some weight, although it is a slow process, but it is better than the constant weight gain that I had been experiencing for many years.

 

I am grateful to the entire staff at Abundance Acupuncture for working with me and my health issues. They are very easy to talk to and listen to my concerns. They are truly excited to see my improvements and give me back a meaningful and productive life again! I have recommended Abundance Acupuncture to many people. I truly don’t know where I would be today without them. I know I would not be as happy and energetic as I am now! I feel like a whole new person!

 

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Hot Flashes and Headaches

 

Hi, my name is Kathy H. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in May 2008 in the hope of finding some relief from hot flashes that were making me feel miserable and robbing me of what little good sleep I was used to having.

 

At the age of 50 I had experienced a very easy, uneventful menopause. Fifteen months later, I was hit hard with hot flashes. A dozen or more times each day waves of heat rolled over my face and neck; I would turn brilliant red and begin to sweat—I never knew that eyelids could perspire until that time! It seemed that any bit of physical activity would trigger a flash—washing dishes in hot water, drying my hair, cleaning the house all became uncomfortable. I have always loved to cook, but standing at the stove was almost unbearable. My daily walks felt like a chore. I remember walking in winter wind chills that were below zero, hat in hand, with my jacket unzipped because I was so hot! By early spring I was dreading the heat of the coming summer.

 

I very definitely did not want to resort to hormone replacement therapy and instead tried treating myself with herbal remedies such as Sage and Black Cohosh. I enjoy tofu and other soy foods and made sure that I was eating some every day and I also increased my consumption of flax seeds as all these foods have a reputation for easing hot flashes. Sometimes it seemed that I had achieved some moderation of the flashes, but it never lasted long.

 

After several months of experimenting, I finally remembered reading that acupuncture was often very successful in treating many gynecological problems and decided to give it a try. Within the first few treatments things began to improve. The number of hot flashes diminished and their intensity cooled.  I began sleeping more soundly and for longer periods of time. I felt so much better! Within a month the hot flashes had been eliminated and I found I had more energy for all kinds of work and play. I think I am probably a more pleasant person to live with as well! An unexpected benefit of acupuncture was that the tension headaches I tended to experience with some frequency also pretty much disappeared, so I no longer reach for the ibuprofen bottle several times a week.

 

I have been surprised to find myself looking forward to acupuncture treatments in much the same way I look forward to a massage. The treatments are very relaxing; I often nap during a treatment and I leave the office feeling calm, but energized. The staff at Abundance Acupuncture are all very friendly, caring and respectful. I always feel that they listen to what I am saying—something that is often not the case at my “regular” doctor’s office. The clinic itself is always serene and beautifully decorated with fresh flowers and plants. The treatment rooms are comfortable and I am always encouraged to make myself at home, whether that means opening a window for a cool breeze or turning on a heat panel—or both!

 

I am very grateful to David Milbradt and Jonah and the rest of the staff at Abundance Acupuncture for helping me get my life back again. I do not hesitate to recommend acupuncture to everyone I know who is dealing with a health problem.

 

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Hip Pain & Difficulty Sleeping

 

 I've had 23 treatments already ... after my first treatment my headaches were gone. I had a lot of sinus problem and now I'm only slightly bothered when the humidity is real high.

I came mainly because of hip pain. I had gone off and on to a chiropractor, but this last time he couldn't get the pain out.  At work I'm up on a ladder from November until Christmas putting gift pack on the risers and, being right handed, I'm always turning to the right.

 

Before acupuncture I couldn't lay on my left side at night and after a couple treatments I could easily lay on my left side again. For a while it transferred to the right hip and has gone back and forth but, it is much, much better now and I can lay on either side now. I was able to only get three or four hours of sleep and now on days I don't have to work I can sleep any where's from eight to thirteen hours. Just after a few treatments, that’s how long I can sleep now. The minute I hit the pillow I'm gone, where as before I was always trying to get comfortable. It has done wonders.

 

Lynn E.

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Insomnia, Fatigue, Headaches, and Menstrual Cramps

 

My name is Tiffany G.  I came to Abundance Acupuncture in February, 2009  because I was suffering from back and shoulder pain, irregular periods with bad cramping, mood swings, bloating (all over my body), constipation, headaches, and difficulty sleeping.  For two or three years I suffered from daily headaches and constant back and shoulder pain.  Because I wasn’t sleeping well I would wake up feeling fatigued and that would lead to mood swings and irritability.  The constant bloating and constipation added to my daily distress.

 

These problems kept me from assisting my children and interfered with other daily activities like being able to go on long walks.  I tried physical therapy, ibuprofen which took some of the edge off the pain, and sleeping pills that only worked with high dosages.

 

I began to feel some improvements in my condition after five treatments at Abundance Acupuncture.  At this point in time my condition feels 95% better!  I now feel energetic, well rested, and free from the back pain, shoulder pain, headaches and the bad menstrual cramps.  I am able to play tennis, walk for exercise, and play soccer with my kids.  I have also had significant improvement with the dermatitis on my face and I have lost five pounds! 

 

During the treatments I felt my stress being released.  They were relaxing and peaceful. The clinic is wonderful and the staff is patient, caring, and understanding.

 

I would recommend acupuncture to anyone of any age because it can improve anyone’s health.  When your body is functioning at a higher level it opens up a whole new world for you and everyone that you come in contact with.

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Foot Pain, Daily Headaches, and More

 

My name is Sue H., when I came to Abundance Acupuncture in November 2012, I was suffering from multiple health problems: severe foot pain, daily headaches, acid reflux, constant sinus congestion, a series of sinus infections, and frequently recurring colds & flues.

 

The foot pain was diagnosed as plantar fasciitis.   It started in my heel, then radiated into the arch and ankle making it hard to walk without a limp.  The pain was worse if I was on my feet for any longer than two hours, and at night it would wake me up with a throbbing ache.  It was hard to work a 4 hour shift at the assisted living facility much less a 6-8 hour day.  When I worked 6 hours I could hardly walk the rest of the day and the day after I had to sit with ice off and on.  Finding more things to do while sitting became a way of life.  I had recently been doing more walking for exercise and it was very depressing to stop being active because of the pain.

 

I tried wearing foot gear at night but, it irritated other parts of my foot.   Injections in the foot did not work for me, and the prescription strength Ibuprofen (Piroxicam) aggravated my acid reflux problem.  After 9 months of physical therapy I felt hopeless, fatigued by the disrupted sleep, and tired of going to the therapy sessions.

 

My doctor was considering surgery as a last resort, but I tried acupuncture instead. Now, after three months of treatments at Abundance Acupuncture, my condition feels 90% better.  There is only a minimal amount of discomfort in my heel and arch, I am able to work a full 6-8 hour shift on my feet and then continue on to do other activities like gardening and walking later in the day.  I can even run around with my grandchildren. I have also had significant improvement in my other symptoms.   I no longer have daily headaches or acid reflux.  My chest congestion has cleared, allergies are a thing of the past, and sinus issues are minimal.  The pains in my upper back, shoulder, elbow, and knee are gone.  

 

Herbs and Supplements recommended by Abundance Acupuncture helped with my allergies, head colds, sinus infections, and stomach problems.  An herbal foot soak helped calm the itching I was having all over my body.  Even a yeast infection didn’t last long due to the foot soak and acupuncture.

 

During the treatments I felt calm and relaxed.  The staff was very good about keeping me thoroughly informed and comfortable during treatments.  I would recommend acupuncture to anyone because it allowed my body to heal without adding more medications.  David Milbradt and Shari Friedrichs gradually helped eliminate the medications which increased my symptoms and health problems.  I was never pressured to stop taking any of the meds I was on. When I decided to go off some of the drugs, acupuncture helped make the transition possible so that my body could heal without them.  I am very pleased with the outcome – having better health without drugs.  Since I started acupuncture I have also learned about acupressure which I can do myself.  I find that it is very helpful for simple everyday aches and pains.

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Vaginal Dryness and Headaches

 

The issue of vaginal dryness is a personal problem and not usually discussed, but I hope the insight offered here will help others who are experiencing the same discomfort (pain).

 

I came to Abundance Acupuncture in October of 2008 because I was experiencing severe vaginal dryness. At age 51, 1 thought I was prepared for menopause ‑ hot flashes, moodiness, and irritability... With the kids out of the house and no periods to be concerned about, I thought this was the perfect time for my husband and I to have the intimate relationship we had been lacking. I was not prepared for the excruciating pain of intercourse.

 

We had tried all the over‑the‑counter vaginal moisturizers, jellies, and warming intimate lubricants that are out there with no success. Although I didn't want to use an HRT medication, I was coming to that conclusion.

 

I had gone to visit a friend and she confided that acupuncture had worked for her. I thought I would give it a try. I called Abundance Acupuncture. It took approximately 12 treatments, but during that time, the headaches and migraines I had been suffering with since I was 19 years old were gone. Normally I would have at least two migraines a month and at least four to five headaches weekly. I also stopped my allergy medication (that I had taken year round). Within the first 12 treatments, not only were my headaches 90% improved, but the hot flashes, moodiness, and irritability, everything that I thought I would have to live with for a while improved.

 

Since starting the Wen Jing Tang herbal supplement along with the treatments, our sex life has improved significantly. My mood is better and my attitude is better. I feel overall more at peace and healthier. Acupuncture is a holistic approach, not just the "pop a pill" attitude.

 

The staff at Abundance Acupuncture are professional and personable. They listen. I never feel rushed. The atmosphere and treatments are calming and relaxing. I would highly recommend Abundance Acupuncture before using HRT's or any other medication for a condition that could be healed with acupuncture.

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