Beaver Dam, WI (920) 356-1578
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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 neckĒ 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 didnít 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 ďpingĒ 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! Iím 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
NECK, SHOULDER & COLLAR BONE PAIN
In February of 2001 I had Polymyalgia Rheumatica which was very‑crippling and painful. The only thing that helped me was taking a large amount of Prednisone which unfortunately has many side effects. Eventually, the severe pain lessened and I was able to take a smaller amount of Prednisone. I was, however, left with residual pain in my neck, shoulder and collar bone. I suffered with this for many years even being unable to turn my neck very far from side to side. I tried many times to completely quit taking Prednisone, but each time I did the pain would get worse.
I became very discouraged because any time I tried to do even minor work or anything that required me to be on my feet for any length of time, I would have more pain. Pain seemed to rule my life affecting so many aspects of it such as being unable to take a trip to visit with family or having to watch others do things around the house and yard that I used to be able to do.
I heard about acupuncture through an acquaintance of my wife. That person spoke very highly of David Milbradt and how much he had helped her. I went to the acupressure workshop in this past December, learned more and signed up for a free consultation.
I started treatments in December and after the first three treatments felt pain free for the first time in many years. I can turn my head from side to side now without pain and with continued treatment I am for the most part without pain. I plan on continuing having treatments until I am cured. Recently I had some knee and leg pain and David treated that, too. I am amazed at how good I feel every time I have a treatment. At this time, I have cut down the amount of Prednisone I'm taking and soon will be completely off of it.
Coming to the clinic is a very uplifting experience. David, Margo, Sheri and Joel are very caring. Everyone is as happy and excited as I am when I tell them how great I feel. I am starting to feel more optimistic and enjoying life more. I have and will continue to recommend Abundance Acupuncture to others.
Dick S. April 22, 2006
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 ďwellness timeĒ. 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.
Arthritis, Back, and Neck Pain
My name is B.J. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in February 2011 because I was suffering from chronic lower back pain due to arthritis. I had this problem for many years and it caused continuous moderate pain with bouts of severe pain that lasted longer and longer.
When I first met the practitioners of Abundance Acupuncture I had been suffering from severe pain for about 3 weeks. I had difficulty walking, sitting, lying down, and couldnít lift anything weighing more than an envelope. It interfered with my sleep, made me feel fatigued, and I couldnít do much of anything.
I tried physical therapy, chiropractic, and hot & cold compresses and I felt some relief, although not total, for a few days after treatment. I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after my first treatment at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 100% better. I now feel like I am 30 years younger and I am able to be myself, play racquetball again, and just enjoy my life.
I have also had significant relief from the stiffness in my neck which was also caused by arthritis.
During the treatments I felt quite relaxed, often falling asleep. The clinic is comfortable and inviting. The staff is knowledgeable and caring. They go to great lengths to explain acupuncture and what to expect during the treatments.
I would recommend acupuncture to everyone because for the first time in a very long period I am pain free and truly enjoying my life.
15 YEARS OF NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN
My name is Beth A. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in September, 2006 because I was suffering from shoulder pain, neck pain, knee pain, stomach and intestinal issues, irritability, and fatigue. I had some of these problems for as long as fifteen years and all of these problems had gotten worse in the last six years. I suffered from daily pain. I would be sitting at work and have a terrible aching in my shoulders and neck and it would be hard to think of anything else. I took ibuprofen before bed and during the day every day for over a year.
I also found it difficult to sleep, which left me feeling fatigued, irritable, and hopeless. This made it difficult for me to do any exercise or activity that involved my arms. It would hurt to lift weights or raise may arms above my head. It made it hard to pick up my daughter and take the dog for a walk. My knees would get sore from doing aerobics and other high impact activities.
I went to physical therapy but it made the pain worse. I tried chiropractic, went to an orthopedic doctor, and even had an appointment with a rheumatologist. I tried medications such as Ibuprofen, Excedrin, and muscle relaxers but everything I tried seem to make very little change in the intensity of my pain over all.
I began to feel some improvements in my condition after nine treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 75 % better. I now feel more energetic and I am able to exercise more easily without pain or with much less pain. I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms like my irritability, fatigue, and with the stomach and intestinal issues. During the treatments I felt a gentle prick and then the energy. I relaxed and fell asleep during most treatments. The clinic is very peaceful and calming and the staff is caring and helpful.
I would recommend acupuncture to anyone with chronic pain because it really works to get to the source of the problem and doesnít cover up the pain or symptoms. It really helps!
Daily Headaches, Neck, and Shoulder Pain
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 wasnít 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 couldnít 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 couldnít 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 Ďalternativeí 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 couldnít 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 Ĺ 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!
Wife of 1
Mom of 3
2 time Ironman Wisconsin Finisher
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 havenít 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.
Relief from Neck and Shoulder Whip Lash Pain
I was 64 years old when I was involved in a rear end collision in 2009 that totaled out my car. I suffered a severe whip lash injury which left me with pain in my neck, shoulders, back and arms. I worked with a chiropractor for seven months and a series of five different physical therapists. I also had surgery for my shoulder pain. The last physical therapist gave me some relief but my body was still in a lot of pain.
My wife had read about acupuncture and started getting treatments for her leg problems. I had a lot of apprehension about Chinese medicine and I waited to see how the treatments worked for her. Then I decided to give it a try.
I started acupuncture in March 2012. With the first few treatments I didnít notice much difference, but then I noticed that my aches and pains were beginning to go away. When I began treatments I had rated my pain at a level 10 out of 10 and I would now rate it at a level 2. I also suffered from dizziness and this too began to subside.
I feel much, much better than before I started and Iím so glad that I decided to get acupuncture treatments. I would recommend them to anyone.
Severe Burning Feet, Back and Neck Pain
My name is John L. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in September, 2009 because I was suffering from burning and sharp stinging pain in my feet. For 36 years my feet have felt like they were on fireÖ like I had gotten stung by a dozen bees. At times, in addition to the burning pains, there were also severe shooting pains in my feet. It was difficult for me to stand or walk for a reasonable period of time and when I did stand or walk the pain went all the way up into my hips. The years of pain made me feel depressed and hopeless.
I tried medications, prescription creams, and ointments. I went to dermatologists and orthopedic foot specialists, but nothing helped to relieve the pain. After a while the doctors told me there was nothing they could do for me. After three treatments at Abundance Acupuncture I began to feel significant improvements in the pain in my feet. At this point in time my condition feels 90% better. I no longer feel the continuous burning and stinging anymore and I am able to stand longer and walk further with out pain in my feet. Even the pain in my hips no longer bothers me.
I have also had significant improvement in the severe back and neck pain that I have had for 19 years, during which I had three lower back surgeries and three neck surgeries. When I started acupuncture treatments the pain level on my lower back was between level 7 and 8 and my neck was always about a level 5 or 6. Now my back pain is down to level 3 and the neck pain is around 3 or 4.
The clinic is wonderful and the staff is professional and caring. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone who is suffering from pain because it has helped me considerably, gotten me back on my feet again, and reenergized my life. I was very skeptical at first because I had been to so many different doctors without getting any help. My wife mentioned acupuncture and I said to myself ďWhat do I have to lose?Ē I had tried everything else and I was desperate for help. I went in with a positive attitude and now I canít believe how significant the improvement in my symptoms have been. Thanks!
Relief From Chronic Foot and Neck Pain
My name is Susan L. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in March 2007 because I was suffering from chronic foot pain which was progressively getting worse when I had to be on my feet for lengthy times or when I started to walk again after sitting. I could not get moving and it hurt so much that I was in tears. Also my right knee had a meniscus tear and needed surgery, and I had severe neck and shoulder pain. I had this problem for five years and my feet hurt to put shoes on, walking was dreadful, moving fast was impossible. I took up to six Tylenol daily just to keep moving and to get through days. My knee made me wince with pain when I moved in the wrong direction or the weather was damp. My neck hurt constantly and was even worse if I lifted the vacuum cleaner or groceries.
It also caused fatigue, depression, irritability, hopelessness, and embarrassment. I felt embarrassed for my husband walking with me and waiting for me. I felt resentment because there was no way he could understand my pain. I was also very moody and made it difficult for me to do my daily housework, take walks, exercise, and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.
I tried medications such as arthritis Tylenol, Alieve, and Ibuprofen. I tried physical therapy and chiropractic for my neck and they stretched my neck so it was better for short periods of time, but the pain always returned.
I began to feel some improvements in my condition after two or three treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 70% better. I now feel like I have a new lease on life and I get better and stronger every time I have a treatment. I am able to walk faster and longer, my moodiness has turned into a pleasant, happy person, my knee is improving and my neck feels much better.
I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms like urinary incontinence and feeling cold from poor circulation. I also have less low back pain and less achiness throughout my body. During the treatments I feel energy moving through my body, tingly feelings, warm feelings, and very relaxed. The clinic is peaceful and relaxing and the staff is pleasant and courteous. I would recommend acupuncture to everyone in pain because it is working for me.
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 didnít 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 didnít 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 donít have any ambition for any physical activities after work, exercise isnít 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 bachelorís degree. So between full time work, school, mother and anything else, I realized I was a physical wreck.
I didnít 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 wasnít sure that I liked everything that I was told because it meant making some life changes for me and I wasnít 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 didnít 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 been 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 donít 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!
Night Sweats, Fatigue, and Neck Pain
My name is Margo C. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in May of 2005 because I was suffering from night sweats, sleeping issues, low energy, and a limited range of motion in my neck from an automobile accident that happened in 1996. I had the neck pain for eight years and the night sweats had interrupted by sleep for two years. I would get up during the night soaking wet and the next morning I felt like I was completely drained. It took every ounce of energy I had to get ready for the day ahead so I could try to function normally and then I had difficulty concentrating and staying focused throughout the day.
I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after my third treatment at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 100% better. My energy level allows me to accomplish much more during the day and I am able to stay focused for longer periods of time. The neck pain is 99% better and the night sweats are no longer an issue. I have also had significant improvement with the pain I had in both knees and the shoulder pain that used to trouble me.
During the treatments I felt relaxed and calm. The clinic is peaceful and beautiful and the staff is always understanding and patient. I often recommend acupuncture to anyone I know because it does work and the results are long lasting.