Health Feature printed in Motorcycle R.A.G. summer 2012 Acupuncture – What for? By Michelle Tate and Lisa Tomoleoni Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Last issue we wrote about what acupuncture is and a little about how it works.  This issue we would like to present a variety of specific health concerns we have addressed for biker friends of ours, and how they were able to experience better health, and, of course, enjoy riding more. We’ve asked them to comment on their experience with this healing system. We treated Jimbo for recovery from his knee surgery. He had torn his meniscus quite severely, and had a fair amount of arthritis in the joint. He began treatments with us the day following his surgery, and healed in half the expected time. About his recovery, Jimbo said, “I had knee surgery in February.  I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to ride my bike in April so I went to A.O.M. and got acupuncture treatments.  It relieved the pain and made my knee feel a lot better, and gave me more mobility.  So it really, really helped speed up my recovery.  It was wonderful.   I’m still going for tune-ups.  I highly recommend people try it.” Pain is usually what brings most people to us, but we treat other health conditions as well.  A man came to us for shoulder pain. We treated him, and soon after, his wife started treatments for her COPD.  Both have experienced an improvement in their quality of life and ability to do the things they want to do.  She said, “My husband and I ride a bagger.  We have been going to Michelle and Lisa at Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine for treatments off and on for a year or more, my husband for his shoulder and me for COPD. We have experienced significant results performed in a very professional yet comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.  For any skeptic out there, as they say, you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain”.  These folks continue to visit from time to time to maintain the best health possible, which is common.  In fact, some people come to our clinic for no specific complaint, but just to enhance well-being. Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of things. We had one biker friend who came to us for migraine headaches.  She had suffered from them for many, many years.  Going through a day with a migraine had become the norm for her.  Within a few treatments she noticed a big change- the migraines were a lot less frequent and a lot less severe.  When asked to comment about her situation, Frogonaharley said, “I have been seeing Michelle since November 2011.  First…and ongoing impression of Michelle is her caring nature and always willing to explain and help me understand what she is doing and how acupuncture works.  The training that she has gone through is more than impressive and it translates wonderfully into our sessions.  I can say that I am getting relief from my migraines, and I’m sleeping better, and feel a bit less stressed.  On top of this Michelle has been talking to me about some relaxation techniques to help out with my days.  I can honestly say that Michelle is someone who listens and truly cares about her patients and their progress”. For people who are interested but don’t quite know what to expect, or have questions, give us a call and talk to us. We want to help as many people as we can to enjoy their lives better- on the road and otherwise. Enjoy the summer and ride safely! – Michelle and Lisa