|Office Location: 562 Buttermilk Pike, Suite A, Crescent Springs KY. 41017|
|Appointments: (513) 328-5600|
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What we Treat
- Pain management including neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, and joint pain, sciatica, headaches, migraines, painful menses, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder.
- Neurological disorders - stroke paralyses, Bellís palsy, Parkinsonís diseases.
- Psychological and Emotional disorders - insomnia, stress, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Womenís health and OB/Gyn disorders - infertility, premenopause & menopause syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, irregular period, cramps.
- Cardiovascular disorders - hypertension and hypotension, arrhythmia.
- Respiratory disorders - asthma, bronchitis asthma, allegeries.
- Other - weight control, drug and alcohol withdraw syndrome, smoking cessation.
Meet Our Acupuncturist
Mrs. Sparks is certified by NCCAOM and is licensed to practice acupuncture by the Kentucky and Ohio Medical Boards. Mrs. Sparks has more than ten years professional experience as an acupuncturist working in clinics and hospitals. She specializes in pain management, including neck, shoulder, back, and joint pain, frozen shoulder, sciatica, headaches, migraines, painful menses, stroke paralysis, Bellís palsy, depression, anxiety, insomnia, hypertension, gastrointestinal issues, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, OB/Gyn disorders.
Mrs. Sparks was trained as a physician in China in both western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. She graduated from Yunan university of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1985, and then completed 2 years of advanced acupuncture training. Early in Mrs. Sparksí career she worked under the supervision of Zunxin Guan, one of foremost acupuncture experts in Yunan, China. Later on Mrs. Sparks was a principal clinical researcher running projects funded by Chinaís Bureau of Traditional Chinese medicine and material medica. Mrs. Sparks also worked seven years at the University of Cincinnati College of medicine in cardiology research. Overall she has been involved in Acupuncture practice, Chinese herbal medicine, and biomedical research more than 20 years.
Introduction to Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine
Acupuncture is a therapy that promotes and directs the bodyís natural ability to heal by stimulating specific points along the body. Generally painless, it involves insertion of very fine, sterile, stainless needles to elicit a predictable physiological response. It has long been known that acupuncture can be an effective therapy for controlling pain. In fact, acupuncture can benefit a wide variety of disorders. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture and oriental medicine as effective in treating more than 43 common ailments including:
- Musculo-Skeletal Disorders - Frozen shoulder, Tennis elbow, Low back pain, Osteoarthritis and joint pains, Stiff neck, Tendinitis, Bursitis, Sprains, Injuries from auto accidents, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia
- Disorders of the Eyes - Acute conjunctivitis, Myopia in children, Cataracts without complications, Central retinitis
- Respiratory Disorders - Sinusitis, Rhinitis, Common cold, Tonsillitis, Sore throat, Hay fever, Bronchitis, Bronchial Asthma
- Mental- Emotional Disorders - Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Insomnia, Addictions, Weight control
- Gastro-intestinal Disorders - Acute and chronic gastritis, Hyperacidity, Hiccoughs, Acute uncomplicated duodenal ulcer, Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief), Acute and chronic colitis, Acute
Is acupuncture painful
Acupuncture needles are extremely thin (much thinner than hypodermic needles). Most people will say they can feel the needles but it is not painful. First time patients are usually apprehensive and sometimes describe very slight discomfort. Generally as people become accustomed to treatments they become very relaxed and feel no discomfort or pain due to the treatment.
Is acupuncture safe
When performed by a licensed qualified acupuncturist, the procedure is both safe and effective. The US food and drug administration regulates acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners. The FDA mandates the needles be sterile, individually packed, and labeled for single use.
What is Oriental Medicine
Oriental medicine originated more than 3000 yearís ago in china. Growing in popularity world-wide, oriental medicine is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment being practiced today. Oriental medicine includes the practice of acupuncture, use of herbs, and a natural holistic approach to good health through diet, exercise, and life style.
What should I expect on my first visit
The first office visit will usually be a free consultation where the acupuncturist will collect medical and lifestyle information required to create a treatment plan. Be prepared to provide in detail the reason for your visit (chief complaint), and details about any symptoms you experience. In addition to this, it is vitally important that you provide details on any current medical conditions you have, medications you are taking, and contact information of treating physicians. With this information the acupuncturist will establish a treatment plan for you. The time required to treat your condition will vary depending on the specific condition and if the condition is considered to be chronic.
Our Service Area
Our acupuncture practice primarily serves Northern KY and Cincinnati.