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Woodbury AcupunctureOur patients can now receive acupuncture treatments from Alexandra Lin, in addition to physical therapy, chiropractic, spinal decompression and massage therapy in one convenient location.

Woodbury Chiropractic Center provides acupuncture services that treat:

  • Muscles, bones and joints injuries
  • Pain
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Women’s Health Issues
  • Infertility
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Skin problems
  • Digestion problems (including constipation)
  • Allergies
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Weight Management
  • Addictions (food, nicotine, alcohol, etc.)
  • Unresponsive conditions to other forms of care
  • Health and Well-being maintenance & enhancement

Give our Woodbury office a call to schedule an appointment or complimentary consultation.


Meet Alexandra Lin Mitchell

Alexandra Lin Mitchell has her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Community Psychology from the University of New Haven. She received her Master’s of Science degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the University of Bridgeport.

She is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Connecticut. She is also board certified by the NCCAOM (National Council of Chinese Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) and is additionally certified in Clean Needle Technique.

In addition to acupuncture, Alexandra is also a clinical herbalist who studied at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies. She uses herbal remedies for the treatment of various internal disorders. She has also completed a learning program in homeopathic flower remedies and is a registered Bach Flower Practitioner.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture, simply stated, is a health science which is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction of the body. Acupuncture has its roots deeply planted in China. In fact, authorities agree the science is between 5,000 and 7,000 years old. Its use spread throughout ancient Egypt, the Middle East, the Roman Empire and later into Western Europe as merchants and missionaries to China told of the amazing discoveries the people of the Orient had developed. Acupuncture did not become know on a national level in the U.S. until 1971 when diplomatic relations between China and America were relaxed. At first glimpse, Acupuncture appears strange, as its primary notoriety is the utilization of needles placed in the skin at various locations to relieve the pain or affect a body part.

Early Chinese physicians discovered there is an energy network traversing just below the surface of the skin which communicates from the exterior to the internal organs and structures at over 1,000 “Acupoints” on the body. This energy works in harmony with the body’s circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, genitourinary and all other systems of the body. When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident. Stimulation of one or a combination of key “Acupoints” on the body may restore harmony to the affected area.

Historians have stated, “More people have benefited from Acupuncture over the course of fifty centuries than the combined total of all other healing sciences, both ancient and modern.”

What is Meridian Therapy?

Meridian therapy is the accepted name employed by those who practice the principle of Acupuncture without the use of a penetrating needle. Acupuncture is a principle, not a technique. Therefore, there are many ways to stimulate an Acupoint other than a needle, just as there are different strokes used in swimming. Many practitioners use electronic stimulation, laser beam or pressure massage to treat an Acupoint. The principle of Acupuncture does not change, only the technique.

How Does it Work?

Far too often in the medical professions, a patient is told after extensive examination, “There is nothing wrong,” “It is all in your head,” or “Sorry, you’ll have to learn to live with it.” The examining doctor unable to find a cause of the problem has little else to tell the patient. Fortunately, many physicians are now referring their patients for an Acupuncture evaluation as a last resort.

The human body’s energy flow courses over twelve meridians or channels that are normally well balanced. If a disruption of energy flow exists, it can alter the entire system, producing pain or symptoms in the body.

If we were to compare a 175 pound man on one end of a seesaw and a 45 pound child on the other end, it becomes obvious the seesaw would be “broken” due to the fact the heavier person would be sitting on the ground and the lighter would be dangling in the air. Even though the seesaw is producing symptoms of being broken-extensive examination would not reveal anything wrong with the seesaw. The obvious answer is in the balance. Correction of the balance corrects the problem.

This is Acupuncture’s goal-to restore normalcy to the body’s energy balance by utilizing a combination of Acupoints located on the twelve meridians. This is accomplished by a variety of means, the needle is just one.

Medical research continues in this country and others to attempt to explain in western scientific terms what the ancient Chinese seventy centuries earlier described. Today, many theories have been postulated as to why Acupuncture is so effective in pain control. However, as more discoveries are made, more research is indicated.

For more information on acupuncture, visit the National Institute of Health website.

Is Treatment Painful?

One would assume inserting a needle into the skin would be painful since most of us can relate to being stuck with a pin or having a hypodermic injection. However, four Acupuncture needles can easily be inserted into the hollow tube of a hypodermic needle. Because of the extreme slenderness of the needle, most people compare the sensation is “less than a mosquito bite.” A phenomena referred to as “Tehchi” occurs when the energy is contacted. This sensation is felt as a mild to moderate heaviness or tingling.

Needles obviously still have their place in clinical practice. However, many physicians certified in Acupuncture and licensed Acupuncturists are employing electronic and laser stimulation to the Acupoint with equal effectiveness as the needle. Both of these procedures are painless and are quickly becoming standard worldwide.

The tapping needle “teishein” is not really a needle as it does not pierce the skin. It produces a mild to moderate sensation. Compare it to tapping a ball point pen on the skin. This form of stimulation has been used successfully for centuries. Thumb pressure is equally impressive and not considered painful.

How Many Treatments are Usual?

Obviously the number of treatments vary with different conditions and individuals. Chronic problems generally require more treatment than acute ones. Some patients notice an immediate improvement after the first treatment, whereas others may not notice any effect until the seventh or eighth visit. It’s been shown that a certain percentage of patients receive maximum benefit up to three months following a course of therapy.

A small number of patients will experience a worsening of symptoms, as the body’s energies are returning to normal. This is usual and no need for alarm. It is followed by improvement. Researchers internationally agree the usual number of treatments is between eight and sixteen. The usual frequency is between two and four times a week.

Patients are urged not to enter an Acupuncture program with the thought of “taking a few” to see what will happen. Even though it is possible to achieve success, a program of ten visits would have a better chance for success. Patients are encouraged to be patient with the healing process. If the treatments are recommended and results occur in just five visits, the doctor may elect to discontinue treatments or continue their use to stabilize the condition.

What Conditions are Accepted?

Acupuncture textbooks list well over one hundred different conditions that respond well to Acupuncture. The World Health Organization, working in close harmony with the International Acupuncture training center of the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, has indicated Acupuncture is effective in the following conditions:

Acute and chronic pain relief, migraine, tension, cluster and sinus headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, bladder dysfunction, bed wetting, cervical (neck) pain, mid and low back pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, post operative pain relief, gastric problems, asthma, allergies, skin conditions, hemorrhoids, abnormal blood pressure, fatigue, anxiety, neurological syndrome, various eye problems, etc. This is only a partial list of the numerous conditions Acupuncture has been credited with helping.

Spinal Mobilization

Even though Chiropractic was discovered in the late 1800’s, in America, the use of spinal manipulation in the Far and Near East is estimated to be over 7,000 years old.

Spinal vertebral therapy and soft tissue mobilization know in the Orient as “Tui Na” is a vital part of “Chung Guo I Hsueh” or Middle Kingdom Healing. Since all parts of the body to include all 300 trillion cells, are under the direct influence of the nervous system, the spinal column comprised of 24 movable segments, plays an integral part in human functioning as it protects the spinal cord which sends large nerve trunks to the organs and structures of the body through small openings between the vertebrae.

Chiropractic Physicians and Oriental medical doctors are explicitly trained in the detection and correction of “vertebral subluxations” which impinge or impede vital nerve impulses.

Thus spinal mobilization “adjustment” as it is referred to in the west, may play a vital role in the recovery of a patient. Treatment is considered painless and pleasant.

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