Posts by Dominic

Helping Tennis Elbow With Acupuncture

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in acupuncture, Featured | Comments Off on Helping Tennis Elbow With Acupuncture

Helping Tennis Elbow With Acupuncture

Tennis elbow, AKA lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition in which the tendons of the outside part of the elbow are inflamed. Though actual playing of tennis is a common cause, tennis elbow can be caused by any repeated or strenuous activity, especially those involving lots of holding or gripping. Folks with tennis elbow will usually notice pain around the bony knob on the outside of the elbow as well as down their forearm and sometimes into the upper arm. Usually the pain will get worse when picking something up or gripping something, like when shaking hands.

Thankfully tennis elbow isn’t particularly difficult to treat. First off, someone who has tennis elbow should stop using it as much as possible. If doing something causes it to hurt, that means it is stressing the tendons more, and making healing more difficult. Icing the area a few times per day can help relieve pain and swelling, and for some a sling can be a good reminder not to use the affected arm.

Acupuncture can help to relieve the pain and swelling seen with tennis elbow, and by bringing more blood to the affected area help to speed along the natural healing process. In most cases we will select points in the muscles around the painful area, as well as extra points on the hand along the meridians that flow through the area, and some near the opposite knee. Typically we will see someone twice per week for a week or two until things are feeling better, then they just come in as needed if the pain returns. For more severe cases, or cases where an athlete has to keep playing through the pain, we will recommend more aggressive treatment, up to 4-5 times per week while encouraging them to rest as much as possible.

If tennis elbow is bothering you, come see us at our Fort Myers acupuncture clinic ASAP so we can get you back to feeling your best. If you’d like to schedule an appointment online, click here, otherwise give us a call!

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Acupuncture and Athletic Performance

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in acupuncture, Blog | Comments Off on Acupuncture and Athletic Performance

Acupuncture and Athletic Performance

Many of the patients we see in the clinic are athletes. Cyclists, CrossFit enthusiasts, runners, gymnasts, baseball players, golfers- all come seeking acupuncture to improve performance, alleviate pain, or get them in the right mindset for competition. Acupuncture was in the news during the 2016 summer Olympics as the world watched athletes compete with prominent bruises from cupping all over their bodies. But, is acupuncture really beneficial for athletic performance?

Studies say yes. A 2009 study from Taiwan that investigated the effects of acupuncture 30 and 60 minutes post exercise for male basketball players. A significant decrease in heart rate, oxygen consumption (v02 max), and blood lactic acid levels were shown in the players that received acupuncture compared to the players who did not (Zen-Pin Lin et al, Am. J. Chin. Med. 37, 471 (2009)). In a 2010 study by Brenner evaluated acupuncture for marathon runners and found a significant increase in performance. In 1993, Ehrlich and Haber found that athletes that received acupuncture were able to perform at higher rates than those who did not. Even in sedentary patients, as shown by Gential, et. al in 2005, acupuncture was shown to have a notable effect on heart rate and performance at anaerobic threshholds (Sfara, Melanie, “The Use of Acupuncture in Sports Medicine” (2013). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 252.).

From our perspective (a less scientific one), acupuncture works by increasing blood and energy flow to the affected areas of the body. Points are selected to nourish the muscles and tendons, stimulate the channels, to enhance respiratory activity, and to balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. All this is done while relaxing comfortably in a recliner and our athletic patients leave feeling refreshed and ready to conquer their next goal.

If you are an athlete looking to speed up your recovery time and increase your performance, you can schedule your appointment with us online (https://www.pocapoint.com/pp/gmca/). We look forward to working with you!

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Hurricane Irma: the Good, the Bad, and the Temporarily Relocated

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Hurricane Irma: the Good, the Bad, and the Temporarily Relocated

Hurricane Irma: the Good, the Bad, and the Temporarily Relocated

Update: We are back open!

The power is back on and we will be open regular hours starting Monday 9/18 at 1pm! To help speed things getting back to normal for everyone we’ll have a few specials going this week:

  1. This week only we’ll be selling our 5-4-65 cards.
  2. First responders get treatments for just $10
  3. Linemen get treated free.
  4. If your power is still out, there’s no limit on how long you can nap. We spent a few nights with just the fan on and it was miserable. We get it!

Let’s all get back on track after Irma.

Original post follows:


Hey folks,

First off we are all OK, our house wasn’t damaged and we are well supplied with food/water/fuel/etc. Unfortunately we are also well supplied with heat and humidity, and neither our house nor the clinic have power. As of now both are still getting the same September 22 date many are seeing, but the way we see it a lousy hurricane won’t stop us from bringing acupuncture to our community!

We are working on getting online scheduling set up for these off-site locations, but for now we have scheduling available and will call everyone who schedules to make sure they know where they’re going.

Come see us at the following locations through the end of the week:

Thurs 9/14 830-130 Gindele Family Chiropractic on Dani Drive
4p-7p Millennial Brewing Company
Fri 9/15 10a-1p Gindele Family Chiropractic on Winkler
4p-7p Millennial Brewing Company
Sat 9/16 10a-2p Millennial Brewing Co

We are blessed to have the opportunity to continue working in spite of storm’s aftermath and would greatly appreciate your support of our clinic and our family.

Much Love,

Dom and Carly

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Does acupuncture help with……

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in acupuncture, Featured | Comments Off on Does acupuncture help with……

Does acupuncture help with……

By far, the most common reason prospective patients call the clinic is to ask if acupuncture can help their chief complaint. The short answer: yes.

For a longer answer:

Acupuncture can treat a myriad of conditions and the World Health Organization and National Institute of Health recognize it as effective in addressing over 100 chief complaints. The majority of patients seek acupuncture treatment to help ease pain, for which it is extremely effective. In the clinic, the most common area of pain for patients is their low back or neck. We routinely provide treatment for degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis of the spine, sciatica, and generalized muscular tension. We also work with pain from plantar fasciitis, joint overuse or injury, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and much more.

Acupuncture’s usefulness does not stop at the treatment of pain. On a regular basis at the clinic we see patients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, autoimmune conditions, infertility, hormonal imbalances (PMS, menopause), IBS, acid reflux, allergies, carpal tunnel, side effects of chemotherapy and cancer treatment; the list is seemingly endless.

While acupuncture can treat a variety of conditions, it is not always the most effective option (i.e. acupuncture can treat a urinary tract infection, but it would be much more effective to get antibiotics). No matter what complaint you are seeking treatment for, we will always be honest with you regarding the efficacy of acupuncture in your specific case.

But, for most patients, the answer is yes, acupuncture can absolutely help you. We look forward to seeing you in the clinic!

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Welcome Christina Carrillo!

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Welcome Christina Carrillo!

Welcome Christina Carrillo!

Many of you have noticed that the clinic has become a popular destination for those in our community. In order to make sure that affordable acupuncture is provided to as many people as possible, we are pleased to announce the addition of Christina Carrillo to the clinic team!

Christina is a graduate of the East West College of Natural Medicine and interned at Good Medicine Community Acupuncture while attending school (some of you may remember her). Before becoming a licensed Florida acupuncturist, Christina was a physical therapist and worked for ten years in outpatient orthopedics. She and her husband enjoy raising their three beautiful daughters in Fort Myers.

Christina’s diverse educational background, passion for community acupuncture and compassionate heart make her an asset to the clinic and to you all, our patients. We are excited that she has joined our team and can’t wait for you all to love her as much as we do.

Christina will be available for appointments 10am-2pm on Tuesdays and 1pm-5pm on Fridays, as well as taking care of any walk ins on those days.

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