Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an effective form of natural healthcare, which involves the insertion of sterile, thin needles at strategic points on your body which then encourages the body toward its own natural healing capabilities by enhancing recuperative power, immunity and physical and emotional health.

A key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture in the West is most commonly known to treat pain. However, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete system that is able to diagnose, treat and prevent many illnesses and disease.

In fact, acupuncturists are trained in both Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine, which enables them to work with both doctors and within the western diagnostic system.

Community Sunday Acupuncture

Starting on March 3, PT Massage will be offering 30 minute Acupuncture sessions, dedicating up to 3-4 rooms, every Sunday from 9-11am at a special discounted rate.

While these treatments are not quite as extensive and thorough as a normal acupuncture session (addressing a singular vs multiple complaint areas), this is a wonderful and low cost opportunity for anyone wanting to give Acupuncture a try.

Please Note: Due to the limited availability, Sunday treatments are by appointment only, on a first come first serve basis; so be sure to either call ahead of time or click the button below to request an appointment today!

Acupuncturist, Jack Fonderwhite

After graduating with honors from UCSC Jack decided to move to Hiroshima, Japan where he learned to not only speak, but also read and write in Japanese. As Jack put’s it:

“The following 11 years in Japan turned out to be the most active of my life.  

“Those years of taiko, koto, marathons, cycling, touch rugby, and kickboxing led me to learning a lot more, especially about health and my body. Thanks to acupuncture and Japanese herbal medicine, I was able to pursue such a rigorous lifestyle while also working and studying full time.  

“Encouraged by this experience and my acupuncturist, I decided to pursue a career in acupuncture, moving to Hawaii for my studies in 2015.

“Now, after thousands of hours of training and nearly 400 cases, I have seen acupuncture and Chinese medicine treat a wide array of issues: food poisoning, nausea and vomiting, nose and throat issues, severe bruising, edema, joint pain, headaches, wrinkles, menstrual issues, fatigue, anxiety, peripheral neuropathy, sciatica, sports injuries, stress, and pain in nearly every area and part of the body (including my own neck after a serious bicycle accident on Kuhio).  

“As a certified member of National Acupuncture Detox Association (NADA), I am trained in a specific acupuncture protocol in the ear to support those serious about curbing the use of such substances and other drugs.  My patients have also found NADA helpful with managing PTSD, fatigue, and anxiety.

“Personally, it helped me push harder and perform better without increasing my heart rate or level of perceived effort during athletic training. Supported by this evidence and my own experience, I am confident acupuncture, electroacupuncture, cupping, gua sha, and other modalities can provide for my patient’s quicker recovery from physical and emotional aches and pains.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How Does Acupuncture Work?

A: Acupuncture is a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as Qi, by needling points on different meridians on the body. When Qi flows freely throughout the body, one enjoys good physical, mental and emotional well-being.  Many things can influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes and diet can lead to a blockage or imbalance of Qi. When the body is in a healthy state, it will naturally bounce back.

However when the disruption of Qi is prolonged or excessive, then illness, pain and disease can set in. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture can rebalance the flow of Qi in the body.

Q: How Many Treatments Will I Need?

A: Treatment frequency depends on a variety of factors: the severity of your condition, duration of the problem, and the strength of the body. Some people experience immediate relief, others may take months to achieve results.  Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones.

Plan on 1-2 treatments a week for a month to see significant changes for chronic conditions, however, your acupuncturist will work with you as an individual and will recommend a plan that is in your best interest.  Herbs may be recommended as an adjunct to your treatment, and other therapies may also be used such as electrical stimulation, cupping and massage during your session.

Q: What Can Acupuncture Treat?

A: The National Institute for Health and The World Health Organization have recognized acupuncture to be effective for the treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions. Below are some of the health issues we can help with:

    • Adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
    • Allergies
    • Morning sickness
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Earaches
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Headaches
    • Hypertension
    • Insomnia
    • Knee Pain
    • Low back Pain
    • Neck Pain
    • Osteoarthritis
    • PMS, PCOS and hormonal balancing
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Sciatica
    • TMJ
    • Tennis and Golfers’ Elbow
    • Smoking Cessation