A truly personalized natural wellness option.
Rob Gates, AP, DOM is the Founder and Clinic Manager who operates Red Rabbit Acuwellness, LLC. Rob offers a unique and comprehensive wellness solution. Patient visits are approximately one hour long and are spent applying appropriate aspects from various TCM modalities, exercise, nutrition as well as ThetaHealing® one-on-one with the Acupuncture Physician. Rob treats his patients differently than other western style practices where the doctor is only with the patient for a few moments. Rob spends the entire treatment time with the patient creating, implementing and maintaining a personalized comprehensive wellness program.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points shown as effective in the treatment of specific heath problems. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of two thousand years. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed these locations.
What can Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture is best known for the treatment of painful conditions such as general pains on back, neck and limbs, arthritis, headaches, sciatica, stiff shoulder, tennis elbow, whiplash, tendonitis etc. Acupuncture is also used successfully for a wide range of other physical, neural or mental disorders such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), TMJ, Bell's palsy, paralysis, allergy, fibromyagia, asthma, facial rejuvination, gastritis or acid reflux, colitis, IBS, menstrual or sexual disorders, PMS, hot flash, infertility, anxiety, fatigue, depression, insomnia, tinnitus, sinusitis, shingles, smoking cessation, weight control and other ailments that do not respond positively to conventional Western medical therapies and even surgical therapies, or for conditions for which the patient is sensitive to or does not want various medications. In 1997, National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a Consensus Statement on the use and effectiveness of acupuncture for a variety of health conditions. The statement was based on a World Health Organizations (WHO) report in which it concluded that: When utilized by a certified acupuncturist or acupuncture practitioner with years of experience, acupuncture maybe effective treatment for a wide range of common illnesses including:
Bronchitis, Conjunctivitis, Spasms of esophagus, Asthma, Sinusitis, Rhinitis, Tonsillitis, Common Cold and Flu, Pharyngitis, Fever
Eye/Vision/ Skin/Mouth Disorders
Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Toothache, Post Extraction Pain, Gingivitis, Pharyngitis, Dermatitis, Acne/Wrinkles, Hives, Psoriasis
ADD, Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia, Depression
Spasms of esophagus, Hiccups, Acid Reflux, Constipation or Diarrhea, Gastric Hyperacidity
Headaches (Migraines), Trigeminal Neuralgias, Facial Palsy (Bell's), Stroke/Post-stroke Pareses, Peripheral Neuropathies, Meniere's Disease, Nocturnal Enuresis, Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction
Back and Knee Pain, Neck and Shoulder Pain, Low Back Pain, Hip, Legs and Feet Pain, Sciatica, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue, Sports Injuries and Pains, Frozen Shoulder, Tennis/Golf Elbow
Women's Health/Gynecological Disorders
Premenstrual Syndrome, Dysmenorrhea, Spotting and Excessive Bleeding, Amenorrhea, Impotence, Infertility, Incontinence, Weight Control, Stop Smoking
Sources: World Health Organization (WHO). Viewpoint on Acupuncture. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 1979.
How Deep Do the Needles Go?
That depends on the nature of the problem, the location of the points selected, the patient's size, age, constitution, and upon the acupuncturist's style or school. Usually, needles are inserted 1/4 to 1 inch in depth.
Does it Hurt?
likely no. However, there will be times when your acupuncturist is
trying to obtain the correct stimulus of the needle, the patient might
feel certain sensations such as cramping, heaviness, distention,
tingling, or electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up
or down the affected meridian, or energy pathway. In any case, if you
experience any discomfort, it is usually mild. The needles are
so fine they are hair-like size. Although some patients are more
sensitive than others and may feel a greater sensations (mild cramping,
heaviness, distention, tingling, or electric sensation either around the
needle or traveling up or down the affected energy pathway or
meridian,) many patients feel nothing more than a dull pressure. Our
patients usually describe the sensation to nothing more than a mosquito
Are the Needles Clean?
best practice among acupuncturists in America today is to use
sterilized, individually packed, disposable needles. Needles are not
saved and reused for later treatments. This is the Clean Needle
Technique (CNT), which eliminates the possibility of transmitting a
communicable disease by contaminated needle. At our clinic, our doctors
practices CNT exclusively, and only use the finest solid pre-sterilized,
disposable needles made from stainless steel to assure that there is no
transmission of communicable diseases from patient to patient due to
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is safely used throughout the entire world and comes from a time-tested traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with thousands of years of practice. It is estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) that one third of the world's population uses this form of the therapy for health care, therefore negative reactions to acupuncture is indeed very rare.
How Many Treatments Do I Normally Need?
That depends upon the duration, severity, nature of your complaint and the individual response of the patient. One may experience immediate total or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms after just one acupuncture session, another one may notice little or no change until after several treatments. If one only takes one or two treatments, the relief may be short-term and last for only several days, later perhaps some of the pain may return. However, one can be expected to gradually improve or see further incremental improvement after each subsequent treatment if he / she is committed to acupuncture care to rid of the problems naturally. Many acute conditions may only require a single treatment and degenerative conditions may require scores of treatments. However, most typically, a series of five to fifteen treatments usually will resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time. Treatments may be daily or just once or twice a week, depending on the progress of the treatments. As the healing continues, number of sessions are reduced to once a week, once every two weeks, once a month and so on.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Health is a matter of balance of or (Yin and Yang) according to TCM theories. Human being are complex bioelectric and automatic control systems. Imbalance of the body's Yin and Yang can reflect on the definite areas or points of the body surface such as changes of sensitivity or electric resistance of the skin. So-called meridians are essentially the connecting pathways between different parts of the body, the upper and the lower, the left and the right, the internal organs and the body surface. In Western medicine, similar phenomenon is recognized as the referred pain areas and used to help make diagnosis. The meridian system not only has more recognition about the internal connection of the body than the referred pain areas, but also works through bi-direction. Acupuncture on the corresponding points can input treatment signals to activate the automatic control function of the body and regulate balance back. For example, it is well-known that the referred pain from angina pectoris is usually located the inner side of left forearm. Actually, that area is consistent with the Heart meridian and can be stimulated by acupuncture to relieve the chest pain or even improve the related EKG change.
What Other Services Are Offered Besides Acupuncture?
We do acupressure, auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture), hand acupuncture, electrical or magnetic stimulation or infrared rays (electric acupuncture and electromagnetic therapy). Also, we provide Advanced Holistic Checkups, high-quality Chinese patent and individual herbs (Chinese Herbal Medicine), and Qigong therapies, basically whatever is necessary from the TCM to heal the patient. In addition, we offer Chinese Dietotherapy consultations for nutritional replenishment.
Anything I Need to Do Before my First Acupuncture Visit?
Yes. There are some forms HERE that you need to fill out prior to your initial visit. This information will help the practitioner get a better sense of what you are experiencing and other health related issues that may effect your condition. Wear loose clothing if possible. Women should not wear one-piece dresses. Avoid wearing tight stockings. Avoid treatment when excessive fatigued, hungry, full, emotionally upset, or shortly after sex. While receiving acupuncture, there is no need to be frightened. RELAX! Do not change your position or move suddenly. Feel free to let your practitioner know of any sensations experienced during acupuncture.
What is ThetaHealing®?
The ThetaHealing® technique is a meditation technique and spiritual philosophy - not specific to one religion but accepting them all - with the purpose of getting closer to the Creator. It is a training method for your mind, body and spirit that allows you to clear limiting beliefs and live life with positive thoughts, developing virtues in all that we do. Through meditation and prayer, the ThetaHealing Technique creates a positive lifestyle.
The ThetaHealing® technique is always taught to be used in conjunction with conventional medicine. It teaches how to put to use one's own natural intuition, relying upon unconditional love of Creator Of All That Is to do the actual “work.” We believe by changing your brain wave cycle to include the “Theta” state, you can actually watch the Creator Of All That Is create instantaneous physical and emotional wellbeing. We have learned that through the ThetaHealing® Technique intuitive abilities can be used to bring about spontaneous physical and emotional wellbeing.