As a child growing up in Alabama, Chris participated in Isshine-ryu, and Taekwondo. His time spent learning these disciplines fueled his hunger to learn more about the East. A high school trip to China gave him a taste of the nation's culture and way of life.
With encouragement from his family, he enrolled in the Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama. During the course of his junior year, one of his professors gave several examples of the healing powers of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine - something with which Chris was not then familiar. After further research, Chris knew that this was an avenue that he wanted to pursue professionally.
Upon graduation with his Bachelor of Arts, Chris furthered his studies at the Tennessee School of Therapeutic Massage. After obtaining his massage therapy license, he spent three years intensively studying acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado.
Upon graduation and obtaining his license to practice acupuncture in the state of Tennessee, Chris and his wife returned to Knoxville where he began seeing patients at East Town Chiropractic Health and Wellness Center. Since then, he has treated hundreds of patients who experience a wide array of maladies and illnesses. Chris looks forward to continuing to grow his practice and bring health and healing to those whom he treats.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What can I expect from my visit?
At the beginning, I'll perform about 20 minutes of intake, where I'll take your pulse, take your blood pressure, look at your tongue, and ask some initial questions. Then, it will take about 10 minutes to place the needles. For approximately25 minutes, you'll lie peacefully with the needles. It will take only a couple of minutes for me to remove the needles. We'll then discuss your formula (if applicable) and any lifestyle change recommendations.
What if my blood pressure is too high?
If your blood pressure exceeds safe levels, I cannot treat you. We must reschedule for a later date.
What if I'm needle-sensitive? Can you still help me?
Yes, there are many techniques that I can use to make your treatment as comfortable as possible. There are many needle-phobic individuals who have experienced great success with acupuncture when certain methods are utilized to minimize their discomfort.
Will my insurance cover my treatment?
While you may be able to use your HSA funds for your acupuncture treatment (check with your HSA provider), we do not contact your insurer on your behalf to file a claim.
How soon can I expect for my condition or symptoms to improve after my treatment?
Each individual and case is quite different. During our initial meeting, we'll discuss a plan of action, and I'll recommend certain steps for you once you leave my office. From there, we can decide on frequency of follow-up visits if necessary. For some, one visit is sufficient. For more complex cases, however, it could take many visits.
Do you offer any benefits for referring someone to your clinic?
Yes! We will send a voucher for a discounted treatment to the client letting others know about our practice.
Does it hurt?
The acupuncture needles are typically not much thicker than a human hair. They are not like the needles used to draw blood or give shots. In some instances, you won’t feel it at all. Other times, there may be a tingling, warmth, heaviness, or a pressure. At worst, it might feel like a mosquito bite. Most people find acupuncture very relaxing and actually fall asleep during treatments.
Does it work?
Acupuncture has a long history of effectiveness throughout Chinese history. Plus, since its arrival in the United States, millions of Americans have used acupuncture and herbal medicine to treat myriad conditions and ailments. Come try it out for yourself and see if you can discover the benefits that it has to offer.
Is it safe?
When performed by a competently trained, licensed professional, acupuncture is extremely safe. The needles are prepackaged, disposable and sterile. They are used one time and then put into a medical hazardous waste container.
Safety usually concerns the sterility of the needles. Most Practitioners today use only pre-sterilized, disposable needles. Nationally Board Certified practitioners comply with strict rules for needle sterilization. Acupuncture and medicinal herbs are safe medical procedures and are well known for their efficacy and lack of side effects when administered by a qualified practitioner.
What is a treatment like?
Acupuncture, the gentle insertion of very small sterile, disposable, needles stimulates specific points along the meridians. As the flow of energy is released, the natural balance of Qi is restored, and the body is allowed to heal and recover. When the needles are inserted you may experience a sensation of tingling or warmth. People usually find the treatments to be relaxing.
How long do treatments last?
The initial visit can take approximately 1 1/2 -2 hours due the extensive history and questions required to assess the problems. The follow up treatments usually take about an hour.
How many treatments will I need?
It depends upon the nature, duration, and severity of your complaint. Treatment protocol and duration are as individual as each of you. Treatments are scheduled according to the nature of your conditions and as improvement takes place, fewer visits are needed. You may need only several for an acute condition, while five to twelve treatments will usually resolve more chronic problems. Some very long-term and degenerative conditions may require several additional treatments over a period of time. The length and frequency of treatment will vary for each individual and will be determined by your Acupuncturist or Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
How deep do the needles go?
That depends upon the nature of the problem, the location of the points selected, the patient's size, age, and constitution.
Why Herbal Medicine?
Herbal Medicine uses plants to treat health care concerns. An herbal prescription consists of one to twenty herbs taken as tea, tablet, or tinctures and has many synergistic benefits when combined with acupuncture.
How do I find an acupuncturist?
Prospective patients should ask about the training and experience of the practitioner. Acupuncture is a licensed and regulated health care profession in over 40 states in the U.S. In Pennsylvania, the Board of Medicine regulates acupuncturists. Nationally, the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) certifies both acupuncturists and Chinese herbal practitioners. Acupuncturists who have passed the NCCAOM exam are entitled to add Dipl. Ac. (Diplomate of Acupuncture) after their name.
Are you certified?
Certification, licensure, and registration of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine vary from state to state. The NCCAOM (National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) has established standards to practice. Most states use the NCCAOM examination to meet licensing requirements, while a few states such as California administer their own exam. You can be assured that an NCCAOM Board Certified practitioner has met both highest of educational requirements and the passing of arduous examinations.
In eastern medicine, we value the time we get to spend with you. Come expecting a detailed intake process, with questions you have likely never been asked in your primary care physician's office. This enables us to better treat you! Our holistic approach views the body as an integrative system; we treat the whole rather than its parts. Your first appointment will thus be longer than a standard treatment time frame to allow for this interview to take place.
$95 for 60-90 minutes
$65 for 45-60 minutes
*Price of individual herbal formulas will vary
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