This is one form of Traditional Chinese Medicine in which specific points along the body are stimulated either with an extremely small (often un-noticeable) needle, or with other methods such as a light electrical pulse or pressure. By stimulating these points, it assists the nervous system in promoting balance and healing within the body. Used for a variety of internal and external conditions, including cosmetic and facial rejuvenation (an alternative to Botox/fillers). It can be a great complementary or alternative holistic treatment for your condition.
There is no universal response to acupuncture. Some may experience relief right away and others may require a few visits. A typical session involves an assessment and the insertion of one or more extremely thin, single-use sterile needs. You will either lay face up or face down on the treatment table dependent upon what is being treated. Depending upon the condition and procedure the needles will stay in place anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes. The number of treatments a person will need depends on their individual case. Someone with a chronic condition may require 1 or 2 treatments a week over the course of several months. Someone with an acute health issue will often find lasting results after 5-10 sessions. You can combine your acupuncture sessions with sound therapy for the ultimate healing response. Incorporating sound with your sessions can assist in speeding the healing process, resulting in the need for fewer sessions.
Cosmetic acupuncture, including facial rejuvenation, is a way to address not only unwanted conditions of the skin (such as eczema, psoriasis, uneven skin tone) but also assist in the process of aging gracefully. In facial rejuvenation it's believed that by treating the face you can treat the body, and vice versa. It works internally to not only optimize your health, but also enhance the appearance of your skin. While some needles will also be place on other parts of the body, several tiny and painless needles in and around the face. As the needles are inserted into the skin, they create positive microtraumas. As your body senses these microtraumas, it goes into repair mode. This stimulates your lymphatic and circulatory system, which work together to deliver nutrients and oxygen to your skin cells helping to even out your complexion and produce a glow. It also assists in the production of collagen, improving elasticity, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Check out our social media pages for before and after photos!
Reasons why someone may seek acupuncture services include, but are not limited to:
Neck, back, joint pain
Post-surgical pain and discomfort
Anxiety & depression reduction
Nausea and/or heartburn relief
Our focus is on gentle, yet specific adjusting, using a combination of hands and the Activator instrument. Stimulating the joints at specific levels of the spine assists in "rebooting" the signal flow from the brain and the rest of the body, helping you to heal better and faster. Our focus in on women's care, prenatal, and pediatric care, although we also see entire families. We are versed in the Zone Technique and certified in Webster with focused studies in pregnancy and pediatric care.
The Activator tool is an alternative to the twisting, popping, and cracking that many traditional techniques can bring. It uses a spring-loaded, hand-held instrument. This device allows chiropractors to provide a quick, low-force impulse at very specific points. The instrument applies a light impulse that is so quick that the body's muscles are less likely to tense in response to the treatment. The light adjustment is also very localized which doesn't put the joint in any compromised positions. It is also one of the most widely researched chiropractic instruments with clinical trials to support its efficacy.
We combine this tool with the Zone Technique which is a spinal cord stimulation technique for brain healing. It is based on the notion that there are six zones of the body that, when disturbed by emotional, physical, or chemical stressors, can lead to a variety of diseases and discomforts. By addressing specific levels of the spine it can "reset" the associated brain centers assisting in helping the body to heal better, from the inside-out.
Typically incorporated in a group setting with acupuncture, it is also available in private settings with or without acupuncture. The sound waves are produced at different frequencies to have a positive impact and influence on your body & brain in order to assist in lowering stress & boosting the healing process. Sessions include use of crystal singing bowls, Tibetan/Himalayan bowls, chimes, tuning forks, gongs, and more. Can be done weekly, or just when you feel you need that extra boost.
Group sessions are done while you are fully clothed and face up, while laying on a yoga mat (chairs are available). If combined with acupuncture, needles are placed in areas that are easily exposed such as the hands, arms, face, and ears. This combination is a great support for those dealing with pain, fatigue, internal disorders, stress, anxiety, depression, and more. A yoga mat, pillow, and light blanket will be provided. You are welcome to bring additional items for comfort. These sessions are recommended for 16 years of age and older.
Sessions can also be done privately. Either with sound alone or incorporating acupuncture. Together, sound can both calm and stimulate helping to ground you as well as up lift your Qi, or energy. These sessions provide a huge amount of healing as it works on both the body as well as the brain. More and more science has been showing the powerful effects of these modalities.
Functional Wellness/Nutrition testing takes the guess work out of what supplements you need. Find answers to health problems, discover your health potential, regain balance, and rebuild vitality. Through the use of muscle testing and specially encoded vials, we are able to measure how the body is functioning and understand your problem’s root source. We are able to measure the major organs and tissues of the body, determining how well they are maintaining their vital energy.
Each supplement plan is customized to your individual needs. You will receive an individualized supplement plan and diet recommendations. Initial exams are approximately 45 minutes with follow-up exams approximately 15 minutes. Follow-up visits are typically around every 2-3 weeks apart, becoming less frequent as you improve. Our goals is to help you understand how to build energy reserves to better adapt to stress.
6-8 months is average time span for chronic conditions to resolve or become manageable with a small ongoing support protocol.
Dr. Nicole doesn't guess, rather she uses a proprietary technique paired with a detailed health history form. Using vials organized in kits, she tests a wide range of body systems, symptom patterns, food intolerances, pathogens, toxins, lab work, and more. Dr. Nicole looks at the energy signature of body systems, individual organs and cellular function and combines this with her studies of both East and West medicine. She only uses nutritional supplementation that is backed by third-party testing and is available through healthcare professionals to ensure only the highest quality ingredients. One form of testing that Dr. Nicole uses is called Applied Bio-Energy Analysis (abea). To learn more about abea, click here.
Please note that this service is not eligible for insurance coverage.
Stewart Chiropractic & Wellness
Dr. Nicole Stewart, DC, CCAc
1548 Bloomingdale Ave, Valrico, FL 33596
(813) 9 - INNATE
Fax: (813) 322-2508
Chiropractor Valrico FL
Mon, Wed, Fri:
10:00am - 2:00pm
3:30pm - 6:30pm
Tuesday 2p - 6pm