Dr. Cheryl Chao Blankenship

Services

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow. The many benefits of acupuncture include:

  • Pain reduction/elimination
  • Stress and tension relief
  • Increased energy levels
  • Stronger digestion
  • Relief from bad habits and addictions
  • Greater sense of overall health and well-being
  • commonly treated ailments: any kind of PAIN, sciatica,  disc/joint degeneration, plantar fasciitis, neuropathy, pinch nerve, thoracic outlet syndrome, phantom pain, post surgery pain, extremity numbness, insomnia, infertility, IBS, nausea, digestive issues, migraines, fibromyalgia, cramps, ED, carpal tunnel, bell's palsy, arthritis, allergies, TMJ, hot flashes, weak bladder, hemorrhoids, bed wetting, acne, anxiety, dizziness etc..

Chiropractic care

We offer chiropractic care in the form of spinal alignments, spinal traction, muscle therapy, ultra sound, percussion, heat, muscle stimulation, cold laser and postural rehabilitation.

It is immensely important to keep the spine in an unrestricted state and in optimal range of joint motion. The joint is almost like a door hinge, if the hinge is stuck with limited motion, the hinge will eventually get rusty. That is why it is so important to keep the spine in motion. Locked joints play a role in restricting nerve flow to our organs. Chiropractic exam can detect most of these aberrant joint motion.

Tui Na

Tui Na is an ancient form of bodywork that is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I use a variety of pressures and strokes along the meridians (energy pathways) of your body to both relax your muscles and also stimulate the flow of energy throughout your body. By treating both the physical (musculature) and energetic (Qi) levels of your body at the same time. Using Tui Na and conventional massage together will yield maximal results.

Acupressure -physical pressure by hand, not with needles

Acupressure is based on one of the most ancient principles of healing — putting healing pressure on a specific "point"on the body can release stress, increase circulation and improve overall health. This painless and powerful technique has been shown to be very effective in treating all kinds of ailments. This method is good for patients who have fear of needles.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing and health. Moxibustion has been used for healing purposes throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi (energy), and enhance your overall vitality and health.

Among other benefits, a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that 75.4% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses  rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion on an acupuncture point on the bladder meridian.

Laser Acupuncture

Laser Acupuncture is the latest innovation in the 2,500 year old medical tradition of acupuncture. It uses low-energy laser beams — instead of traditional acupuncture needles — on specific points of your body to unblock and restore the healthy flow of Qi (energy) through your meridians. This treatment is completely painless, and just as effective as a traditional acupuncture session.

The many benefits of laser acupuncture include:

  • Pain reduction
  • Stress and tension relief
  • Increased energy levels
  • Stronger digestion
  • Relief from bad habits and addictions
  • Greater sense of overall health and well-being

Gua Sha

Although Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique used by Chinese Medicine practitioners for thousands of years, it is relatively unknown in the West. It is recognized throughout Asia as a highly effective treatment for chronic pain conditions, stress, fatigue, and a host of other ailments.

First, Gua Sha oil is applied to a specific meridian (energy pathway) on your body. I then use a smooth round-edged object (gua sha tool) to apply short brisk strokes to that area. This creates red patches of skin (called "Sha"), detoxifying your blood and restoring the healthy flow of Qi (energy) to the area. This technique is painless and the Sha will fade in 2 to 3 days. But the sense of health and vitality you experience from it will last much longer.

Electroacupuncture

Electroacupuncture is a highly effective holistic treatment for pain, nausea, and chronic ailments. In practice, it is actually very similar to traditional acupuncture. Using the exact same system of Chinese Medicine, I insert very thin and sterile needles into specific points along the meridians of your body. I then attach the needles to a device that delivers gentle electrical pulses between two points. This helps restore the healthy flow of Qi (energy) through your body, removing any blockages and clearing out stagnant areas, thus creating a stronger and clearer experience of health and well-being.

Cupping

Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. I simply place a specialized "cup" onto specific points on your body, and then use suction to draw your skin up into the cups. It doesn't hurt — it simply draws fresh blood to that area of your body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi (energy). The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.

orthotics

The custom orthotics help to create/ support  the three crucial arches in the feet for balance of the spine.  When the three arches are at its optimal, ankles, knees and hips will also fall into alignment. We recommend people who work on their feet and active people to consider the orthotics because they will benefit the most.