Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine/functional medicine
Dr. Katania is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and has been practicing for 16 years. She specializes in pain, gastro-intestinal health, women’s health, auto-immune and inflammatory diseases and emotional issues. In the past 7 years, Dr. Katania has incorporated Functional Medicine into her practice. This means that in addition to acupuncture, she addresses root cause treatment of a patient’s ailments using a combination of functional labs, objective diagnostics, and Oriental Medicine to arrive at a comprehensive treatment plan that includes diet, targeted supplements, herbs, movement and acupuncture to help the patient heal themselves.
Dr. Katania graduated in 2003 from Bastyr University. She has been practicing in Nevada as an Oriental Medical Doctor since 2009. She has studied under specialists in pain management, physical medicine, and Functional Medicine. She is trained and Nationally certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, and has received ongoing training in Functional Medicine, western herbs, targeted supplement and nutrition.
The following is a list of mechanisms that have been identified so far and I borrowed this from one of my virtual mentors, Kris Kresser L.Ac, directly from his website because I LOVE the way he describes Acupuncture in a modern, Western, easy-to-understand way (thank you Chris!):
- Acupuncture promotes blood flow. This is significant because everything the body needs to heal is in the blood, including oxygen, nutrients we absorb from food, immune substances, hormones, analgesics (painkillers) and anti-inflammatories. Restoring proper blood flow is vital to promoting and maintaining health. For example if blood flow is diminished by as little as 3% in the breast area cancer may develop. Blood flow decreases as we age and can be impacted by trauma, injuries and certain diseases. Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow and vasodilation in several regions of the body.
- Acupuncture stimulates the body’s built-in healing mechanisms.Acupuncture creates “micro traumas” that stimulate the body’s ability to spontaneously heal injuries to the tissue through nervous, immune and endocrine system activation. As the body heals the micro traumas induced by acupuncture, it also heals any surrounding tissue damage left over from old injuries.
- Acupuncture releases natural painkillers. Inserting a needle sends a signal through the nervous system to the brain, where chemicals such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin are released. Some of these substances are 10-200 times more potent than morphine!
- Acupuncture reduces both the intensity and perception of chronic pain. It does this through a process called “descending control normalization”, which involves the serotonergic nervous system. 2 I will explain this process in further detail in the next post.
- Acupuncture relaxes shortened muscles. This in turn releases pressure on joint structures and nerves, and promotes blood flow.
- Acupuncture reduces stress. This is perhaps the most important systemic effect of acupuncture. Recent research suggests that acupuncture stimulates the release of oxytocin, a hormone and signaling substance that regulates the parasympathetic nervous system. You’ve probably heard of the “fight-or-flight” response that is governed by the sympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system has been called the “rest-and-digest” or “calm-and-connect” system, and in many ways is the opposite of the sympathetic system. Recent research has implicated impaired parasympathetic function in a wide range of autoimmune diseases, including arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Hi! I’m Dr. Katania. I am passionate about helping my patients achieve true health. I believe I am but a vehicle to help their bodies rebalance and do what they were naturally made to do – maintain health! I use acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Functional Medicine testing and supplements, nutrition and movement to guide people back to health. While acupuncture is highly effective at relieving pain, calming the nervous system, relaxing muscles and improving mood, all the inputs we are exposed to the in daily life have a larger impact in long-term healing. What we eat, drink, supplement with, and how we move, sleep and think are essential to address if we want lasting change. I encourage my patients to implement whatever they feel comfortable with in their day-to-day life. I meet the patient where they are and work with them to strive for Whole Body Health.
Come see me in our clinic at Path to Wellness in Reno. Let’s discuss how I can help you reach your goals!
Contact Dr. Katania directly for an appointment at:
775-742-2769 or email@example.com
What is Cupping?
Cupping therapy come from Ancient Chinese Medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage. Read this article on the benefits of cupping.
I use cupping regularly in clinic for unresponsive muscle tension, chronic muscle tension and other pain syndromes. I use it frequently in people who work out frequently and rigorously and are sore. Body-builders, martial artists, and anyone engaged in high-intensity sports can greatly benefit from cupping. So can many others, however, you may not AUTOMATICALLY be a candidate for cupping. Fibromyalgia, Auto-immune diseases and weaker or frail bodies and constitutions may react badly to cupping.
Who can do cupping?
Cupping is currently practiced by many manual therapists, including massage therapists, chiropractors and PTs. Fire Cupping, the use of a flame to vacuum suction the cups to the body should only be used by Acupuncturists or someone with many hours of practice. It can be very dangerous. Please ask your practitioner how much training they have had if they are NOT and OMD in Nevada. Massage Therapists in NV are not allowed to do fire cupping.
Dry Needling- what is it and who practices it?
Dry Needling (DN) is term used frequently by Physical Therapists for the practice of inserting acupuncture needles into their patients. DN IS acupuncture. Another word for the technique of DN is trigger point therapy or trigger point needling and Acupuncturists incorporate this technique daily. Although acupuncture STYLES vary and some L.Ac.s and OMD may use LESS of this style of treatment, it is a part of Acupuncture education and treatment protocols. Physical Therapists who practice DN are regulated by their state boards and states differ on standards and level of regulation. Nevada currently has no regulation and no standards for training. Although the Boards are working to rectify this lack of oversight, the current state of affairs in Nevada is that PTs learn to needle in 1 weekend and begin to practice in their clinics on patients the following Monday. I urge patients to ask their PTs who are offering DN how long they have been practicing and how many patients they have treated. If the answer is less that 300 hours and fewer than a couple hundred patients, I advise caution. Needle injury IS possible, despite the size of the needles. Organ damage and nerve damage can occur. Experience is essential! L.Ac.s and OMDs have over 2000 hours of training and clinical supervision before they graduate their programs. If you have ANY questions or issues, I am happy to discuss this further with you. If you or anyone you know has been injured by needling, either by a PT or OMD in Nevada, please report the injury to the Board of Physical Therapy or the Board of Oriental Medicine.
I get asked for consultations frequently. Over the past 16 years, my answer has become, “No, I do not do free consultations”. Here is why. Acupuncture is safe for just about ANY disease, disorder or injury. Each person responds differently. I would advise ANYONE to give it a try. It may not cure your disease, but usually can reduce symptoms, reduce inflammation, improve sleep and quality of life, etc. In the RARE situations where we would deny treatment, we typically have to see the patient and do a complete intake to determine if they are the RARE candidate NOT TO RECEIVE ACUPUNCTURE. This cannot be decided in a brief interview. If we decide you should not undergo treatment, the session is stopped and there is no charge. So what have you got to lose!
I look forward to seeing you in my Clinic and working with you to achieve your health goals!
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