Beaver Dam, WI (920) 356-1578
Severe Burning Feet, Back and Neck Pain
My name is John L. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in September, 2009 because I was suffering from burning and sharp stinging pain in my feet. For 36 years my feet have felt like they were on fire… like I had gotten stung by a dozen bees. At times, in addition to the burning pains, there were also severe shooting pains in my feet. It was difficult for me to stand or walk for a reasonable period of time and when I did stand or walk the pain went all the way up into my hips. The years of pain made me feel depressed and hopeless.
I tried medications, prescription creams, and ointments. I went to dermatologists and orthopedic foot specialists, but nothing helped to relieve the pain. After a while the doctors told me there was nothing they could do for me. After three treatments at Abundance Acupuncture I began to feel significant improvements in the pain in my feet. At this point in time my condition feels 90% better. I no longer feel the continuous burning and stinging anymore and I am able to stand longer and walk further with out pain in my feet. Even the pain in my hips no longer bothers me.
I have also had significant improvement in the severe back and neck pain that I have had for 19 years, during which I had three lower back surgeries and three neck surgeries. When I started acupuncture treatments the pain level on my lower back was between level 7 and 8 and my neck was always about a level 5 or 6. Now my back pain is down to level 3 and the neck pain is around 3 or 4.
The clinic is wonderful and the staff is professional and caring. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone who is suffering from pain because it has helped me considerably, gotten me back on my feet again, and reenergized my life. I was very skeptical at first because I had been to so many different doctors without getting any help. My wife mentioned acupuncture and I said to myself “What do I have to lose?” I had tried everything else and I was desperate for help. I went in with a positive attitude and now I can’t believe how significant the improvement in my symptoms have been. Thanks!
Quick Relief from Gout Pain
My name is Michael J. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in January, 2010 because I was suffering from severe joint inflammation and pain. I have been dealing with a Gout condition for 25 years but it really flared up for a couple of weeks before I came in for treatment. I had severe pain in my right foot & ankle and also in my right wrist. It was difficult, and at times, almost impossible for me to walk and it was embarrassing to hobble around. When my wrist was painful and inflamed I could not use it at all. The pain made it impossible to sleep properly and that left me feeling fatigued, depressed, irritable, and hopeless.
I tried prescribed gout medications, sometimes taking way over the recommended doses, but I only had slow and temporary relief. I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after two treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 100% better. There is no swelling or pain and I am able to walk and function like normal. I have also changed my overall mindset about my body’s health. I am exercising more and being more careful about what I eat. During the treatments I felt comfortable and well cared for. The clinic is comfortable and the staff is professional and friendly.
I would recommend acupuncture to anyone because it works. Acupuncture was unbelievably quick in relieving my joint pain! Most of us have heard that the body can heal itself. Acupuncture has proved this to me.
Foot Pain, Daily Headaches, and More
My name is Sue H., when I came to Abundance Acupuncture in November 2012, I was suffering from multiple health problems: severe foot pain, daily headaches, acid reflux, constant sinus congestion, a series of sinus infections, and frequently recurring colds & flues.
The foot pain was diagnosed as plantar fasciitis. It started in my heel, then radiated into the arch and ankle making it hard to walk without a limp. The pain was worse if I was on my feet for any longer than two hours, and at night it would wake me up with a throbbing ache. It was hard to work a 4 hour shift at the assisted living facility much less a 6-8 hour day. When I worked 6 hours I could hardly walk the rest of the day and the day after I had to sit with ice off and on. Finding more things to do while sitting became a way of life. I had recently been doing more walking for exercise and it was very depressing to stop being active because of the pain.
I tried wearing foot gear at night but, it irritated other parts of my foot. Injections in the foot did not work for me, and the prescription strength Ibuprofen (Piroxicam) aggravated my acid reflux problem. After 9 months of physical therapy I felt hopeless, fatigued by the disrupted sleep, and tired of going to the therapy sessions.
My doctor was considering surgery as a last resort, but I tried acupuncture instead. Now, after three months of treatments at Abundance Acupuncture, my condition feels 90% better. There is only a minimal amount of discomfort in my heel and arch, I am able to work a full 6-8 hour shift on my feet and then continue on to do other activities like gardening and walking later in the day. I can even run around with my grandchildren. I have also had significant improvement in my other symptoms. I no longer have daily headaches or acid reflux. My chest congestion has cleared, allergies are a thing of the past, and sinus issues are minimal. The pains in my upper back, shoulder, elbow, and knee are gone.
Herbs and Supplements recommended by Abundance Acupuncture helped with my allergies, head colds, sinus infections, and stomach problems. An herbal foot soak helped calm the itching I was having all over my body. Even a yeast infection didn’t last long due to the foot soak and acupuncture.
During the treatments I felt calm and relaxed. The staff was very good about keeping me thoroughly informed and comfortable during treatments. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone because it allowed my body to heal without adding more medications. David Milbradt and Shari Friedrichs gradually helped eliminate the medications which increased my symptoms and health problems. I was never pressured to stop taking any of the meds I was on. When I decided to go off some of the drugs, acupuncture helped make the transition possible so that my body could heal without them. I am very pleased with the outcome – having better health without drugs. Since I started acupuncture I have also learned about acupressure which I can do myself. I find that it is very helpful for simple everyday aches and pains.
Heel Pain, Weight Loss, & Stress Relief
My name is Kari K. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in April 2010. My main issue was SEVERE left heel pain. I had been experiencing this pain for close to a year. I had tried heel pads, inserts, orthotics, pain medication from my doctor and physical therapy. Nothing helped and the pain was dictating my life. I felt like I was 80 years old, "Oh, I have to go down the stairs to get the laundry." It affected me mentally, emotionally as well as physically. It even affected me spiritually. The pain was every day, but worse in the evening when I would get up after sitting down for awhile. The pain was so severe that I was walking on my tiptoes. I couldn't exercise like I wanted to. I became depressed and very irritable. I had lost interest in the things in life that gave me joy.
I began feeling some improvement after approximately 2 weeks of treatment. At this time, I feel 90% better. I continue with treatments and have found that I pay more attention to my overall I health in general. I've started eating better and exercising. To date, I've lost 11#. During this period of early treatments, I also had a lot of stress going on in my family life. The acupuncture treatments calmed me and helped me cope with the stress.
I would recommend acupuncture to anyone. I work in the traditional Western medical field and have found this to be an EXCELLENT complement to that. The staff at Abundance Acupuncture are caring and attentive. They do excellent work and listen to your symptoms in order to treat you
In late April or early May (05), I experienced a sudden sharp pain in my left heel. The pain was so severe that I could not walk at all without shoes to cushion my heel and even with shoes; I found it difficult to do any walking at all. I do some walking at my job and I was basically hobbling from place to place. I had been walking about a mile a day for exercise, but no way was I able to do that. I spent nearly three months with this condition, taking aspirin and hoping to would go away. Then I talked to another patient of Abundance Acupuncture and decided to give it a try.
David Milbradt and the staff were very friendly and he explained the theory and procedures thoroughly. I noticed an improvement in the pain level after two or three treatments. Now after about two months of treatments the pain has subsided to the point where it is hardly noticeable. I have resumed walking for exercise and feel much better. I think that acupuncture is a very effective, drug free way to relieve pain. David and the folks at Abundance Acupuncture are very committed to helping patients to a natural way of healing.
Relief from Neuropathy
My name is Linda. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in March 2014 because I had been suffering from Neuropathy in my hands and feet for over 10 years. Diabetes and the side effects of chemotherapy had left me with unrelenting deep pains in my hands and feet. My hands were so numb and weak that it was difficult do simple things like buttoning my clothes and putting on earrings. My feet were completely numb and felt no superficial sensations at all unless I stepped on something very sharp which could then lead to open sores and infections. As a nurse I had difficulty doing my job and I had a series of five hand surgeries just to keep working. The pain interrupted my sleep and it left me feeling exhausted, irritable and helpless. Even walking and driving a car were hard to manage.
Pain pills did not help at all so I tried anti-neuroleptic medications and hand therapy with only temporary and very minimal results. I also had allergic reactions to most of the medications I took.
I began to feel significant improvements with the first four to six treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my neuropathy feels 60 to 75% better. I can do buttons and zippers, pick up coins, do sewing by hand, and put on most of my jewelry by myself. Walking is getting easier and I can now feel the car accelerator under my foot. I no longer have back pain, I have been able to eliminate my allergy and blood pressure medications, and the Chinese herbs provided by Abundance Acupuncture have helped reduce my edema and improved my energy level.
I felt relaxed during the treatments energized and amazingly good after them. The clinic is flexible with scheduling, it’s a great environment for healing, and the staff is awesome. I would recommend acupuncture to everyone because it promotes better health and cures heath issues without the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs. As an R.N. I have learned much in the past few months that I never learned in 40 years of nursing. I recommend Abundance Acupuncture to everyone I talk to.
Relief From Chronic Foot Pain
My name is Susan L. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in March 2007 because I was suffering from chronic foot pain which was progressively getting worse when I had to be on my feet for lengthy times or when I started to walk again after sitting. I could not get moving and it hurt so much that I was in tears. Also my right knee had a meniscus tear and needed surgery, and I had severe neck and shoulder pain. I had this problem for five years and my feet hurt to put shoes on, walking was dreadful, moving fast was impossible. I took up to six Tylenol daily just to keep moving and to get through days. My knee made me wince with pain when I moved in the wrong direction or the weather was damp. My neck hurt constantly and was even worse if I lifted the vacuum cleaner or groceries.
It also caused fatigue, depression, irritability, hopelessness, and embarrassment. I felt embarrassed for my husband walking with me and waiting for me. I felt resentment because there was no way he could understand my pain. I was also very moody and made it difficult for me to do my daily housework, take walks, exercise, and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.
I tried medications such as arthritis Tylenol, Alieve, and Ibuprofen. I tried physical therapy and chiropractic for my neck and they stretched my neck so it was better for short periods of time, but the pain always returned.
I began to feel some improvements in my condition after two or three treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 70% better. I now feel like I have a new lease on life and I get better and stronger every time I have a treatment. I am able to walk faster and longer, my moodiness has turned into a pleasant, happy person, my knee is improving and my neck feels much better.
I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms like urinary incontinence and feeling cold from poor circulation. I also have less low back pain and less achiness throughout my body. During the treatments I feel energy moving through my body, tingly feelings, warm feelings, and very relaxed. The clinic is peaceful and relaxing and the staff is pleasant and courteous. I would recommend acupuncture to everyone in pain because it is working for me.
Heel and Leg Pain
My name is Angie D. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in March of 2007 because I was suffering from heel pain in both feet that was diagnosed as plantar fasciitis and the start of heel spurs. I have had this problem for eight years, but it had gotten worse in the last 7-8 months. When this problem escalated it began to affect my legs and knees. I was unable to wash the dishes unless I knelt on a chair. The pain was a nagging, burning, and drawing sensation from my knees down or from my heels up. It also caused fatigue and made it difficult for me to sleep which left me feeling depressed, irritable, and hopeless. It made it hard for me to walk for any length of time or stand in one area. My body felt so worn out and exhausted that I dreaded what the next day had in store for me.
I tried medications such as Ibuprofen, physical therapy, chiropractic, and cortisone injections to resolve this problem. The cortisone injections had zero results, chiropractic resulted in very little change, and physical therapy only helped when the problem was not very advanced.
I began to feel some improvements in my condition after eight treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. It was like a valve was unplugged and I finally got some air. At this point in time my condition feels 50% better. I now feel like there is an opening or light at the end of the tunnel. I am able to do the dishes without kneeling on a chair and am able to be on my feet for a longer period of time. I have also had significant improvement in my gastrointestinal tract and my back pain feels better. During the treatments I felt my feet and other parts of my body could breathe. The clinic is flowering with beauty and the staff is so caring and sincere.
I would recommend acupuncture to anyone because there are no side effects as there are with medications. Acupuncture has taken the lid off my pain issues with my heels, but I still have some time to improve. I feel confident it will.
Knee & Foot Pain
My name is Judy P. and I need to confess on how skeptical I was about getting treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. I had attended a workshop in the fall of 2007 and listened to David Milbradt speak about Acupuncture, but I thought it sounded too good to be true. I waited almost a year before I finally had to do something about the pain I was in and by that time I needed a total knee replacement on my right knee. I was even to the point where I was seriously considering going on disability and quitting my job of 27 years! I could hardly walk the halls at work anymore and the thought of walking down those halls just about killed me. Halfway thru my shift I was popping pain meds just to get thru the rest of my shift. I thought to myself that this is crazy, and that I will end up killing my kidneys with all these pills.
So I finally called the clinic and spoke to Margo, the receptionist, who made me feel very much at ease, and asked me to come on in and meet with them all. My initial consultation was quite emotional because I was also very depressed at that time about my failing health and dealing with a personal loss of a death in my immediate family. Shari was very reassuring and told me they could help me. Well they sure did! Since my first treatment in May 2008, I have not taken any pain meds. I can easily walk the halls at work, and I am not going to be forced to retire as early as I thought I would. My right knee is so much better that I am trying to put off another knee replacement to my left knee now. They not only helped me with my knee pain and depression, but I had plantar fasciitis as well, and that has also been resolved. I would definitely rate my pain as 80‑90% improved!
It is so relaxing and calming at the clinic that I actually look forward to my little naps there! If anyone had told me that I would fall asleep with needles in my body I would have told them that they were crazy! I hardly feel them, and after they are in you do not even know that they are even there. I am ever so grateful to David, Jonah, Margo, and Shari. They have changed my life entirely! I wish I would have done this prior to my having a total knee replacement. What a god‑send you all are to me! I also love the music and the flowers!! Thanks again to you all!!!
My name is Rhea M. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in October 2006 because I was suffering from daily pain in my toe and also had numb hands, problems with digestion, and difficulty loosing weight. I had foot pain caused by bone rubbing against bone because there was no cartilage for 15 years. I am a very active person and am on my feet a lot and it caused a lot distress in my life because I was in pain daily. It was miserable.
Buying and wearing shoes was difficult and not fun. It also caused me to feel hopeless and irritable and made it difficult for me to walk comfortably or wear the shoes I liked. I had to buy shoes that were less painful to me, although all shoes hurt. I tried medications such as a cortisone shot to resolve this problem but it was extremely painful for five days after words and then it only helped to ease the pain for a short time.
I have been getting treatments at Abundance Acupuncture for three months now and at this point in time my condition feels 80% better. I now feel hopeful for complete recovery and am amazed at its performance. I am finally able to enjoy life and activities better. I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms like: better energy throughout the day, more clarity in thoughts, and better memory.
During the treatments I feel calm, relaxed, and peaceful. The clinic is wonderful and the staff is great – so polite and caring. I would recommend acupuncture to everyone because of the great results you will receive in more areas than expected.
Sciatica, Back, Knee, & Foot Pain
My name is Cindy T. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in January 2010 because I was suffering from serious pain in my sciatic nerve down the back of my left leg and pain in my low back. I also had terrible arthritis pain in my knees and feet. I had the sciatica for two months and the pain was intense when I was teaching or even just walking down the hall. It was increasingly difficult to function and I felt like I was 35 years older than I actually am. It interrupted my sleep and made me feel fatigued, depressed, and irritable. I couldn’t exercise or go through my normal daily routines and I was no longer the happy, upbeat person that I usually am.
I tried medications but, pills are not always the answer. I had cortisone shots in my knees which made them feel better temporarily but, it only covered up the problem instead of correcting it. Even though I was apprehensive while driving to the clinic for my first treatment at Abundance Acupuncture, I felt significant improvements in my condition that day. At this point in time my condition feels 90% better. I now feel very appreciative for the help I have received and I am able to resume my activities at home and at school free of pain. It’s almost as if I have a new body again. My attitude and happiness has improved, I don’t feel so old anymore, and I have also had significant improvement with the arthritis pain in my knee and foot.
During the treatments I felt completely relaxed knowing I was in very good hands! I looked forward to coming because it was a gift to myself. The clinic is clean, friendly, and relaxing and the staff is outstanding and highly professional. I love them all. They are like friends that are there to help. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone and everyone because it has helped to change my life.
From my first call to Margo I felt so at ease with her. I am a business education teacher and this office is everything I would expect a business to be, like I teach my students. They not only provide relief but they also educate. I wish traditional medical staff could always be like this. I am eternally grateful and would recommend them anytime!
With sincerity, love, and gratitude to these people,
Relief from Butt Pain & Swollen, Painful Legs
My name is Jane F. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in July, 2011 because I was suffering from post operative pain in my butt and severe swelling in my knees. I had this problem for two and a half years. My knees were so swollen that my skin was taught, tight, and painful. My butt felt like someone was holding a hot soldering iron to my skin and the muscle was all knotted up. These problems made it difficult for me to sleep and left me feeling fatigued. It was too painful from me to do even simple everyday chores around the house.
I tried medications such as Tylenol, a muscle relaxant called Flexural, and two hour sessions of physical therapy three times per week, but only felt very temporary relief.
After eleven treatments at Abundance Acupuncture my condition now feels 50% better. My knees are less swollen and are no longer tight and painful. I am able to do more things around the house without being stopped by the pain. My butt is also less painful and I am able to hold up longer when I do things away from home. I actually felt some improvement with each treatment.
The clinic is wonderful and the staff is very welcoming and friendly. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone who has health problems or pain because I have received relief from both times I came to David Milbradt for help. This time I was so relieved to be able to get back to Beaver Dam because I had tried so many other things with out getting any help. I really felt that if anyone could help me David and his staff would be able to and I was right.
Fatigue, Vertigo, Insomnia, and Leg Pain
My name is Carol M. I am a 50 year old grandmother and special education teacher. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful staff at Abundance Acupuncture for giving me my life back. Last winter, my daughter successfully fought breast cancer, I went through menopause, and the more negative aspects of my job achieved critical mass. This Trifecta of stress compounded symptoms that had been building up for years, leaving me depleted with constant fatigue, dizzy from water built up in my inner ear, and unable to stand for more than 10 minutes without getting a burning pain down the side of my right thigh. Insomnia, a host of digestive disturbances and chronic water retention also plagued me.
The usual remedies of self treatment with herbs, meditation, nutrition, trigger point self massage and yoga offered little or no relief. Ditto for over-the-counter and prescription meds recommended by my primary care physician and the ER doctor who treated me when the school nurse and my daughter, who is also a nurse, bullied me into going in because my vertigo and high blood pressure, along with tingling extremities made it look like I was having a stroke. Turned out to be hyperventilation and water in the middle ear.
Now, I hate spending money on myself. (My husband and I brag about having bought my wedding band second hand for $50 at a gun show.) So you know I was desperate when I made 2 appointments with Jodi Sager, a massage therapist here in Beaver Dam. Her Jin Shin Do and hot stone massage did me a world of good, reducing the pain in my leg for 2 days after each treatment, but the symptoms quickly returned. Jodi said I had so many issues going on, that she thought I would be a good candidate for acupuncture. Her referral to Abundance Acupuncture netted me a free initial assessment.
That referral turned out to be such a lucky turning point for me! I had my first acupuncture treatment on August 11, 2008 and am writing this testimonial 4 weeks later, unable to believe that it is 5:30 in the morning and I have awakened refreshed, ready to face the day with energy to burn. Starting with the first treatment, my fatigue has gradually lessened, until I now feel 10 years younger. The vertigo disappeared after only 3 treatments and the pain in my thigh after 8. (It also helps that I self massage a trigger point that made its presence known when I sat in a kiddy quad chair at my grandson‘s request.) At times, water retention still makes me feel like a wood tick ready to pop, but that usually happens only if I miss a few doses of the Six Gentlemen herbals that David recommended, or if I eat salty restaurant food.
Relatives, friends, and coworkers are probably sick of hearing about how effective acupuncture is when they ask me how things are going. Thanks to David Milbradt, his staff, and Jodi for her referral, a simple response of, “just fine” doesn’t cut it anymore.
PS--Since writing this a few days ago, I fell of the menopause wagon. Shari warned me this could happen once my body got back in balance. Anyone who thinks the effects of acupuncture are "all in your head" needs to explain to me how likely it is for the ovaries of a 50 year-old crone to start popping off eggs again after an 18 month break.
About six years ago, I started having trouble with my feet. Two years later, I was finally diagnosed as having peripheral neuropathy. I went to several doctors, but the advice they gave me – such as vitamin B6, Neurontin and Capsaicin ointment had no effect at all. I started to have trouble walking without limping and I had always enjoyed walking for exercise. Then I thought of acupuncture.
About that time, I learned an acupuncturist, Dr. David Milbradt, had come to Beaver Dam. I made an appointment and after an examination, he said he thought he could help me. And help me he did. After several treatments, the pain started leaving. I now can walk normally again. I also have renewed energy. I find Dr Milbradt to be a kind and caring doctor with a pleasant personality.
I would highly recommend trying acupuncture for pain relief without having to take medications that could have side effects. It has made a big difference in my life.
Relief from Depression and Drop Foot
My name is Barbara Hammer. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in April 2008 because I was suffering from depression, high blood pressure, and stress. I had been depressed for 50 years. It gave me a negative outlook on everything in my life. I could not keep up with my household and yard work which made everything feel overwhelming. I was very unhappy, fatigued, irritable, and hopeless. It was difficult for me to just get through the day. It took all morning to just feed my cat, have two pieces of toast and two cups of coffee (some breakfast!), get washed up, and dressed. I had difficulty getting a good night of sleep and during the day I just dragged. I didn’t have the energy to fill the birdbath and feeders, and never made my bed. I bought flowers, but then they died because I didn’t have the energy to plant them. My car was a mess along with the garage and basement! I didn’t want anyone to come over and see me because I felt so embarrassed. This was not a way to live! My 88 year old mom could run circles around me.
I tried medications such as Paxil which worked for a while, then didn’t seem to last. My doctor wanted to try different meds, but I didn’t want them because of the side effects. I began to feel some improvements in my condition after two treatments at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 75% better. I now feel like a new woman. I am up now at 5 A.M. and go out for four hours to clear out the jungle. I have been doing this for a week and you can see the bricks in my patio. I have been weeding, trimming, pruning, and have even planted the flowers I bought this year. My neighbor lady must be so happy. I have only had one bad day since I started treatments and the tears used to roll every day.
I have also had significant improvement with my drop foot which had been bothering me for years. It made me limp and I wasn’t able to wear the “cute” shoes because they kept slipping at the heel. The doctors said there was nothing they could do for it. I was so surprised when I was walking normally again! I never expected that benefit from acupuncture at all.
During the treatments I was nervous at first because I didn’t think it would work and I’m not Mrs. Bill Gates, but it has been money well spent. The clinic is clean, everyone knows what they are doing, and it runs on time. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and kind. I recommend acupuncture to my friends and others because it has changed my life and I know it works.