Beaver Dam, WI (920) 356-1578
Recovery From a Broken Arm
My name is Heidi R. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in April 2011 because I had recently broken my upper left arm in an accident. My doctor had prescribed narcotic pain medications like Percocet during the first week after the accident but, the drugs left me feeling generally confused and my memory was so bad that I had to write important things down so I would not forget them. Instead of the narcotics I wanted to use natural medicine like Chinese herbs and acupuncture to control the pain and aid in the healing process.
I am an aging Baby Boomer who had been diagnosed with Osteopenia in 2009. I was concerned that my broken arm might not heal easily and that my range of motion would be impaired. I am also left handed so it was important to have my left arm heal properly. I had used acupuncture to help with back pain several years earlier and I hoped that it would help with this problem as well. The dull ache in my arm made it difficult to shampoo my hair, tie my shoes, and find a comfortable position to sleep all of which depressed my mood. I wore a cloth sling for six weeks which greatly reduced my physical ability to write, cook, and clean.
I began to feel significant improvements in my condition after eight treatments (or a month of treatments twice a week) at Abundance Acupuncture. At this point in time my condition feels 95% better. The bone has healed naturally as confirmed by doctor visits and x-ray evaluations and I am able to perform the normal activities of daily living like cleaning floors, washing windows, vacuuming my house, weeding, gardening, and cutting grass with a hand mower. I have no pain in my upper arm, I am regaining my muscle strength, and I can move my arm 360 degrees forward and backward!
During the treatments I felt very relaxed and confident that my body and left arm would heal and return to good health without the need for surgery. The clinic is very competent and the staff is caring and understanding.
I recommend acupuncture to everyone I know because it has a long history of helping the human body and keeping general health at a high level without the need for expensive drugs or surgery. I am very pleased with my level of progress in Physical Therapy. After eleven sessions in the last five weeks my therapist, Kelly Lynch in Watertown, WI was amazed at my level of response. “Your progress has been phenomenal”. Mark Roman M.D., my orthopedic doctor, said that my recovery was in the top 2% of patients.
Back Pain and Osteopenia
My name is Heidi R. I came to Abundance Acupuncture in March, 2007 because I was suffering with chronic low back pain from osteoarthritis and worn discs. I had also been diagnosed with osteopenia about five years earlier and was taking Fosamax regularly. I had constant low back pain every day for 20 years. It made it difficult for me to sleep and it also made me feel fatigued and hopeless because I didn’t think I would ever be free of the pain. The osteopenia didn’t cause any pain. It does not usually cause symptoms, but I knew I had osteopenia because of the results of bone density tests which showed that I was losing bone mass.
The Fosomax that I was taking made the bone tissue under my gums grow excessively. Osteomas from the Fosomax actually broke through the gum tissue in two places and required surgery in 2006. My doctor discontinued the Fosomax and I started taking the Osteo Support formula from Abundance Acupuncture 3 times per day, along with calcium citrate, magnesium, and vitamin D. As my back started feeling better I was able to exercise regularly, go walking daily, and do more gardening.
At this point in time my back pain feels 90% better and a bone density test this September showed that my bones have improved. I no longer have osteopenia!
I have also had significant improvement in other symptoms like the neck and left shoulder pain that developed from shoveling snow and chopping ice during the cold winter of 2008.
During the treatments I felt relaxed and sometimes I could feel a tingling in my low back and shoulder which was a good indication of increased blood flow to those areas.
The clinic is wonderful and the staff is very helpful. I would recommend acupuncture to people with chronic pain because it is all natural with no side effects and/or complications and it helped me very much!
Right Side Paralysis: Stroke Recovery
My name is Heidi R. and I live in Watertown. I’ve been coming to Abundance Acupuncture for 12 years. I have chronic back pain due to arthritis and treatments from this clinic have eliminated the need for strong pain medication and has greatly enhanced my quality of life over the years.
Last July, I was looking forward to retirement after 50 years in the work force; however, on July 3, 2017 everything changed. I awoke not feeling well and decided to go to the urgent care department at the local hospital where I was told that I suffered a stroke during the night. I was transferred to Waukesha Hospital for 2½ weeks and then released to home care. As a result of the stroke, I lost control of my right side. It affected my walking, my right arm, my speech, and I was restricted to sitting in a wheelchair.
One of my cousins drove me to Beaver Dam every week so that I could receive treatments from Abundance. The first treatments were given in a chair and gradually I was able to get on the table again. My treatments included taking short walks outside in the parking lot while sampling Mulberry fruit from a nearby tree and eventually walking up and down the block.
As well, I received physical therapy from the local hospital for several months. I regained my drivers’ license in December 2017. In 2018, I received treatments every two weeks to strengthen my right arm, increase my walking, and it has also helped me to speak more clearly.
In addition to acupuncture, I use the “Y” in Watertown for exercise, which is four blocks from my house. I started with the “Coach Me” program which involved working out three times per week and progressed to targeted exercise and personal training with a trainer. I also do specific exercises at home from my physical therapist that involves range of motion for my right arm including a pulley, weights, and floor exercises. As a result of all of these efforts, I have regained about 75% of my strength back and a great deal of my range of motion on my right side!
Now it has been approximately 15 months since the stroke and I am finally beginning to feel like myself again. My ultimate goal is to return to about 95% of strength and range of motion on my right side. The kindness and respect that I received from the staff at Abundance Acupuncture, as well as the treatments themselves, helped me with pain issues and to make continuous progress.