Gentle, effective healing
Shaina Oberlender received her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, and earned her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Radford University. Shaina underwent extensive board examinations to become nationally board certified, a Diplomat of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Dipl.Ac.O.M., NCCAOM), and licensed in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Shaina has a broad clinical experience. Drawing on her knowledge and experience of Eastern and Western medical philosophy and practice she treats patients of all ages with a wide range of ailments. These include acute or chronic pain,stress, digestive disorders, women's health, allergies, and insomnia with a particular focus on preventative health.
Shaina believes that each patient is unique and her evaluation, treatment, and educational approach reflects this philosophy. Chinese medicine is thorough, gentle, holistic, and safe in its approach. She strives to create a therapeutic environment that allows every patient the opportunity to attain a balanced, pain-free, and healthful state.
All appointments can include:
A comprehensive evaluation of health concerns and diagnostic intake. Herbal medicine recommendation can be made for appropriate conditions.
Primary treatment for appointments. Most commonly used for pain therapy, anxiety, insomnia, and digestive issues.
Other treatment modalities:
This includes cupping, electric stim, nutritional advice, heat lamp, and Linaments. These are all effective at alleviating symptoms and re-establishing an optimal state of balance.
For any questions or inquiries on specific treatments, please contact our office.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of extremely thin needles into the body at specific locations to stimulate blood circulation and activate natural immune response. The needles are sterile, single-use, stainless steel and are about the thickness of a cats whisker.
The National Institute of Health, the World Health Organization, and other national and international health and medical bodies now integrate and promote acupuncture as a safe, effective, and low-cost method of treatment for a wide variety of disorders.
Does Acupuncture hurt and is it safe?
Acupuncture needles are hair-thin and they are inserted gently. While each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only a minimal amount of sensation as the needles are inserted. Once the needles are in place, most of our patients tell us that they experience a feeling of relaxation and wellbeing that lasts for many hours after the treatment.
When practiced by a skilled, licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe. Acupuncture points are located in muscle and connective tissue, so the acupuncturist will not puncture blood vessels or nerve tissue. Acupuncture needles are pre-sterilized, individually packaged, and used only once.
What can acupuncture treat?
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture’s effectiveness for over 40 disorders including:
Back pain, neck pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, TMJ, carpel tunnel syndrome, knee pain, plantar facitis, sports injuries
Indigestion, IBS, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, ulcers, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome
Paralysis, nerve damage, loss of strength, severe chronic pain, sensory loss, tremors, bell’s palsy, eye and vision disorders, restless leg syndrome, trauma and injury rehabilitation.
Infertility, endometriosis, PMS, menstrual irregularity, menstrual cramps, menopausal syndrome
Hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, chronic fatigue, diabetes, anxiety disorder, panic attacks.
Immune and Autoimmune disorders
Allergies, colds and flus, bronchitis, asthma
Chemotherapy and Radiation Support
Treatment of nausea, fatigue, constipation, pain, and other side effects of conventional cancer treatments.
What is Cupping?
Cupping is a type of Chinese therapy often used in acupuncture sessions. It can be described as a reverse massage. Instead of pressing the tissue downward, the skin and upper layer of muscles drawn upwards by negative pressure created in a cup over the affected area. The suction cups applied for 5-15 minutes and are not painful or uncomfortable. Cupping can help to treat deep scar tissue in the muscles and connective tissue, swelling, pain and muscle knots. Sometimes cupping can cause temporary discoloration of the skin. These marks are associated with improved blood flow to the area and naturally dissipate within a few days.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will depend on the nature of the complaint, its severity, and how long it has been present. Many conditions may be alleviated rapidly. Other, more chronic conditions, will be relieved with consistent and steady progress. Chinese and Western medicine compliment each other and can be integrated to offer optimal health care. In cases where medical circumstances can be dealt with more effectively by Western medicine, your acupuncturist will recommend that you contact a physician.
RATES & INSURANCE
Initial Acupuncture Treatment: Approx. 60 min.
The initial visit will involve both a thorough assessment and full treatment.
Follow up Acupuncture Treatment: Approx. 45min.
Existing clients will continue to engage with their practitioner about their health needs before their full treatment begins.
To offer a discount Packages are available at $400 for 5 follow up acupuncture treatments.
It is recommended that you contact your insurance company and inquire if your specific plan will reimburse for Acupuncture. In the state of North Carolina it is legal for insurance to reimburse for Acupuncture treatment. However, it is not legal for any Acupuncturist to be an "in-network" provider. We will work with you and provide all the required forms for reimbursement.