Chinese medical texts describe the original acupuncture points as Antique Points (Jing-Well, Ying-Spring, Shu-Stream, Jing-River, He-Sea. As the names describe the way water moves from the mountaintop to the ocean, these points are named for the way energy moves in the body and the properties it has at these points. In a stream of water as well as in the body, if there is a blockage then the normal flow is impaired and problems begin to appear. Needling an acupuncture point is intended to break up that blockage, whether it is from muscular guarding or an over-excitation of the nervous system, the purpose is to restore balance and harmony, just as clearing out a dammed-up river will restore the normal flow of water out to the Sea.

Acupuncture treatments have been widely recognized for their effectiveness in addressing a range of health concerns. Notably, they have proven to be particularly beneficial in treating musculoskeletal pain by stimulating specific points in the body, relieving tension, and promoting natural healing processes. Additionally, acupuncture has shown positive outcomes in alleviating emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression, offering a holistic approach to mental well-being. Moreover, it can aid in improving sleep disturbances by regulating the body's internal balance and promoting relaxation. By targeting these various aspects of health, acupuncture treatments contribute to overall body wellness, providing a comprehensive and integrative approach to healing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.


As a licensed physical therapist and licensed acupuncture and herbal practitioner, Derek Plonka understand the perspectives of both Eastern and Western Medicine treatments. It is his experience and insight that allow him to guide his patients toward recovery from various ailments that may be challenging to address with a single-treatment approach. 


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