AMY WAIS, DTCM
Amy Wais graduated first in class as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2007 from the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in Nelson, BC Canada. This 5 year program consisted of 4005 hours of education including over 1400 hours of clinical practice and a clinical practicum placement. She is certified as a Diplomate of Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) including certification in Clean Needle Technique. Amy was formerly registered as a Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine in British Columbia, Canada and is currently a licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Colorado. Amy’s training includes adjunctive therapies such as moxibustion, tui na massage, acupressure, cupping, auriculotherapy, and dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
She has been living in Crested Butte, CO since 2008 where she revels in mountain life, snowboarding, dirt biking and mountain biking with her daughter, Lola.
Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body to achieve therapeutic effects. Acupuncture is commonly used to treat pain, injury recovery, insomnia, respiratory problems, gynecological problems, and much more.
With basic acupuncture, the needle insertion stimulates the nerve. When the needles are hooked up to the e-stim machine you will feel a gentle buzzing sensation as it continues to stimulate the nerve hundreds of times throughout the treatment. This helps speed up the healing process.
Cupping uses a partial vacuum that causes the tissue to stretch into the cup. Cupping is utilized to treat conditions including acute or chronic pain, colds, respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema; internal organ problems; musculoskeletal problems; and in any case of recurring or persistent fixed pain.
Moxibustion is the heating of a point on the skin utilizing various methods of burning the herb mugwort. The use of moxibustion is effective in a wide variety of conditions from musculoskeletal complaints, gastrointestinal symptoms, gynecologic disorders, breech presentations, stroke rehabilitation, and many other conditions.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
You can never have treatments too close together, but you can have them too far apart. Acupuncture works cumulatively, and we want to keep building on your progress. So that your symptoms don't start to creep back, we don't want to go too long between the first few treatments. In order to accomplish this, I usually recommend treatments twice a week for the first 1-2 weeks. After that, as long as your symptoms are improving and staying at that level of improvement between appointments, we can cut back to one treatment per week. Once your symptoms are basically gone, we go into "tune-up" mode where we check in about once a month.
You may notice a difference in your symptoms from the first treatment, but in order to really feel things start to shift permanently, give it about 3-4 treatments. For more chronic, challenging cases, it may take 6-10 treatments. Every case is different!