The Acupuncture Allentown Story...

How acupuncture and alternative therapies changed my life.
By Warren Miles - Acupuncture Allentown

I have a rather interesting history. Born with club feet, I had a series of casts as an infant and wore braces nightly until I was 6. This created an imbalance throughout my myofascial system, which prompted me to start doing yoga at age 14 and continued well into my twenties. At the age of 20 I was involved in a motorcycle accident. In my mid 20’s I owned and operated several Dominoes Pizza franchises, but by my late twenties my chronic low back pain led to acute low back pain. I had time and money with an excellent health plan that I personally chose for myself. I went to many different Chiropractors, several osteopaths, physical therapists, several orthopedic surgeons, massage therapists, and others. I was desperately looking for a way to relieve my pain. For two years it was chronic with many acute episodes. I could not ski (my lifelong passion.) In addition to pain killers, the only other option my health plan would cover was surgery. I put it off for over two years, and when I finally decided to go through with it to remove protruding disc material, the disc re-herniated three months later. The surgeons (and my excellent health plan) provide and recommend epidural injection, fusion and more pain medications. I was in pretty low spirits when a friend, through a social networking club mentioned Rolfing. I was immediately intrigued and started my series with Kevin Frank at his Holderness NH studio in January of 1992. My sessions were dramatic and transformative, to the degree that I started studying human anatomy, physiology and kinesiology (the study of human movement) to get prepared for the rigorous training at the Rolf Institute. I moved to Boulder Colorado and began studying and preparing for entry to the Rolf institute in the fall of 92’. While living in Boulder, I discovered a whole new world of effective and efficient bodywork, movement therapies, and acupuncture not known to western medicine. In between classes at the Institute I would get acupuncture treatments, attend Pilates instruction, and visit the many different bodywork practitioners in the area. I moved back to the east coast in the summer of 1994 and started my Rolfing practice in Allentown. I also

continued my Pilates training with Master teacher Karen Carlson in Allentown for several years. Karen gets the credit (with my diligent practice) in completely ridding me of my low back pain. Not long after, I started teaching these fundamentals of Pilates to my patients, acquiring the complete Pilates equipment to get people to properly achieve the rigors of the Pilates mat routine. Now operating at peak condition from my work, I returned to my outdoor active lifestyle that was taken away from me in my twenties. I returned to skiing and took up snowboarding, returned to mountain biking and standup jet skiing. Whiplash from a rear end crash and a broken fibula from snowboarding, led me to the Gyrotonic training in late 1999. Not one to sit on my laurels, I decided to study in New York City at Tri-State College of Acupuncture where ‘hands on’ acupuncture styles is the main curriculum. It was evident that Acupuncture would meld well with my knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology and bodywork (Rolfing,) as well as my Pilates and Gyrotonic® movement therapy. Tri-State College of Acupuncture has a reputation for being among the best acupuncture schools in the country because needling is taught and practiced in the first of three years of study while other schools don’t start needling till the last year. In addition, I was exposed to Janet Travell’s trigger-point work, which is a highly successful western therapy that was developed here in the USA. This therapy was essential in relieving my chronic neck pain from the whiplash I had suffered earlier. I am also trained in Kiiko Matsumoto’s Japanese style acupuncture which is known for treating many western lifestyle diseases such as blood sugar imbalance, adrenal overload, hormonal imbalance, hypertension and structural imbalances.

For more information on how you can benefit from a 2500 year old form of healthcare, and to get the latest breaking studies on acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, please visit Acupuncture Allentown.

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