Transform Your Health Today: Discover the Immediate Benefits of Acupuncture

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What is Acupuncture Therapy?

Acupuncture is an ancient practice rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, used for thousands of years to promote health and well-being. This technique involves inserting very thin needles into specific points on the body, known as acupuncture points, to stimulate and balance the body’s energy flow, or Qi (pronounced “chee”).

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How Acupuncture Works

The human body has over 2,000 acupuncture points connected by pathways called meridians. According to traditional Chinese medicine, these meridians allow the flow of Qi, which is vital for maintaining health. When Qi is blocked or unbalanced, it can lead to illness and discomfort. Acupuncture aims to restore the natural flow of Qi, thereby promoting healing and improving overall wellness.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is widely recognized for relieving pain and treating various health conditions. Some common issues treatments can help include:

  • Chronic pain (such as back or neck pain)
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Digestive problems
  • Menstrual cramps and other reproductive issues
  • Smoking cessation
  • Weight loss

Fire Cupping

Fire cupping can be added to your acupuncture session to promote healing and help relieve pain. During a fire cupping session, a practitioner places glass cups on the skin and creates a vacuum by briefly heating the air inside the cup. This suction draws the skin and underlying tissues into the cup, increasing blood flow to the area. Fire cupping is often used to alleviate muscle tension, improve circulation, and reduce inflammation. It can also help with respiratory issues like colds and asthma, as well as enhance overall health by stimulating the body’s natural healing processes.

Meet Our Acupuncturist

Terry Blankenship, LMT/Acupuncturist

Terry Blankenship is a dedicated Board-certified Massage Therapist and licensed acupuncture practitioner with nine years of experience. After earning an associate’s degree in Massage Therapy from Columbus State, Terry pursued a Bachelor’s in Language Arts from The Ohio State University. He began his career at a chiropractor’s office, initially contemplating a master’s degree in communications and marketing. However, his journey took a new direction when he joined a wellness and acupuncture center in Columbus, Ohio, where he discovered a passion for Chinese Medicine.

This newfound interest led Terry to the American Institute of Alternative Medicine (AIAM), where he graduated with a Master’s in Acupuncture in January 2016. He is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and licensed through the Ohio State Medical Board.

Terry’s education at AIAM equipped him with the skills to diagnose and treat patients according to Traditional Chinese Medicine principles. He is proficient in administering acupuncture and moxibustion and applies Bio-Medical Science knowledge to his practice. His clinical expertise was further enhanced during advanced studies in China, focusing on pain management, women’s health, gastroenterology, oncology, and endocrinology.

At Body Ache Escape in Pickerington, Terry is dedicated to helping individuals find natural, alternative options for pain relief and treating common illnesses. His holistic approach to acupuncture treatment often addresses acupuncture points that stimulate the body’s healing processes.

In addition to his professional pursuits, Terry enjoys CrossFit and spending time with his two Vizslas, who keep him active and energized. He is committed to delivering high-quality care to his patients. Terry is available for appointments on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

Terry Blankenship, acupuncturist

Body Ache Escape offers easy to schedule appointments 7 days a week for massage, esthetics, infrared saunas and acupuncture. Located in a beautiful setting, Body Ache Escape is the perfect place to visit to help reduce your pain and get healthy. Call us today to schedule your appointment! 614-604-6358

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Acupuncture treatment is surprisingly comfortable, with many patients relax so much they even fall asleep during their session. The fine needles used are as thin as a human hair and, unlike the hollow needles used for injections or drawing blood, they are solid, making insertion more comfortable. This allows for a soothing experience that even children and toddlers can easily tolerate.

Traditional acupuncture is very safe when conducted by a skilled and licensed acupuncturist who utilizes single-use, sterile needles. Potential side effects might include slight drowsiness and minimal bleeding. Severe side effects, such as infections, needle breakage, or lung punctures, are extremely uncommon, happening in fewer than one in 10,000 treatments.

The frequency of acupuncture sessions varies depending on the individual’s condition, health goals, and response to treatment. Generally, a common recommendation is to start with one to two sessions per week for the first few weeks. This initial frequency helps to establish a solid foundation for healing. As symptoms improve, sessions can be gradually reduced to once a week, then once every two weeks, and eventually to a maintenance schedule of once a month or as needed. It is always best to consult a licensed acupuncturist who can tailor a treatment plan to your needs and health condition.

Acupuncture treatment may be utilized to provide the much-needed relief from a stubborn or complicated medical issue. Needles may be inserted in the ear, hands, face, arms and legs or feet. Our acupuncturist will locate the points that need the most stimulation and insert the needles into those points.

Body Ache Escape is located in Pickerington, Ohio about 10 minutes east of Columbus. Our address is 180 Postage Cir Suite 100, Pickerington, OH 43147

It depends on what your goals are. Each massage modality is complementary in a different way. A lymph drainage massage is excellent for reducing inflammation, while a deep tissue massage is great for releasing muscular tension.

Massage Types

Trigger Point Massage