"In a gentle way, you can shake the world."

Mahatma Gandhi

Treatments

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a safe, drug free treatment. Very fine single-use needles are inserted at selected acupuncture points around the body to stimulate Qi (energy) and restore its flow. Qi moves along meridians (we have 12), which are energy highways in the body. Disease or pain occurs when the flow of Qi is impeded. Once blocks are moved, the body can do the job it was designed to do – heal itself!

Acupuncture is used to tonify underlying deficiencies and balance energy in the meridians, facilitating and speeding up the healing process. Whatever your health issues, acupuncture helps you feel better in yourself and brings your body and mind back into balance.

Ear acupuncture is often used in conjunction with body acupuncture points to strengthen the treatment. The ear is a micro-system of the whole body and it contains acupuncture points that relate to every body area and function. Small ear seeds (a stainless steel ball bearing and plaster) are adhered to specific ear points, and can stay in the ear for 5-7 days extending the effects of the treatment. It can be used as a standalone treatment particularly effective for addictions, depression and anxiety and post-traumatic stress syndrome.

 

Cupping and Moxa

Cupping is another healing technique used to relieve tension or pain, particularly effective on the upper back and shoulders. A flame is briefly inserted inside a glass cup to create a vacuum, the cup is then placed on the skin and the suction created therapeutically draws any blood stagnation to the surface of the skin, so that fresh blood can flow back into the tissues to facilitate healing. Bruising may be visible for up to a week after treatment.

Aroha acupuncturists may also use cups with a pump, that do not require a flame to create suction.

 

Moxa contains the therapeutic herb Mugwort which balances energy, warms areas of the body that are cold, and improves blood flows throughout the body. It comes in several different forms; in a stick, balls applied to needles or rice grain size which is directly applied to acupuncture points.

Chiropractic & Holistic Nutrition

Dr. Sam Shay

Sam is dual licensed as both a chiropractor and acupuncturist in New Zealand. He has also 15+ years in holistic nutrition and additional training in neurology for complicated chronic cases and advanced injury care.

Sam’s background: Sam’s health journey began at age 6, after his parents’ extremely stressful divorce and subsequent bad diet. This created a whole host of chronic health issues, which Sam is very adept at treating, such as adrenal fatigue, insomnia, sugar cravings, pain, and digestion problems.

Sam’s personal health journey shifted his medical career away from orthodox medicine, even though he was supposed to be a 3rd generation medical doctor in his family. He now helps patients with complicated or enduring issues through meticulous and personalised treatment plans combined from his years of experience, study, and passion for wellness.
Sam helps a diverse number of conditions, including: 
  • Adrenal fatigue and other stress-related issues
  • Digestion issues
  • Sugar cravings, smoking, and screen addictions
  • Thyroid balance
  • Hormone balance
  • Supervised detox/cleanse
  • Weight rebalancing
  • Chronic Pain/old injuries
  • Neurological conditions
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chronic injuries and recent injuries

Initial consults:

15 minute phone chat to see how we can work together to achieve your health goals.

  • See if your health goals are a good fit for the comprehensive and holistic approach in the clinic.
  • Free, no obligation.

Initial 60-min session for complex or chronic health/wellness issues [not acc-related injuries]:

  • Includes conditions like adrenal Fatigue and other complex issues, such as chronic pain, digestive issues, weight optimisation, neurological conditions, nutritional consultations.
  • You will receive meticulous case history and examination to identify the root issues of your condition and create a specific, custom plan for you.
  • Consultation fee for 60 minutes for $200
  • Note: Includes Dr. Shay’s time before your session to review and assess your comprehensive health survey and the time spent after the session for follow up instructions for home care. 

Initial 60-min session for ACC-only injuries

  • Includes detailed assessment and treatment using a combination of acupuncture, gentle chiropractic, muscle/myofascial work, and any necessary rehab exercises.
  • Dr. Shay is trained in helping injuries of the spine, neck, skull, pelvis, ribs, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, and feet.
  • Note, if you have been injured within the past year, you can apply for ACC in the office if you have not done so already. Includes injuries to the back, neck, arms, legs, and ribs.
  • Consultation fee for 60 minutes is $80

Initial 60-min combo session for Non-ACC and ACC issues:

  • Combination consult for people requiring care for both ACC and non-ACC concerns.
  • Consultation fee for 60 minutes is $140.
  • Note: Includes Dr. Shay’s time before your session to review and assess your comprehensive health survey and the time spent after the session for follow up instructions for home care.
Follow up consults:
~Dr. Sam Shay
Doctor of chiropractic, acupuncturist, functional neurologist
 
Author of 2 free ebooks:
  • Helping adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue, gut health, IBS, thyroid issues, insomnia, and pain.
  • Health & wellness coach improving whole-foods, nutrition, exercise, detox, sleep, & mindset.
Reverse Video Game addiction: www.tenpointwellness.com/video-game-addiction

 

Therapeutic & Arvigo® Belly Massage

Arvigo (belly) Therapy® is gentle and non-invasive and combines the best of old world and new world healing techniques to work on the belly, sacrum, back, and coccxy like no other body work modality.

Arvigo® Abdominal therapy can be used for any of the following:
For Women:

Managing and/or correcting pelvic organ prolapse (especially uterine and bladder)
Natural conception
Chronic miscarriage
Period pain
Endometriosis
Infertility
PMS / Depression w/ PMS
Perio Menopause and menopausal symptoms
Cold hands and feet
Heel pain (especially while walking)
Management for varicose veins
Pre and post pregnancy aid
Fibroids
Abnormal uterine bleeding
Irregular cycles
Ovarian cysts
Any kind of pelvic pain including pain with ovulation
For Men:
Prostate swelling
Low Sperm count
Some impotency issues
Constant urination
Prevention of prostrate issues
For Both Men and Women:
Digestive disorders
Constipation
Abdominal scar tissue (especially after surgeries)
Urinal incontinence and more
Low back ache
Anxiety & depression
Injuries to sacrum and tail bone resulting from falls
Headaches and Migraines
Heartburn / indigestion
And this Therapy is great for pre-pregnancy preparation and post-pregnancy recovery, as this therapy works directly with the uterus helping it to move into optimal position for conception, pregnancy, and birth. Arvigo practitioners have found about 30-40% of all infertility cases are due to a mechanical issue with the uterus often easily corrected with a treatment or two. Arvigo® Therapy also helps to place the uterus back into optimal position after birth and is safe for IVF, helping to increase IVF success rates.

Contact Elizabeth Stein for more information on 022 046 6152 or visit www.bellycare.co.nz

Diet and Lifestyle

There may be adjustments that need to be made to your diet and lifestyle – things that you habitually do that do not support your health goals. Bringing attention and awareness to those habits may be all that is required to help you to see what needs changing. Traditional Chinese Medicine offers a very sensible and down to earth wisdom, handed down over the centuries, that is still so appropriate for us now. It’s all about living more in harmony with nature and the seasons, and balancing the Yin and Yang in our bodies and in our lives.

Chinese medicine wisdom can be quite different from advice given by other health practitioners. For example, if you have internal heat in your body, you would be advised to reduce heating food and drink from your diet, such as coffee, alcohol, chilli. If you are of a cold constitution you would be advised to eat warming well cooked foods, and to keep the low back and abdomen warm. We advise not to use ice on injuries after the first day – we advise using warmth to improve Qi and Blood circulation that will promote healing.

Chinese Herbal Therapy

Acupuncture and herbal medicine are often used together, making the overall treatment even more effective. Belinda Falconar prescribes Evergreen Herbs, which are a very gentle, safe, non toxic range of herbs of very high food grade, meeting the stringent Australian GMP manufacturing standards.

For customised herbal preparations, Belinda will refer clients  to Chinese herbalists Henry Su and Jane Huang, or to the Wellington Apothecary.

Your acupuncturist may also prescribe western vitamins and minerals to support general wellbeing.

ACC Injuries

ACC covers acupuncture for accident injuries. All acupuncture practitioners at Aroha are ACC Treatment Providers.

You will need to bring your ACC45 number or obtain one in our clinic from Dr. Sam Shay, a dual licensed  acupuncturist and a chiropractor. Dr. Shay charges $80 for the initial consult for ACC diagnosis and treatment for the hour appointment, which you can book an appointment here. You can also get an ACC45 from your Chiropractor, GP, Physiotherapist, or Osteopath.
Regular treatments (non-initial ones) on ACC have a co-payment of $30-$50 at Aroha Acupuncture depending on which clinician in Aroha you see.
If you have a pre-existing ACC within the past year, and have seen a physio, osteopath, or chiropractor, you can still get ACC treatments with an acupuncturist. Each clinician type (physio, osteo, chiro, acu) has it’s own unique number of individual treatments so you can see multiple different clinician types on the same claim if necessary.

What to Expect

Your first acupuncture session will be between an hour to 75mins. Your practitioner will take a detailed account of your current condition and medical history and ask about medications and supplements that you are currently taking. If you are seeking ACC subsidised treatments you will need to bring your ACC45 number, or apply for one from your GP.

You will be asked a range of questions about your diet, lifestyle, digestion, sleep, menstruation, temperature preferences and any bodily pain or tension. To assist with diagnosis and treatment plan, your tongue will be looked at, your pulses taken and body points palpated. Your practitioner will devise a customised acupuncture treatment for you and needles are retained between 20-40 mins. Most people find treatment to be very relaxing.
It is advisable to have eaten something before treatment, and afterwards not to engage in strenuous activities or exercise – just take it easy.

Effects of the treatment will be felt most strongly for the next 3 days and up to a week, and changes can be subtle and in some cases dramatic.

If you are seeing Dr. Shay, he will do a meticulous history and lifestyle assessment, and assess your acupuncture needs according to Dr. Tan’s Balance method. To learn how Dr. Shay approaches acupuncture, click here. Dr. Shay will also assess you structurally and neurological via chiropractic neurology. To learn more click here.