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About Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation
     
Dear beloved patients,


WE ARE OPEN! We understand that this has perhaps, been a difficult time and a stressful one. That means it is a most important time to care for our immune system and fortunately traditional chinese medicine is one of the best tools for that. With acupuncture, B12/homeopathic injections, manual therapies, yoga and qi gong support as well as with herbal medicine we plan to keep you strong but in order to do that we must remain safe.


As we open, we will be following all recommended CDC guidelines. We are asking all patients to inform us of any travel within the last 14 days or if you are experiencing any symptoms (fever, cough, change in taste or smell, sore throat, chills or muscle ache) on the day before and day of your appointments and taking temperatures before entry. We are sanitizing all tables in between patients, wiping down all high contact surfaces with disinfectant between patients and have been performing a daily deep clean.


We ask that you please follow all necessary hygiene protocols such as hand washing frequently but especially, upon arrival to your appointment. If a cough or sneeze were to arise while on premises, please use a tissue and then discard into trash receptacle. There are tissues in all rooms and trash as well. We have hand sanitizing stations in all rooms and ask that you please utilize them.


We will utilize standard health care personal protective equipment protocol at this time with use of gloves, gowns, masks and eye wear.


New office procedure for live appointments:
 

::     Office door will be locked to minimize chance encounters with other patients.
 

::     Upon arrival, call from your vehicle and we will proceed with initial intake over the phone to minimize extended contact and other visitors must remain in car.
 

::     You will be asked to leave all personal belongings in car except for a cozy blanket or sweater if you want, personal pen and payment method. If certain belongings must be brought into office, please place paper towel or tissue under items to minimize contact with surfaces.
 

::     A mask is required to enter building and must be worn for the duration of the appointment.
 

::     When it is time to enter the building, please go straight to the kitchen area midway down hallway on 2nd floor and wash hands.
 

::     Staff will meet you at door and take temperature before entering and record.
 

::     When you enter office, you will proceed directly to the treatment table and lay down either face up or down as directed.
 

::     When treatment is complete, all payment and scheduling will occur in treatment room and then direct departure from office is encouraged.

 

Prevention is key and definitely the best medicine. Here are some additional resources for our patients and community during this critical time.

The most important things you can do to support your immune system are really basic:

  1. Avoid stress and stressful thoughts. Stress is bad for your immune system. It’s normal to have them. Just don’t entertain them for too long. Make some time to do something enjoyable each day and connect with loved ones.
     
  2. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and don’t touch your face unless you just washed your hands.
     
  3. Get enough sleep. Turn off the screens and start winding down a little earlier. Maybe end the evening with a relaxing yoga pose or take a few minutes to breathe or meditate. One app I like is The Mindfulness App but there are many.
     
  4. Limit screen time and get some fresh air.
     
  5. Drink lots of water to remain hydrated.
     
  6. Eat more nutrient dense whole foods, vibrant colorful fruits and vegetables, soups, bone broth.
     
  7. Eat less inflammatory foods: sugar, industrial seed oils, processed foods, alcohol, and foods you are sensitive to (wheat, dairy, eggs, nightshades etc.)
     
  8. Support lung health by doing some even breathing, preferably outdoors in fresh air, to move circulation and clear out toxins. Breath in through your nose for a count of 5, hold for 1 count, then out through your mouth for a count of 5, hold for 1 count. Repeat. Make the counts even and not too long that you struggle. There is wonderful evidence coming out regarding breath work and strong lungs.
     
  9. Find a yoga class online or a studio that is right for you. I can recommend yoga1.net and grassrootsyogafl.com but there are many others now offering both live and online options.
     
  10. Schedule Acupuncture or even a Telehealth appointment if you are not ready to go "live." We are open and anxious to see your masked smiles again soon!

What You Can Do To Help Boost Your Immune System

 

::     Immune boosting and antiviral herbs! Herbs boost and support your immune system. Let us know you are interested in herbs and we’ll figure out the best way they can help you.

::     Probiotics are an important part of your immune system. They are available in fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, raw sauerkraut, miso, kombucha.

::     Consider supplementing with a concentrated pill such as megasporeprobiotic. I can get some to you either through office or through this patient portal https://microbiomelabs.com/register/?ref=pathways.

::     Elderberry syrup is a go to recommendation for antiviral support that you can order online or get at Whole Foods.
Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc are also good supplements to boost your immune system.

::     Schedule Acupuncture or a telehealth appointment!

Your safety is our utmost concern and we want to offer a safe haven for our patients to come and heal as we navigate these new waters. Call us to schedule. We are anxious to see your masked faces either in office or via telehealth soon. Thank you for your cooperation.

Stay Safe,

Michelle

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