"Like so many others, the reason I entered into this field of medicine is because it worked for me. As a teenager, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and suffered from severe pain and depression for nearly a decade.
Then I found an answer in acupuncture. My illness was a blessing in disguise that led me to find my passion for healing and the joy that comes with helping others through their pain. Acknowledging and accepting the importance of our own health is the first step
in the healing process."
Joseph Heinze received his Masters of Acupuncture Degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. He is also certified in advanced Constitutional Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation and is Reiki Level One certified.
MASTERS OF ACUPUNCTURE // NCCAOM BOARD CERTIFIED
My mission at Axis is exemplified by the logo 中 which is the character zhōng.
The character zhong in Chinese means 'center' or 'inward.' It is believed that this ancient symbol was designed to visually represent an arrow hitting its precise target. When used to mean 'center,' the word is beautifully illustrated by the Chinese compass, which places zhong in the middle, at the heart of the other four directions. The Chinese compass helps us realize that the direction inward toward reflection is as important as any other.
WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the World Health Organization compiled a list of over 100 symptoms, diseases, and conditions that are shown through controlled trial to be treated effectively by acupuncture.
These are just a few:
- JOINT PAIN
- TMJ PAIN
- STRESS / ANXIETY
- IMMUNE DEFICIENCIES
- MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS
- CARPAL TUNNEL PAIN
Adjunct therapies offered include:
TUI NA (CHINESE BODY WORK)
Your session will last about an hour, and will include a health intake, an acupuncture treatment along with tui na (a chinese form of body work), and if applicable, cupping.
What can I expect?
The main belief of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that illness and pain come about when the body is out of balance. This can happen for many reasons like over work, injury, or even stress and anxiety. Very simply, acupuncture helps achieve balance and alleviate pain by placing needles in specific points located on pathways, or meridians, of the body.
Although there are acupuncture points covering the whole body, the most common points are between the knee and ankle, between the elbow and wrist, and on the abdomen and back. Everyone responds differently to acupuncture, but most people feel a deep sense of relaxation or heaviness.
The effects of acupuncture are also varied, but one generally sees improvement within the first 3 treatments, with the usual course of treatment being 8-10 visits. Some people need more treatments, some need only a few. To be true partners on your health journey, you must believe, as I do, that you are worth the investment of time and energy.
What is QI?
Qi (chee) is a word that is inseparable from acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine; it is also one of the most difficult concepts to explain and conceptualize. Very simply, Qi is energy, and this energy has two qualities: yin and yang. These two energies are constantly in flux, trying to balance each other in order to create harmony.
But I don’t like needles…
You are probably thinking of needles used for administering shots, which are significantly different than acupuncture needles. The needles used for acupuncture are as fine as a hair and are made of polished stainless steel. These needles are single use only and disposed of after the treatment. Most people feel only a brief prick (think tiny mosquito) when the needle is inserted. After the needles are inserted, most people become very relaxed, some even drift off to sleep. Some have described the relaxation after the session akin to a massage.
PAYMENT/WILL INSURANCE PAY?
At the moment, we do not have contracts with any insurance providers. However, if you would like, we can provide you with a receipt/bill with the necessary information you would need for potential reimbursement from your provider. Acupuncturist are diligently working with legislation to change to make it more widely covered and accepted by insurance.
The great news is that if you pay into an HSA or Flex Saving account, you can use that money to cover your acupuncture sessions. Most people now have a special card with their spending on it, so there is zero hassle when using that as payment.