ON PINS AND NEEDLES: LOCAL ACUPUNCTURIST TALKS SHOP

The closest I have ever come to acupuncture was a voodoo doll of my ex.

That is, until my conversation last week with acupuncturist Rob Balko of Atlantic Center for Acupuncture in Neptune. 

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TBP:  In your “previous life” you were a techy-type guy.  You have been an acupuncturist since 2005.  How did you find your way to acupuncture? 

Rob:  I was a bit skeptical about acupuncture initially, as a lot of people are.

In the late 1990’s I was working a lot, living in airports, eating junk.  I got really sick and a friend suggested visiting an acupuncturist and I thought I would give it a try.

I was amazed at what he could do.  I lost 15 pounds and felt 1000 times better.  How he diagnosed and treated me was wonderful and I thought if I could treat people like this, I would be fulfilled as a person and I could make a difference in people’s lives.

When a patient gets off the table and is able to move without pain it makes my week.

TBP:  Great, but how does acupuncture work?

Rob:  Acupuncture works on the 2000 year old Chinese Channel Theory – everything in the body is connected by channels, which is the modern day neurological network.  Despite being documented more than 2000 years ago, it shares 21st Century influences – we can verify that a treatment is or is not working. 

Acupuncture works on a lot like migraines, dizziness, headaches, all types of pain, diabetes, respiratory problems, sex drive, allergies, insomnia and fertility.

The other day I met the new baby girl an Ocean Township client had.  She came to me after three years and years of failed fertility treatments.

A florist came to because she was taking Claritin twice a day because she was allergic to Lilies, Hyacinths and other flowers.   I treated her in March of 2009 and she is still allergy-free.

More and more people are taking charge of their own health and not relying on others to think for them.  They are coming to me first, instead of a last resort.   

TBP:  Bust the most common misconceptions about acupuncture.

Rob:  Okay.  One is that patients need to keep coming back.   I want people to get well and go on with living their lives.  The best referral is when a client who I have treated and not seen in a while sends in a friend struggling with a similar health issue.

TBP:  Another myth would have to be about the pain associated with the needles.  I just let you put needles in me and a mosquito bite hurt more.  It kind of looks a little creepy though. 

Rob:  The needles are hundredths of millimeters – .25 and .16 millimeters. You can barely see the needles they are so small.       

TBP:  Gosh, voodoo doll needles are bigger.

Rob is offering The Coaster and TheBPlot readers 10 percent off their first visit for the next week.  Call him at 732.775.0033. 

Richard@TheBPlot.com

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