ON PINS AND NEEDLES: LOCAL ACUPUNCTURIST TALKS SHOP
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.
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