This week we were so excited to have the professionals from Oak Point Health & Vitality of Astoria as our guests on the show! Michelle is a regular client of Oak Point for Acupuncture and we often refer people here because the results that Michelle has seen since she started her treatment have been pretty outstanding!
Originally she went in to treat her TMJ issues. Her pain was unbearable and could not find relief in simple heat and pain relievers. She immediately made an appointment and after her very first session at Oak Point with Dmitri, the TMJ was virtually gone.
During her assessment, Dmitri let her know that Acupuncture could help some other issues she was having. Being an advocate for natural treatment alternatives, Michelle decided to continue to see Dmitri not only for the TMJ but for other imbalances in her body.
Here is some background on Dmitri and Anna from Oak Point:
Dimitri Boules LAc, LMT, CPT Bio – As a New York State licensed Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist, Dimitri takes a holistic approach with his patients—tailoring treatments to individual conditions and needs. He began working in the health field as an Astoria-based personal trainer in 2006. While he very much enjoyed helping people who wanted to improve their health and fitness levels, he quickly recognized that the majority of his clients suffered from chronic pain or medical conditions. They viewed pharmaceutical drugs and/or surgery as the only treatment options but Dimitri knew there were better alternatives and decided to continue his education. After obtaining his personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, he continued his education at New York College of Health Professions where he completed his associate degree of occupational studies in Massage Therapy and his bachelors and masters degrees in Acupuncture. He also completed a holistic health counseling program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Dimitri continues his education by attending seminars and reading the latest research in massage therapy, acupuncture and holistic health.
Today, his blend of acupuncture, massage therapy, corrective exercises, and nutritional counseling truly addresses the root cause of disease and not just the symptoms. Dimitri is experienced dealing with a wide range of conditions and concerns but has special interest in orthopedics and sports medicine, as well as infertility and digestive disorders.
Anna Louca Boules LAc, LMT Bio – In 2006, when Anna Louca began working with clients to improve their long term skin health, she quickly recognized that such treatment required far more than just the external application of products.
To stay true to this perspective, Anna continued her education in nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine at New York College of Health Professions where she obtained degrees in massage therapy and acupuncture. She now combines this ancient form of healing with esthetics and nutritional recommendations to give her patients long lasting results and a better understanding of how internal medical conditions or energetic imbalances initially present on the skin–our body’s largest organ. By treating both external (skin) and internal (organ) imbalances, Anna offers her patients much more than a “temporary fix.”
Consistent with her holistic outlook, Anna may specialize in skin care but also enjoys addressing a wide range of conditions, e.g. infertility, digestive issues, neurological and respiratory concerns, cancer pain, and the side effects of chemotherapy/radiology.
Oak Point: Our mission is to both provide holistic health options and educate our patients on how to enhance their body’s ability to heal itself, to look and feel its best. The founders of Oak Point Health and Vitality Centre, Dimitri and Anna, provide you with the highest quality care in acupuncture, massage and skin therapy, as well as holistic health counseling. With a well-rounded commitment in holistic health, our treatments address issues at the ROOT level.
Dmitri provided us a wealth of information answering the following questions on the show! You can check out the YouTube version of the show here!
1. Can you explain what exactly acupuncture is?
2. What is the history of Oriental Medicine?
3. What are acupuncture and Oriental Medicine known to treat and how exactly can they help?
4. How does acupuncture treat pain?
5. We’ve heard that oriental medicine can also help with fertility and hormonal issues. Can you explain more about this?
6. We’ve learned that Oriental Medicine is more than just acupuncture treatments for specific issues; can you explain the additional aspects of oriental medicine?
7. Can you explain more about how oriental medicine and nutrition are related?
8. What are some uses for and types of oriental herbal medicines?
9. How are specific exercises and massage therapy utilized in Oriental Medicine?
10. Oak Point treats a wide variety of clients, including those with specific fitness injuries, how can acupuncture and Oriental Medicine apply to fitness?
11. How does acupuncture and oriental medicine help prevent injury and disease?
12. How is acupuncture used as an option to fight/treat illness and heal injury?
13. How can oriental medicine as a form of treatment address root causes of disease, injury and illness?
14. Finally, how can acupuncture and oriental medicine be used to help people achieve their health and fitness goals?
Case Study/Patient Consult/Tips – Lisa/Michelle
In the clinic – Patient comes in with knee pain, take a holistic approach – see what is out of balance and the body self heals.
Oriental Medical Examination – Feeling the pulse, looking at the tongue and asking detailed questions in order to get a better idea about the patient. We do this because we don’t only want to focus on the knee. We want to treat the whole person which would make the knee respond better to treatment rather than just focusing on the knee. If a person’s digestive system is not working properly than how is it going to extract nutrients to rebuild damaged tissues?
Orthopedic Testing and Assessment. This will give us a better idea on what tissues might be involved and help us zero in and treat the knee more specifically.
Muscle Testing and Functional Assessment. This will give us a better idea on why the person has knee pain. What caused it in the first place. Which muscles are not firing the way they should and which are overactive causing abnormal movements and abnormal wear and tear?
At this point it will be good to explain how when muscles shut down that leads to improper movement which leads to injury and if never addressed will lead to reoccurring injuries. Over time those injuries could get worse especially when patient gets older (arthritis).
Treatment, Acupuncture, Massage, Cupping, Guasha
Patient will leave with corrective exercises, stretches and foam rolling activities to do at home and continue doing after they feel better. This will “fix” the dysfunction (what caused the injury in the first place)
General sessions needed:
For Prevention: Recommend an active person 1 a week. This will ensure that their body is in balance at all times and functioning the way it should.
Acute Injury: 4-6 treatment 2-3 times a week. Want to attack the injury right away so people can go back to training again and reach their health and fitness goals.
Chronic: 2-3 times a week for 8-10 sessions. Then re-evaluate how they feel.
Must remind people that Acupuncture and the other modalities that we use in Oriental Medicine are a therapy. Just like a person can’t go to the gym once a year and expect to get as muscular as a body builder. Consistency = change
Want to check out Oak Point for yourself? You can contact them at http://www.oakpointhealth.com/ or call to speak to Dimitri and Anna directly at (718) 777.0620. We will post all of their information on our website!