Andrew Crapo graduated Summa Cum Laude and valedictorian from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM). Besides traditional acupuncture, Andrew has extensive training in herbal medicine and offers cosmetic acupuncture to his patients. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Western Michigan University where he graduated with honors. Andrew is a nationally certified and state registered acupuncturist as well as a member of the Michigan Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Andrew’s passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) stems from having been treated with TCM his entire life by his father, Dr. Mark Crapo, one of the first certified acupuncturists in the state of Michigan; thus knowing the amazing healing properties it holds. Andrew’s wish is that he can teach as many people as possible about TCM as well as share the experience of attaining wellness with all his clients.
Andrew Crapo uses a variety of treatment options that is best suited for the individual. The main treatment method is acupuncture, which is the insertion of tiny needles into specific points of the body. Acupuncture increases blood flow, regulates the immune system, decreases inflammation, and has been shown to regulate hormone and other chemical mediators throughout the body.
Besides acupuncture he also may suggest cupping, gua sha, or tui na. These three methods are all forms of bodywork that can increase circulation and decrease pain. Cupping is the act of using a vacuum sealed cup to pull lactic acid out of a patient’s muscles while also stretching the muscle. Gua sha is a method of bodywork where the acupuncturist uses a blunt instrument to scrape along the edges of a patient’s muscles. This increases circulation and like cupping can free lactic acid from the muscles which decreases muscle pain. Finally tui na is a form of traditional Chinese massage that the acupuncturist may use on a few acupuncture points or areas after your needles are removed. All of these treatments are based on whether the acupuncturist thinks they are necessary.
Finally he may recommend Chinese herbal supplements to his patients. Herbs provide a way for the patient to maintain treatment throughout the week thus increasing the effects of treatment and decreasing the total number of treatments needed. Herbs are individually priced.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Besides relief from what you may come in for treatment acupuncture will also help benefit other aspects of your life. You may find that you are sleeping better, you feel less stressed, and you have more energy.
Acupuncture has been proven safe and effective for the following diseases and conditions:
- Abdominal pain
- Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and or chemotherapy
- Knee Pain
- Morning Sickness
- Nausea vomiting
- Periarthritis of shoulder
- Menstrual Pain
Other Conditions and diseases have also been shown to respond to acupuncture. If you have any questions about whether acupuncture is right for you please contact us.
What to Expect
A normal acupuncture treatment involves the acupunctuist asking you about your chief complaint as well as other aspects of your health, looking at your tongue, feeling your pulse. After the intake you will lay down in a comfortable position and the treatment will begin. The needles are inserted into points specifically chosen for your pattern. After the needles are inserted you will allowed to relax for 15 to 20 minutes. During this time many patients feels so relaxed that they fall asleep, this is perfectly acceptable.
New Patient Exam and Treatment – $95
Return Patient Treatment – $75
Cupping Only – $40
15 minute in-office consultation – FREE
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