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Dr. Sara Rausch, D.C., Health in Motion

Please click link to print of intake form:  Health in Motion Intake Form[3358]

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What is Acupuncture?

According to Mayo Clinic

“Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain.

Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force — known as qi or chi (CHEE) — believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in your body. By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance.

In contrast, many Western practitioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue. Some believe that this stimulation boosts your body’s natural painkillers and increases blood flow.”

How can Acupuncture help me?

Acupuncture works to balance out the body’s natural energy flow.  It can improve health and help relieve symptoms by getting to root imbalances in your body.  Western medicine has seen acupuncture as taboo for decade; however, scientific research in the past 3o years has discovered structural areas in the fascial system that mirror Traditional Chinese Acupuncture points and have mapped proton movement though the body that followed Chinese meridian charts.  Acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative/compliment to Western treatments.

What can I expect during my first appointment?

Traditional Acupuncture

After reviewing your intake form, Dr. Sara Rausch will discuss your symptoms, address concerns, and have you lay down on your back while she inserts needles .  The needles are as fine as a human hair and vary from being completely painless to have a zing feeling when inserted.  You will rest on the table and allow the acupuncture to start to shift your energy flow.  Some people will feel deep calm, a buzzing sensation, tingling, emotions surface, or deep relaxation.  If traditional needle acupuncture, the needles will be removed and the client will be flipped onto their stomach to have more needles inserted onto the back side of their body (if necessary).

Needle-less Acupuncture

Again, Dr. Sara Rausch will review your intake form and discuss symptoms and concerns.  Then you will sit on a chair or her chiropractic table and hold a small grounding electrode while she stimulates acupuncture points with a small wand.  Clients may feel a little tingle or zing at the acupuncture point.  The benefit of needle-less acupuncture is you get the same results in a shorter session and you avoid the use of needles and pricking the skin.

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 What can I expect after a acupuncture session?

Directly after the session, most clients feel a deeper sense of relaxation.  In the next 24-48 hours, clients can feel a range from complete symptom relief to a flare up of pain or discomfort (called a healing crisis).  A healing crisis can be frustrating, but when we understand them more, it can help ease the discomfort.  The term healing crisis is a misnomer.  The symptoms you are feeling are there 24/7 in your body, but now the energy work has brought them from the deeper subconscious level to the surface.  When the symptoms are at the surface, we are able to complete the healing cycle and be done for good with the pain or dysfunction.  Otherwise, the symptoms lurk below our awareness and can cause mental and physical fatigue, a racing mind, or anxiety.  If you experience a healing crisis, find a quiet safe space you can rest and feel the sensations.  It will allow your body to continue healing.  Healing crisis will usually only last for 24-48 hours after a session.  Let your acupuncturist know about any flare ups at your next appointment, because those are areas that might need to be addressed with more work and will give your therapist a bigger picture into what is going on in your body.


Best known for pain relief, but heals so much more!