Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture is a modality of Chinese medicine that consists of the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points along meridians shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems.  These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of about 3000 years. In the past 20-30 years electromagnetic research has confirmed the existence and location of these points.

At Hart Chiropractic our acupuncturists on staff work alongside the Doctor and other team members. Combining the expertise of both the Chiropractor and the Acupuncturist in this team approach ensures the best quality care for the patient.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF CHIROPRACTIC AND ACUPUNCTURE COMBINED?
Combined treatments have a impactful clinical relationship with one another. By stimulating the acupuncture points of patients undergoing advanced chiropractic care or seeking better health, a dual healing effect can be set in motion, which will result in better aligned spinal cord and ligaments as well as bolstered body functions.  When they are properly combined, chiropractic and acupuncture treatments can effectively correct imbalances, boost natural healing, improve flexibility and energy levels, and restore the body to its prior state of health.

DO ALL PATIENTS RECIEVE ACUPUNCTURE AND CHIROPRACTIC?
Not all patients have the same problems, they do not require the same care.  During an initial exam the doctor will develop a treatment plan with the care that is appropriate for you.

CAN I TRY ACUPUNCTURE WITHOUT CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
Yes both of our acupuncturists are fully qualified to treat patients without the need to see the doctor first.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL IT TAKE?
Some people experience dramatic relief in the first treatment. For complex or chronic conditions, more treatments may be recommended. For acute problems fewer visits are needed.  A treatment plan that includes the expected number of treatments will be discussed during your initial visit.

  • Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
  • Completed over 3000 hours of training
  • Licensed in the state of Illinois
  • Nationally certified in acupuncture through NCCAOM

Nacha Ford, L.Ac received her Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2012. During her four years of study and matriculation, she completed over 3000 hours of training. She is licensed in the state of Illinois and is nationally certified in acupuncture through NCCAOM.​

Nacha has gained experience in various specialties through private apprenticeships. She has apprenticed with Dr. David Miller, who is one of the only physicians in the U.S. dually board certified in Pediatrics and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has also apprenticed with Dr. Lixin Sha, who has over 30 years experience in Eastern and Western Medicine. These experiences have helped her form a philosophy of utilizing and integrating Eastern and Western modalities when necessary, to treat underlying causes of imbalance. In addition to pediatrics, Nacha has held specialty internships in orthopedic acupuncture. Nacha’s interests include Orthopedics and pain management, women’s health including fertility, digestive disorders, pediatrics, dermatology, chronic and autoimmune disorders, and geriatrics.​

Nacha’s background includes a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. She began work first, in a Physical Rehabilitation setting directing cognitive therapy, and community reintegration programs for patients who suffered traumatic brain injuries, CVA’s, and spinal cord injuries. These programs focused on re-educating and evaluating the inpatients ability to navigate in the community with a new disability. She then transitioned into Social Services becoming a Therapy Program Coordinator, working with at risk youth in the Specialized Foster Care system developing programs aimed at social skills and life skills development. Nacha has also been a practicing licensed massage therapist for 20 years. Her work in these areas eventually led to a natural progression and a passion to work in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine continuing her desire to be of service to others and to bring balance into her patients lives.​

Meet Shelly Wu, D.C.

  • Licensed Chiropractor and Certified Acupuncturist
  • Over 20 years of experience in Acupuncture
  • Licensed in the state of Illinois
  • 3 years continuing education spent in Beijing, China
  • Proud member of the Asian American Acupuncture Association

Dr. Shelly Wu started to practice Chiropractic and Acupuncture in the year 2000. Combining both Chiropractic and Traditional Chinese Medicine in her practice.  Acupuncture is not the first choice for most people. Many of her patients come to see her when conventional treatments do not work, or when less effective conventional methods create more side effects.

She grew up in a family of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Both of her parents are Acupuncturists.  Dr. Wu’s mother is a NCCAOM certified Herbalist. Growing up in China, she benefited a lot from Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has always had passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine.

After getting her D.C. Degree from National College of Chiropractic, she went back to China to study Traditional Chinese Medicine. In her studies in China, she learned from many Acupuncture specialists and professionals in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  She gained a lot of knowledge and learned many new techniques from her studies.

During her 10 plus years’ experience in treating patients with a variety of conditions, she established her own unique style of treatment systems.  Combining Acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques, she gives the patients a different and drugless concept of health.  Many disease processes begin with the body’s inability to adapt to its environments. Instead of looking for the cure in drugs or chemicals, she tries to locate an area or the body which was not functioning properly, and cure the problems from the source. She will assist you to get healthy, and stay healthy.

Some Common Conditions Appropriate for Acupuncture Therapy

Digestive
• Abdominal pain
• Constipation
• Diarrhea
• Hyperacidity
• Indigestion

Emotional
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Insomnia
• Nervousness
• Neurosis

Eye-Ear-Nose-Throat
• Cataracts
• Gingivitis
• Poor vision
• Tinnitis
• Toothache

Gynecological
• Infertility
• Menopausal symptoms
• Premenstrual syndrome

Respiratory
• Asthma
• Bronchitis
• Common cold
• Sinusitis
• Smoking cessation
• Tonsilitis

Musculoskeletal
• Arthritis
• Back pain
• Muscle cramping
• Muscle pain
• Muscle weakness
• Neck pain
• Sciatica

Neurological
• Headaches
• Migraines
• Neurogenic
• Bladder dysfunction
• Parkinson’s disease
• Postoperative pain
• Stroke

Miscellaneous
• Addiction control
• Athletic performance
• Blood pressure regulation
• Chronic fatigue
• Immune system tonification
• Stress reduction

What to Know & What to Expect for Your Appointment

You should wear loose fitting clothes so that acupuncture points are easily accessible. However, sometimes you may be required to remove certain articles of clothing so that the Acupuncturist has access to certain points. You will be properly draped so that only small portions of skin are exposed.

You will be asked to show your tongue, have your pulse taken, and may have your abdomen palpated. Acupuncturists are interested in the state of your internal organs, and by utilizing these methods we can determine the best treatment for you. Just like reflexology on hands and feet, different areas of the tongue, radial pulses, and abdomen correspond to different organ systems of the body.

Don’t receive treatment on an empty stomach. You should eat within a few hours of treatment. Receiving treatment on an empty stomach can
sometimes lead to light headedness.

Expect to receive questions that appear to be unrelated to your condition. Acupuncturist will question you about various topics regarding your health and lifestyle. These things become patterns and help the Acupuncturist formulate the Chinese Medicine diagnosis and thus the treatment protocol.

Acupuncture needles are much thinner than hypodermic needles you see in doctors offices. Acupuncturists don’t reuse needles. The needles
are sterile, one use and disposable.

Hear from our patients on how Acupuncture helped them.

“I still can’t believe how great I have been feeling since I started Acupuncture only a week ago! I saw Nacha for vertigo, digestion, & anxiety and I noticed right away how calm and relaxed I felt after the session. The following couple days I had no dizziness and my stomach felt more comfortable.   I had way more energy throughout the day and felt much less anxious.  The needles are nowhere near as scary as they seem and are quite painless. I even fall asleep every time. I would definitely recommend Nacha to anyone who is looking to add a nature approach to their healthcare! I look forward to continuing my progress! Thanks Nacha!”– J.M.

“I was very skeptical on how acupuncture could help with anxiety, and I HATE needles.  But I wanted to at least give it a try.  I am unable to take any medications due to my job so trying a natural approach to help anxiety seemed like it was worth a shot.  I had one treatment on a Saturday, that night I slept the best I had slept in months.  Monday at work I was the most calm I have felt in years.  I am shocked at how well acupuncture worked.  I am a true skeptic and would never give a testimonial, but for all the other people who can’t turn to traditional medicine for help, I highly recommend trying Acupuncture instead of just living with it.  It has dramatically made a difference in my life.”–K.W.

“I was experiencing dizziness from BPPV (benign paroxysmal vertigo)positional that had been going on for weeks and hoped that acupuncture would help.  This was my first experience with acupuncture so I was a little nervous but Nacha does a great job making you feel comfortable with the acupuncture procedure. I am happy to report that after several treatments, my dizziness has completely gone away. Thank you Nacha!”–S.C.

Why doesn’t Dr. Hart perform Acupuncture?

“I wont settle for anything less than the absolute best possible care for my patients” -Dr Hart

“True traditional Chinese acupuncture takes years to master.  This is not a skill I can quickly learn in a few weekend seminars.  I chose to hire two highly qualified Acupuncturists who have dedicated many years to learning and practicing true traditional Chinese acupuncture.”

Did you know there are only 6 acupuncturists listed as a National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in the Geneva area?  *as of late 2020

A Diplomat of Acupuncture is an acupuncturist who is certified by the NCCAOM. It is a considerable professional achievement to earn the designation Diplomat of Acupuncture (NCCAOM). NCCAOM certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture as defined by the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession. National board certification in acupuncture has been the mark of excellence in AOM since the inception of the Commission in 1982. Every certified NCCAOM Diplomat must abide by the NCCAOM® Code of Ethics.  Search for NCCAOM here.

Do you have more questions about Acupuncture?  Call or text our office at 630-262-1421.

“What a great experience! Thanks Dr. Hart, and to the staff of Hart Chiropractic. Looking forward to my next visit!”

Carl N

“Dr. Hart is totally professional, empathetic and creative regarding treatments for returning patients to high levels of wellness and then retaining that wellness.”

Sharon S

“I’ve seen several chiropractors over 10 years for chronic back pain with limited success. I started seeing Dr Hart about 2 years ago after moving to the area and his approach was unlike any Dr. I had ever had. ”

Chung L

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