We are excited to expand our hours to be able to better serve our patients. Starting July 27th our new hours are: Monday 10am - 7pm (last appointment is at 6pm) Tuesday 7am - 5pm (last appointment is at 4pm) Wednesday 7am - 5pm (last appointment is at 4pm) Thursday 3pm - 7pm (last appointment is at 6pm) Friday 7am - 1pm (last appointment is at 12pm) Dr. Rafael and Dr. Lisette are available for new patient and follow-up appointments. Give us a call to set up your appointments.
Many patients come see us for a variety of reasons. Most come in because a friend has told them that acupuncture can be helpful. However, most people don't know how acupuncture works and what it can treat. Acupuncture can help almost any condition. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended acupuncture as effective for many conditions and even suggests that acupuncture can be helpful for many more. Dysmenorrhea is a fancy name for painful periods. Period are no walk in the park. I am a woman and know this from first-hand experience. Your uterus has built up a lining to support a pregnancy that is not going to happen, so now your uterus is contracting, and all that tissue has to come out. Contractions can cause some pain BUT that pain should not interfere with your QUALITY OF LIFE. What does this mean? If you have to cancel plans with your friends, you don’t go out to dinner, you call out from work, you call in sick to school, you’re lying on your bed, you're unable to move – this is NOT normal and calls for concern. Your period should not interfere with your social or day-to-day life. There are 3 main factors [...]
Weekend warriors as well as professional athletes push their bodies beyond their comfort zone and sometimes that leads to injury. At my acupuncture clinic in downtown Miami I treat many different athletes ranging from tri-athletes to mixed martial artists. Athletes put great demands on their bodies and may often still train when they are not at 100%. Acupuncture is a great tool for everyone - especially athletes. The insertion of needles by a trained acupuncturist helps reduce swelling and increases blood flow to the injured area. This means that a person can heal fast and get back to training. Pain is one of the most common complaints that athletes have. This pain can range from strains and sprains to more severe injuries. Most athletes feel the need to continue training even through injury, although often with less intensity. Minor injuries usually respond very well to acupuncture, especially injury to tendons and ligaments which take more time to heal. Acupuncture, herbs and lotions can all be used to help this process along. My recommendation to athletes is to always get treatment especially if they plan to continuing their training. The reason is two-fold. First, rapid recuperation will help put you back [...]
Many patients come see me for a variety of reasons. Most come in because a friend has told them that acupuncture can be helpful. However, most people don't know how acupuncture works and what it can treat. Acupuncture can help almost any condition. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended acupuncture as effective for many conditions and even suggests that acupuncture can be helpful for many more. Headaches are a common complaint in our society. Some people have stress headaches and some may have migrane headaches both of which acupuncture is effective in treating. Insertion of acupunture needles in specific points throughout the body can help alleviate the pain associated with headaches. Most patients start to feel relief a few minutes after the needles are placed. I've had some patients who have had recurring headaches disappear after just one treatment, although a series of treatments are usually required for more permanent headache relief. The mechanism that acupuncture uses to relieve headache pain is the meridians of the body. The body has 12 primary meridians and 6 extraordinary meridians. Needles are place on acupuncture points along these meridians to promote the flow of "Qi", the body's vital energy. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory states that "When [...]
"Frequency trumps technique!" This statement is one that time and time again is proven correct when it comes to acupuncture. First we need some background to explain what this really means. Frequency of treatments is one of the most important factors to determine how quickly a person can benefit from acupuncture treatments. At Living Room Community Acupuncture Clinic in Downtown Miami we treat on a sliding scale to help everyone afford the treatments they need. Does this mean that going to the old gray haired chinese master acupuncturist that you have heard can perform miracles in one treatment is a bad idea. Of course not! Every acupuncturist has had amazing treatments where long standing issues have been resolved in just one treatment, but most of the time it requires repetition. The longer you've had the problem the more treatments you will probably need. Because Living Room Community Acupuncture makes it affordable to receive acupuncture treatments I have many patients who end up at my clinic because they could not afford ongoing treatments at their former acupuncturist office. In fact, most patients become regulars after we take care of their symptoms because they find that treatments can be so rejuvenating on [...]
The needles used in acupuncture are stainless steel filiform needles, they are solid and not hollow like the hypodermic needle your doctor uses. In fact, several needles can fit inside a hypodermic needle. Ok, so now you know the needles are thin, but do they hurt? Generally acupuncture is painless. Some patients describe an occasional pinching sensation that lasts for just a second when the needle is inserted. They describe it like a fast pinch. Most patients don't even feel the needles when they are inserted. So what do the needles feel like? Once the needles are inserted you will generally start to feel relaxed. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the purpose of the needles is to create a condition called "de qi",in Chinese it means the arrival of "Qi" (Qi loosely translated means, the energy the permeates and animates everything). TCM theory says that if the qi flows freely, there is no pain. The needles an acupuncturist uses help the patient achieve a balanced flow of Qi therefore removing pain and restoring health. So having dispensed with some basic background we can return to the topic at hand. A number of other sensations can be felt throughout the [...]