Alaskan Natural Care
Massage & Trigger
Location / Office Hours
Links to acupuncture sites
Palmer, Alaska Acupuncture Clinic
Wasilla, Alaska Acupuncture & Trigger Point Massage Clinic
Mat-Su Valley Acupuncture Clinic
Valerie DeLaune, LAc.
Bachelor of Science
Masters' degree of Chinese Acupuncture
Author of 11 Pain Relief books
28 years of experience
My intention is to
assist patients by teaching them self-help techniques that will
empower them to make positive changes in their lives and their
Trigger Point Medical Massage
Blue Cross Preferred Provider
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does acupuncture work?
The answer is: No one knows for sure. The
ancient Chinese theory is that there are meridians throughout the body where
"Qi", or energy, flows. If there is a block in the meridian, disease
and pain result. By inserting an acupuncture needle in the
blocked point, the flow of Qi, and therefore health, is restored.
Western medicine is just beginning to
substantiate that indeed,
acupuncture does have effects that cannot be explained by what we currently
know about human physiology. When
performing a "functional MRI" and needling points in the foot known to
affect the eyes, the MRI shows activity in the visual part of the cortex of
the brain. Many people believe acupuncture is a biochemical process --
needling affects the nerve synapses, and therefore the neurotransmitters
that transmit information to the brain. Acupuncture points can be
found by measuring the electrical resistance on the skin.
Even though we can't yet entirely
explain exactly how acupuncture works, 5000 years of needling acupuncture
points has resulted in a vast body of knowledge regarding the effects from
needling each of the over 400 acupuncture points.
visit includes a comprehensive medical history interview and a full
treatment. All of your symptoms are discussed, even those you may
think are unrelated. I then develop a Chinese Medicine
Diagnosis, which determines acupuncture point selection.
Subsequent sessions consist of a brief discussion about the effects of the
last treatment, and a treatment for the present symptoms. It is best
to focus on a few priorities at a time.
Acupuncture needles are thin, like a hair. Usually you will either
feel no sensation, or just a sensation that the needle was inserted.
Occasionally, if the needle goes in a hair follicle or blood vessel, there
will be a small amount of stinging, which usually goes away almost
immediately. If the stinging does not go away, I move the needle to a
slightly different location. I use only disposable acupuncture
needles. I usually use 14-20 needles per treatment, and needles are
typically left in between 20-35 minutes.
How Long Will Therapy
A common question I get in the beginning of
therapy is "how long will it take"? My general rule of thumb is that
longer the condition has been going on and the more medical conditions (of
any kind) the patient has, the more muscles and organ systems will be
involved, and the treatment will be more complicated and take longer.
If a patient is perfectly healthy and has only a recent minor injury, I may
only see them a few times. Patient compliance is a factor -- whether
they follow my recommendations and participate in their healing by doing the
self-help techniques. I can usually give the patient a pretty good
indication of how many treatments they may need by the end of the second or
third treatment, based on their medical condition, their compliance to date,
and how much they have improved (or not) within the first few weeks.
Why is Acupuncture
Growing So Rapidly in the U.S.?
- It puts people back in control of their bodies and health care.
- It works on many health problems for which Western medicine is less
- It is safe, effective, and has virtually no side effects.
- It treats the whole person and not just the disease.
- It uses the body's natural healing process to effect relief.
Herbs in pill form may be prescribed to help support your treatments.
The formula will be based on your individual Chinese diagnosis, including
your signs and symptoms, and your underlying constitutional pattern.
About Valerie DeLaune
Valerie DeLaune is a licensed acupuncturist and certified
neuromuscular-trigger point/myofascial release massage therapist, with a Masters Degree in Acupuncture
from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental
Medicine and certificates from Heartwood Institute and Brenneke
School of Massage.
She has been in practice since 1989, and has seen patients from
all over the world.
She has written eleven trigger point books:
Pain Relief with
Trigger Point Self Help (book-on-CD ROM, 2004),
Trigger Point Therapy for
Headaches and Migraines:
Self-Treatment Workbook for Pain Relief
Trigger Point Therapy for Foot, Ankle, Knee, and Leg Pain
(paperback and e-book, 2010), Pain Relief with Trigger Point
Self-Help (paperback, 2011), Trigger Point Therapy for
Repetitive Strain Injuries (paperback, 2012),
Trigger Point Therapy Workbook for Shoulder Pain including Frozen
Shoulder (e-book, 2nd Ed. 2013),
Trigger Point Therapy Workbook for Upper Back and Neck Pain (e-book,
2nd Ed. 2013),
Trigger Point Therapy Workbook for Lower Back and Gluteal Pain
(e-book, 2nd Ed. 2013),
Trigger Point Therapy
Workbook for Chest and Abdominal Pain (e-book, 2013),
Trigger Point Therapy for Headaches and Migraines including TMJ Pain
(e-book, 2013), and
Trigger Point Therapy for Lower Arm Pain including Elbow, Wrist,
Hand & Finger Pain (e-book, 2013).
written articles for ADVANCE for Physical Therapists, Massage
World magazine, Fibromyalgia Magazine, Yoga Magazine, and the
International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation on trigger
point topics, and
has written several
for the Juneau Empire
on acupuncture topics.
teaches trigger point continuing education workshops in the
U.S., and currently resides in Palmer, Alaska.