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
27 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
Aetna Preferred Provider
How 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
Western medicine is just beginning to substantiate that
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.
The first visit includes a comprehensive medical
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 Take?
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 effective.
- 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.