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Provider Spotlight: West Berkeley Wellness

Bay area practice delivers stress-free acupuncture treatment to musculoskeletal patients

Over the last several years, evidence has been mounting for the efficacy of conservative care in the treatment of low back pain (LBP) and other musculoskeletal pain. In 2017, the American College of Physicians updated its clinical practice guidelines to promote noninvasive treatment for LBP, including exercise, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, acupuncture and mindfulness-based stress reduction for the treatment of chronic LBP.

As the largest managed care organization that is 100% focused on the physical rehabilitation of injured workers, MedRisk is committed to providing patients access to quality care and a broad range of authorized treatment options. Additionally, they provide pre-screened and credentialed specialist workers leading-edge treatment options through progressive network providers like West Berkeley Wellness.

Since 2008, patients in the San Francisco metro area have relied on West Berkeley’s skilled health providers for acupuncture as well as other services rooted in Chinese medicine. Led by owner Dr. Aimee Quin, DACM, LAc, West Berkeley currently employees three providers, and the practice is growing. According to Dr. Quin, who sees 5 to 8 patients a day, patients can expect a personalized experience in the office’s tranquil atmosphere. Providers are committed to addressing patients’ needs comprehensively in visits that are relaxed and unrushed. They endeavor to make acupuncture a stress-free experience, even for those who are nervous or historically squeamish around needles. The practice has over 25 different sizes of needles, and treatment is tailored to the individual to ensure patient comfort. In fact, many patients find acupuncture to be so relaxing that they fall asleep during treatment. It is recommended that patients do not arrive on an empty stomach and come in comfortable clothes. It is also important to refrain from rigorous exercise or alcohol consumption at least several hours after treatment.

Acupuncture treatment plans can vary depending on patient needs, but generally, the initial visit takes about two hours and involves an initial consultation and an acupuncture treatment. Follow-up visits take about 90 minutes, as they have a shorter consultation period before treatment. West Berkeley is conveniently open 7 days a week, from 11 am to 8 pm, so injured workers can be seen at a time conducive to their schedules.

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