Central Path

Acupuncture & Wellness

Brendan Carney

Licensed Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist

1647 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02465
Newton / Boston Acupuncture

Appointments (617) 584-1450

Schedule an Appointment:

The following fee changes will occur beginning Nov 1, 2017:

Classical acupuncture 60 mins (no-fascial manipulation or dry needling) $85
Fascial Manipulation & Dry needling 35 min hands on treatment, 20 min acupuncture $100
Fascial Manipulation & Dry needling 55 min hands on treatment $160
Fascial Manipulation & Dry needling 30 min hands on treatment $80
New Patient Eval (Often includes initial treatment) 60 mins $160

To Schedule Appointments:

Please email me at:
brendan@centralpathacupuncture.com and write the following:

- Preferred Day (Monday or Thursday)
- Preferred Time of Day - 8am-8pm

About the Fee Structure and Scheduling

Dated: Mid-Oct 2017

As many of you are aware I recently traveled to Italy to study the Stecco Fascial Manipulation (FM) style of manual therapy. I participated in the Level 3 course of study this past September and began the program in 2016. As a result of this course of study I will be changing my treatment paradigm in an attempt to provide you with better acupuncture therapy. Please read on to learn more.

Modern day acupuncture has experienced two pivotal transformations. First, in China during the 1950’s Communist ruler Mao synthesized a unified form of acupuncture and mandated conformity throughout his country. Today, this is the form of acupuncture largely practiced in the west that is branded TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine. Mao’s mandate resulted in the standardization of many acupuncture treatment protocols.

As a result of my experience as an acupuncturist for about 10 years and my additional post-graduate training, I believe the essential strength of acupuncture is individualized palpation based therapy customized for each patient’s unique circumstances. One person’s back pain is rarely the same as another. Unsurprisingly, standardized treatment protocols aren’t as effective as performing treatments customized for each patient.

The challenge of treatment customization is that it requires more patient time each visit. However, the the benefit is faster and more effective results, and the resolution of chronic and complex disorders. The practice of acupuncture in China and in the west often suggests an acupuncturist use the same treatment points on each individual over the course of multiple visits with little variance once a differential diagnosis is made. Mostly treatment frequency trumps specificity and often patients in China receive acupuncture 3-7 times a week for various disorders!

The second transformation involved the needles used in acupuncture therapy. Acupuncture needles became small, sterile and cheap. Before the onset of inexpensive needles, the acupuncturist / Taoist medicine practitioner used a set of 5-10 needles which were larger, and applied more sparingly. Eventually, sterilization of these acupuncture needles became commonplace to prevent the spread of blood born diseases, which lead to a desire for a stronger, thinner and disposable needle. Driven by consumer demand modern technology manufactured smaller and smaller needles leading to less pain with insertion and coincidently less fascial stimulation. This is contrary to the classical practice of acupuncture, where the manipulation of points was commonplace. Acupuncturists would use their hands, elbows or even feet to manipulate and change acupuncture points, restore tissue movement, blood flow, organ mobility and motility and therefore the flow of qi and vitality to the body.

Summary

A combined understanding of the history of acupuncture, entrenchment in the science of muscle (myo) and fascial anatomy and physiology, and application of nearly 10 years of clinical practice has convinced me that the myofascial system is the primary mechanism by which acupuncture functions.

Acupuncture is a physical modality based on restoring proper movement and function of soft tissue structures such as muscles, ligaments, and fascia as well as helping to correct bone alignment, normalize blood and lymphatic flow and even help correct sensory and motor nerve function.

At the forefront of acupuncture therapy is fascia. The restoration of classic acupuncture point manipulation enables the convergence of classic acupuncture techniques with the western science of myofascial function. In short, for the first time western science now offers an explanation of why and how acupuncture works!

Today, in order to apply this new found knowledge, hands on manipulation of soft tissue needs to be integrated into acupuncture therapy. The combination of these two therapies is the pathway to best results. Throughout my career I have continuously searched for treatment methods that deliver better results for patients. Now, I believe I have found a transformational approach for treatment based on scientific principles of anatomy and physiology.

What this Means For You:

First I will be eliminating the online scheduling. Unfortunately, due to the different appointment types, scheduling efficiently has become difficult for me. Many patients require different allowed time amounts and the crowded schedule matrix has left me often running late for appointments. I hope to improve on this.

Secondly as I mostly use a combination of acupuncture, fascial manipulation and dry needling all future patient schedule interval times will be spaced further apart to allow for more face to face time with patients, more hands on treatment time and more treatment specificity equaling improved results! It is my vision that with a focus on global treatment systems, nagging injuries that resurface can be eliminated. This will decrease the need for maintenance treatment. Sessions will still generally last between 40-60 minutes., but I expect this approach will allow for a more predictable schedule.

As many of you have already observed I am starting to integrate hands on manual therapy into sessions with much more frequency, but don’t worry I will always be a needle-man at heart

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