“YOU’RE GONNA PUT THAT NEEDLE WHERE?!?”
To help answer that question, we invited Susan Dembo, M.A., M.S., L.Ac, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®, to show us how needles can be used to treat pain and discomfort associated with breast cancer and breast reconstruction.
When most people think of needles, there’s often an immediate physical reaction…and it’s usually not a warm, fuzzy feeling. Despite their unsettling appearance, needles have been important medical and therapeutic tools for thousands of years. While most of us begrudgingly endure needles for IV fluids, flu shots or vaccinations, there are a growing number of people who choose to have needles inserted into various strategic spots on the body to alleviate pain, an ancient therapy known as acupuncture.
Along with acupuncture, we are often curious about the multitude of options available to us, but do not always have the means with which to siphon out what is genuine. De-mystifying adjunctive therapies and providing accurate information is one of the goals of the “Be Informed Lecture Series” and this is exactly what we did with acupuncture therapy during Susan Dembo’s presentation in May.
Susan is a board-certified and licensed acupuncturist with a private practice in Oyster Bay. For the past 11 years, she has specialized in treating all types of pain, chronic conditions, stress and depression, women’s health, and digestive disorders. The focus of Susan’s acupuncture work is to strengthen the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Susan utilizes a gentle Japanese style of acupuncture to bring the whole body into balance and harmony.
Susan’s gentle, sensitive, yet professional manner served to diffuse some of the attendees’ anxiety and give a fuller understanding of the benefits of acupuncture. We learned, for example, that a Japanese acupuncture needle is much thinner one than those used in other cultures and, therefore, can dramatically impact one’s experience. She also educated us on how acupuncture may reduce stress, physical discomfort, and the effects of chemotherapy. A very kind patient of our practice, who also happens to have been treated by Susan for several years, served as a model for the demonstration given.
We thank Susan for sharing her time and expertise with our patients.
Clinical Director, Patient Empowerment Program