• Katie Clifton: Queenpin Family Wellness

    I Love it!! Moving back to Roanoke it was a little challenging for me to find a good acupuncturist. When I lived in Jersey I used to go once a week to keep my body balanced and in tuned with my mind. So when I came back for months I felt off balance. Until, I met Katie the owner of Queenpin Acupuncture, at a Hoot and Holler event where she informed me she was an acupuncturist. The rest is history...

    I want to share with you all the benefits of acupuncture so I asked Katie some questions that I think will help you understand what acupuncture really does....
    What can be treated by acupuncture?
    Acupuncture works with the body’s immune system to help the body get back on track. On it’s website, the World Health Organization has a long list of illnesses and injuries that acupuncture can treat. I treat everything from colds, to back pain, and many times people come in for one thing and realize that something else they’ve been suffering with starts getting better too.
    If someone is scared of needles should they still try acupuncture?
    Yes! There are other ways to treat besides using needles. I also do traditional class cupping, which is great for loosing up tight muscles. I treat many people who are needle phobic. They keep coming in because they realize that acupuncture makes them feel so much better it’s worth it.
    Are there any side effects?
    For the most part there are no side effects from acupuncture. Occasionally people may have an increase in symptoms right after their treatment, or they feel tired and a little achy. You can also get a bruise from acupuncture, that’s about it.
    How many sessions are usually needed?
    I tell people to expect to come in 8 - 12 times for treatment, but since every body is different ,and every person reacts differently to acupuncture that’s just a general number. Some people only need one treatment, some people need 15. Acupuncture is a short
    Is it safe for babies, children or teenagers?
    Yes! Kids love acupuncture.
    I think a lot of people think that acupuncture is a woo-woo or magical practice, and it’s not. It’s been around for thousands of yet is the last resort. I see a lot of people who say they’ve tried every other medical intervention and acupuncture is their last chance before surgery, or just giving up. Don’t wait! See an acupuncturist first. You’ll be glad you did. It’s also much easier to treat a problem when it is a new occurrence, not one that has been set into a pattern yet.
    Can someone be on prescribed medication while getting acupuncture?
    Yes, patients fill out a thorough health history and I take medications into consideration when I’m treating someone.
    If there’s anything else you want to ad please do so...
    I think it’s important to realize that to be an acupuncturist in Virginia, you have completed 4-5 years of acupuncture school. Acupuncturists are licensed by the Virginia medical board, and certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. We also are required to take continuing education courses to keep our licenses current.
    What are your hours and location?
    Right now we’re located at 1731 Grandin Road, but in September we’ll be opening a wellness center at 808 5th Street in Old Southwest Roanoke. I’m working with Maya Ittah of TerraVie Wellness to create a one stop shop for wellness in Roanoke. We really want to make wellness available and affordable to everyone in the valley.


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