Sonya Tsuchigane, L. Ac MSTOM is one of our resident Trigger Point experts. She is also an acupuncturist and herbalist who has extensive post-grad training in facial rejuvenation acupuncture.
Robbie Benhuri (RB): What made you want to become an acupuncturist?
Sonya Tsuchigane (ST): As a performer acting in New York City, maintaining my own health had always been a top priority. Besides diet and exercise, one of the main ways I maintained my health was through acupuncture.
At some point, I wanted to pursue a career that was more fulfilling. Acupuncture was a natural fit.
For example, I recently treated a veteran here at CANY that couldn???t sleep because of a tear in his shoulder. After one or two trigger point sessions he no longer felt pain, he could sleep, and he was extremely grateful. That feels amazing. That just feels??? I want more of that! I want everyone to have that kind of success.
The truth is even if your pain goes away, it may come back. I realize that. But at least if there was significant change for a while, that brings hope, which means that progress can continue. I know I can't deliver every person to a state of pure health, but I can help put them on the path. Obviously there are things the patient has to do to keep the progress going.
RB: What are some examples of things people can do at home to speed up the healing process?
ST: Epsom salt baths and magnesium supplements can solve a lot of pain. Also gentle stretching and strengthening. Adjusting sleep position can help prevent a lot of these problems in the first place, as well as having supportive cushions.
RB: In your experience, what are th emost common casues of the pain conditions you treat?
ST: I think what happens is people over-train, or lift improperly, or do some kind of excessive exercise or movement and don???t follow up with stretching or massage. Then they sleep on it, and that makes it worse.
Another major cause of pain is repetitive motion. These can be the toughest because let's face it - you aren't going to quit your job, even if you know sitting at a computer is causing your neck and shoulders to hurt. In those cases trigger point can work like magic, but the patient really has to follow their home routine to see real improvement.
RB: As a trigger point acupuncturist, are you really focused on only treating pain?
ST: It's true that trigger point is best for pain conditions, but what I love about my job is that I have the opportunity to treat all types of problems. When I first got into acupuncture I was far more focused on women's health than pain conditions. I still am. I like that we are not specialists, it keeps things interesting.
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