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Lake Mary Acupuncture

Dr. Lara Aitken, AP/DOM offers world class acupuncture in Lake Mary

Acupuncture can be defined as a stimulus to the surface of the skin that creates physiological change locally at the site of the stimuli or affects other biochemical process with in the body. The type, strength, frequency and location of stimuli applied are the variables in the different physiological changes that can be influence by acupuncture.

For example when a metal needle is applied into neurovascular nodes (which are many acupuncture points) the metal of the needle will create a resistance with electrical currents of the nerves and affecting the organs, tissues and glands that the nerves and vascular structure control. Acupuncture in autoimmune and arthritis conditions can be very effective when the immune system is reset or rebooted through the nervous system to stop attacking itself.

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Lake Mary Acupuncture for Depression, Stress and Anxiety

Acupuncture for depression and anxiety is very effective when stimulating sensory receptors to transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain. The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins. Studies show Acupuncture has the ability to alter brain chemistry by affecting the way in which neurotransmitters and hormones are released and modulation of subcortical structures of the brain.

Acupuncture treatment can have specific or general action to increase blood circulation, decrease inflammation, stop pain, muscle spasms and regulate immune reactions, decrease histamine sensitivity even increase T-cell production.

Not all the Acupuncture points are the same structures or are acupuncture stimulation dependent on the use of needles to create the acupuncture effect. Stimulation may be done with heat, diathermy, sound waves, ultrasound, laser, magnets, micro current, tens units, dry needling, homeopathic injections, Prolotherapy, biotherapy and acupuncture point injection. Not all stimuli will have the same effect on the same point or structures nor will the same stimuli have the same effect on different points and structures. Acupuncture is a physical therapy that requires the practitioner to have a high level of anatomy and physiology training and advance palpation skills.

Acupuncture for chronic pain

Acupuncture to treat chronic and acute back pain and many other muscle and joint problems is  through stimulation and the acceleration of tissue repair, collagen production and realignment.

Dr. Lara Aitken, AP/DOM has specialization in the treatment of acupuncture for fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, back pain, hip pain, osteoarthritis, scar tissue, adhesions and fertility.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory of understanding acupuncture based on chi (qi) and the flow of energy through meridians holds importance culturally and historically and is still remains a popular explanation of acupuncture in the west. This theory still can be a useful explanation about, what is acupuncture for individuals who have difficulty in understanding or lack current scientific and medical knowledge and training. 

There is also the appeal to some that mystic and ancient thought language  being an answer to today’s western medical short comings, therefore by association, modern western scientific understanding and language belong to the failures of the western medicine model. 

Evidence based acupuncture can be used to prevent operations and reduce or stop pain medications.

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Dr. Lara Aitken, AP/DOM specializes in the identification and treatment of Adhesion Related Disorders (ARD). These can develop five to ten years after a surgical procedure, trauma or inflammatory event. ARD can vary depending on the organs, tissues, and glands that have been affected by restricted supply of blood, lymph and nerves caused by scarring in muscle and fascia. Many gynecological, gastrointestinal, autoimmune and arthritic conditions can actually be an ARD.

Approximately 93% of individuals who have abdominal surgery – including keyhole and laparoscopy investigations – will eventually have adhesions. Many abdominal adhesions arising after surgery or inflammatory events (endometriosis, tubal infection and gastric infections) are rarely diagnosed as a cause or a contributing factor to many conditions. This is because it takes several years and, sometimes, secondary mitigating factors, for symptoms to appear.

Adhesion related disorders are also common after trauma and accidents.

Adhesions are very frequently the unknown cause to many problems that do not respond to therapies and if you have ever had any surgery, trauma or inflammatory event, then it is essential to have an assessment  by a specialist like Dr. Lara Aitken, AP/DOM to eliminate adhesions as a potential cause many unresolved issues.

What Conditions Are Treated With Acupuncture in Lake Mary?


Sciatica, Arthritis, fibromyalgia, Scoliosis, Back pain, frozen shoulder, spine and joint pain and inflammation, chronic pain, acute pain, subluxations, slipped disk, herniated disc


Premenstrual tension (PMS or PMT), endometriosis, post-partum care, infertility, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, heavy or abnormal menstrual bleeding, menopause and ovarian cysts.


Irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, constipation, food intolerance, gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance


Rhinitis, sinusitis, allergies, frequent ear, nose and throat infections, 


Depression, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, headaches


Eczema, dermatitis, acne, female pattern hair loss, alopecia

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