Hi, I’m Nicole Rodney-- acupuncturist, researcher and mom (but not in that order). I practice acupuncture at the International Community Health Center in Cleveland. I am also a member of the Research Faculty at the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine.
I believe in the integration of conventional and alternative medicine. That means I encourage collaboration between my patients’ doctors and myself. I have an evidence-based practice, in which I rely on empirical research to inform my treatment strategies. I also team with other scientists to conduct research on acupuncture.
The primary focus of my practice is the stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system to induce healing. This is the first step in treating conditions ranging from a torn rotator cuff, to childhood asthma, to post-stroke aphasia or hormone dysregulation. In my own research on the effect of stress on the human body, I have seen first hand how stress disrupts homeostasis, predisposing the body to injury, illness, and chronic conditions. My secondary focus is nutrition, and I work closely with patients to ensure that the resources needed by the body for healing are being provided.
If you are considering acupuncture, I encourage you to come in for a free consultation. We can talk about your questions or concerns, and I can give you a detailed road-map of the course of treatment I would recommend based on your history and my clinical experience.
Lastly, if you are interested in seeing research on the efficacy of acupuncture for a specific condition, by all means, message me - research is my favorite topic!
Healing takes courage, and we all have courage,
even if we have to dig a little to find it.
OUR BODIES HAVE THE CAPACITY TO HEAL
Release, Restore, Heal
Thin, flexible, single-use needles will be inserted into the body and retained for 20-40 minutes, depending on the strength of the pathology relative to the strength of the body. Needle insertion is typically painless, though some treatments require gentle stimulation at specific
sites to increase efficacy. Frequency of treatment depends on your history. Treatment may include electroacupuncure.
CUPPING AND GUA SHA
Cupping and Gua Sha work by reducing inflammation and stimulating the immune system. Benefits to the body are numerous, resolving pain and spasms, and promoting normal circulation to the muscles, tissues and organs. Treatment upregulates an anti-inflammatory enzyme, causing a four-fold increase in microcirculation of surface tissue. Treatment may also include acupuncture.
NUTRITION WELLNESS SESSIONS
These sessions are one-on-one. Patients bring a food journal of everything consumed in a 7-day period. I work very closely with my patients to make reasonable changes their diet to meet overall health goals, such as weight loss, fatigue reduction, bowel health, sleep improvement and more. Together we design a specific day to day plan for using nutrition therapy to heal your body from different pathologies.
CORPORATE WELLNESS WORKSHOPS
Wellness workshops provide a fun and educational opportunity to recharge the work environment through a focus on healthy habits. I provide optional auricular (ear) acupuncture sessions in a group setting for immediate stress relief, and facilitate interactive learning sessions on using nutrition and mindfulness activities to calm the mind and body for enhanced productivity, clarity of thought, and general physical health.