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Absolute Best Wellness Center

Nguyen Procare Acupuncture 

 

Nguyen Procare Acupuncture, Inc.

Chiropractic & Acupuncture

There is a belief in Chinese medicine that imbalances or blockages in the flow of the body's "life energy," or "chi," contribute to illness and disease.  Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine treatment employed by Dr. Nguyen in treating his patients that aims to restore harmony and promote the body's natural healing processes.

Acupuncture

 

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine, a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that govern particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the surface of the skin.

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  • What types of massage services do you offer?
    We offer hot stone, deep tissue, sports, and pregnancy massages. We also offer Tai and Swedish massages and provide techniques for joint mobilization.
  • How can massage therapy benefit me?
    Massage therapy offers a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional benefits. Here are some key advantages: 1.Stress Reduction: Massage is known for its ability to reduce stress by promoting relaxation and easing tension in muscles. It helps lower cortisol levels, the stress hormone. 2.Pain Relief: Massage can alleviate various types of pain, including chronic pain, headaches, and muscle soreness. It helps improve blood circulation and releases endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. 3.Improved Circulation: The manipulation of muscles and tissues during massage enhances blood flow, facilitating the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to cells and improving overall circulation. 4.Muscle Relaxation: Massage helps relax tight muscles and reduce muscle spasms. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with muscle-related conditions or those recovering from injuries. 5.Enhanced Flexibility and Range of Motion: Regular massage can contribute to increased flexibility and improved range of motion by working on muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. 6.Better Sleep Quality: Massage promotes relaxation, which can lead to improved sleep patterns. It helps those suffering from insomnia or sleep disorders to achieve a more restful sleep. 7.Immune System Support: Some studies suggest that massage therapy can enhance the immune system by increasing the activity of natural killer cells and improving the body's ability to fight off illnesses. 8.Mood Enhancement: The release of endorphins during massage contributes to an improved mood and reduced feelings of anxiety and depression. It can also help manage symptoms of conditions like PTSD. 9.Reduced Anxiety and Depression: Massage therapy has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression by promoting relaxation and decreasing the levels of stress hormones. 10.Improved Posture: Massage helps to address muscular imbalances, promoting better posture and reducing the likelihood of developing postural issues. 11.Joint Mobility: Massage can enhance joint flexibility and reduce stiffness by working on the soft tissues around joints. 12.Headache Relief: Regular massage can reduce the frequency and intensity of tension headaches and migraines. 13.Hormonal Balance: Massage has been linked to changes in hormonal levels, including decreases in cortisol and increases in serotonin and dopamine, contributing to improved well-being. 14.Enhanced Athletic Performance: Athletes often use sports massage therapy to improve recovery, prevent injuries, and enhance overall athletic performance. 15.Increased Mind-Body Awareness: Through focused attention on different body areas, massage promotes a heightened sense of awareness, fostering a mind-body connection. It's important to note that individual responses to massage therapy may vary, and it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before beginning a new massage regimen, especially for individuals with existing health conditions. Top of Form
  • What is the difference between Swedish and Deep Tissue massage?
    The main differences between Swedish massage and deep tissue massage lie in their techniques, pressure levels, and intended purposes. Here's a breakdown of the distinctions: Swedish Massage: 1. Technique: Swedish massage is characterized by long, flowing strokes, kneading, and circular motions. It focuses on promoting relaxation and overall well-being. 2. Pressure: The pressure applied during a Swedish massage is generally lighter compared to deep tissue. It involves gentle to moderate pressure to induce a state of relaxation. 3. Purpose: The primary goal of Swedish massage is to relax the entire body. It is ideal for individuals seeking a soothing and stress-relieving experience rather than intense muscle work. 4. Benefits: Swedish massage promotes improved circulation, relaxation, stress reduction, and relief from minor muscle tension. It is often chosen for its calming and rejuvenating effects. Deep Tissue Massage: 1. Technique: Deep tissue massage involves more intense pressure and focuses on targeting deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues. The therapist uses slower strokes and deep, concentrated pressure. 2. Pressure: The pressure applied in deep tissue massage is firm and may involve the therapist using elbows, forearms, or thumbs to address specific areas of tension. 3. Purpose: Deep tissue massage aims to release chronic muscle tension, knots, and adhesions. It is beneficial for individuals with chronic pain, muscle injuries, or limited mobility. 4. Benefits: Deep tissue massage provides relief from chronic muscle pain, improves posture, and helps in the rehabilitation of injured muscles. It is often chosen by those seeking targeted relief from specific issues. Key Points of Distinction: Intensity: Swedish massage is gentler and more relaxing, while deep tissue massage involves more intense pressure to address deeper muscle layers. Focus: Swedish massage focuses on overall relaxation, whereas deep tissue massage targets specific areas of tension and chronic pain. Client Preference: Individuals often choose Swedish massage for relaxation and stress relief, while those with specific muscular issues may opt for deep tissue massage. Communication: It's crucial to communicate preferences and any discomfort during the massage to ensure the therapist adjusts the pressure accordingly. Ultimately, the choice between Swedish and deep tissue massage depends on individual preferences, goals, and the specific issues or relaxation needs of the client.
  • Do you offer prenatal massage services?
    Yes, we do offer prenatal massage services. When booking your appointment, please alert our front desk that you are seeking this type of massage so we can give you and your baby the best possible experience.
  • Are your massage therapists certified and experienced?
    All our massage therapists are certified and have years of experience in the holistic wellness industry. You are in good hands with these high-level practitioners, who focus on tailoring their massages to your individual needs.
  • What should I wear during a massage session?
    You will have complete privacy while preparing to get under the smooth, silky sheets and warm blankets that thoroughly cover your entire body throughout the massage. Loose undergarments are the best massage attire. If you prefer to stay dressed, wear soft, comfortable clothing that can easily be shifted aside.
  • How long is a typical massage session?
    A typical massage session is one hour long. However, we do offer up to 2-hour massages if requested at the time of making your appointment.
  • Do you offer couples massage sessions?
    We offer couples massage sessions. Please alert the front desk that you are booking a couples massage session for your appointment so we can adjust our massage therapists' schedules accordingly.
  • Can I request a specific gender for my massage therapist?
    We have both male and female massage therapists, and you may request and select whichever therapist you desire at the time of booking your appointment.
  • Are your massage oils and lotions hypoallergenic?
    We use the highest-quality "hypoallergenic massage oils and lotions." All the while, soothing music plays quietly while aroma therapy calms and relaxes you. At Absolute Best, we aim to create a tranquil, healing space for your massage.
  • What is your cancellation policy for massage appointments?
    Massage cancellations are accepted within 24 hours of your booked appointment. Otherwise, a cancellation fee shall be charged. New customers or patients who have never been to our wellness center may be charged a $40 booking fee. When booking your appointment, our main objective is that everything is ready for you when you come in, your massage therapist, your room, and the ambiance.
  • How often should I get a massage for optimal results?
    The optimal frequency for booking your massages is once a week. Sometimes, your doctor may prescribe a specific treatment plan for your massage therapy, and we suggest you follow those guidelines when booking your massage appointments.
  • Do you offer gift certificates for massage services?
    Massage gift certificates are a wonderful way to share with a friend or loved one. A birthday, Valentine's Day, Christmas, or any other occasion is a perfect time to share the gift of health.
  • Can I combine massage with other wellness services at your center?
    The perfect ending to a perfect massage is having Nguyen Procare Chiropractic give you an adjustment. Whether it’s your neck, back, hips, TMJ, or any other joint, you will be so relaxed that the adjustment will align the body easily and quickly.
  • Is there parking available at your wellness center?
    We have parking available for our customers and patients around the back of the Absolute Best Wellness Center building off of 7th Street and Gaffy, in San Pedro.
  • How do I know if massage therapy is right for me?
    Massage therapy can be a beneficial and personalized experience, but whether it's right for you depends on your individual needs and preferences. Consider the following factors to determine if massage therapy is a suitable option for you: 1. Wellness Goals: Identify your wellness goals. If you seek relaxation, stress relief, pain management, or improved flexibility, massage therapy could be a valuable component of your wellness plan. 2. Health Conditions: Evaluate any existing health conditions. Massage therapy is generally safe, but it's important to consult with a healthcare professional if you have specific concerns or medical conditions. 3. Comfort with Touch Therapy: Consider your comfort level with touch therapy. Massage involves physical contact, so it's essential to feel comfortable and communicate openly with your massage therapist. 4. Stress and Tension Levels: If you experience stress, tension, or muscle discomfort, massage therapy can provide relief. It's particularly effective in addressing issues related to muscle tightness and stress-induced tension. 5. Previous Positive Experiences: Reflect on any previous positive experiences with massage or bodywork. If you've had positive outcomes in the past, it's likely that massage therapy is a suitable option for you. 6. Communication Preferences: Massage therapy involves communication between you and your therapist. If you prefer a customized approach with clear communication about pressure, areas of focus, and any preferences, massage therapy can be tailored to your needs. 7. Openness to Alternative Therapies: If you are open to holistic and alternative therapies that focus on the mind-body connection, massage therapy may align with your wellness philosophy. 8. Personal Preferences: Consider your personal preferences regarding the environment, ambiance, and specific techniques. Different massage modalities offer varied experiences, so choose based on what resonates with you. 9. Trial Experience: Consider trying a massage session as a trial experience. Many individuals find that the first-hand experience of a massage helps them gauge its effectiveness and suitability for their well-being. Remember that massage therapy is a versatile and adaptable practice catering to a range of needs and preferences. Communication with your massage therapist is key to ensuring a customized and comfortable experience. If you have specific concerns or questions, feel free to discuss them with your therapist to make the most informed decision about whether massage therapy is right for you.
  • What types of services does Absolute Best Wellness Center offer?
    Absolute Best Wellness Center offers a wide range of services to support individuals in their journey towards holistic well-being. Our services include individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, mindfulness-based practices, stress management, nutritional counseling, and wellness workshops. We strive to provide comprehensive care that addresses the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of wellness.
  • How do I schedule an appointment at Absolute Best Wellness Center?
    Scheduling an appointment at Absolute Best Wellness Center is simple. You can contact our friendly and knowledgeable reception staff by phone or email to inquire about our services and schedule an initial consultation. During the initial consultation, we will gather information about your needs and goals, match you with a therapist or practitioner who specializes in your area of concern, and find a convenient appointment time that works for you. We strive to make the scheduling process as seamless as possible, and we are committed to providing prompt and compassionate care.
  • What is personal training?
    Personal training involves working one-on-one with a fitness professional who designs a customized exercise program tailored to an individual's fitness goals, preferences, and health status.
  • Why should I hire a personal trainer?
    Personal trainers provide expertise, motivation, and accountability. They create personalized workout plans, offer guidance on proper form, and help you stay on track, increasing the likelihood of achieving your fitness goals.
  • How often should I see a personal trainer?
    The frequency of sessions depends on your fitness goals, availability, and budget. Some people benefit from weekly sessions, while others may choose bi-weekly check-ins. Your trainer will help determine an appropriate schedule.
  • What can I expect during a personal training session?
    Sessions typically include a warm-up, the main workout focusing on your specific goal, and a cool-down. Your trainer may incorporate various exercises, such as strength training, cardiovascular exercises, and flexibility work. If you are recovering from an injury, you may receive concentrated and personalized attention on recuperation exercises so that, ultimately, you can return to peak performance.
  • Can a personal trainer help with weight loss?
    Personal trainers can create effective weight loss programs by combining proper exercise, nutrition guidance, and lifestyle recommendations. They help you set realistic goals and support you in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Do I need any fitness experience working with a personal trainer?
    No prior experience is necessary. Personal trainers work with individuals of all fitness levels, tailoring workouts to your current abilities and gradually progressing as your fitness improves.
  • How long does it take to see results with a personal trainer?
    The timeline for seeing results varies depending on your goals, consistency, and adherence to the program. Some people may notice changes in a few weeks, while others may take longer. Consistency and commitment are essential.
  • Are personal training sessions only for the gym?
    Personal training can occur in various settings, including gyms, studios, outdoors, or at home. Many trainers also offer virtual sessions, providing flexibility in where and how you train.
  • How do I choose the right personal trainer?
    Consider the trainer's qualifications, experience, communication style, and whether their approach aligns with your goals. Ask for references or read client testimonials to understand their success in helping others.
  • Does insurance cover personal training?
    In most cases, health insurance does not cover personal training. However, some employers offer wellness programs that may include fitness-related benefits. Check with your employer or insurance provider for specific details. Always consult a healthcare professional before starting a new fitness program, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions. To ensure a safe and effective training experience, choose a certified and experienced personal trainer.
  • What is chiropractic care?
    Chiropractic care is a healthcare profession that focuses on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders, particularly those related to the spine. Chiropractors use hands-on manipulation and other alternative treatments to align the body's musculoskeletal structure, allowing it to heal without surgery or medication. Chiropractic can be considered as a holistic wellness therapy.
  • What conditions do chiropractors treat?
    Chiropractors commonly treat conditions such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, and joint pain. They may also address issues related to the nervous system, including sciatica and radiating pain stemming from repetitive motion. Chiropractors often emphasize overall health and wellness through lifestyle modifications and preventive measures.
  • How do chiropractors treat patients?
    Chiropractors use various techniques, with spinal adjustments being a central component. Spinal adjustments involve the application of controlled force to a joint to improve its function and alleviate pain. Other treatments may include massage, stretching and strengthening exercises, nutritional advice, and lifestyle recommendations.
  • Is chiropractic treatment safe?
    Chiropractic care is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and licensed chiropractor. Serious complications are rare, but like any medical intervention, some risks may be involved. Communicating openly with your chiropractor about your health history and any concerns you may have is crucial.
  • Do chiropractors only treat back pain?
    While chiropractors are well-known for treating back pain, they can address various musculoskeletal issues. Chiropractic care may also benefit conditions such as neck pain, headaches, joint pain, and certain neurological conditions.
  • How long does a typical chiropractic treatment session last?
    The duration of a chiropractic session can vary depending on the specific treatment plan and the individual's needs. Initial consultations may be longer, while follow-up appointments typically range from 15 to 30 minutes.
  • How many chiropractic sessions are usually needed?
    The number of chiropractic sessions required depends on the condition's nature and severity. Acute issues may respond to fewer sessions, while chronic conditions may require ongoing care. Chiropractors often discuss a treatment plan with patients and adjust it based on progress.
  • Can anyone benefit from chiropractic care?
    Chiropractic care can benefit many individuals, but it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional to determine if it's an appropriate treatment for your specific condition. Chiropractors often work in conjunction with other healthcare providers to ensure comprehensive care.
  • Does insurance cover chiropractic care?
    Many insurance plans cover chiropractic care to some extent. However, coverage varies, so it's advisable to check with your insurance provider to understand the specifics of your plan. Some chiropractors also offer payment plans or discounts for cash payments.
  • Are there any contraindications to chiropractic care?
    Chiropractic care may not be suitable for individuals with certain health conditions, such as severe osteoporosis, certain types of cancer, or spinal cord compression. It's crucial to inform your chiropractor about your medical history and any existing health issues to ensure safe and effective treatment.
  • Does insurance cover acupuncture?
    Some insurance plans cover acupuncture, but coverage varies. Check with your insurance provider to determine if acupuncture is included in your plan.
  • What is acupuncture?
    Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. The goal is to stimulate energy flow (Qi) and restore balance to the body's natural energy pathways.
  • Does acupuncture hurt?
    Acupuncture is generally painless. The needles are extremely thin, and most people experience little discomfort. Sensations during acupuncture may include a mild tingling or a feeling of heaviness, but severe pain is uncommon.
  • What conditions can acupuncture treat?
    Acupuncture addresses a variety of conditions, including pain management (e.g., back pain and migraines), stress reduction, anxiety, insomnia, digestive issues, and certain chronic illnesses. It is often used as a complementary therapy with conventional medical treatments.
  • How does acupuncture work?
    Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a way to balance the flow of Qi (energy) through the body's meridians. From a Western perspective, acupuncture may stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissues, promoting blood flow and triggering the body's natural healing response.
  • Is acupuncture safe?
    Acupuncture is generally safe when performed by a trained and licensed acupuncturist. The needles are sterile and single-use to minimize the risk of infection. It's essential to seek treatment from a qualified practitioner, like Dr. Son Lam Nguyen, D.C., L.Ac., to ensure safety and effectiveness.
  • How long does an acupuncture session last?
    Acupuncture sessions typically last between 30 minutes to an hour. The duration may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the practitioner's approach.
  • How many sessions are usually needed?
    The number of sessions needed varies based on the individual and the condition being treated. Acute issues may require fewer sessions, while chronic conditions may necessitate a more extended treatment plan. Discussing this with your acupuncturist will help determine an appropriate course of action.
  • Are there any side effects of acupuncture?
    Side effects are minimal, but some people may experience temporary soreness, bruising, or mild bleeding at the needle insertion sites. Serious side effects are rare when performed by a qualified practitioner.
  • Can anyone undergo acupuncture?
    While acupuncture is generally safe, certain individuals, such as pregnant women or those with bleeding disorders, should consult with their healthcare provider before starting acupuncture. It's crucial to inform your acupuncturist of any pre-existing medical conditions.
  • What is acupuncture?
    Here's a quick overview of what to expect from an acupuncture session. https://youtu.be/v8I83GyXZCQ?si=FWNMP8H7EjPehDmy
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