In January 2006 I underwent a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass at Kaiser Hospital in South San Francisco. The pre screening, counseling and ultimately the surgery went according to plan and was very successful. It probably saved my life due to the morbidities I was dealing with. And "yes", I would recommend this procedure to others if they had the right reasons. And "yes", I would recommend the Kaiser team there to friends and family.
Unfortunately when I awoke from surgery I felt a very uncomfortable pain in my left shoulder. It has taken me all this time to finally get some type of real relief. Medical doctors have prescribed Salsalate, Lyrica, Vicodin, Tramadol, Celexa and other OTC INSIDS. All of these would provide a temporary solution but the pain always seemed to return. One MD advised me I had minor RA in my shoulders confirmed the diagnosis with a scan and surgery was advised. I was at wits end! I did not want additional surgeries.
Reading on the web, I discovered other Post Roux-en-Y gastric bypass patients were experiencing similar shoulder and neck pain. I am not sure there is a solid connection between the two but to me it is just too coincidental. I was tired of sleeping in the chair at night since every time I would lie down in bed the chronic pain would return. My life was hell.
Browsing on the web for alternative solutions I located Steve Phillips and emailed him for his advice. My first acupuncture treatment provided immediate relief that evening. Followed by sessions every 2 to 3 weeks my pain level has dropped considerably. As of this testimonial I am now on 4 week cycles. And I am not taking any of the drugs I was previously taking for pain control. I have continued the use of Trazadone to help me sleep since my sleep patterns were all out of sync.
I plan to continue to receive my acupuncture treatments and manage my chronic pain, and not let the pain killers manage me. Acupuncture treatments or me are working and I am not reluctant to refer anyone to Steve or his peers around the country.
This last weekend I actually did yard work, no pain and I was able to get a good night's rest.
Citrus Heights, CA
I had severe arm and shoulder pain. I am rarely slowed or stopped by pain, I usually can work through it. Working through this pain was not going to happen. I could not get away from it. It was interfering with my ability to do my job. I am the Financial Director of small social services nonprofit and my job puts me in front of a computer all day. The pain was so bad I could hardly move my arm and I was having problems lifting my arm to type. All this happened in the middle of our annual audit. I started looking for alternative treatments because I just could not work and take pain medicine and I needed to work and provide the information required by the auditor. I fully committed to treatment with Steve and within four visits my pain slowing decreased until now I rarely have any pain in my arm or my shoulder. Steve recommended that we do several more visits to make sure that everything is completely gone. Thank you Steve, great job!
I wanted to write to let you know how thoroughly surprised and happy I am with the results of the acupuncture treatments I received, and am still receiving, from you for my chronic back and neck pain. When I originally came to you it was as a last ditch effort to avoid a cervical pain management shot. I was in constant pain from various knots in my shoulder muscles and from four bulging disks in my upper spine. I was worrying outloud to a friend who shared with me his experiences with the treatments. I did not want to get the shot, which would have been the first of many, I feared, so I decided to at least look into acupuncture. And, am I ever glad I did. After the first four treatments my pain had greatly subsided, and I am now getting treatment two or three times a month, and pain is no longer a daily debilitating problem for me.
My husband is probably even happier than I am, because I am now back to being my normal self, and not in constant pain. We're back to having fun together and I am able to carry on with my life in normal fashion. I cannot convey to you how joyful it is to be able to wake each day and just go out and live, as opposed to being constantly wracked with painful and numbing jolts running down my arms and legs. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for the skill and knowledge you have applied to me and for the confidence you have given me in the art of acupuncture. If any of your patients have any concerns about the treatments you provide just tell them my story. It WILL help them!
Rochelle B., age 50-55
Nine years ago, I endured a car accident that caused me a "whiplash" injury to the right side of my neck. At the time of the accident and for a several months following, I was in a significant amount of pain.
Although it seemed to gradually decrease with the use of ibuprofen and physical therapy. My physical therapist warned me that I would need to keep my body strong with exercise and stretches to prevent further injury or pain. However, what I failed to know at the time was that exercises and stretches wouldn't be enough. I carried a heavy backpack on one shoulder for many years during my college career. Bad idea!
This act alone increased my injury exponentially more than I anticipated. I always maintained a very healthy lifestyle, exercising and stretching as advised, yet my injury was worsening. About four years after my accident, I had reached the point where my neck and back would spasm out of control, causing excruciating pain to the point where some days I could not function with normal, daily tasks.
This began to happen more frequently, and I was having pain in places I hadn't before. The pain was radiating through the entire right side of my back, my neck, and my head. It was intolerable. I didn't know what to do anymore. Ibuprofen wasn't working, certain exercises seemed to aggravate the pain further, Yoga helped somewhat, but nothing was quite enough. By word of mouth, I heard about Steve Phillips' acupuncture practice. I had always wanted to try acupuncture but was afraid I couldn't afford it. Fortunately, I took the risk and attempted my first visit. Lo and behold, I was able to pay a reasonable cost that allowed me to receive my first treatment. The immediate relief I felt was invaluable. My pain ceased almost instantly, and I found the treatment to be incredibly peaceful and calming. Later, I realized that my back wasn't going into spasms anymore and I wasn't accumulating pain like before. I was absolutely thrilled! I finally found a treatment that is effective over a long term and doesn't require medication that potentially poisons my liver.
I continued going to treatments, a few times a month at first and now once a month for maintenance. A price tag cannot be placed on the relief I experience from acupuncture. I've even found that I look forward to my treatments and use the time to clear my mind, relax, meditate, de-stress, or even pray. By the time my treatment is over, I'm out of pain, relaxed, and my mind is clear. I am able to walk out of the clinic in confidence that I can live my life virtually pain free.
I highly recommend acupuncture to anyone seeking pain relief. I am certain you will find the relief you seek, because I most certainly have!
Janelle H. of Antelope, CA age 25-30
After suffering for more than 10 years with painful plantar fascitis and traditional treatments that addressed the symptoms for short-term periods, I began searching for alternative treatments. At this point I was taking high dosages of painkillers daily and was concerned about the long-term detriment to my overall health, and really not achieving much relief, so I felt I had nothing to lose by trying acupuncture.
After enduring the years of splinting, icing, heating, muscle relaxants, painkillers, shots, and other ineffective treatments standard medicine had to offer, my expectations for any results were not high. However, I felt an immediate relief after the first treatment, and within one week, I was no longer taking painkillers at all. My feet, which had been swollen and painful to the touch, were hardly swollen and could tolerate pressure. I was feeling better physically overall, and had been able to take a walk around my neighborhood, without subsequently icing and raising my feet for hours afterward.
The results after three treatments are nothing short of amazing, as the pain is almost completely gone and I can participate in activities that require walking or standing, which I would have avoided previously. I can't explain how it works, and I don't know why it worked, but it did, and I would recommend Steve Phillips without reservation to anyone dealing with muscular, skeletal, or chronic pain.
It is with pleasure that I am writing this testimonial regarding Steve Phillips. I have known him for several years and have come to respect him greatly.
He has done wonders for my back that had been injured years ago in a car accident. He has also helped my osteoarthritis. Steve has proven to be good at everything he tackles.
I can honestly say that Steve is the best acupuncturist I have ever met. Being a nutritionist and having been all over the world, I have come in contact with many in this field. His great knowledge has come from studying abroad in other countries, including China.
Steve is well versed in bodily ailments as well as supplements and other herbal solutions.
For anyone seeking help in the field of acupuncture and herbal medicine, Steve would be the number one choice.
Sincerely, Lois W., age 91
When I met Steve Phillips approximately nine months ago, I was in constant back pain. I was bent over and had to use a cane on a daily basis to even walk across the room. I felt a difference on my 1st treatment. Now since receiving Acupuncture I am no longer bent over in constant pain. I generally walk daily without a cane, with the exception of times I over exert myself lifting or doing yard work (which previously I could do neither). Overall the treatments have changed my life and allowed me to be much more active in the things I enjoy doing. I am deeply thankful.
Ramsey Q., age 55-60
Over the past several years, I experienced continual pain in my hands from arthritis in my thumbs and two "trigger fingers" on each hand. The medical term for this is stenosing tenosynovitis and it causes the fingers to lock up when flexing. I tried cortisone shots with no relief and surgery was the next step. I was resigned to living with pain until my husband suggested I try acupuncture. After a couple of months of weekly visits with Steve, the fingers no longer triggered and the pain in my thumbs disappeared. I am now a strong advocate of acupuncture.
Acupuncture is very relaxing and gives me more energy, pain relief and a general feeling of well-being.
The treatments are given in a peaceful and very supportive atmosphere.
Mrs. J. B., age 69
I want to say that I was skeptical about acupuncture at first. I'd been in medical training where we had to practice injections on our classmates, and I don't mind telling you that it hurt sometimes. The idea of putting needles in me all over the body was not what I was looking forward to.
I received a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia years ago and work with constant aching pain all over the body with this there are daily headaches for me. Then recently I was diagnosed with bilateral hip arthritis and bursitis and had trouble walking. This last diagnosis was the final straw for me and I called Steve in desperation. After about 6 treatments, I am walking well (unless I sit too long but it's not as long to get up as it was). The Fibromyalgia pain has lessened and the flairs that I have had are not as bad nor last as long as they did before. AND I now have the occasional headache that lasts for a day maybe and is easily treated with a Tylenol or aspirin. (before these OTCs would just take the edge of the pain away). The intensity being less than 1/2 of the original headaches.
I am definitely a convert for acupuncture!!! Thank You Steve for showing me what it can do.
Steve, I hope this is what you were looking for! and the best thing… it's all the truth.
Karen Goldsmith, C.M.T.
In March 2006 a head doctor of a specialty clinic of a HMO referred me to Steve Phillips for monthly acupuncture treatments. For some years, I've had deteriorating degenerative disc disease that causes pain and stiffness. Over a period of some 20 years I have had a condition called IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) that causes spasms and abdominal discomfort. Acupuncturist Steve Phillips' treatments have greatly reduced these two physical conditions so that I am able to participate in gym workouts, play the piano, and continue the routine of everyday living. I am greatly indebted to Steve Phillips for the benefits I have received from his monthly treatments, and recommend this highly skilled medical professional to all those in need of pain relief and/or discomfort in everyday life.
Swami H., age 65-70
Since beginning treatment with Steve Phillips, L.Ac., my health is much improved. I began treatment on May 8, 2002 as a result of a severe back injury suffered at work–I tripped and fell with a patient in my arms during a lift, pivot, and transfer movement. My diagnosis was severe sprain/strain of the lower lumbar and sacral spine. I have a marked sensitivity to most medications and so am unable to use them at all because the pain relief is never worth the side-effects for me–I have noticed marked changes.
I began treatment with a coordinated chiropractic and acupuncture pair. My pain was relieved right away, it was the acupuncture! I dropped the chiropractic. My pain is relieved, my muscle spasms gone, my posture is much improved. My treatment is consistently accurate, creative, timely and appropriate. I was considering a series of 3 back surgeries to help me regain what I have now from acupuncture (twice per month) and periodic conservative chiropractic ( every 6 weeks) and exercise. I am happy, pain free, mobile, and I have still not had those three back surgeries.
Joan Holly, R.N. age 72
I had never considered acupuncture before in my life because I was mildly frightened by the idea of multiple needles. However, when traditional therapies such as exercise, massage, and medicines failed to heal back spasms that had lasted for months, my doctor advised me to try acupuncture and gave me the names of a few practitioners. I chose Steve Phillips. I have been amazed by the results. First: I barely notice the needles. They aren't a problem at all, and every acupuncture treatment is a totally relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Second: after two sessions, I no longer needed medications and after four sessions, I am completely out of pain most all of the time. I am very glad that I gave acupuncture a try and have begun recommending acupuncture and Steve Phillips to my friends and family.
Fran F. Female, age 65
I consider Steve Phillips as the MIRACLE MAN of my right arm. After two Kaiser Physicians recommended surgery on my right shoulder rotator cuff, I refused and opted for painful physical therapy which did nothing but created more pain, I sought help from Acupuncture. As a result, after just 7 treatments from Steve, I regain full circular use of my right arm. I was able to again, extend my arm out front, side and backward from my body, sleep on my right side, reach above my shoulders, and carry my cane and return to work. When the pain flares up, normally every three years, I return for another set of treatments. It is great, no pain pills, just tiny hair like needles that are almost painless.
Thanks Steve for your personal and professional touch.
Sylvia S., Ph.D.
In 2004 I began acupuncture treatments with Steve Phillips for muscle pains related to arthritis in my leg and hip. Very often I have limped into his office, and then walked out as if there had never had a problem. During those visits he would often treat a stiff neck as well as a sore thumb which was interfering with piano performances.
Sometimes he has combined treatments for carpal tunnel with a basic energy treatment which has never failed to improve my spirits. Presently, he is treating me for IBS symptoms and there has been much improvement in just three sessions. In addition, after a recent total hip replacement, he is treating my lower back (sacroiliac joint) and helping my knees to recover from misalignment pains which resulted from compensating for that worn out hip.
I am very grateful to Steve for taking away so much pain and diminishing the need for medication, and for doing so with good humor, a very caring heart, and much professionalism.
Many thanks, Steve…
Linda D., age 66
I am a 53 year old woman who trains horses for a living and has a martial arts filled past. In other words, I am a gold mine of old and current injuries, particularly my ankle, shoulders and lower back.
Steve Phillips with his athletic savvy and acupuncture talents has kept me in the best possible condition I need to not only work, but to enjoy life to its fullest. My immune system is better than it's been in years as well as my general health and energy level. His practice combines a kind concern with a no nonsense view towards health care that is quite refreshing. I certainly recommend it strongly.
I came to Steve Phillips for relief of my Peripheral Neuropathy in my feet. I started to get relief on the balls of my feet by the third visit. He really has helped me and now I can walk a lot further without me feet hurting. I have been a diabetic now for 35 years.
Linda E., age 64
I started getting relief from phantom pains in my amputated leg almost immediately. Steve Phillips has really helped me with these pains.
Donald E., age 69
I would like to take this opportunity to write a brief testimonial for Steve Phillips, L.Ac.
I have worked in the medical field now for 15 years and hold licenses in two healthcare modalities. I've had the opportunity to work with many medical doctors and other healthcare professionals and this experience has enriched my knowledge about the human body and many medical treatments and procedures.
Having direct patient contact, my job is quite physical and we are at high risk for musculo-skeletal injuries. I have suffered multiple work related injuries from my job, which had resulted in sciatica from a disc herniation, chronic back pain and chronic shoulder pain.
Surgery was the last resort, so I used both chiropractic and massage therapy. While these were beneficial and offered temporary relief, my condition worsened. Then I heard about acupuncture from a co-worker who had success with it. I was quite skeptical about acupuncture, but I figured that… with my declining condition, what did I have to lose? I would have most likely been unable to continue working the way things were going.
I found Steve in the yellow pages (lucky me) and began treatments in 2003. I honestly laughed after my first treatment because I noticed release in the back muscles which had been in chronic spasm for several years. I continued a steady treatment regimen of chiropractic, massage therapy, and acupuncture. All three are complimentary, but acupuncture was the keystone to my recovery. Steve also taught me special exercises which I will use for the rest of my life which helped bring me out of that trough of pain and suffering.
I've seen two sides of treating ailments: western medicine and chinese medicine. With what I know now, I'd opt for acupuncture first and foremost for any aches, pains, and/or injuries before surgery and pills. I still use and highly recommend Steve for his services… try it, you can't go wrong!
James B. age 47
I have tendonitis in my wrists that was so severe it made it very difficult to keyboard, which is 90% of what I do on the job. Acupuncture has enabled me to continue working, by relieving the pain for extended periods of time.
When the pain returns it has never been at the severity it was before I had acupuncture. Acupuncture relieves the pain that doctor-prescribed medications were unable to relieve, without dulling my brain or making me so sleepy I could not drive much less work. I am very grateful to Steve Phillips for my ability to continue working.
From Sonia R.
This is my testimonial to the treatment given by Steve Phillips, M.A., L.Ac. Maybe I should tell you my story. I was in an auto accident in 10/2006 and I had chiropractic care for 45 months, it helped for a while and so I saw a massage therapist and that helped for a while, but there were still symptoms that were not getting better, so I went to see a M.D. who took a few tests and found that I had a cervical disc herniation at C-6/C-7. Then I was treated with injections, yoga stretches and exercises with physical rehabilitation. I tried drugs given by my doctor: anti-inflammatory, steroid, melthylprednisone, fletanyl patches, methadone, 12 arvocet. The drugs helped very little and caused me more pain with different symptoms—severe vomiting and abdominal pain. So I have to say that after all of this I was getting very depressed. The feeling of hopelessness was very strong.
That's when I came to see Steve Phillips, M.A., L.Ac. He is my acupuncturist and so far my life saver! I am feeling very little pain and I am sleeping again, not crying during the day and night or while trying to do my job.
I have only seen him 4 times and its the best I felt since the accident. I pray that he will be able to make me better and not have to have any surgery. I guess time will tell. But if there is anyone out there in pain give acupuncture a try.
It's not been painful to me in fact after each time, I feel so relaxed, I can think better and do just about everything I used to be able to do again.
I am so very grateful to Steve Phillips for his healing work to my disabling pain. Not only was my body in a great deal of pain, but my mental state was being affected, and after the 2nd treatment I felt the difference in my well being. I have hope for my future again. I hope my story can help you find hope again too.
Grateful, Sonia R., age 45-50
In the 17+ years since I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I have spent tens of thousands of dollars on medical specialists, prescription medicines, herbal supplements, and therapies (e.g., biofeedback, hypnosis, massage, magnets, chiropractic treatments, Kinesiology)—with little or no results. My chronic pain, fatigue, and all the other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia continued to worsen. I was referred to Steve Phillips in 2000, after my third car accident in less than one year (hit by a tour bus!). In addition to the injuries sustained to my neck and low back from the accidents, the physical trauma made the fibromyalgia excruciating. After receiving acupuncture treatments from Steve for only a month, I noticed that my pain had lessened and stamina/energy increased. I was able to sit, walk, or stand, for two or more hours at a time and not be in agony. Previously, I could not sit, stand or do anything for more than 20 minutes without having to shift/constantly change position, take pain medications, stop the activity, or lie down.
Acupuncture is one of the few things I have found over all these years that gives me relief from my chronic pain and exhaustion and affords me a more normal life. It's not just the acupuncture, but Steve has a calming, compassionate, and positive demeanor that is therapeutic. His caring approach, years of expertise in this art, and extensive knowledge of herbs and natural curatives make him a true healer. I have referred Steve to numerous friends and family members who have also had amazing results.
There are two people in my life that are extremely important to me. I often tell my nine doctors that I will give them all up before I give up my Acupuncturist, Steve Phillips, and my Bowen Therapist, Christine Jones. I have been seeing Steve for about three years and Christine for over ten years. I had open heart surgery last July 12th, 2006 and was able to endure the post-operative chest pain because of Steve's expert care. I have had over 19 surgeries in my life span of 66. Being a high maintenance client, I usually look like a pin cushion while Steve is working on all my dysfunctional body parts. Acupuncture has significantly improved my sciatic pain and neck pain. I come out of treatment feeling like a new person and have a big smile on my face. I have recommended Steve to anyone who tells me about their aches and pains. I am so relaxed that I even fall asleep during treatment. Trust me, if your fear of needles has kept you from seeking treatment, don't hesitate another day and call Steve. Be kind to yourself. Steve will help you with all your insurance questions and get you on the road to feeling better.
I have been on dialysis for three years waiting for a kidney transplant. I have dialysis three times per week. After two months of acupuncture the length of my dialysis sessions were reduced from three hours to two. Also, my KT/V has gone way up, which means my kidneys are doing a better job of cleaning my blood of toxins. My memory has also improved. My faith has kept me strong and Steve Phillips has enabled me to look at each day as a blessing. My husband, Jim, recently became a patient of Steve's for his serious neck problems and has obtained significant relief from pain. In the July-August issue of ARTHRITIS TODAY the article says that acupuncture "helps regulate the nervous system which can stimulate the release of the body's natural pain-fighting endorphins." Being treated by Steve on a regular basis has enabled me to stay positive and endure whatever life throws my way.
I am writing this sincere and thankful endorsement of acupuncture treatment in general and Steve Phillips in particular. I began my treatment nearly a year ago for unremitting pain in my right forearm and elbow area that had originated about four months earlier as a result of a lifting injury. Visits with my primary care doctor and medications had not resulted in any significant improvement in my pain level or return of function. Steve was able to provide pain relief after just one visit and within about 3 to 4 treatments the pain was entirely gone. As my elbow treatment was occurring, I had a recurrence of some back pain that was related to a disc compression and sciatica nerve related pain. Steve was able to begin treating this back pain as he was completing the treatment for the elbow. Because these two treatments were so successful and helpful to me, I asked Steve to work on other pain issues in my shoulders with excellent results. The most recent treatments Steve has provided are focused on Carpal Tunnel issues that have developed over the last year. Acupuncture treatment has succeeded in addressing this condition as well. In addition to the acupuncture, Steve offered suggestions such as specific stretching exercises which were helpful in preventing a return of the pain issues in my shoulders, elbow, arms, and wrists.
Steve is an exceptionally knowledgeable practitioner of Acupuncture who has a very professional manner that inspires trust and confidence. His training, his confidence in the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment, and his genuine interest in the overall well being of his clients are all key aspects of his successful treatments. He is an excellent listener who gives his full attention to each person who consults him for assistance. He has the ability to answer questions in a comprehensive and understandable manner that lets his clients know that he has clearly understood their concerns and that encourages the type of additional discussion that enhances treatment decisions and effectiveness.
Finally, Steve offered numerous recommendations that have assisted me in altering my lifestyle in ways that have enabled me to begin losing weight and to eat in a manner that is much healthier. One extremely positive outcome of following Steve's advice and guidance in lifestyle changes has been significantly improved management of my diabetes reflected in blood glucose levels that are more frequently in the normal range. In addition, I think the acupuncture treatment has improved my immune system and resistance to illness such as colds and flu caused by viruses.
Steve has been a pleasure to work with in so many ways. He is personable, professional, flexible, friendly, knowledgeable, and wonderfully competent in performing acupuncture treatments for a wide variety of issues. It has been a pleasure to work with such a caring and competent acupuncture provider and I whole-heartedly endorse and recommend him as an exemplary person and acupuncture practitioner.
Stephen Grouell, Ph.D.
I was in a major motor vehicle accident in 1996. A car t-boned the side of my car at 45 miles per hour. I had a punctured lung, hemorrhaged spleen, 7 broken ribs, broken collar bone, shattered pelvis and a multi-broken and cracked tail bone. I was in ICU at UCD Med Center for approximately two weeks.
Once I returned home, I was dealing with a lot of pain. I was not able to sleep at all. I had problems with any movement and with so many ribs broken, it hurt to breathe. Recovery was slow and the pain medication was causing stomach problems and lethargy. I was eventually using crutches and struggled through physical therapy (which I viewed as torture).
After about six months of pain and suffering, the medical profession discovered my ribs were not healed. My ribs were flailing in my chest. This was causing scraping and tearing every time I moved or took a breath. Having flailing ribs for so long also caused a lot of scar tissue. I had been in a substantial amount of misery for a long time and it was taking a toll on me. At this point, I started falling into a deep depression, exhaustion and desperation. The drugs the doctors were prescribing were causing more problems than they were solving.
I then in desperation tried acupuncture. My first treatment was a huge relief of pain and the depression and the heavy feeling I had across my chest was improved by at least 30%. I continued with treatments for the next several months with continuous relief.
Steve Phillips has been the best acupuncturist I have ever used. I still have the pain in my chest when I breathe. It is a difficult pain to manage because it is related to breathing and so chronic. My ribs finally healed about 1/2" apart. This abnormal healing has caused chronic misalignment of my neck and back. To deal with the pain, I try to have a treatment with Steve about every two weeks. I find that if I go more than 3 weeks without a treatment, the pain level starts to rise higher and I start using more medication. As soon as I use more medications, I start having stomach and digestive problems. Then I start having sleeping problems followed by exhaustion and depression.
Steve has been critical to the survival of my quality of life. The pain management treatments are a necessary part of maintaining health for me. When you think about it, why would acupuncture survive unless it worked. It is against human nature to let someone put needles in your body and lay still for 20 minutes. Although it is not painful, it is not something a person would do unless it worked!
For me, acupuncture has become an answer to a chronic pain issue with no side effects.
I have been treated with Acupuncture for the past 10 years. I originally started using Acupuncture to help manage the pain from sciatic nerves in my lower back from a disc problem. When my tendonitis in my elbow flared up Acupuncture helped that as well. I suffered a bad fall and broke my tibia and femur; Acupuncture has helped manage the pain that radiates in my knee and leg. Acupuncture even helps with the common cold.
I have been going to Steve Phillips for nearly 15 years now for acupuncture treatment of peripheral neuropathy in my feet. I can definitely attest that the treatments work to manage my pain and maintain my mobility.
Testimonial for Steve Phillips
I have been seeing Steve for several years for treatment of arthritis in my left ankle, right knee, both thumbs and lower back. In addition, he keeps my Sacramento allergies at bay by treating my sinuses.
I firmly believe that the acupuncture treatments have helped to keep my arthritic joints moving so that I can swim, do aerobic exercises and lift weights with little discomfort. I am sure that left untreated, my joints would freeze up and leave me very unhappy.
Steve and I have many great intellectual discussions and some that are less intellectual, and there are some that are, as he said last week, "a poke and a joke." My appointments with Steve go by very quickly, either because we are talking or because I feel safe and relaxed enough to take a quick nap.
I would not hesitate to recommend Steve to anyone for acupuncture treatment.
Virginia E. Maulfair, Ed.D.
Testimonial for Steve Phillips' Acupuncture Practice
Kaiser Permanente referred me to Steve for relief of long standing back pain radiating into both legs. Additionally, I have Fibromyalgia. My hope is to stay off pain medication as much as possible, instead relying upon acupuncture.
This was my first acupuncture experience. Surprisingly the period of time while the needles are in place is actually pleasurable due to an incredibly deep relaxation manifest during the session. However no lasting pain relief of any magnitude occurred after the first three sessions. Then, following my forth session a leap occurred; I could walk better due to reduced pain with straighter posture and increased leg strength. These positive results continued to expand with further treatment. Exacerbations of pain and stiffness occur if I miss my twice monthly sessions.
On some visits with Steve, I might also have sinus pain or headache. On those occasions besides the usual acupuncture points my added symptoms are targeted resulting in instant relief. Even abdominal bloating responds immediately to acupuncture. Steve adapts the treatment to changing symptoms.
I am sold on acupuncture for pain relief. Also I am sold on Steve's practice due to his calm, gracious, and professional manner. There exists an aura of peace in Steve's office; never a wait to be seen, only a smooth, quiet and efficient work flow. I highly recommend acupuncture to my friends and always suggest they see Steve.
Margaret Ann Dirks, RN, NP, MPH
After a fall, I had experienced fairly constant neck, shoulder and back pain even after physical therapy. The pain specialist recommended acupuncture. I did not expect much relief and was not looking forward to the needles. However, to my surprise, the needles do not hurt and after a few sessions, I realized that the pain has been reduced dramatically in frequency and intensity. I recommend you keep an open mind and give it a try.
Donna G. from Sacramento, CA
Steve Phillips has been treating me for around two years assisting me to cope with several chronic medical issues of mine, which include chronic low back pain, a rotator cuff problem in my shoulder, and anxiety. I can say without any doubt that Steve is very professional and has a deep concern for his patients. Prior to each session, Steve is sure to evaluate me and makes sure to address any issues that are currently hindering me. He is then able to adjust my treatment so that I'm able to gain the maximum benefit from the session. Steve has always clearly explained his recommended treatment with me and made sure that I was comfortable with his suggestion before proceeding.
Through the past two years with regular acupuncture treatments I have found that most of my medical issues are much easier to manage. The back and shoulder pain is much improved. In addition, each session has allowed me the time to grow through the solitude and quiet music which allows me to easily fall into a meditative state and focus on my body and spirit. This greatly helps my anxiety.
I would highly recommend to someone who is having difficulty maintaining any medical issue to sincerely consider Steve Phillips Acupuncture Clinic. It truly is an incredible alternative method of treatment to utilize in conjunction with your current medical treatments.