Acupuncture And Holistic Medicine
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Mindful Medicine Rochester is a private medical practice delivering holistic medicine and medical acupuncture in Rochester NY. The practice is owned and operated by Dr. Aaron Olden, a board-certified Internal Medicine physician with specialized training in acupuncture.
About Dr. Olden
FACP - Fellow, American College of Physicians, 2015
MS, Clinical Investigation, University of Rochester, 2010
Palliative Care Fellowship, University of Rochester, 2008
Internal Medicine Residency/Chief Medical Resident, University of Rochester, 2003-2008
MD, University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 2003
BA, Biology, Magna Cum Laude, University of Rochester, 1999
Rochester Business Journal, 40 under 40, 2017
Helms Medical Institute - Medical Acupuncture Training, 2018
Board Certified, Palliative Medicine
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
Open Sky Yoga 200-hour Essential Teacher Training, 2015
Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, 2013
Breathe Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training, 2013
I am an Internal Medicine physician (M.D.) offering Acupuncture in Rochester NY, with specialized training in the management of symptoms. I am board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). I have spent the last ten years of my career as a specialist treating patients for pain, nausea, depression, anxiety, shortness of breath, insomnia, and many other symptoms. I have worked with hundreds of patients to help them improve quality of life and function.
I have always been interested in integrating eastern approaches to care with my traditional western training. I am a registered yoga teacher and I have given lectures at both the community and university level on integrating therapies such as yoga and acupuncture into traditional western medical care.
I decided to pursue medical acupuncture after finding it to be incredibly helpful for my own health and wellness. I completed my acupuncture training at the Helms Medical Institute (HMI). Mindful Medicine Rochester is the culmination of many years of medical training and experience and has been designed with you in mind. I look forward to meeting with you and discussing how we can work together to maximize your health!
Office Location: 421 Penbrooke Drive, Suite #12A, Penfield NY, 14526
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles at very precise acupuncture points. Sometimes heat is applied to warm the needles.
The classical Chinese explanation of acupuncture is that channels of energy run in regular patterns throughout the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the needles unblock the obstructions and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians.
Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians. Acupuncture is a tool for maintaining a healthy balance of energy within the body and for keeping the mind and body centered.
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Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient healing tradition that has been practiced for over 2000 years. The treatment involves inserting needles at precise acupuncture points throughout the body to facilitate healing and to maintain wellness. Acupuncture is good for both acute and chronic conditions, including pain, headache, stress, and anxiety.
What Is Medical Acupuncture?
Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a physician trained and licensed in Western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Such a doctor can use a combination of approaches as the need arises to treat an illness.
What Is An Acupuncture Treatment Like?
Acupuncture needles are extremely fine, flexible, and are always disposed of after use. Most people feel minimal pain or discomfort as the needles are inserted; some people are not even aware that the needle has been inserted. When the needle reaches the correct stimulus point, you may feel some cramping, heaviness or tingling. This discomfort is mild and subsides momentarily. You will then be left to rest with the needles in place (approximately 30-45 minutes). It is not unusual to fall asleep during an acupuncture treatment.
Are Acupuncture Needles Sterile?
All needles are pre-packaged, sterile, single-use needles that are disposed of after use.
Where Do Acupuncture Needles Go?
Acupuncture needles are often inserted in points along the arms between the elbows and hands and along the legs between the knees and feet. There are also common points along the abdomen, neck, and back that may be stimulated. Points in the ear can also be extremely effective for symptom management when needled appropriately.
What Is Holistic Medicine?
Holism is characterized by treatment of the whole person and considers physical, mental, and social factors, not just symptoms of disease. Acupuncture is just one example of holistic medicine. The goal of holistic medicine is to prevent and reverse chronic disease by treating both the mind and the body. It is based on the idea that no single part can be understood except in its relation to the whole. Other examples of holistic medicine include diet and exercise modifications, yoga, massage, and vitamin supplementation.
What Does Acupuncture Treat?
Here is a sample of commonly treated conditions.
Constipation / Diarrhea
Fatigue & Fibromyalgia
High Blood Pressure
Immune System Disorders
Restless Leg Syndrome
What Are Acupuncture Side Effects?
Most people find that acupuncture leaves them feeling relaxed and restored. Often, the symptom that has been treated (such as pain or anxiety) may subside immediately or within hours to days. Occasionally the original symptoms may worsen for a few days or you may experience other mild changes in appetite, sleep, or bowel movements. These effects are usually temporary and subside within a few days.
How Long Does Acupuncture Take?
Initial acupuncture appointments are around 90 minutes which allows time for a complete history and focused examination. Your acupuncture treatment is performed in a quiet, comfortable and dim room where you will be left to rest for
approximately 30 minutes once the needles are in place. Follow up acupuncture appointments are one hour in length to allow for a review of your progress and any recent health issues.
How Many Treatments Will Be Necessary?
The number of treatments varies according to the symptom and your individual responsiveness to acupuncture. Sometimes only one treatment may be needed. Sometimes a sequence of treatments every couple of weeks may be needed. Some patients may choose to schedule monthly visits to maintain wellness and to prevent symptoms from acting up.
Are You A Primary Care Physician?
I am not currently accepting patients as a primary care physician (PCP).
Are You On-Call In The Evenings And Overnight?
It is my goal to be of support to you in your health. If you have a question, concern or feedback related specifically to your current treatment (e.g. need for clarifications on recommendations; unusual but not alarming sensations), please send me an e-mail and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I am not currently able to provide on-call service. I ask that you call your PCP for any symptoms that come up after business hours.
Your appointment is reserved especially for you. We understand that sometimes schedule adjustments are necessary. Please understand that when you forget, cancel, or change your appointment without giving enough notice, we miss the opportunity to fill that appointment time, and other clients miss the opportunity to receive services.
All cancellations and appointment changes must be made no less than 24 hours prior to the appointment time. Cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to the appointment time will be charged the full price of the appointment and this must be paid before another appointment will be scheduled.
If at any time you have concerns that are of an emergency nature or that are alarming to you, such as an allergic reaction, chest pain, or trouble breathing, please call 911 immediately.