Arlington Acupuncture Clinic


Not only do we practice the main styles of acupuncture that other acupuncturists do, we are the only clinic in Central Ohio to employ specific Medical Acupuncture techniques combined with Acupuncture Orthopedic approaches to better treat musculoskeletal and pain disorders. Among the styles that we perform are: Acupuncture Orthopedics, Tan Style Acupuncture, Tung Style Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medical Acupuncture, Japanese Shakuju Acupuncture, Japanese Shonishin Acupuncture, Korean Acupuncture, Classical Chinese Acupuncture, , Acupuncture Physical Medicine, Medical Acupuncture (i.e. PENS Percutaneous Electro-Nerve Stimulation, PAS Periosteal Acupuncture Stimulation, Neuroanatomical Acupuncture, Acupuncture Osteopathy, Neuromyofascial Acupuncture), Auriculotherapy (i.e. Ear Acupuncture), Acupuncture Detox
Dry Needling
Dry needling is a technique that uses an acupuncture needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuro-musculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. While both acupuncture and dry needling use the same kind of needle, they have different aims. Acupuncture can be used for a variety of medical issues while dry needling is primarily aimed at treating neuromuscular pain and dysfunction. Thomas E. Turpen, MS, R.Ac. has trained extensively in dry needling and has practiced it for many years. 
Medical Qigong
Pronounced “chee kung,” qigong is one of the main branches of traditional Chinese medicine. The words "Qi" and "gong" mean "energy" and "work" respectively. It refers to the various mind-body practices used to stimulate the body’s ability to promote health and healing. Many of these practices include movement arts like Tai Chi while others include sitting practices like meditation. Although an ancient practice, modern science has shown great validity for its techniques thanks especially to modern research. One of its methods is “Wai Qi Liao Fa" which literally means "curing with external qi."  To the casual observer, it looks like Reiki, but "Wai Qi Liao Fa" is based on the same theories as acupuncture. Although modern science has not been able to explain how it works, researchers in Japan have been able measure the phenomena. For example, in one study, researchers had a qigong master connected to an EEG (a device that is used in medicine to measure the electrical activity in the brain). In a separate room, the recipient of the "sending qigong" was likewise connected to an EEG. When the master "sent his qi," the EEG recorded dramatic changes in his brain wave patterns. Even more amazing was that the same changes in brain wave patterns were recorded in the recipient at the same time! 
Medical Hypnosis
Hypnosis is a system or collection of methods that enable the mind and body to share information more effectively. One of those methods is called a trance—a conscious state of focused attention and absorption in one’s ideas, thoughts, and images with a narrowing awareness of other stimuli, which enhances the acceptance of suggestion and response by the conscious mind.  Since 1958, hypnosis has been accepted as a valid therapeutic modality by both the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association. Studies show that hypnosis is an effective tool for accessing the mind-body connection. Clinical and medical applications of hypnosis are plentiful.
Needle-free Acupuncture
Contrary to popular belief, there is more to acupuncture than puncturing the skin with needles. Since ancient times, acupuncturists have utilized a variety of methods as appropriate to the case. In fact, the Chinese word for acupuncture, “Zhenjiu,” literally means, “needle moxa.” Moxa, or moxibustion, refers to the external application of heat to acupuncture points or to other areas of the body. Moxibustion, is, for the most part, a needle-free method. Also, not all needles are  intended to penetrate the skin. For example, one needle in particular, the “teishin” is a device that stimulates the acupuncture points and meridians without penetrating the skin. This is a method that is completely painless. 
Arlington Acupuncture Clinic offers the traditional therapy of Japanese Shakuju Acupuncture. One of the distinctive features of Shakuju Acupuncture is its use of a specialized teishin needle. Although this needle may look like a standard acupuncture needle, it is actually quite different. The tip is rounded; and the practitioner uses a gentle form of stimulation in which the skin is NOT punctured with the needle. Although a very gentle form of treatment, it is very effective. Thomas E. Turpen, MS, R.Ac., learned Shakuju Acupuncture from the Japanese master, Shoji Kobayashi Sensei who has been practicing acupuncture for about 50 years.
Cupping is a technique that has been a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 2000 years. Also called myofascial decompression, is a technique in which utilizes suction to create a vacuum between the skin and underlying tissues. Unlike massage, which creates a positive pressure on the area, cupping creates a negative pressure that helps to break up scars and adhesions in the connective tissue and the muscles. It also helps bring increased blood circulation to the area that helps promote healing. 
Manual Medicine
Tui Na is perhaps the oldest branch of traditional Chinese medicine.  Based on the same theories as traditional acupuncture, this therapy is used as a preventative as well as a therapeutic modality. By applying specific methods of tissue manipulation, obstructions in the meridian pathways can be removed, promoting and increasing the circulation of energy and blood. Tui Na focuses on improving the structure of the body along with the healing of soft tissue injuries. Tui Na therapy focuses on the external manipulation of the muscles and tendons.