Welcome to Goforth Acupuncture and Massage
Greta Goforth, L.Ac, HHP, MSTOM
nationally/state licensed acupuncturist and holistic health practitioner, masters degree in traditional chinese medicine. Certified Sports Medicine Acupuncture Specialist.
Currently accepting Aetna PPO, Cigna PPO, Blue Cross HMO/PPO, Blue Shield, Kaiser, ASH, and Health Net.
I use a professional insurance biller and can verify acupuncture benefits for you.
The Karma Center
125 North Acacia Ave ste. 109
Solana Beach CA 92075
hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-7:30pm
I specialize in the combination of acupuncture and massage therapy for the treatment of many orthopedic disorders, including neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, tension headaches, tendonitis, knee pain, arthritis, and shoulder pain. I have also successfully treated many internal medicine conditions, including infertility, migraines, sinusitis, coughs and colds, obesity, eating disorders, stress, anxiety and depression, chronic fatigue, acid reflux, insomnia, menopausal symptoms, hormonal imbalances, and endometriosis.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works to treat musculoskeletal pain by alerting the immune system to the area as well as releasing the muscle from spasm. By stimulating the motor point (the neuromuscular junction of a muscle) or a trigger point (where tension tends to accumulate), acupuncture releases the muscle from spasm and resets the muscle to its healthy, relaxed condition. Sometimes a slight twitch is felt when the motor point is stimulated, which is relatively painless. In addition, acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, histamines, red/white blood cells, and healing agents to the site of the needle. This is the body's natural reaction to a foreign agent. Simply by inserting a hair-thin needle, nature's pharmacy is alerted to heal the area of injury and relieve pain in that area. All without side effects!
Acupuncture treats internal medicine conditions, such as headaches, anxiety, fatigue, and hormonal imbalance, by balancing the flow of energy or "qi" within the body, as well as within specific meridians that correspond to the internal organs. For example, someone with anxiety may have too much energy rising up (yang qi) and not enough energy to ground them (yin qi) while someone with depression and fatigue may have the opposite problem (think of a triangle on its tip vs. on its base). This same theory is applied to balance the hormones: menopause causes a depletion of yin qi (anxiety, night sweats, hot flashes) while excessive estrogen levels cause an excess of yin (cysts, fatigue, depression, water retention, weight gain, etc). In addition, Chinese medicine releases blockages to encourage the free flow of qi and blood. When there is free flow there is no pain or disease, and where there is stagnation pain and disease emerge. Stress inhibits the flow of qi, causing muscle tension, irritability, impatience to "move", and headaches. By re-establishing flow and releasing stagnation, the body returns to a healthy, content, pain-free and natural way of being.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture is relatively painless, and nothing like getting a shot at the doctor's. The needles are as thin as a hair, so barely felt upon insertion. I also press down with a guide tube to distract the nerves before inserting the needle, so it is rarely felt at all. Occasionally after insertion you may feel a dull, heavy, achy sensation like when a massage therapist finds a good knot to work on. This is very mild and a sign that the needle is in the right spot and is effective. You should never feel anything sharp or painful: if you do, tell me immediately and I will remove the needle. During the treatment you are in complete control of the needling process, and free to request any changes or adjustments you may need.