536 Southing Grange, Ste C
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
 608.616.0145
4222 Milwaukee St, Ste 17
Madison, WI 53714

Revival   Within
Acupuncture & Wellness

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About the Practitioner
Dana Johanek, L.Ac., MSOM

Dana Johanek, L.Ac., MSOM is the owner and founder of Revival Within Acupuncture and Wellness.  She holds her acupuncture license in both California and Wisconsin.  She graduated from Five Branches University, Santa Cruz, CA in 2013 with her Master's Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  While attending Five Branches University, she attended a summer internship with Zhejiang University in Huangzhou, China observing and interacting with Chinese Medicine doctors and patients.  She is a native Wisconsonite and avid traveler and has practiced this amazing medicine both in the United States and while living and traveling abroad.  Her many experiences provide her with insight into helping people of many backgrounds and age groups. 

About Traditional Chinese Medicine
TCM is a multi-dimensional holistic approach to medicine that has been used for thousands of years.  Some of the first needles were made of bone and stone and date back to around 5000 years.  Multiple therapeutic techniques may be utilized for acheiving optimal health and well-being.  Some of these techniques include Acupuncture, Acupressure, Herbalism and Nutrition, Cupping, Gua Sha, Tui Na Massage, Moxibustion, Tai Chi and Qi Gong.  The balance of mind, body and spirit requires a free-flowing path for Qi energy to move without obstruction.  Qi is described as energy, life force, and  bioelectricity.  It flows, or follows, a distict pathway in the body called meridians.  These meridians have gateways, or rather, acupuncture points located on them, that allow more direct access to the Qi flowing within them.  By balancing these pathways we can help restore health and well-being. 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is just one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  It has been used for thousands of years to help treat all sorts of ailments from the common cold and infertility to back pain and allergies.  Small, sterile, single-use needles are inserted into the skin and sometimes muscles layers to stimulate 'Qi'.  'Qi' is a word used to describe 'energy' or also explained as the term used for the ability of the body to transport and provide itself with all of the components that it needs to run in a smooth and efficient manner.  When the flow of this 'Qi' is disrupted, we may feel or see the effects in things like pain, difficulty sleeping, a cough or numerous other symptoms.  With proper diagnosis and by accessing specific acupuncture points, this 'Qi'  pathway can be balanced resulting in relief of not only these symptoms but the deeper root causes influencing them.

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Electrical Stimulation (E-stim) & Acupuncture
Electro-Acupuncture

Acupuncture, trigger point therapy and dry needling (aka Ashi points in Chinese medicine) may by enhanced by using E-stim.  Small electrodes are attached to stainless steel filamentous needles that are used in traditional treatments.  An electrical current travels between the electrodes to encourage constant stimulation of the points.  E-stim is used for various conditions, most commonly for pain (especially neurological), injuries (broken bones, sprains, torn or damaged connective tissue or muscles), stroke, and Bell's palsy to name a few.  Traditionally practitioners would have assistants continuously stimulate the needles by constantly moving the needles up and down in the body.  E-stim is a very safe method and a wonderful addition to a treatment if your acupuncturist decides to include it in your treatment plan.
Orthopedic & Sport's Acupuncture

Our joints, muscles and connective tissues undergo a great deal of strain and stress when we participate in physically demanding professions or hobbies.  A simple fall can also elicit pain and cause damage to our musculoskeletal system.  An injury to a joint or area of this system is important to treat as quickly as possible.  Left untreated, the damage to an area can create postural corrections causing additional strain and stress to other areas of the body.  It is important to visit with your primary doctor and have imaging tests when needed, especially when a fracture or tear is suspected.  Acupuncture is an amazing adjunct to Western medicine and orthopedics is no different.  Acupuncuture is extremely helpful when healing from surgery to help manage the inflammation, pain and restabilize the joint(s).  Depending on the area affected, various physical exam tests may be preformed to determine the underlying causes of an injury, including muscle strength tests and ligament elasticity tests.  Orthopedic acupuncture points are selected on the affected area and may include other traditional methods or points to provide a longlasting and holistic approach to treatment.  The local treatment method may elicit an inflammatory response in the body, which may cause an achey feeling for the next day or two up to a week.  This inflammation is important for the area to heal by encouraging the full inflammatory response cycle to finish.  Many times we feel pain after an injury and want to control the pain by stopping the inflammatory process with ice and anti-inflammatory drugs.  This may be required for the first day or two of an injury, but it is important to allow the body to complete the full inflammatory response by switching over to heat applications and acupuncture.   Avoid strenous activity following a treatment.  The following is a brief video explaining the inflammatory response to injury (although the video is focused on the surface, this is very similar to the body's response under the skin and joints).  Inflammatory Response

Cupping

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Cupping is another form of treatment used in many cultures around the world.  This technique uses either glass cups and a flame or plastic cups with a pump to create a suction or vacuum.  Additional tools such as bamboo and ceramic cups have also been used.  The cups are either placed in one location and remain stationary for the treatment, or a lubricant (ie oil) is applied to the skin and the cups slide along areas of the skin.  This type of technique is called 'running cups'.  The vacuum that is created is then used to draw out toxins, heat or unblock stuck 'Qi' in the cutaneous and muscular areas of the body.  It can be used for various ailments including many forms of pain, indigestion and the common cold.  Although this technique can leave noticeable bruise-like marks on the body as seen in athletes like Michael Phelps or the actress Gwyneth Paltrow, the technique can provide a great amount of relief and the marks usually disappear after a few days to a week.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha very roughly translates as 'scraping to produce bruising'.  This technique has been used throughout Asia to help with pain, the common cold, fever, and other disorders by releasing heat and toxins from the cutaneous and muscular layers of the body.   A variety of tools can be used including a ceramic soup spoon, smoothed jade, horn, animal bone, or even a coin that has been well worn and smooth.  The area of the skin to be treated is first lubricated with an oil and the tool is pressed firmly into the skin and then moved down along the meridians using a stroke-like motion.   The result can leave the skin looking red and often times can look bruised.   These marks can fade within a few hours or may last about a week. 

 

Tui Na Massage

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Tui Na massage is a Chinese form of therapeutic massage that helps provide balance to meridian pathways in the body.  Tui simply means "to push" and Na means "to lift and squeeze".  Tui Na can be used to treat people of all ages from infancy to the elderly.  Techniques that may be used, include brushing, kneading, rolling, pressing, rubbing, stretching, applying acupressure and traction.  These techniques can help with musculoskeletal conditions as well as constipation, insomnia, stress, menstrual complaints, headaches, ect.  Sessions are tailored to each patient depending on the condition being treated.  Pressure applications may range from light touch to firm pressure.  This technique removes blockages and allows the Qi energy to continue to flow through the meridians, aiding in the body's healing process and results in relaxing and energizing the patient. 
Moxibustion
Moxibustion is the process of burning the herb mugwort (Artemesia argyi or A. vulgaris).  The herb may be applied using different techniques including, direct, indirect or needle moxa.  Direct moxa is just that, tiny amounts of moxa are placed directly on the skin and burned.  This technique can cause blistering and scarring and is used to influence the body to release immunologic mediators so that it can heal.  Indirect moxa is more commonly practiced and involves the use of a barrier such as ointment, ginger, salt, Fu Zi (Aconiti lateralis root), etc. depending on the area and condition being treated or uses moxa in a stick form which is burned at one end over acupuncture points or areas of the body requiring treatment.  The final form is needle moxa in which a small amount of moxa is placed on the needle, allowed to burn causing a warming effect on the needle.  This warmth is able to penetrate deeper into the meridians and acupuncture points in combination with the acupuncture needle.  Moxa has its limitations and should not be used for all patients.  It can be used to treat various types of pain, arthritis, stiff muscles, menstrual complaints, infertility, anxiety, digestive problems, etc. 
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine utilizes plant, animal, and mineral substances that are often times prepared in a specific way.  Herbal formulas may be prescribed in various forms including, teapills, tablets, powders, granules or bulk herbs that will need to be prepared as indicated by the practitioner.  This preparation usually includes the cooking of combinations of herbs in water for certain amounts of time.  The herbal teas, as they are then called, may have an unpleasant or unusual smell or taste.  This is normal, however if this prohibits the patient from taking the formula, another form of the formula may be a better option.  This medicine is very specific to each individual being treated, and each prescription should only be used by the patient it is prescribed.  The herbs are generally safe if prepared and taken as recommended.  There may be side effects and if any adverse reaction occurs than this should be brought to the attention of the practitioner as soon as possible, so that adjustments can be made.  It is important to make sure to discuss any herbal formulas with one's doctor to make sure there are no conflicts with a treatment plan already in progress.

Chinese Dietetics and Nutrition
Traditional Chinese medicine diagnostics evaluates the patient as a whole and determines where the body is imbalanced and in the way that it is imbalanced.  These diagnostic patterns may include descriptions such as heat, cold, damp, dry, excess, difficient, yin or yang.  Medicinal herbs as well as general dietary foods also have these same types of qualities.  By understanding the qualities of food and using them in the proper combination, one's diet can also be used to treat imbalances.   Diet and nutrition are extremely important in maintaining one's health.  There are many diet plans available today with varying degrees of efficacy.  It is important to be informed and actively involved in one's diet.  Certain foods and supplements may be added or voided from the patients diet depending on the condition being treated.  It is important to make these changes as easily and efficiently as possible so that the patient is able to incorporate and comply.  Change is often times difficult, so practitioner, family, and friend support is also important in the healing process.   The patient should also speak with their primary physician if there are any concerns regarding these changes. 
Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture
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Auricular (ear) acupuncture is just that, acupuncture applied on the ear.  The ear is considered a microsystem of the body and various locations on the ear correspond to different parts of the body.  This system is relatively modern, developed in the 1950's.  Acupuncture needles are inserted in specific points on the ear for various ailments.  There are also specific treatment protocols used for smoking/drug cessation, weightloss, post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), etc.  In addition to needles, the practitioner may use ear seeds (made of gold, silver, or Vaccaria seeds attached to a sticky backing).  Ear seeds can be applied and may be allowed to remain on the point locations for several days.  The patient can press the seeds throughout the day to provide continuous stimulation and treatment. 
Pediatric Treatment
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Pediatric care is extremely important and essential to begin the little one's life on a healthy path.  A variety of modalities can be utilized to help bring balance into the ever-changing and developing life of a baby and young child.  Acupuncture, acupressure, pediatric Tui na massage, Shonishin (a Japanese pediatric treatment using small tools to brush and massage different areas of the body), herbalism, dietetics, etc, are a few of the holistic treatment options available. 

Facial Rejuvenation

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The skin on our face is relatively thin and delicate and comes in contact with multiple polutants and various environmental elements daily, such as smog, sunlight, pollen, dirt, wind, dryness, makeup, etc. The techniques offered with our facial rejuvenation treatments are natural, holistic, drug free, and noninvasive.  We want to help relieve stress and tension from the face and restore its youthful vitality.  These techniques not only benefit the face but connect to the entire body leaving you feel refreshed and revitalized.   Treatment sessions involve different techniques including craniosacral, lymph massage and western massage on the face, neck and upper shoulders.  Facial acupuncture (using tiny silicon-lined filamentous Japanese needles and intradermal needles), acupressure, mild gua sha, and mild cupping techniques are also used to help reduce the signs of aging such as wrinkles and loose skin.  These techniques encourage the body to restore itself by directing blood cells and growth factors to local troubled areas as well as helping to reduce stress and encourage overall well-being.  We recommend at least 8 treatment sessions, 1 every week for the first 8 weeks and monthly maintenance follow-ups.  The number of treatments recommended may vary per client.  The more severe the skin damage the more treatments will be recommended.    We are sure that you will leave feeling uplifted, relaxed and revitalized! These treatments can also be used in conjunction with botox injections and/or surgery if you also choose more invasive methods.