Acupuncture ~ Monica Ander

Rise BC would like to welcome Monica Ander, R. TCMP to our TEAM at Rise. Monica is registered in BC to practice Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.  Monica has been practicing in the medical and health field for 20 years. Previous to her studies in Chinese medicine, she completed education and worked as a fitness trainer and practiced many types of massage. As well, she is currently a college professor at the Chinese Medicine school.  She has been training with Dr. Kailia over the past year to work towards joining our TEAM and providing her services at Rise. We do not require a referral to see her but it can be beneficial if there is a medical history you would like forwarded to the office. Please contact our office to book your appointment.

More about Monica’s Practice

Monica Ander practices many different modalities that can help you manage your pain. These include Acupuncture, Cupping, Scraping, and Massage. It is recommended to book an initial consult with Monica, in order to assess and discuss the best options for our treatment.

Here are some FAQ’s about Monica’s treatments:

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles, mostly into soft tissue structures of the body. Traditional Acupuncture involves needling along “meridian pathways” which loosely relate to blood vessels, arteries, nerves, fascial bands, and lymphatic vessels. The goal with Acupuncture is to return all of the processes in the body back to homeostasis – which loosely means a “balanced state”.

How does Acupuncture help with pain?
Simply put, Acupuncture improves circulation and nerve supply, and the flow of fluids throughout the body – thus promoting health and maximum tissue function. It greatly improves “proprioception”, which is the relationship between the brain and certain areas of the body. This makes it very beneficial after an injury to help restore range of motion and muscular strength. It also releases endorphins that effectively stop the pain and promote an overall sense of well being. It can settle inflammation both from acute and chronic pain. Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of diseases and is used as a primary form of health care in China to this day.

What is Electro Acupuncture?
Electro-Acupuncture involves the stimulation of a pair of needles with a mild electrical current. It feels like a pulsation and has a wave that moves through the tissues. When a patient is in pain, their nerve impulses become chaotic. Since Electro-Acupuncture is calibrated to a healthy nervous system, it modulates and balances out the pain response. This has a tremendous effect on managing pain.

Does internal medicine play a part in Chinese Medicine pain relief?
Absolutely. A combination of hands-on treatment and internal medicine is the most effective for pain management. Chinese Medicine has a plethora of herbs that are naturally anti-inflammatory and pain relieving. In order to prescribe an herbal formula, an in-depth consult is needed. This is because Chinese Medicine looks at a person as a whole, hence, other symptoms in the body will help establish an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan that is tailored to your body’s specific needs. Instead of placing a band-aid on the pain, Chinese Medicine aims to treat the root of the problem – which usually provides long-lasting results.

Is it safe to take Chinese Medicine alongside my Western medications?
As with all medications, there are potential drug interactions. This is why Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners are trained in Western Pharmacology, as well as Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine interactions. There are over 400 herbal options in the Chinese Materia Medica, hence, there is usually a safe option for most patients. In some cases, the herbal options may be discussed with your M.D.

What kind of massage does Monica perform?
Monica performs a unique fusion of massage. Most of these techniques involve active mobilization through deep pressure and Chinese and Thai Massage techniques. She also utilizes release of Trigger Points and Myofascial constrictions. Although Monica has experience with relaxation massage, she is known for her deep treatments that aid greatly in pain management.

How can cupping and scraping benefit me?
Cupping involves suction with glass cups that are placed on the skin, usually in areas of pain. This pulls toxins and metabolites that are stagnant deep in muscle tissues to the surface. Cupping stimulates lymphatic flow, which is your body’s waste product eliminator – hence, it is very cleansing and purifying treatment. The result is improved blood and lymph circulation throughout the entire body. When there is proper circulation, there is less pain. Scraping involves scraping the skin in a massage like fashion with a rigid tool such as a spoon or a coin. This modality is very effective in reorganizing scar tissue and improving blood flow to the local area. It is helpful at reducing inflammation as well.

What is needed from the patient in order for treatment to be successful?
It is crucial for patients to understand that their compliance is very important to the success of the treatments. Monica will give self-care advice, as well as a prescribed treatment plan that will fit into your budget and time constraints. She may also refer to other practitioners in house, which gives you the benefit of having an integrated health care team under one roof. Simply put, it is necessary for patients to be committed to their own healing – and also to understand that pain relief is a process, that takes time and diligence in following through with the treatment course. Monica is very committed to her patient’s healing, and will genuinely strive for results.