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Author: Michelle Wendt

Meet Dakota Mitchell, Licensed Massage Therapist

Carley “Dakota” Mitchell (LMT #138465) incorporates an array of therapeutic techniques designed to rejuvenate and heal your body.

  • Trigger Point Therapy targets specific muscle knots to release tension and alleviate pain.
  • Deep Tissue massage encourages relaxation and relief from chronic muscle tightness.
  • Myofascial Release focuses on the release of connective tissue restrictions for improved flexibility.
  • Sports Massage targets specific muscle groups to optimize physical readiness.
  • Expectant mothers can find comfort and relief with our Prenatal Massage tailored to ease the aches and discomforts of pregnancy.
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Cupping Therapy

Dakota’s therapeutic massage sessions aim to leave you rejuvenated, refreshed, and prepared to face life’s challenges with newfound vitality and well-being.

About Us: Meet Tricia Mercer Loup, Licensed Acupuncturist

Tricia Mercer Loup completed her Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at the Texas Health and Science University in Austin, TX. She has been licensed by the Texas State Medical Board since 2012 (AC01400). She is nationally recognized as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and has been practicing acupuncture in Austin and the surrounding hill country for 13 years. Her continuing eduction has a strong focus in sports injury, fertility and gynecological diseases, and stress management. Her passion for holistic medicine and preventative modalities led her to yoga 25 years ago. She is a certified Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500HR level (RYT-500) having completed three yoga teacher trainings here in Texas and abroad. She loves running and hiking on the trails and lakes around Austin, cooking, and spending time with her family out in the country.

How Does Acupuncture Counteract Winter Pain?

When temperatures outside plummet, does your pain level intensify with achy joints?

Pain tends to worsen on cold days due to various factors:

  1. Blood Flow: Cold temperatures can cause blood vessels to constrict, reducing blood flow to joints. This can lead to increased stiffness and discomfort for individuals with arthritis.
  2. Synovial Fluid Changes: Joints are surrounded by synovial fluid that helps lubricate and reduce friction. Cold weather may cause this fluid to thicken, making joint movement more challenging and painful.
  3. Muscle Contraction: Cold weather can cause muscles to contract, putting additional stress on joints. This increased tension can exacerbate arthritis symptoms.
  4. Barometric Pressure: Some people with arthritis are sensitive to changes in barometric pressure, which often occur with weather changes. Cold days, often associated with high pressure, might contribute to increased joint pain.
  5. Inactivity: Cold weather can prevent regular physical activity, leading to increased stiffness and discomfort.

The good news is acupuncture can help alleviate pain aggravated by cold weather by regulating blood circulation to promote joint warmth and reduced stiffness. Additionally, acupuncture is clinically proven to influence the body’s release of anti-inflammatory substances, offering relief to those grappling with the intensified pain that chilly temperatures can bring. Many of our patients have achieved improvement in joint mobility and a reduction in pain levels after undergoing acupuncture treatments, making it a holistic and non-invasive approach to managing winter-related joint issues. Treatments at Indigo Healing Acupuncture also include infrared heat and moxibustion to warm up the body quickly!

Give us a call to thaw out and return to the winter activities you love without stiffness and pain!

 

A Love Letter to You, Dripping Springs Mama

To you, Dripping Springs Mama,

The kids are back in school! As you get back into the daily grind of school schedules, carpools, sports, extracurricular activities, meal planning, laundry, and maybe that thing called work, what are you doing to take care of yourself?

At Indigo Healing Acupuncture & Massage, I listen to mamas just like you that have spent months, years, even decades of putting their kids first and letting their own needs slide into the backseat. When we sit down and talk, I learn that you have high blood pressure, you toss and turn every night, you feel too exhausted to exercise, you feel frustrated with your family, calls and texts go unanswered because you’re out of bandwidth, and you generally feel like a hot mess express. 

I’m here to give you a tough love wake-up call. You need to put yourself first. Now.

Why?

Your blood pressure is dangerously high. 

Your restless nights are prematurely aging you. 

Your chronic sleep deprivation is wreaking havoc on your hormones.

You feel constantly on edge.

You are go, Go, GO, while your body is screaming for care.

You are on the fast track to having a devastating stroke.

Or a heart attack.

And you will not get to choose the time or place.

You and your family’s life will change forever.

Sadly, you might not even be around to see the impact. 

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked or a blood vessel bursts, severely damaging brain cells. It might surprise you to learn that stroke is the 5th leading cause of death for women, and 1 in 5 women between 55 and 75 will experience it. These figures are not meant to scare you, but rather empower you with knowledge. The good news is that 4 out of 5 strokes can be prevented.

One of the major warning signs your body will send you before having a stroke is high blood pressure. Hypertension affects over 45% of women and more than 2 in 5 women have blood pressure greater than or equal to 130/80 mm Hg. Only about 1 in 4 of those women have their blood pressure controlled to below 130/80 mm Hg.

In the midst of your packed schedule, it’s important to acknowledge the impact of lifestyle choices. Smoking/vaping, an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, obesity, high blood pressure (equal or greater than 130/80 mm Hg, high cholesterol, diabetes, stress, excessive alcohol, and poor sleep can heighten your vulnerability.

I completely understand the challenges of finding time, but small positive changes can yield substantial benefits. Incorporating a healthier diet, even a bit of activity, managing stress in manageable ways, considering steps to quit smoking and moderate alcohol, and maintaining a healthy weight can all contribute to lowering your risk. 

Your well-being matters. By investing a little time now, you’re securing a healthier future for yourself and your family. 

With love and understanding,

Dr. Michelle Wendt, L.Ac., DACM

P.S. My team and I are here to guide and support you. Give us a call at 512-686-0777 or learn more at IndigoHealingAcupuncture.com

P.S.S. We have morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend appointments to fit YOUR schedule.

See Our Fertility Acupuncture on Lifetime Channel’s “The Balancing Act” with Montel Williams

Indigo Healing Acupuncture Featured on Lifetime Channel’s “The Balancing Act” with Montel Williams

Dripping Springs, May 31, 2023 – Indigo Healing Acupuncture, a leading provider of holistic healthcare services, is thrilled to announce its selection to be featured on an upcoming segment of the renowned TV show “The Balancing Act.” Hosted by Montel Williams, the award-winning show has been a trusted source of inspiration and education for viewers across the nation.

 

Dr. Michelle Wendt, L.Ac, DACM, founder of Indigo Healing Acupuncture, has been recognized as a trailblazer in the field of holistic medicine. With her expertise and compassionate approach, she has helped countless individuals achieve optimal wellness. Dr. Wendt’s profound knowledge extends to supporting couples facing fertility challenges, and her groundbreaking methods will be highlighted in the show’s local Austin edition.

 

Infertility has become a prevalent concern in today’s society, affecting both men and women. The pressures associated with conceiving can be overwhelming, and Indigo Healing Acupuncture is dedicated to providing effective solutions. Through the power of a holistic and natural approach, patients can find hope and support on their fertility journey.

 

The upcoming segment on “The Balancing Act – Local Edition Austin” will delve into the ways acupuncture can aid in fertility-related issues. Whether individuals are seeking assistance in natural conception or require support during in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures, Dr. Wendt’s comprehensive and personalized treatments have showcased an impressive success rate of over 85 percent.

 

Indigo Healing Acupuncture’s participation in “The Balancing Act” serves as a testament to the clinic’s commitment to excellence in patient care and its dedication to empowering individuals to achieve their optimal health. This recognition solidifies their position as a leader in the field of holistic medicine, particularly in the realm of fertility.

 

The segment will air on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 12:30 PM on KVUE-ABC and Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 10:30 AM on KNVA-CW. The Austin community is eagerly encouraged to tune in and discover the unique strategies developed by Indigo Healing Acupuncture to help individuals overcome fertility challenges and embrace the joy of parenthood.

 

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