About Kathleen, Acupuncture and Pain Relief

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“Kathleen Kenneally is an intuitive practitioner with a calming presence and a gentle touch. She is a good listener and gives honest feedback. Kathleen treated me for neck and back injury- she put me on the path to relief from pain and increased mobility.”
JL

Kathleen is a long time practitioner of healing arts, having begun an earnest inquiry into health practices thirty years ago.  Licensed in acupuncture about fifteen years ago, she has specialized in treating injury and illness to offer pain relief and improve muscle and joint functioning.  Very likely, your pain will be relieved after a session—you will walk out of the office with less pain than you walked in with.

Many people are unaware of the amount of education involved in being an acupuncturist; a master’s degree, which takes four years in school, and national board certifications are part of the preparation Kathleen undertook.  Studying Chinese herbs deepened Kathleen’s understanding of the medicine and this allows her to more effectively reduce your suffering.

After her Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kathleen spent a good deal of time furthering her education with specialty studies in pain reduction acupuncture, cupping, moxa, linament and tui na/shiastu techniques in order to hone her craft and serve people.  A 600 hour massage certificate added the ability to offer cranial sacral therapy and other approaches.

Back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, elbow, wrist, and hand pain all are common conditions that acupuncture treats.   In the lower part of the body, low back pain, hip, knee, ankle and foot pain all respond to acupuncture.

Strained or sprained muscles like glut pain, calf pain, shoulder muscle pain are effectively treated using acupuncture.  Carpel tunnel syndrome developed with repetitive strain injuries like computer keyboard overuse can be treated in certain instances since many wrist pains originate in shoulder/neck tightness and are relieved when the limiting shoulder/neck muscles are released.

Finger pain is an important pain to address, and professionals like nurses/doctors/musicians who use their hands often seek acupuncture treatment to support the full range of movement.  Aging fingers appreciate acupuncture and massage.  Osteoarthritis is very often improved with acupuncture.  And even Rheumatoid Arthritis pain is reduced with treatment.

In addition, many people in rehab don’t realize that receiving acupuncture can assist in a “better healing.” Oftentimes the body compensates for injury, for casts, etc and treating the whole body supports body symmetry and promotes fluidity of movement not only while the body is in recovery from a fall or accident but after.  Sprained wrists, shoulder injuries, hip and knee injuries are instances where it’s important to consider the long term effect of compensations on the body to avoid favoring one side in the long term.

Finally, acupuncture is useful for recovery from illnesses such as cancer or injuries requiring surgery.  Often these situations come along with scarring, soreness and inflammation.  They also offer a “teaching moment” opportunity  for lifestyle change, and Kathleen understands this particularly well.

In conclusion, the body doesn’t exist in a vacuum.  We do best when we are treated as whole persons, whose parts interact and influence each other.  If you are experiencing pain, receiving acupuncture can help you recover faster and feel more balanced.

We also do well to receive maintenance or tune-up sessions once or twice per month at any age but certainly after age fifty as preventative medicine.  “A stitch in time saves nine” as the saying goes.  With stress, strain, injury or illness,  we “drop a stitch.”  Nurture your body.  Show it some tender loving care and good maintenance it’s likely to serve you in it’s healthiest form for many years to come.

Washington State Licenses
Licensed Acupuncturist (Lic #1856), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Lic # 76119), Licensed Massage Therapist (Lic # 24885)

Healing Arts Certifications
National Certification for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine—Board Certified Acupuncture Diplomate
National Certification for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine—Board Certified Chinese Herbal Diplomate
National Board of Certified Counselors—Board Certified Counselor
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork—Board Certified Massage Therapist

Academic Degrees
Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Master of Arts in Mental Health
Counseling, 
Certificate in Massage (600 Hour)

Personal Philosophy of Well-Being

Fascinated by the functioning of the body, mind, and spirit, Kathleen holds the human being in great reverence for the innate beauty of the species. She believes in the sanctity of all life, honors free will and trusts in the future unfolding with divinely inspired grace and fluidity.
The Eternal Self show its genius daily and over the course of a lifetime.  It is clear that the body has an intelligence, a drive and a determination to be well.
How might we work with our own selves through our diet and lifestyle habits? What can we imagine will go well for us?

Kathleen Kenneally, LAc, EAMP 206-551-5558
Office Locations: Seattle at Northgate and Anacortes