Chiropractic Antigo WI Raul Beltran

Raul Beltran, Jr.

OTR/L., L.Ac.

I completed my graduate studies at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine at San Diego. Before my graduate studies I completed my bachelors of science in Occupational Therapy at University of Illinois at Chicago. I specialize in orthopedic acupuncture and musculoskeletal injuries. I take great pride in alleviating both acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Orthopedic Acupuncture Where East Meets West

Our Acupuncturist, Raul Beltran Jr. L.Ac., OTR/L, is also an occupational therapist who blends ancient traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, orthopedic acupuncture, neuro-acupuncture and modern rehabilitation techniques. His unique style blends augmented soft tissue mobilization, decompressive myofascial release, trigger point therapy along with classical herbal, meridian, Qi, Yin and Yang theories.

Orthopedic acupuncture expands on Chinese medicine's vast body of knowledge. Orthopedic acupuncture is a highly skilled intervention that utilizes fine, sterile, one time use filiform needles as fine as the diameter of human hair to stimulate and repair tight bands of muscles called trigger points, musculoskeletal pain and movement dysfunctions.

Many of the orthopedic acupuncture sessions utilize electrical stimulation in order to help stimulate the body's production of enkephalins, dopamine and serotonin. These neuropeptides and hormones reduce pain and create a deeply calming effect. Neuro-acupuncture utilizes specific nerve pathways and or dorsal root nerve segments to improve motor function, strength, reduce pain, and repair soft tissue damage.

Orthopedic conditions such as ligament tears, knee surgeries, shoulder surgeries, hip and knee replacement, tendonitis, repetitive injuries, sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, nerve pain or nerve dysfunction, pinched nerves, myofascial pain, pre-post surgical rehabilitation, as well as a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions can benefit from Raul's unique blend of classical and modern acupuncture techniques.

Raul's purpose and mission is to help as many people as possible avoid unnecessary drugs, unnecessary surgery and help his patients achieve a harmonious balance within the neuromuscular and meridian systems thereby achieving optimal health and wellness.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture has been shown to have therapeutic benefits in the following area:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Knee pain
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches/migraines
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Postoperative pain
  • Hypertension
  • Allergies
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • IBS
  • Digestive issues (constipation, diarrhea, appetite)
  • Breech presentation in pregnancy
  • Painful periods
  • Menstrual irregularities

How Does Acupuncture Help?

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help women from the onset of menstruation until menopause. Women can experience many issues that involve: painful periods, PMS symptoms, heavy cycles, irregular cycles, hot flashes, night sweats and other hormonal imbalances. All of these are signs that something isn’t balanced that should be. I’m here to tell you ladies that NO you DO NOT have to live with hot flashes or painful/heavy periods. These are not just things that women have to suffer through! They can be helped!

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Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have an impact on the nervous, endocrine (hormones) and immune system. By impacting these areas acupuncture is able to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, influence endorphins (the body’s natural pain-killer) and promote active healing.

Digestion is largely impacted in our high stress culture. Remember that the opposite of “fight or flight” is “rest and digest”. When stress is high the body decreases blood flow and oxygen to the stomach which can lead to stomach cramps, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), ulcers, acid reflux, constipation or diarrhea. Acupuncture works to slow down the “fight or flight” response and activate the parasympathetic nervous system to help promote healthy blood flow and oxygen back to the digestive system!

This is a very large part of the practice of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine! TCM treat the whole being: body, mind and spirit. This means that emotions and stress can be underlying causes for pain, digestive issues, menstrual irregularities, anxiety and depression. In Chinese medicine each organ is responsible for an emotion: happiness, sadness, worry, fear, anger. By taking a look at what emotions are either deficient or excess for you as an individual this helps me, as a practitioner, properly diagnose and treat you whole being to help you be completely balanced!

Other Chinese Medicine Modalities

Along with Acupuncture, Chinese medicine also encompasses many other modalities that are used to bring about health, balance and wellbeing.

Cupping Therapy – The cups can either be stationary or oil can be applied so the cups can slide and have a massaging effect. The theory behind cupping is that the suction helps break up stagnant blood and Qi that can be causing pain or other ailments. Cups can be applied to many different areas of the body depending on what is being treated. Cupping can be used to relieve tight muscles, reduce headaches/migraines, circulate blood and promote lymphatic drainage, relieve constipation or other digestive issues, relieve PMS, help reduce asthma symptoms and many other things!

E-stim- Electro-stimulation is applied to needles directly, which generates an electrical current from one point to another. This therapy is very effective in treating pain, paralysis, and stimulating injury recovery.

Tui Na – Chinese Medical massage technique that is used in reducing pain, relieving tension, promoting blood flow and decreasing muscle and joint stiffness.

Gua Sha – The literal translation is “to scrape”. This technique involves scraping of the skin to promote circulation, reduce adhesions, and relieve tight muscles. Gua Sha can also be used on the face to promote youthful looking skin!

Chinese Herbs – Specific Chinese herbal formulas to help aide the TCM diagnosis given during acupuncture treatments. Careful consideration is taken when giving herbs and each prescription is individually prescribed based on symptoms and current medications taken.

Frequently Asked Questions

Acupuncture in Shawano WI
Acupuncture in Shawano WI

Wearing comfortable, loose clothing is recommended. I often needle the legs, feet, belly, head and ears so clothing that gives me better access to the points I need it great! I do also have very fashionable hospital gowns to change into or sheet to drape you if needed!

If you have a fear of needles acupuncture is still definitely for you! Here’s why… Acupuncture needles are leaps and bounds different than hypodermic needles used for shots or to draw blood. Acupuncture needles are filiform, which means they are solid and not hollow. Acupuncture needles aren’t meant to put anything into or draw anything out of the body. In fact the tips of acupuncture needles aren’t actually sharp to cut the skin, they are rounded so they push the tissue apart instead!

Sometimes people feel different things when acupuncture needles are inserted. Patients may experience sensations such as pressure, heaviness, twitching, achiness, a quick pinchy feeling that goes away in about 3 seconds, or even nothing at all. If you feel anything sharp or shooting let me know and we will adjust the needle to your comfort.

In all honesty most often people don’t feel the needles going in. You are more likely to be more sensitive if you are on your menstrual cycle or if your muscles are very tight and not relaxed. It takes about 10-15 minutes to get your needles in and after that you get to rest and relax with them in. It’s an amazing experience; don’t let fear hold you back from feeling wonderful! I will work with you to make it a positive treatment.

Yes is do! Because “dry needling” is actually acupuncture!

In some states, non-acupuncture practitioners have lobbied to add dry needling to their scope of practice stating that it is a unique modality different from acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. However, this is untrue as trigger point therapy has been described in written Chinese medicine theory and has been in use by Chinese Medicine practitioners for over 3,000 years. Trigger points are often in the location of muscle motor points and their stimulation can cause a muscle to have an involuntary contraction. Dry needling uses acupuncture needles to access trigger points deep in muscle tissue to release tension and pain. Acupuncture uses acupuncture needles to access trigger points, traditional points along meridians and “ashi” points to help release tight and painful muscles.

Chinese Medicine practitioners earn a 3-4 year degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with over 2,000 hours of clinical experience before graduating. This entails extensive training and testing in needling, needling technique, point location, TCM diagnosis, anatomy, biomedicine and safety. Chinese medicine practitioners have to be nationally board certified and accredited by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Whereas, practitioners who practice dry needling receive a 300 hour certificate to be able to administer this service to their patients. Since dry needling is relatively new, there is little regulation put in place for this therapy.

Acupuncture treatments and therapies can be paid for by cash, check, credit card, and most HSA, FSA. At this time we were not accepting insurance for acupuncture procedures, however if you would like to submit a superbill to your insurance company one can be provided or you upon request.

As a new patient, your initial visit will consist of a comprehensive overview of your new patient paperwork. Please have this filled out before your appointment time begins. This ensures I will have adequate time to diagnose and treat you! I will ask you questions about your main complaint to confirm that I have all the information I need to offer the best treatment plan for you.

Next I will assess your pulses. I will feel your pulses on both of your wrists. I will also look at your tongue! I observe the color, shape, and coat on your tongue so please DO NOT brush your tongue before your visit. Your tongue tells me a lot about what is going on inside your body. Next I will treat you with acupuncture or whichever modality I see best fit for you that day. I will take things slowly, especially if this is your first time ever receiving acupuncture. I welcome an open dialog to how you’re feeling on the table. I always remind my patients that they are in control of their treatment at all times.

After the needling portion of your treatment is complete, I will leave the room and let you rest with the needles in for 20-30 minutes. I call this the “needle naptime”.  You will be able to fully relax on a warm table, with the lights dimmed and soft, calm music playing. It’s truly tranquil! This is when the magic happens! It takes the energy in your body about 25 minutes to make a complete cycle from start to finish so this is the reasoning behind the allotted time. After your relaxation time, the needles will be removed and I will leave the room again so you can take your time to get up and get dressed after your treatment!

Pricing For Services

  • New Patient Appointment | $100 - 1 Hour
  • Return Acupuncture Visit | $50 - 30 minutes
  • Return E-Stim Acupuncture Visit | $65
  • Tui Na, Gua Sha +20 min (addition to Acupuncture) | $15
  • Targeted treatment added to chiropractic visit | $25
  • Yoga & Acupuncture Class | $45
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Tuesday - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday - 8:00am - 5:00pm

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