843.881.3002 karyla@healthgaines.com

Conditions Treated

Meet Karyla

Karyla Pronounced “Kahr-lah”. The “y” is silent.  I became involved with acupuncture when I was preparing to attend medical school. One of my mentors recommended acupuncture for some health issues I was having. I wasn’t sure at first, but I went for 6 sessions and found that it hugely benefited me. At that point in my life, I had worked with a lot of physicians in modern western medicine, but at the age of 33 I decided I didn’t want to be a part of that stoic and sterile experience. The acupuncture sessions I went to felt much more personal and heart centered.  The satisfaction level was completely different.  I felt that my practitioner really heard what I had to say without dismissing me.  So, I decided that I wanted to practice medicine through traditional acupuncture rather than western medicine.

What I’ll do

AS YOUR ACUPUNCTURIST:

I’ll cover your medical history. I’ll also take the AcuGraph diagnostic for you.  All you’ll do is hold a small bar in your hand, and then I use a probe placing it on several acupuncture points. AcuGraph (or my nickname for the little machine is ‘Gus’) will record the results, creating a graph. It takes less than 5 minutes. When we’re done, it will give us information to help guide the treatment process.  I’ll decide which acupuncture points to use, and then we’ll begin treatment. For about 5 minutes, I’ll apply the needles, after which you’ll rest for about 30 minutes on a massage table, taking what is fondly referred to as ‘an acupuncture nap’.

Follow up appointments include a short review of how the previous treatment affected you, another quick report from ‘Gus’ to see what has changed, and another treatment.  We will review any supplements or herbs you may be taking as well as your diet.  You are encouraged to ask questions or send me an email with any questions between treatments.

THE FOLLOWING ARE HEALTH ISSUES THAT I HAVE TREATED OVER THE YEARS:

  • PAIN FROM HEAD TO TOE**:  From headaches and migraines, to neck and shoulder pain, back pain, hip pain, joint pain, knee pain, arthritis, Sports Injuries, Fibromyalgia, and pain from chronic health disorders.
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EMOTIONAL**:  My first professional degree is as a Clinical Counselor/psychotherapist.  As a result, I listen closely and specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues (whether with a spouse, parent, sibling, child, boss or friend), stress, and grief to name a few.  Also, addictions, which include addiction to cigarettes, drugs, emotions, food, and the list goes on…
  • SELF-ESTEEM**:  If there’s one area I feel strongly about, it’s self-esteem.  Our choices and how our lives manifest, comes directly from having it or not.  I offer both individual and group counseling to help you find your authentic self.
  • GYNECOLOGICAL:  Irregular cycles, painful periods, lack of periods, pre-menstrual tension, perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms.
  • DIGESTIVE DISORDERS**:  Irritable Bowel, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, weight issues, bloating and appetite issues.
  • ALLERGIES AND SINUS ISSUES:  Living in the lowcountry of South Carolina, I see allergies and sinus problems weekly.  The beauty of this area with all its glory has only one drawback – pollen and mold.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine has the solution.
  • OTHER MAJOR HEALTH ISSUES:  METABOLIC SYNDROME**, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High cholesterol, Obesity, Chronic Fatigue, Side-effects from chemo and radiation.
  • GRIEF AND LOSS**:  I am adding this again as a separate emotional issue. Grief from loss often goes unrecognized.  Grief is not only the physical loss of a loved one, but also includes, loss of work, home, pets, fertility, having a major health diagnosis, friendships and family tensions to name a few.  Unacknowledged grief can result in many other emotional and health issues.  If you’re not sure, just call me for a free consultation.
  • FOR ANY OTHER HEALTH ISSUES:  Just give me a call, or come on in for a free consultation.

**SPECIALTIES

There seems to be a lot of questions about DRY NEEDLING.  Let me take a moment to answer this for you.  ALL ACUPUNCTURE IS DRY NEEDLING, BUT NOT ALL DRY NEEDLING IS ACUPUNCTURE.  Dry needling simply means that the needle is not injecting medication.  It is in this sense, dry.  The acupuncture school I attended, Tri-State College of Acupuncture, specialized in teaching the ‘technique’ of dry needling along with Traditional Oriental Medicine.  A major part of my education involved many classes in anatomy, physiology and pathology from the Western medical perspective.  I have 3500 hours of education about the body and how to use acupuncture needles to heal the body based on Chinese medical theory.  Along with this, I learned the technique of dry needling, which involves releasing painful Trigger Points in the muscles.  This treatment works extremely well for athletes as well as those who have had injuries.  I use this technique when needed for those cases where it is appropriate to use.  And, because this is the work I do, I do it daily.  This means, if you come to me, not only are you benefiting from the 3500 hours of study I have completed, but also all the years I have been doing this almost daily – and I’m closing in on 20 years of practice.

So if you have any questions about dry needling, come and ask me.  I’m happy to explain it further, and, I’m good at it.

 

AS YOUR NUTRITIONIST:

This service is offered over the phone, for your scheduling convenience.  It starts with a complementary consult to see what your concerns are and to explain the program.  You will be sent electronic paperwork, which is really simple to complete.  After I receive these back, we will schedule 3 phone appointments to discuss further questions on both our parts, the results and ongoing progress.  That’s the first month.  After that, based on your needs, we will meet by phone twice per month, moving along with your progress.

 

AS YOUR CLINICAL COUNSELOR:

  1. Discover what’s holding you back from being the amazing person you are meant to be.
  2. Learn how to cherish and embrace your true self.
  3. Putting it all into practice, so you can live your authentic life and find your purpose