Q?Health and Wellness

What does health and wellness mean to you.  Please tell us on your next visit.

Q?Do Acupuncture needles hurt?

Do acupuncture needles hurt? “Not according to every patient I’ve met”, says Mary Hays, an acupuncture patient and frequenter of the waiting rooms for over 20 years.

Here’s the description of how Geoff D’Arcy sees that part of his process for healing with acupuncture. “Hair-thin needles are tapped quietly and painlessly into the skin at the appropriate treatment points. The needle sensations activate the point. The needles are gently manipulated to obtain a feeling of numbness, tingling, or heaviness. This indicates that the Qi is activated. I then leave the room, and, if the patient chooses, play a guided relaxation tape. This calms and connects the patient to this deeply relaxing procedure and helps to the flow of Qi.”

Acupuncture needles

Acupuncture needles

Q?How Can I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment either online at our online appointment scheduler Online Appointment Scheduler with any practitioner (except Dr. Gertler MD. or Dr Dempewolff psychotherapist). You can call your practitioner if you’d like to make an appointment with them directly, their telephone numbers are listed in ‘contact info’

Q?What is Holistic Medicine?

Holistic Medicine heals mind, body and spirit.

Holistic medicine is medicine that takes in consideration the Body-Mind nature of patients. The illness and the patients are viewed as a whole entity and treated accordingly. Most protocols involve natural healing methods and natural based organic ingredients.

Q?Does insurance cover your services?

Most plans cover Chiropractic and Psychotherapy, Acupuncture offers some insurance discounts. Dr. Gertler M.D. and all massage does not take health Insurance neither do they offer health insurance discounts

Q?Where is D’Arcy Wellness Clinic located?

Near Rt27/Rt135 Natick Center

D’Arcy Wellness Clinic, 63 South Main St. Natick, MA 01760.   Tel 508-652-1975 ~ 508-650-1921From Rte. 135 + Rte. 27 intersection, South on Rte. 27. approx. 300 yards on the right, just beyond the Honey Farms convenience store on the right. Parking is in the rear of the Clinic.

Q?What services do we provide?

We are proud to offer you a wide range of natural complementary therapies provided by a team of highly skilled practitioners. We can work with you individually or as a coordinated team.

Q?What is the waiting time to get in?

It varies. Please call the front desk 508-652-1975 to check availability.

Q?Do you perform laboratory testing?

Yes we do. Call Dr Gertler 781-752-6378 for information and scheduling of your particular test.

Q?What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture Experts

Acupuncture is a procedure of inserting and manipulating sterilized metallic needles into varios points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes. metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation. Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years.

Q?Does acupuncture treatment hurt?

Most patients have stated that there is little or no pain as very fine, sterile, disposable needles are used. Treatments are available without the use of needles through Acupressure, Moxibustion and Laser stimulation.

Q?What is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing, complementary and inseparable forces: yin and yang. Yin represents cold, slow, or passive aspects of the person, while yang represents hot, excited, or active aspects. The foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the achievement and maintenance of health through the balance of yin and yang. Disease is caused by an imbalance leading to a blockage in the flow of qi (vital energy). Acupuncture, moxibustion, Chinese herbs, nutrition, exercise (meditation/qi gong, tai ji) and tui-na (Asian Bodywork) are the key components of Chinese medicine to balance the yin and yang of the body and regulate one’s vital energy.

Q?How effective is Acupuncture?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been studying acupuncture. Even though they have not been able to fully discover how acupuncture works, they recognize the efficacy of acupuncture. Promising results have emerged, for example, to treat adult post-operative dental and medical pain, chemotherapy nausea and vomiting. There are other situations–addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low-back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative, or be included in a comprehensive management program.

Q?Can acupuncture be effective when other treatments have failed?

Yes, Absolutely. For many it is the “last resort”. Conventional medicine is very effective in suppressing symptoms, such as pain, but often does not address the root cause. During your first office visit, the practitioner will ask you at length about your health condition, lifestyle, and behavior. The practitioner will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behaviors that may contribute to your condition. Please inform the acupuncturist about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have.

Q?What kind of conditions should I seek acupuncture treatment?

An acupuncturist may be consulted for specific symptoms and conditions such as pain, weight control, anxiety, depression, arthritis, asthma, migraine, menstrual disorders, intestinal disorders, addictions and a whole array of other conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the above conditions and many more as being responsive to acupuncture treatment

There has been extensive practice and research that has evidenced that acupuncture is effective in helping patients with many of the conditions listed by WHO as well as many others. It does more than simply relieve the symptoms. The aim of acupuncture is to treat the whole patient and restore balance between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. Many people also have acupuncture as a preventative treatment, which is the most important benefit of this medicine.

Q?Can children be treated with acupuncture?

Acupuncture for women

Children of all ages are treated and respond well to acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment. In addition, young children of those apprehensive of the use of acupuncture needles may be treated without needles using Acupressure, magnets and/or electrical probes. In addition, herbal formulas are usually prescribed to enhance the acupuncture treatments and to provide further care between treatments as well.

Q?Can you tell me more about Chinese herbal treatment?

Chinese herbal medicine, also known as Chinese herbology is one of the primary modalities within the scope of Oriental medicine. Chinese herbology includes treatment with substances such as plants, roots, minerals and more. Like acupuncture, Chinese herbology has evolved as an integral part of Chinese medicine and is used to re-harmonize imbalances in the body.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines herbal medicines to include herbs, herbal materials, herbal preparations and finished herbal products that contain as active ingredients parts of plants, or other plant materials, or combinations. Chinese formulas are comprised of herbs designed for each individual patient. This special formulation is crucial because these formulas must be delicately composed for the purpose of achieving balance in each disharmonious state of being. Even small deviations in dosage or herb composition can change the entire focus of the formula and therefore, the results.


Q?What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractors treat sore back.

There’s nothing mysterious about chiropractic. It’s a natural method of health care that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise. With a normally functioning spine and healthy nerve system, your body is better able to heal itself. That’s because your spine is the lifeline of your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement, and all function through your body.

Q?I’m healthy. Should I still see chiropractor?

Yes, Absolutely. In fact, it is strongly recommended. The best way to be healthy is prevention. In the oldest Chinese medical classics they said, “treating disease when you are sick is like making a weapon when the enemy is near or starting to dig a well when you are thirsty.” We strongly recommend a regular visit, just like you go to your dentist for regular teeth cleanings to keep them healthy.

Q?How does chiropractic work?

Chiropractic works by restoring your body’s inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and remove interferences (subluxations, misaligned vertebrae) to your nervous system. With improved spinal function, there is improved nervous system function. The goal of the chiropractor is to remove interference that may be impairing normal health through specific chiropractic adjustments, allowing your body to heal itself. A healthy spine and a healthy lifestyle are your keys to optimal health!

Q?What type of education do chiropractic doctors receive?

Doctors of Chiropractic are well educated. Chiropractic education and medical education are similar in many respects and different in others because chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, and medical doctors do not correct vertebral subluxations. After graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Degree, each candidate passes the demanding four part National Board Examinations. Then, doctors apply to a governmental or professional licensing board and pass a still more difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice. A chiropractor’s education, however, never ends. Most doctors complete regular postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest research and adjustment techniques.

Q?What is a chiropractic adjustment?

Chiropractic helps ease back pain.

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, “locked up,” or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health. “Gentle spinal adjustments boost your body’s immunity”

Q?Do children need chiropractic care?

Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for vertebral subluxation. Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are adapted for the child’s spine. Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off can be traced to the spine. Health problems that emerge in adulthood could often be prevented by having your children’s spine checked by a chiropractor early. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and are healthier than their peers.

Q?Do chiropractors adjust all patients the same way?

No. The doctor evaluates each patient’s unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. Each chiropractic adjustment builds on the one before. The resulting recommendations are based upon years of training and experience. Each patient’s care is uniquely different from every other patient.

Q?Is chiropractic safe?

Yes. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative and natural approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. As proof, one merely has to compare malpractice rates between chiropractors and other health care professionals. Chiropractors’ malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors.

Q?How long does chiropractic take?

Most people are in our office no more than 20-25 minutes.

Q?What causes the sound during a chiropractic adjustment?

Actually, adjustments do not always produce a sound. Often, however, adjustments do create the sound of a spinal “release,” or “popping” sound. The sound is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. This sound is painless and totally harmless.

Q?Can I perform a chiropractic adjustment on myself?

No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs!

Q?Is chiropractic care addictive?

No. If it were, there would be more healthy people around and chiropractors would not get patients who last saw a chiropractor “a few years ago when their back went out.” It is possible to get used to feeling more balanced, less stressed, and more energetic as a result or regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic is not addictive, however, good health is.

Q?Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?

Yes. It’s an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is know as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.” Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially, utilized back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.

Q?Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?

Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patients size, weight, age, and condition of health.

Q?What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?

Chiropractors base their care on the detection correction, and prevention of vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments). We use specific spinal adjustments to correct the spine, to improve nerve system functions and reduce nerve interference. Osteopaths use drugs, surgery, and other traditional Western medical therapies and only occasionally use manipulative procedures.

Q?What should I expect afterward?

When the massage is over, your practitioner will leave the room so that you can get dressed in privacy. Massage and bodywork can be extremely relaxing, affecting all your body’s systems so be sure to give yourself a several minutes to re-orient yourself before slowly getting up.

After a session, most people feel extremely relaxed. Many experience freedom from aches and pains that have built up over weeks and months of tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, clients often experience an increase in energy that can last for several days.

Q?Why do chiropractors take x-rays?

Chiropractors take x-rays to reveal the internal structure and alignment of the spine. We are also concerned about underlying disease processes and disorders of the spine such as spinal deterioration, arthritis of the spine, abnormal development, bone spurs, disc disorders, tumors and spinal curvature. X-rays also provide a blueprint for correcting the spine back to optimal health and alignment.

Q?Is a good work-out the same as getting adjusted?

Chirpractors use Spinal Adjustment

No. Exercise is an important part of good health, yet without normal spinal function a physical workout merely puts additional wear and tear on improperly functioning spinal joints.

Q?What is the first Massage appointment like?

Massage relaxes and invigorates.

When you arrive for your appointment, your practitioner will begin by asking you general health questions since there are some conditions for which massage is not appropriate. After familiarizing myself with your health history, we will discuss what therapy would be best to achieve the results you want.

Depending on the primary massage technique I use, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. Most importantly, you must feel safe and comfortable, so undress to your personal comfort level. your practitioner will leave you in privacy to undress. You will relax on a padded table designed for stability and comfort and be normally covered except for the area being worked on. When you are ready, I will return and position cushions under your knees, ankles, or neck and place you in a more natural position. The room will be warm and quiet, with soft music to set a relaxing mood.

During the massage, your practitioner often  will use a lubricant or scented oil, which is good for your skin and absorbs well. For some kinds of bodywork, no lotion is used.

A massage or bodywork session usually begins with relatively gentle pressure to calm your nervous system and begin relaxing superficial tension. Gradually, your practitioner will work more deeply to address specific areas. During the massage your practitioner may move your arm or leg to facilitate the massage. You should try to relax, let go, and allow your practitioner to do all the work. Only the part that is being worked on is uncovered, and your modesty is always maintained. Always let your practitioner know if anything is uncomfortable or irritating.

When the massage is over, your practitioner will leave the room so you may get dressed.

Q?What do I wear for my massage session?

You can wear whatever you feel most comfortable in. The most important thing is that you feel completely comfortable and relaxed.

During the massage, a clean sheet will cover you. your practitioner only uncovers the area that is being worked on. Some clients prefer to keep their underpants on or will wear a swimsuit or shorts. All private parts are always covered, and never touched. I will always maintain and respect the client’s boundaries.

Q?What should I do during a massage?

Make yourself comfortable. Many people just close their eyes and relax completely during the session; others prefer to talk. It’s your massage, and whatever feels natural for you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time. If your practitioner needs to adjust your position, your practitioner will either move you (for instance lift your arm) or tell you what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.

Q?How long is a massage session?

An hour is a common length of time. This gives time for a deeply relaxing full body

massage, or more in-depth work on a particular area. A half-hour can be an excellent introduction to bodywork, with plenty of time for a specific area such as back, neck, and shoulders. An hour and a half is usually enough time to address the whole body.

Q?What if I fall asleep during a massage?

Back Massage

It is not uncommon for many clients to fall asleep on the table during a massage. The warmth and release of tension relaxes them right to sleep – especially after a long day at work.