Caroline Wrightson L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.

About Caroline

Caroline is a native of Easton, Maryland and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts in Classical Languages and Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. After working in the the insurance industry for over a decade, Caroline decided to make a career change when she experienced the life changing benefits of acupuncture.  Caroline graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Clinical Masters Level Diploma from the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine in Bloomfield, New Jersey and is a nationally board certified acupuncturist by the NCCAOM and is licensed to practice in Maryland. Caroline practices Japanese acupuncture in the style of Kiiko Matsumoto, an internationally acclaimed acupuncturist and teacher, whose style relies more on palpation for diagnosis and treatment. Caroline is also certified in adjuvant cancer care from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Integrative Medicine Department.   In addition to treating musculoskeletal disorders and pain, her special interests include cancer therapy, reproductive health, and pediatrics.
A Note from Caroline

As a current student of Kiiko Matsumoto, I enjoy witnessing the miraculous healing capacity of the body as it responds to her unique style of acupuncture.  Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KMS) acupuncture is very gentle yet extremely effective at balancing the body and enabling the body to heal. I believe that continuing to study with a master practitioner will help me to enable my patients in achieving health and wellness in mind, body and spirit. This dynamic process requires cultivation and an active partnership between both the practitioner and patient to make proactive decisions in not only acupuncture treatments, but also in practical nutrition and lifestyle choices.  I would like to thank you for allowing me the joy and honor in becoming a partner with you on this healing journey.

Initial Appointment

Your first appointment will involve a review of your chief complaint and medical history. Hara diagnosis or abdominal palpation is my main diagnostic tool, so after our initial discussion, time will be spent evaluating the Hara as well as palpation of other relevant areas of the body. Following the evaluation will be the acupuncture treatment.  For adults, you can expect your initial consultation and treatment to last between 75 and 90 minutes.  For pediatric patients, initial consultations last between 45 and 60 minutes.

Follow up Treatments

At each follow up visit there will be a brief Hara diagnosis to assess progress followed by a combination of acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, Tuina or Shonishin. I may also make recommendations for dietary adjustments and therapeutic exercise.  Follow up treatments last approximately 60 minutes for adults and 30 minutes for pediatrics.

 

Cancer

A diagnosis of cancer is one of life’s most challenging experiences.  There are many decisions to be made when faced with a diagnosis of cancer and choosing acupuncture is an effective compliment to your cancer therapy. Although acupuncture is not a substitute for cancer treatment, acupuncture is a popular complimentary therapy recognized by the National Cancer Institute (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2642987/ ) which can alleviate the side effects of cancer therapies while naturally strengthening the immune system.

In addition to treating side effects from cancer therapies, acupuncture will also help you by reducing stress, supporting normal digestive functioning and balancing your emotional state.

I am certified in cancer care from the world renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and have helped many people with various stages and types of cancer find relief from the side effects of their treatment.  I understand that after receiving a diagnosis of cancer you may feel a whole host of emotions, one of them being worry about what you can or should do.  Please know that you are not alone  and I am available to you as a holistic resource to help provide you with harmony and balance to your body-mind-spirit.

Fertility/Infertility

Why use acupuncture for issues surrounding fertility?

Acupuncture is an effective and natural approach to treating infertility, with little to no side effects. Treatments are relaxing and aimed at helping your body to remedy itself and preparing it for pregnancy.

I strongly encourage you to take at least six months to prepare your body so that it is healthy to receive new life. If you wish to combine acupuncture with IVF or IUI, there is quite a bit of research which shows that by adding acupuncture there is an increased chance of conception, which is important for those about to undergo the expense and physical demands of IVF.

PostPartum

In addition to fertility, I provide women with postpartum care to help a woman’s body rebalance as well as to aid in the reduction of pain and to hasten the healing from the birthing process.  Ideally, acupuncture treatments should begin about two weeks postpartum and should continue for up to two months.

In addition to giving the mother a well-deserved rest which supports emotional wellbeing, treatments can help mothers with: insufficient lactation, mastitis, hormonal imbalances, abdominal pain,  incontinence, perineal healing, postpartum depression or “baby blues”, anxiety, cesarean recovery, including incision and scar healing treatments.

Healthy Mama, Healthy Baby

Healthy mothering is extremely important and I believe that breastfeeding is the single most important factor to a baby’s physical and emotional development. This awareness goes beyond avoiding alcohol and traditional foods that may cause the baby to have gas. What a mother eats and her state of health whiles she is both pregnant and during breastfeeding lays the foundation of the baby’s health for life.

Please contact me to discuss how dietary modifications based upon the principles of Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can help you and your child be nourished and stay well. If your baby or child has colic, a cold, eczema, asthma or an ear infection please see the page on pediatric care, as Shonishin treatments in conjunction with dietary modifications can help immensely.

Pediatrics/Shonishin

Developed in Japan, Shonishin (show-knee-shin), which translates as “small children needle” is a gentle, non-invasive effective alternative to acupuncture for children ages birth to 10.  It is also an excellent treatment method for adults who are ver sensitive or suffer from needle phobia.

Pediatric acupuncture or Shonishin involves touching the surface of the skin with a variety of specialized instruments with rounded ends and flat edges which are brushed, rubbed or tapped along certain acupuncture points and the meridians.  Pediatric acupuncture, like all traditional medicine, is holistic and emphasizes total wellbeing and the ongoing care it takes to maintain it.  Although children are generally more susceptible to illness, they also tend to heal more quickly.  Shonishin treatments focus on balancing the qi (chi) of the internal organs by taking into account both physical and emotional symptoms to help the child reestablish and maintain his or her health. Children respond quickly to Shonishin, and as a result, the earlier the treatment is begun with an acute illness, the more likely it is that it can be controlled, preventing it from lingering and leading to problems later in life.

Shonishin is very comfortable, considerably shorter than traditional needle-based acupuncture, and is often enjoyed by the child. The Shonishin method can be very satisfying and empowering both for the child and parents alike. It is recommended that a child receive at least one treatment per month for wellness care and more if needed for acute illness.

A wide variety of pediatric conditions can be treated using the Shonishin technique including symptoms associated with: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADD and ADHD, Allergies- environmental and food, Asthma, Bedwetting, Colic, Coughs, Constipation and digestive problems, Failure to thrive, Sleep disorders and Pain and acute illnesses when appropriate

I love working with children and I am deeply committed to caring for your child’s health and welcome your questions.