I just watched your presentation on the Viral and Retro Summit, and I wanted to tell you that your personal story was very encouraging to me! I thought my struggle has been difficult, and it is nothing comparable to what you overcame! I was diagnosed with Lyme’s some 20 years ago, and I struggle with many serious autoimmune issues. But I never had cancer, and, although my doctor suspected Crohn’s when I was having abdominal issues (that were Leaky Gut, long before Leaky Gut was a known phenomenon), I was never diagnosed with that. Hearing you keeps me fighting, like all those other people who never give up. I am still suffering, but I have learned a lot, changed a lot, and improved my situation a lot, so I keep going. Thank-you for your positive presentation! I took home a lot!
Tammy L. Sorenson Besher M.S., L.Ac, Dipl.Ac, CCN, CNC, FMP, LMT is a licensed acupuncturist. She received her Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in Manhattan, NYC. She completed training in Acupuncture Physical Medicine, Japanese style tradition and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She graduated from Rowan University, NJ with a focus on nutrition and communications. She attended Academy for Natural Health Sciences, NJ for her nutrition certification. Tammy is a massage therapist and believes this helped her navigate the body for her acupuncture practice. She has a passion for ergonomics and body mechanism that lead her to teach Anatomy and Physiology.
ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICAL MEDICINE – APM –
This specific treatment style, only taught at Tri-State College of Acupuncture, in Manhattan, NYC, utilizes functional and supportive assessments of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual body. This is done through postural assessment, movement, alignment, and muscle testing to determine holding patterns, pain pathways, and myofascial chain restrictions. This harmonious and supportive complement to the physical assessment described above is the treatment of the emotional and mental components of the patients underlying spiritual disharmony. This allows for a symbiotic relationship for healing to take place.
APM is a western born style of acupuncture that combines Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, in its eastern approach of emphasis on meridian points, that provide a foundational and grounding treatment for parasympathetic repair. This is where healing takes place at the root cause of the emotional and mental components for the patient.
Using both styles of TCM and APM treatments described above, this allows the patient to heal on many levels of disharmony. This style of acupuncture was developed by Dr. Mark Seem, founder of Tri-State College of Acupuncture, where Tammy graduated from and lends its western touch to the pioneer of trigger point therapy, Dr. Janet Travell.
APM, Acupuncture Physical Medicine, is a sports-minded, modern approach to acupuncture which is utilized in sensitive areas of tight muscle fibers that form after injuries, holding patterns and overuse. These sensitive areas are called blockages or constrictions which are discovered by palpation of tight tender points and trigger points, which correlate with the patient’s primary complaint. A trigger point is in a muscle that can cause strain and pain throughout the entire muscle. These patterns are believed to be the root of the patient’s pain and dysfunction. Tammy’s approach to treatment is aimed at relieving myofascial pain, which is pain caused by muscular irritation. With Janet Travell’s myofascial trigger points, as well as Chinese and Japanese tight tender points (called ashi points) this allows Tammy to navigate the body for areas of obstruction that can be released. Once discovered, these points will be released through needling of not only the local area of constriction but also through distal points that further enhance the local treatment. The distal points can also facilitate the body to decompress and relax in a parasympathetic state to allow additional healing to take place. She encompasses three energetic levels to evaluate and treat with this style. Releasing energy, or Qi, open blockages at the surface level and supporting the deeper functional and core levels to ensure the body has the support and opening for healing.
Acupuncture Physical Medicine is especially well suited for the modern athlete. This style of acupuncture is unique to athletes as it helps to eliminate pain, optimize muscle strength, and improve mobility and movement thereby increasing range of motion. Needling is the best way to treat trigger points and is often more permanent than other manual trigger point therapies. Often patients don’t feel the needle insertion at all. Once the needles go into the trigger point, the muscle jumps, or has a fasciculation, which feels like a very quick muscle contraction. This fasciculation response helps break the cycle of pain. This technique helps stimulate your body’s own healing capabilities – most especially an anti-inflammatory effect. Here the practitioner is not seen as healer, but rather as catalyst and change-agent who mobilizes the patient’s own healing capacities.
Tammy is certified from the NCCAOM- National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, is a Diplomat in Acupuncture, and holds a Colorado State acupuncture license.
In addition, she’s a functional medicine practitioner, nutritional consultant, Kripalu registered yoga instructor, certified personal trainer, Thai yoga therapist and certified shiatsu practitioner.
My personal philosophy is reflected in my treatment style which seeks to combine wellness for the person as a whole and not just the symptoms. Addressing all aspects of her clients’ lives such as diet, lifestyle, exercise, stretching, and emotional well-being, have allowed much success in finding a path to wellness for her patients.
When I’m not working at FlatIron Functional Medicine and running my Soaringsun Health and Acupuncture practice in Evergreen, CO. I’m enjoying my family. We love to outdoor enthuse with skiing, snowboarding, hiking, swimming and camping. I love to workout with yoga, HIIT, and Barre classes and meditate daily. I believe in a paleo and vegan lifestyle (PEGAN) for my optimal wellness having an autoimmune predisposition I manage and nurture. I’m currently working on my certified practitioner certification with the Institute for Functional Medicine.
APM Is best suited for chronic complex healthcare disorders such as chronic pain, chronic fatigue, multiple allergies, and stress disorders, to the symptomatic relief of internal medical complaints in the various organ systems of the body, including but not limited to the following: neurological, cardiopulmonary, gastrointestinal, urogenital and gynecological complaints.