5690 DTC Boulevard, Suite 140E
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
PH: 303-847-0905
FX: 303-847-0917
Contact | Directions | Hours

5280 Balanced Health Center News

February 2018 Practice Newsletter

Our Practitioner’s Perspective which answers a common question we get in our office, as well as provide you with some more insight into how team 5280 BHC works so well together. The recipe this month will curb your sweet tooth while providing a protein punch and much more.


Practitioner’s Perspective
Acupuncture? Dry Needling? What’s the Difference?
Beckie McLeod Lac, Dipl. OM, FABORM
A question that comes up often at 5280 BHC is, ‘What’s the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?’
Acupuncture is a technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, by a licensed, board certified practitioner, who has received a 3-year Masters degree.
Acupuncture works by 3 different mechanisms:

  1. Bringing blood flow to specific areas of the body, which nourishes an injured site with natural anti-inflammatories and nutrients.
  2. Release of muscle tension
  3. Increase of endorphins (the natural pain-killing plus feel-good hormones) and decrease in cortisol (pain and stress hormones).
Dry needling is acupuncture without an acupuncture license. Before joining 5280 BHC, I worked with Chiropractors and Physical Therapists, without acupuncture licenses, who performed dry needling - using the same acupuncture points and acupuncture needles. The difference was retention time of the needles. Whereas the Chiropractors and PTs inserted the needles and wiggled them for 10-20 seconds, then removed them, an Acupuncturist will leave the needles in for 20-30 minutes.
Dry needling does work to relieve muscle tension, but the two other components of blood flow and endorphin release are lacking, due to inadequate needle retention. Without blood flow to the site of injury, along with the balance of hormones by the nervous system, muscles are more likely to become tense and stiff again and the patient will experience less pain relief.
Not only effectiveness, but safety as well, is important to consider with any form of needling. A licensed Acupuncturist spends 1,575 hours of their 2,850 hours in acupuncture theory, technique, observation, and clinic hours before sitting for board exams. A Physical Therapist can begin dry needling patients after taking anywhere from 3 to 6 days of courses, depending on a state’s laws. A Chiropractor can become a Chiropractic Acupuncturist after completing 100 hours of acupuncture education.
I truly enjoy being part of the 5280 BHC team for many reasons, one of them being Dr. Decker’s opinion that all practitioners remain in their realm of practice, which is most effective and safest for our patients. 

Recipe of the Month
Black Bean Brownies
  • 1 can – 15 oz black beans – drained
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil – melted (butter or ghee can be used as substitute)
  • ¾ cup raw honey
  • 2 tsp pure stevia
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup water
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Blend all ingredients together
  • Pour ingredients into a greased 8 x 8 pan and bake for 40 minutes
  • Cool for 10-15 minutes
Product of the Month
Show Love to yourself this February and enjoy a
$10 gift certificate
from us to enjoy a new service you have not tried yet at 5280 BHC!

This February we want you to treat yourself! Our product of the month pushes you to give yourself some new love and expand your self-care.
  • Have you wanted to try Acupuncture but are a scared of the needles?
  • Do you want to curb your anxiety this year with neurofeedback?
  • Have you walked past the Pilates room and wondered what all the equipment is used for back there?
  • Does Chiropractic intrigue you but the thought of “cracking” your bones scare you?
  • Have you seen cupping marks on others and wanted to see how that can help?
Conquer those fears this month so you can continue to strive for your goals this year. Let our wellness center aid you in achieving your best self through addressing your five dimensions of health: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and intellectual. 

Beckie’s Schedule for February –
Mondays, Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings
Brittany – out of office 16th – 20th
Dr. Katie – out of office on the 12th
In health,
Your 5280 Balanced Health Center Team
Return to Main News Page2017 Newsletter Archive

5690 DTC Boulevard, Suite 140E
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
PH: 303-847-0905
FX: 303-847-0917
Contact | Directions | Hours

Copyright © 2019 Bristow Pediatrics. All rights reserved.