Sean McCann

Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Acupuncturist, Bodyworker, Herbalist, Taiji & Qigong Instructor

Eureka, CA

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License, Credentials & Experience

Licensed Acupuncturist
Oregon Medical Board (OMB) , #AC181308

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427 F St, 215, Eureka CA 95501, United States
Mon: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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About me

I view the mind-body as an integrated whole and utilize all tools at my disposal to aid patients in cultivating health and overcoming the pain, trauma, and illnesses that are inevitable in life.

I believe that a healthy society begins with healthy individuals and communities, and I see my work as a healthcare provider as being on the front lines of the fight for a better world.

I am a licensed acupuncturist (OR), a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncture Specialist (NAHPCA). I offer an integrative approach that includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, bodywork, cupping, medical qigong, dietary therapy, exercise therapy, and more. I currently offer all of these services in the greater Medford, OR area and all services but acupuncture in the greater Eureka, CA area.

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Sean McCann Answers
Andrew, Thanks for the thoughtful question. The first thing to know about acupuncture is that it is simply a tool. It is not, in and of itself, the medicine. The limits of what it can be used to treat are simply the limits of the practitioner's understanding and/or skill. Acupuncture is usually only one aspect of a Chinese medicine treatment. It may be the primary tool utilized, or it may be a very small part of the overall treatment. They key in Chinese medicine is to understand the relationships between the structures and forces within the body and mind, as well as between the individual and the external environment. Once the practitioner has a detailed understanding of these, they may utilize a combination of any number of modalities to address the issue(s) and restore balance. I will provide you with a couple of specific examples that may further your understanding: 1) A 22-year-old college gymnast presents with a strained achilles tendon. Upon examination, it becomes clear that their hamstrings and calf muscles are incredibly tight. In particular, there are a number of muscle fibers that have become locked in a very rope-like or string-like state. We can fee how these tight lines pull directly on the achilles, placing a constant strain on its insertion into the heel. In this case, I would use acupuncture to release the tight lines by needling directly into the knotted muscles, thereby causing them to fasciculate and release. I would also like needle into the space between the muscles in order to manipulate the connective tissue associated with that same line, likely pulling toward the heel in order to further relieve the pull on the tendon. A number of other modalities would then be utilized (including topical liniments, foot soaks, range-of-motion exercises, and massage) to round off the session and promote healing. 2) A 63-year-old presents with chronic diarrhea that is worse when she eats raw food or cold food. She tends to wears warm clothing, even when in a room in which others are quite warm. She rarely experiences thirst, has little appetite and low energy. In this case, needles would be used at acupuncture points (also referred to as "holes" because these defined points are typically in the spaces between structures - as differentiated form the above example, in which we were needling directly into muscle knots, etc) that are best used for warming and encouraging digestion. Once inserted, needles would be manipulated in a fashion that would create systemic warming sensations and a feeling of movement in the gut. This is a very different (and much more pleasant) technique than the kinds used to treat physical injuries in a robust individual. The treatment would likely be combined with warming hand techniques and/or moxibustion (the burning of mugwort on or above the body to promote warming and the movement of qi). Warm, nourishing, and digestion-promoting herbs would also be used internally to strengthen the individual from the inside. From these examples, you can see how needles can be used very differently for different kind of illnesses. If you would like to discuss this further, don't hesitate to contact me.
Sean McCann Answers
Most of use can use some form of detoxification, but it is important to understand how each individual can safely and effectively go through this process. For this reason, I suggest working with a practitioner who can assess your overall health and create a program that has the proper balance of supporting your system and helping you to detox. An example may help clarify what I mean. A young, robust individual who has been on a partying binge for a month would require a very different sort of detoxification than someone with cancer who is greatly weakened by a course of chemotherapy. If the strong detoxification program created for the robust individual were used on the person undergoing chemo, it would only cause harm, further weakening and exhausting them. Conversely, if the supportive and strengthening detoxification program needed for the latter individual were used on the robust individual with acute accumulation of toxins, it would likely be ineffective in terms of detoxification, and it would probably make them irritable and restless. For these reasons, I do not suggest doing an out-of-the-box detox program unless you are basically healthy and are wanting a basic cleanse but aren't really looking to profoundly impact your health. If you actually have an issue you are trying to address, work with a professional who can support you through the process.
Sean McCann Answers
Mark, you've had several great answers so far on this thread. I will simply add that acupuncture can be extremely useful for releasing muscular tension quite quickly. I use a number of techniques in my practice, including acupuncture, massage, herbs, dietary therapy, and exercise therapy, and time after time I find that nothing is faster and more effective for releasing tension in bound up muscles than acupuncture. That being said, if this is a chronic problem, then you also likely have connective tissue adhesions, and these can be dealt with through a combination of hand techniques, acupuncture, and topical herbs. Finally, as no muscle or tissue in the body is isolated from any other, it is important to unwind compensatory patterns and rebalance the muscles and connective tissue of the body as a whole over time. This way, the entire structure of the body is shifted into a new state of balance that aids the hamstrings in remaining supple and relaxed.

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