Many women begin to lose their sense of well-being in their 60’s 70’s and 80’s as pain and physical limitations replace their active, full lifestyle. Chinese medicine has a long standing focus on health cultivation and preservation.
My name is Abigail Thomas and I am a board certified doctor of acupuncture. I specialize in holistic women’s health through each stage of a woman’s life. I offer an individualized approach to relieving pain with acupuncture and massage as well as strategic consulting for mature women who want to preserve their health so they can be part of the community, spend time with their families and feel that spark of life that they deserve to feel.
Click the link below to schedule a phone call with me or call the office at 607-274-7520. I am looking forward to talking with you!
Patient Success Stories
Paula is a 63-year-old woman who came to me because she had been diagnosed with long covid. A year after having covid, she continued to have persistent vertigo, chronic fatigue and neurological symptoms. When she came to see me, she was under the care of a neurologist, rheumatologist, physiatrist and had seen several other specialists. She was told that her symptoms were most likely a long covid presentation but none of the medications that she was offered had been effective. Her biggest fear was that her life, as she had known it, was over. She feared that she would not be able to work, drive a car or take care of herself because of the way that she felt daily. Her main question was if acupuncture treatment might help her. She said to me “I have tried everything else, and no one can help me.” She had never had acupuncture before, and I explained that acupuncture treatment had a long track record of helping people with both vertigo and chronic fatigue syndrome. Because of my specialization in chronic conditions, I have successfully helped many people suffering from the symptoms that she was experiencing, even though long-covid was still a new condition. I completed an acupuncture assessment and suggested a treatment plan for her. She decided that she was willing to give it a try. Paula’s life is significantly different after being treated with acupuncture. About 8 weeks into the treatment plan, she regained the ability to drive a car and was able to return to work 4 days per week. She was no longer dizzy and we discussed how she can manage her energy level to prevent symptoms from recurring.
Elana was in her late 70’s when she came to see me for help with neck pain. She had a long history of neck pain as she spent her career working at a desk and on a computer. She had pain daily and it has been preventing her from engaging in daily activities like housework and gardening. It also made it more difficult for her to travel by car or plane to see her family in another state. Her medical diagnosis was diagnosed as arthritis. It was unrelieved by pain medications and there were no medical treatments available to her but she had worked with a physical therapist at various times over the years. Her biggest fear was that her quality of life was declining, and she said that she felt like her life was getting narrower. She had never had acupuncture before, but she was referred to me by a friend whom I had helped with back pain. I explained that acupuncture can help reduce the level of pain related to her arthritis. I asked her to share some goals with me for activities that she would like to be able to do in both the short and longer term. Elana began an acupuncture treatment plan in March and was able to work in her garden that spring. As her pain level decreased, I recommended that she reconnect with her physical therapist, and we worked together to help Elana increase her tolerance for physical activity so that she was able to go on a vacation with her family that summer.