Providing Added Care for Balanced Wellness
by Susan Post
Licensed Acupuncturist Brigitta Moskova opened 12 Meridians Acupuncture in April of 2012 because she was not satisfied with just creating a space to practice her specialty; she wanted to create a wellness center. With two acupuncturists, two massage therapists, two colon hydrotherapists, a spa and reflexology specialist, and a laser therapist, the Westerville practice is now promoting wellness through a variety of disciplines within alternative medicine.
Moskova grew up in Eastern Europe, where she also attended medical school and where rotations at the emergency room did not seem to fit her medical interests. During her second year of medical school, however, she discovered acupuncture. Moskova was amazed by the immediate sensations she experienced and became fascinated by how acupuncture worked. From there her interests quickly shifted from Western to Oriental medicine. Moskova moved to the United States and graduated from the Columbus-based American Institute of Alternative Medicine as a licensed acupuncturist in 2009.
After working with other practitioners for a few years, Moskova decided it was time to create her own space. She wanted a space that not only focused on total wellness, but also made patients feel welcome and comfortable. The center creates a friendly atmosphere where patients coming in for their first visit feel like they have been coming in for forever.
“We want to provide a place where people can come in and fully relax and recharge and get to a more balanced state,” she says. The atmosphere at 12 Meridians is such that Moskova says during their treatment, patients sometimes relax to sleep.
Many patients seek out alternative medicine as a means of pain management. However, Moskova says, “We see a lot of patients who use it as preventive care or maintenance care.”
Treatment plans at 12 Meridians are designed to address health issues so the patient can achieve a more balanced state. Moskova likes to see her new patients two times a week to start, then once a week, then once a month, finally achieving appointments solely for maintenance care.
12 Meridians administers a collection of treatments that can be used together to alleviate health issues or provide patients a way to achieve inner balance. Moskova herself specializes in acupuncture, utilizing a digital technology known as AcuGraph.
“Patients can see visually what imbalances they have,” she says of the technology. “They can see their balance progress across treatments.”
She also pairs cupping therapy, a technique that places suction devices on the skin to stimulate blood flow, with her acupuncture treatments. Cupping leaves patients feeling like they have had a deep tissue massage in just five to 10 minutes for almost instant relief of muscle tension. The application is thought to also address respiratory issues and aid in detoxification.
The additional wellness practitioners at 12 Meridians specialize in a variety of other alternative medical practices. They offer massage, colon hydrotherapy, laser therapy and full spa services with reflexology, a means of applying pressure to specific points on the hands or feet to affect the internal organs. Colon hydrotherapy focuses on detoxification and digestive-tract health, while laser therapy is used for pain management.
Treatments at 12 Meridians can address a host of physical and emotional issues. Massage and acupuncture can alleviate pain, including everything from headaches and neck pain to arthritis and tendonitis. Treatments also help circulation and general function of the body. Other applications encompass fertility and women’s health issues.
Being a wellness center, 12 Meridians also focuses on helping patients heal emotional issues like anxiety, depression, stress and sleep disorders.
Moskova and the practitioners at 12 Meridians strive to find a course of treatment for their patients to improve health and wellness by exploring alternative medical disciplines.
Location: 2511 Oakstone Drive. For more information, visit 12MeridiansAcupuncture.com or call 614-423-8368.
Susan Post is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus. She enjoys writing about her city and the people and places that make it special. Contact her at Susan.Post.firstname.lastname@example.org.