Acupuncture in Telford PA with
Rolly Brown and Suzanne Kaczor
Covid-19: The New (and evolving)
Feb. 27th, 2023: A message from Rolly Brown:
For those who have been out of touch with me, my acupuncture practice
moved to a new location in Telford PA in February 2021.
I am not currently accepting new
If you've already been my client, you may inquire about scheduling by
calling or texting my cel at 215-262-7233, or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fortunately, when my wife and partner Janice MacKenzie became too ill
to work, our friend and colleague, Suzanne Kaczor (pronounced "Katzer")
had a space available at her nearby office in Telford PA, so I've moved
into her offices.
My schedule at the new office is
limited to one day per week: Tuesdays.
After Janice's death in December, I took some time off...to begin the
grieving process, to reflect on the future, and to try to keep things
safe as Covid cases raged during the holiday season. Now I'm back in
Suzanne's business (and my new location) is
Indian Valley Acupuncture
4023 Bethlehem Pike
Telford PA 18969
Her website, which includes travel directions, is https://www.indianvalleyacupuncture.com/
For those who prefer a female practitioner, I highly recommend her.
My contact number will be my cel: 215-262-7233
As the Covid-19 situation seems to be improving, I am gradually trying
to get my practice back to some degree of normalcy. The goal is still to
minimize any kind of unnecessary contact which might result in Covid
transmission. Please bear with us as we work to adapt to a continually
During the worst of the pandemic, we operated with many restrictions.
The following ones still apply:
No waiting area; text or call from your car in order to be let in.
Masks are still required.
If you need water, bring it with you. If you're worried about
getting cold, bring towels or a blanket. (See Rolly's note on
Rolly on clothing, particularly for
women: My first priority is making sure that any degree of
undressing does not make you feel violated in any way. However,
it's often important to be able to reach acu-points on various parts
of the body, so I've always provided a pair of 24" X 48" bath
towels. We can no longer provide towels for covering. You may bring
your own towels, or you can bring shorts and a halter top, or you can
ignore the issue and dress normally, and we'll work around it as best
There may be other issues as well, but these are the basics. If you
think this sounds extremely difficult, so do I. The increased operating
cost is substantial, and the time required is greatly increased. (I must
leave a 30 minute break between clients for sanitizing the space.) I'm
not sure if the practice will survive, but I'm moving forward. Even
though I've been vaccinated, it's notable that no vaccine is 100%
effective, that asymptomatic Covid carriers can be shedding the virus
for weeks, and that, if a practitioner becomes a carrier, they could
infect many of their vulnerable clients. The virus is unforgiving, and
that's why we understand the need to continue complying with some
restrictions. We thank you for your forebearance.
Rolly Brown answers some questions about Acupuncture
When can acupuncture help?
Acupuncture has traditionally been used to treat many and various
disharmonies of the body, mind, and spirit. While Western researchers at
first recognized only its pain relieving abilities, acupuncture has also
been proven helpful in treating many mood related disorders as well as all
manner of functional disorders. A partial list includes;
- digestive problems
- menstrual problems
- back pain
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- sports and repetitive motion injuries
How does acupuncture work?
Put simply, acupuncture involves inserting extremely fine sterile needles to
a shallow depth under the skin. The needles trigger a response from the
Looked at in the traditional Chinese way;
The body is described as being suffused with energy ("qi" or "ch'i",
pronounced "chee"). This energy flows in and around a system of channels.
Acupuncture points lie along these channels and, like tiny electrical
transformers, serve to stimulate and smooth the flow of energy, creating a
condition in which the body's ability to heal and regulate itself are
Looked at from a more Western point of view;
Western science still hasn't accurately identified all the mechanisms at
work, but there appear to be several. Here are some theories.
- On one level, the needles cause an increase in tension in the muscle.
After a few minutes, the body reacts by releasing this tension, and
there is a strong "relaxation response". This has a local effect, so
it's effective for releasing muscle tightness caused by stress or
- Certain acupuncture points seem to cause a more systemic relaxation
effect, resulting in a heightened state of relaxation, calm, and sense
of well-being throughout the body. This is a reharmonization of the
central nervous system, and can have profound effects, not only on the
body, but on the mind and spirit as well.
- Acupuncture treatment causes changes in the subtle bio-electrical
charge present in the body. This engenders what Dr. Robert Becker dubbed
the "current of healing", an electrical change that occurs in the tissue
as a precursor to healing when a wound has occurred. This change in
current may also trigger a more general reharmonization of the body's
What happens during a treatment?
When I treat someone, there are three phases:
- Interview; I want to know about the symptoms that caused you to
seek treatment, but I also need to know a little bit about who you are.
There are many aspects of your life which influence your health, so I
ask questions about your medical history and also about the unique
nature of who you are, and its influence on your health.
- Examination; This includes the traditional Chinese practice
of pulse diagnosis, observation of structural and surface details, and
also palpation (pressing and feeling) of areas on the arms and legs and
abdomen to determine certain aspects of treatment strategy.
- Treatment; Needles are inserted and left in place, usually
for about 20 minutes. Although you may feel some slight pain when I'm
actually accessing the acu-point (this is called "obtaining the ch'i"),
the needles usually cause no discomfort while they're left in place.
(Needles are much finer than a normal medical injection, and the
sensation is not at all the same. )You may feel some pleasant tingling
or warming sensations during this time. Needle removal is also usually
How much treatment is necessary?
This, of course, depends on the individual situation. In order to give
acupuncture treatment a fair chance, I start by asking clients to commit to
a series of 4 to 6 treatments (one per week). By the end of these
treatments, it should be fairly clear whether treatment is being effective.
Sometimes, four treatments are all that are necessary to restore balance.
Many people opt for a monthly or seasonal "tune-up". (In ancient China, it
was common to get a seasonal treatment as preventive medicine.) Others use
acupuncture on an "as needed" basis. If symptoms recur, they call for an
We consider it a matter of principle to avoid over-treating, but we know
that it's also important for a practitioner to be honest about whether he or
she believes the client needs more treatment. Suffice it to say that we
never try to "hard sell" a client on further treatment after the four
initial sessions, and we believe that, once these four treatments get the
ball rolling, the body will often take over and restore harmony.
How much does treatment cost?
The initial diagnostic session and treatment, which takes around 90 minutes,
is $100. The follow-up treatments, which usually take around an hour, are
$80 each. Payment is expected at the time of treatment.
On Courtesy and Cancellations
We all like to be treated with respect, and a good treatment relationship is
based on mutual trust. You can trust me to keep appointments, maintain
confidentiality, and act honestly and ethically in what I believe to be your
In turn, I need to be able to trust clients to give adequate notice (24
hours) if they are cancelling an appointment, so someone else can have the
opportunity to use that hour, and so my time isn't wasted unnecessarily.
Therefore, I expect to be paid a $40 fee for uncancelled no-shows. Of
course, this works both ways; if I were ever to stiff you (hasn't happened
yet), you'd get a $40 discount next time.