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Zach Olesinski, R.Ac


“It’s my goal to work with you to rediscover what optimal health means to you; finding a state of well being that lets you live life to the fullest.”

My Journey

The path to true health is a journey. My journey into discovering what worked best for me took time and different approaches.

While in school for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) I began seeing a TCM acupuncturist for my nerve pain and stress. I was getting results but not to the level I knew I wanted to get to. I decided to go to another practitioner, one who practiced a Japanese style of acupuncture.

I had great results.

From that point, I decided that I wanted to study and use this style of acupuncture in my practice. Japanese style acupuncture, which primarily diagnoses conditions through palpation of the abdomen known as the “Hara,” not only resonates with me but also proves to be very effective.

It provides the patient with clear feedback as to the changes that are occurring before and after treatment.

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Experience

Zach Olesinski, R.Ac, ADS, graduated from the Institute of Traditional Medicine with a Diploma of Acupuncture, covering over 2,000 hours of acupuncture, eastern nutrition and biomedical sciences. Since graduating, he has continued his studies with renowned Japanese acupuncturists Kiiko Matsumoto and Takamasa Tsurusaki. Zach is currently interning with one of Japan’s top manual therapists Takayuki Tsuchikawa.

Zach has interned at Aim2Walk, an integrated neuro-rehabilitation clinic and has worked as a health educator supporting patients with chronic disease. His diverse clinical experience allows him to treat a variety of health conditions. Zach is registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO).

Services

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a modality used in Chinese and Japanese medicine to influence the body’s natural healing ability as well as prevent disease. This is done by the insertion of sterile, filiform (very fine) needles into acupuncture points on the body. These points typically fall on a system of channels known by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as “meridians”. These meridians represent a network of superficial and deep pathways that enable a connection between the inner and outer aspects of the body. The Chinese observed that the insertion and stimulation of points along these meridians influenced specific areas and organs of the body. Stimulation of these points are known to direct “Qi”, otherwise translated as “vital energy,” which the Chinese believed is essential to life and health when moving in harmony. Any blockage in the movement of Qi is believed to create disease. Since acupuncture clears these blockages it is an effective method for preventing, maintaining and healing disease.
Originating in China and arriving in Japan in the 6th century, the style of acupuncture used in Japan was primarily developed by blind practitioners who relied on their precise palpation abilities to effectively diagnosis and treat disease. Emphasis on palpation, especially of the abdomen, known as the “hara,” is done to create a diagnostic overview of the imbalances causing the health condition. Findings of pain, hardness, flaccidity, warm or cold upon palpation of the abdomen create what is known as a “reflection zone.” Removing these findings at the reflection zones are important to begin healing as they represent the underlying cause of the condition. Creating changes to the abdomen is used to gauge clinical effectiveness of the treatment.

The World Health Organization (WHO) published a report stating the ability of acupuncture and Chinese medicine to treat more than a hundred common ailments, including:

  • Musculoskeletal Conditions such as arthritis, neuralgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, tinnitus (ringing in ears), back/neck/shoulder pain.
  • Emotional and Psychological Disorders such as stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD/ADD.
  • Endocrine Conditions such as diabetes hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, menopause, osteoporosis, hypoglycemia and obesity.
  • Gynecological Conditions such as endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), amenorrhea (no period), dysmenorrhoea (painful period), menorrhagia (heavy periods) and infertility.
  • Circulatory Disorders such as hypertension (high blood pressure), hypotension (low blood pressure), angina pectoris, and arteriosclerosis.
  • Addictions and Withdrawal such as alcohol, nicotine and other drugs.
  • Respiratory Disorders such as asthma, emphysema, sinusitis, allergies, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), common cold and bronchitis.
  • Gastrointestinal such as food allergies, Crohn’s disease ulcers, diarrhea, anemia, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), colitis indigestion, gastritis and diabetes.

Manual Therapy

Myofascial release is a manual therapy technique used to treat skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the the stretch reflex in muscles.
ASTR is a manual therapy technique developed by orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Fujio Matsumoto and shiatsu therapist Masakazu Kutsunugi. It combines Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, and stretching to work with stubborn muscle related injuries.

Using manual therapy techniques, the following conditions can be effectively treated :

    • Back pain
    • Shoulder pain
    • Neck pain
    • Postural strain
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Repetitive strain injuries: Tendonitis
    • Headache
    • Whiplash
    • Rotator cuff injury
    • Impingement syndrome
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Thoracic outlet syndrome
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Sciatica
    • Piriformis syndrome
    • Groin pain
    • Hip pain
    • Knee pain
    • Back pain during and after pregnancy
    • Plantar Fasciitis

Eastern Nutrition

Food is considered to be a foundation of medicine. In Eastern nutrition, specific foods are recommended based on personal diagnosis according to the individual’s signs and symptoms. Foods are chosen due to their various therapeutic qualities and properties. Food selection is based on the concept of balancing the body’s organ systems to restore the body back to its optimal state of health.

GET TO THE ROOT OF YOUR CONDITION

Through a series of comprehensive assessments, your personal intake, a review of your medical history,
we will work together to determine the underlying causes that are contributing to your symptoms and medical condition.

How Appointments Work

During your initial visit, a comprehensive assessment using Japanese diagnostic methods such as checking the pulse, palpating the abdomen, neck and spine will be conducted. These assessments, along with a thorough personal intake and health history will allow us to develop an understanding of the underlying cause of your health concerns.
Based on your health history and diagnosis, a treatment plan will be devised. This will include acupuncture treatments as well as the following techniques:

  • Moxibustion: The burning a herb called mugwort on the end of a needle or near an acupuncture point
  • Cupping: The use of glass suction cups applied to an acupuncture point or moved along a meridian or body surface
  • Contemporary Methods: Includes the use of mild electric stimulation applied to the needles to enhance the acupuncture treatment
  • Shiatsu Massage: a Japanese method of treatment that uses specific massage techniques to stimulate points, meridians or regions of the body
  • Acupressure: Manual pressure of acupuncture point
  • Gua Sha: Vigorous rubbing of the skin to increase blood flow
Every condition is different and the course of treatment depends on whether it is acute or chronic. Generally clients feel relief after the first treatment and in acute cases can respond well within a few treatments. With chronic conditions relief can take up to 10 or 12 regular sessions to see consistent and lasting change.

Fees

Initial Appointment: $120

Follow Up Treatments:
40 minutes $90
20 minutes $70