By Meredith Powell
When Alexander Torres was living in Mount Pleasant and attending Wando High School, he never imagined he’d be opening his own business on Sullivan’s Island. But after graduating from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California and receiving his National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Alex returned east and applied for his South Carolina business license.
Alex did not always know that he wanted a career in eastern holistic medicine. When he visited the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for the first time, he had never had an acupuncture session. Though acupuncture is not the only form of oriental medicine, it is by far the most well-known. Suffering from a painful ankle injury at the time, Alex agreed to undergo a few treatments at the College. The ease of the session and the rapid rate at which he heals later helped him in making a permanent decision to enroll at the school.
While Alex studied oriental medicine, he learned about therapies associated with the preventive and healing processes, such as massages, exercises, nutrition, stretching, and acupuncture. However, his greatest interest lies in sports medicine and treating muscular-skeletal issues. Aside from having the chance to intern at the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego in the chronic pain and cancer centers, Alex also greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with the University of California San Diego’s collegiate athletes.
Though acupuncture has been around for more than 3,500 years and is prevalent in the western and northern United States, the south hasn’t really seen many oriental medicine practitioners. This can possibly be attributed to skeptics who are wary of the myths surrounding the procedures of oriental medicine, like acupuncture, but Alex assures those concerned that it is a medicine that heals the individual more than just physically – the benefits are emotional, too. One of the most common misunderstandings is that it is painful, when in fact, the needles used for the process are so small that about 25 to 40 acupuncture needles could fit into the bore of one hypodermic needle. From my own first experience with acupuncture, I can honestly state that the needles are very flexible, small, and painless.
For anyone else who has ever been curious about this treatment, Alex offers the best type of advice. “Try it to see if it works for you. The best test for anything is time and [this medicine] has been around for so long.” His new office offers regular acupuncture, consultations, an introductory 30-minute stress relief treatment and an hour-long session consisting of a 30-minute acupuncture treatment and 30-minute massage. A special sports massage for athletes is also in the works.
So don’t be shy! Alex wants to treat “anyone who has a desire to feel better,” and is busy planning an Open House to be held on Saturday, January 15, 2011. Alex will be present to answer every question and there will be discounted gift certificates, free initial consultations (valued at $120), beverages and hors d’oeuvres available.
For more information, contact Alexander Torres, L.Ac. at 277-7755 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit him on facebook or www.activelife-acu.com. Feel free to visit Active Life Acupuncture at 2205 Middle Street, Suite 207 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursday by appointment in home or in office.