Christina is a Colorado native and was raised on a 400 cow ranch in Gunnison, CO by her grandparents who taught her the value of hard work and respect for the land and the life on it. Working closely every day with cattle and horses during her formative years gave Christina a strong work ethic and a caring heart.
Christina LaCroix earned her BA in Kinesiology and a EMT certificate from Western State College in 2001. While she was attending Western State College Christina worked as a ski coach to a youth ski team during winter and a guide for horse-packing, backpacking, rock climbing and mountain biking trips during summers.
After completing her bachelors she produced a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in January of 2007. This 4 year program consists of 2,231 required educational (didactic) hours and 962 hours of clinic. She was certified as a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in 2007, including certification in Clean Needle Technique and Chinese Herbology.
During Christina's 4 year graduate program, she worked for the highly esteemed Dr. Heiner Fruehauf in Oregon and traveled to China to study with master teachers Dr Liu Lihong and Master Wang Qingyu. She also trained in allergy elimination techniques.
When Christina takes time off it is to travel to a new part of the world. She enjoys exploring and experiencing new cultures and places. She brings this curiosity and love of learning to your treatment.
To benefit your health Christina uses: Acupuncture (TCM, Japanese, Allergy, and TAN), Herbology, Moxibustion, Tuina, Acupressure, Cupping, Gua Sha, Auriculotherapy, QiGong, Dietary and Lifestyle Recommendations.
Christina is a licensed acupuncturist in Colorado.
Spring Creek Acupuncture understands that people are complex and we treat every person with compassion and understanding. We take time to understand what you need and make a treatment plan that is right for you. Each acupuncture point is chosen carefully making sure you are receiving the best care possible.
Spring Creek Acupuncture thrives in creating an individualized health plan. In some individuals or in some disorders herbs are far more effective than acupuncture alone. When this is the case we find the formula that works for your body specifically. Taking care to create a treatment plan that is right for you. Spring Creek Acupuncture uses the highest quality of herbs available.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is a great way to reduce fine lines and wrinkles naturally. We make sure you are our top priority when you come into our office. We finish each appointment with a mini facial.
Cosmetic Acupuncture targets the dermis layer of the skin creating micro-traumas. These small micro-traumas increase circulation to the face and neck improving the production of collagen and elastin. This helps fill in those pesky lines and wrinkles.
Spring Creek Acupuncture will help find a diet that is right for you. We individualize each treatment for you, including diet. We believe diets can affect our lives in many ways both positively and negatively. Avoiding manufactured ingredients and pesticides to reduce the harmful substances entering our bodies is helpful. We realize this may not be possible for you and we will help find a healthy diet for your individual situation and body.
QiGong integrates with holistic medicine as it has been found treat the whole person. QiGong can improve pain and reduce anxiety while enhancing the immune system. QiGong can help quiet the mind and balance emotions. Most of these classes will be conducted online so you don't have to make a special trip in.
Our bodies are quite adept at repairing themselves. We use methods which aid our body's natural ability using modalities such as acupuncture, nutrition, qigong and/or physical manipulation such as tuina, cupping pus lifestyle recommendations..
Tui Na is a type of Chinese massage that we incorporate with some of our acupuncture treatments, most often with our pain patients. TuiNa includes techniques similar to the standard massage as well stretching, pushing and grasping.
Cupping is one method we use. It has been reported to help loosen up the muscle and relieve pain. It can help increase circulation. It is designed to help the body reduce inflammation by using suction. You can think of it as getting a massage in reverse.
East Asian Medicine pain is seen as stagnation, therefore, you can think of this, if you have an injury or pain, the swelling or inflammation just sits there. Cupping can help the body reabsorb the fluid and move the swelling out of the area. You have probably seen athletes with circle "bruises" down their backs. This is that stagnation brought to the surface, Cupping can help athletes relieve muscle tension and tightness, yet it can also help people with pain, stiffness or breathing problems.
Gua Sha is a type of massage that uses a tool to scrape the skin. In gua sha, a technician scrapes your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. They make these strokes with a smooth-edged instrument known as a gua massage tool. The technician applies an oil to your skin, and then uses the tool to repeatedly scrape your skin in a downward motion. Patients have reported it to be helpful with chronic pain and it may help increase circulation