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Below are client stories we have collected in our office over the years. Thank you to everyone for all your kind words and support, we are honored to be of service!
Pain of Neck & Head
After seeing a few specialists my migraines were under control; however I was taking 4 medications a day and more if I had a headache. I could not consume too much caffeine, had to get a certain amount of sleep, etc, or else the migraines ruled my life.
When I moved to Illinois in July 2007 and spoke to my new neurologist about alternative medicine she recommended Frank to me. He met with me and was very realistic, he would give it a shot, but with my history there was a chance it wouldn’t work. After a few weeks of treatment I came down to 2 pills a day from 3, then down to 1 from 3. Then we tried to drop the final pill and it was horrible, so I waited a few more weeks and tried again and it was great!
After 12 years of medication, I had my first week of NO MEDICATION. I did not have to take a single Tylenol or Maxalt or anything, no headaches or migraines. I have been off migraine medication for 2 minths now, after 12 years of relying on medication on a daily basis just to function, this is everything I hoped for.
On top of all of this, Frank helped my pinched nerve I have had in my back since I was in a car accident in college!
— D. S. 30 y/o female —
I came in for additional treatments for muscle tension and they were successful. Dr Grill also gave me a general acupuncture treatment for spleen deficiency and in a day it improved my energy level.
My treatment experience has been very positive along with the very attentive attitude of the staff. Thanks very much.
I called the next day for an appointment. I was desperate for some relief from the pain because it was interfering with most of my daily activities. Frank first explained to me what he thought was going on with my muscle and asked me if I would like to give acupuncture a try. I said yes, and I am so glad that I did. I remember sitting in the chair and Frank inserting needles (which did not hurt at all) near my knee. The pain lifted like magic. I couldn’t believe it! I wasn’t expecting it to work that fast. I walked out thinking of all the things I was going to get done that I hadn’t been able to do because of my pain. The pain had improved by over 50% during my first appointment. I continued to go two times a week for the next couple of weeks and now my pain is completely gone.
I am so grateful to Frank, and to Angela, who told me about Frank. They are both so nice and accommodating and their mission really is to help people get healthy and feeling better.
Pain of Shoulder & Upper Arm
compression pressure. The treatments release this pressure quickly. This is more than amazing to me!
Pain of Elbow, Wrist & Hand
simply be the obvious one: I went from playing just one or two shows a month, to instantly playing about 20 (4-5 shows a week).
I first went to a specialist and had x-rays done. No signs of any problems there. Felt we would wait on an MRI and see how the wrist/hand progresses. From there, I went to a massage therapy session. It was great and it did seem to help, but it was a temporary fix (my wrist started acting up in just a few days).
Recently we did do an MRI and found that I do have a tendon problem and a ligament problem. One is deteriorating; the other has a sliiiiight tear. I forgot which one has which thing. But even though those problems are visible, they’re not in the areas of the wrist/hand that give me problems when I play. Well, being the world’s biggest chicken when it comes to needles you’ll all be surprised to know that I decided to try acupuncture.
There is NO QUESTION in my mind that acupuncture works. At the very first session, the majority of my discomfort that day was on the top of my hand (back of my hand) and the moment the needles went in (to my right calf, ankle, and foot by the way), I was fine. No BS. I could open and close my hand (tightly) with no problems whatsoever.
I went in for 3 sessions a week in the first two weeks, then two sessions over the next two weeks. My wrist/hand was definitely doing much better than it had over the weeks just prior to getting acupuncture. Well, during the past weeks of gigs I have to say that I definitely noticed that my wrist wasn’t bothering me much at all anymore. Definitely no major pains like before (and no crying either) and little to none of the tightness in spots. I’ve been doing the stretches and massages that my acupuncturist taught me and I’m constantly focusing on relaxing while I play.
So, if you’re suffering from something that you think acupuncture might help, I definitely suggest looking into it. You won’t know whether it works for you or not unless you try. And if you’re looking for a great place to go where the people are extremely nice and, most importantly, honestly concerned about helping you feel better, please visit the website of Naperville Acupuncture Center.
As you will recall, my left arm I was feeling much better after my acu- sessions with you. The improvement continues. I am now able to use my left arm without restrictions. I’m as strong on my left kayak stroke as with my right. I am confident in using the chain saw. And more importantly, I swim daily without pain. While doing the crawl, I can reach out with my left hand just like I should; pulling the arm through the water feels great. Like swimming should! Thanks for your healing touch. Sincerely,
Since nothing else was working I went in to see Frank. I found that the needles were not as bad as I imagined and began treatment. I began seeing some results in the first couple of weeks. Over all, it took 16 weeks to fix all the problems, but I have spent the last two weeks pain free. During the treatment, Frank routinely asks if there are any new problems.
One week I had developed a problem where I was having lower back problems making it painful to transition from a seated position to standing. I was grabbing on to arms on chairs or whatever else was nearby to aid in the process. Frank inserted two needles and told me to stand up. I started to lift myself out of the chair with my arms as I had needed to do in the waiting room. To my surprise, it did not bother me. I then sat back down and tried again, this time without any aid. STILL NO PAIN! OK, by this time in my treatment I was showing signs of getting better, but I was not expecting the pain to go away instantaneously. This was over a month ago, and I have not had a reoccurrence!
Pain of Spine & Back
When I came to Frank, I could only stand or walk for 10 minutes and had to sit down to relieve the pain. We began acupuncture the first of November with 3 treatments a week. Thanksgiving week I was shopping at JoAnn Fabrics for about 45 minutes when I realized that I was not in pain. So, in about a month I was pain free. We tapered off the treatments and are currently working on my knees, the pain level having improved greatly.
I am grateful for Frank’s skills and patient education. I feel wonderful and have regained my old confidence and bounce.
Pain of Knee, Lower Leg & Foot
During the consultation visit Frank said if I didn’t see an improvement after the 1st few times acupuncture would not help my feet. I thought this was a very honest approach to treating my condition.
After the 1st and 2nd treatment my feet felt better than they had in years. Frank does such a great job explaining about acupuncture and how it works and what he is doing. I was very skeptical but I felt it was the last thing I could do to help the pain in my feet.
After 4 weeks of treatment my feet are so much better. I am no longer in constant pain. I can get around better and I am able to exercise and do things and the pain does not come back.
I have had such positive results and I highly recommend acupuncture, especially with Frank at Naperville Acupuncture Center.
My parents had called Frank, because he had helped me many times before. He was kind enough to let me come in to his office on Friday morning. I was determined to still test, and I knew that he was the only one who could make testing possible for me. He confirmed that it was pulled hamstring, and did his MAGIC. After my appointment, he had fixed my hamstring up so that I could walk without pain.
Now, I could test. On Saturday, I became a Second Degree Black Belt in Tae-Kwan-Do.
Thank you so much Frank for helping me at that time, as well as many other times. Therefore, thanks to you knowledge and expertise I was able to do the impossible and test that day. Thank you.
I am now having treatments to help alleviate pain due to rotator cuff surgery. In addition to my regular physical therapy, having acupuncture treatments has helped to speed up my recovery. I’m impressed with acupuncture and will continue to utilize it as an avenue to relieve pain. Frank’s knowledge and concern make this a worth while alternative to other types of medicine.
- A lack of morning achyness all over (which is typical)
- Especially less pain or none in neck, back, legs and head
- Feet are more numb than achy or burning
Just thought I better get this down on paper!
Recently, with all my physical issues at bay, I decided I wanted to try facial rejuvenation. Over the course of once a week for six-week visits it worked extremely well getting rid of my spider veins on my cheeks. So much so I quit using tinted moisturizer to conceal them. Although I didn’t see much change in my “jowl” area I got a lot of comments from people telling me how good I looked even though I didn’t tell anyone I was doing the rejuvenation.
However, the very best part of an acupuncture session is the best and most complete relaxation I get when I’m “on the table.
I heard about frank from a patient of his and thought I would give acupuncture a try. I was a bit apprehensive and nervous about the “needle thing” but after talking with Frank, I felt very at ease and confident in his expertise and abilities.
After my first visit, the hot flashes subsided a bit but I found my overall wellness to have greatly improved. I felt energized and better than I had (felt) in years! As we continued treatment, I experienced small temperature fluctuations but NOTHING like before treatment. Now, when I feel a flash coming on, it quickly subsides. I sleep “like a baby” and wake up refreshed and ready for the day.
Treatments are something I look forward to. The procedure is relaxing and gives me a chance to take a “time out” from a hectic schedule. The after affects have been nothing but pleasant for me. I hope to continue with Frank to reach my healthiest potential and ward off other ailments.
Stress & Anxiety
I still can’t believe how well I feel and how much it helps me throughout my life. I can work in my garden longer my stamina is so much better and I don’t get sore from the workout.
The aches and tight muscle I experienced from the stress at work have gone. I know that this will be a lifelong gift that I will do for myself.
Thank you both for sharing your knowledge and expertise.
I have been telling all the smokers I know. Any chance I can to give hope to someone else who wants to quit I will. My best advice to anyone is to try it. You might surprise yourself. And you will definitely help yourself.
Patient Stories was last modified: May 31st, 2014 by Frank Grill