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Banish Pain and Treat Chronic Conditions at Capital Acupuncture and Therapeutic Massage

By Marina I. Jokic

As an undergraduate at Bennington College in Vermont, John Roberts immersed himself in Chinese language and philosophy. He spent the next semester at Chengdu University in China, studying traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. Upon graduating, Roberts enrolled at the oldest massage school in the country, The Swedish Institute, completed a ten-semester master's program in Traditional Oriental Medicine at Touro College in New York, and received his acupuncture license. Shortly thereafter, he opened a private acupuncture clinic in Manhattan that also integrated massage therapy, herbal medicine, moxibustion, and cupping.

In 2016, Roberts moved to Wisconsin, relocating his practice. With over 20 years of experience treating sports injuries, chronic pain, and a variety of neurological impairments, he has helped hundreds of people regain their mobility and manage their pain. At Capital, you will find various therapies including traction bodywork, massage, cupping, and scalp acupuncture.

John Roberts

Whether you are hoping for a speedy recovery from a sports injury, increasing flexibility after knee replacement surgery or searching for a safe treatment to help you manage the symptoms of stroke or neurological disease, Capital Acupuncture and Therapeutic Massage is Madison's best choice for professional treatments.

"When I moved to Madison, with its strong athletic culture, I felt inspired to really focus my practice on the treatment of sports injuries and orthopedic and neurological issues," Roberts said. "It just seemed like the perfect fit [because] as an exercise fanatic myself, I really appreciate the specific needs and mindsets of competitive athletes."

Roberts' office reflects his treatment style and resembles a workshop much more closely than a spa. During treatments, patients enjoy the comfort and warmth of the massage table while Roberts is adjusting or positioning them. There are no distractions in his office because his practice is medical in nature rather than a luxurious spa. Treating pain and offering long-term pain and injury management solutions is Roberts' top priority.

"It is deeply satisfying to treat painful conditions because getting someone out of pain improves their life in so many different ways," he said. "One of my favorite ways of treating is to do acupuncture points far away from the problem area and use heat or massage directly on the problem area; that lets me feel the change as it is occurring during treatment."

For instance, if you have a stiff neck, Roberts will usually place one hand on your neck and one hand on an acupuncture needle. As he manipulates the needle, he feels the neck muscles as they are relaxing and opening up. That is to say, acupuncture and massage each has its place in a particular context, and Roberts has the experience to know when to use the most appropriate treatment.

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