Natural Health Solutions for Children and their Families
Fish Hawk Acupuncture is committed to providing children and families physical, mental, and emotional support through Oriental Medicine. We treat chronic and acute illnesses while strengthening the body and immune system to aid in disease prevention. We look forward to helping your family flourish.
Meet Dr. Kenn
Dr. Kenn O’Connor is a Primary Care Provider and a Board Certified, Florida Licensed, Doctor of Oriental Medicine. He graduated summa cum laude from East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, Florida, with a B.S. in Professional Health Science and an M.S. in Oriental Medicine. Dr. O’Connor is also certified in Acu-Point Injection therapy and Low-Level Laser Therapy.
Dr. O’Connor is a family practitioner, working with patients of all ages, but he especially enjoys working with children. He has worked with children for many years, homeschooling his two children for eleven years, and coaching baseball and soccer for over ten years.
Prior to beginning his graduate studies in Oriental Medicine, Dr. O’Connor earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering.
Shonishin is a modality, developed in Japan, specifically for the treatment of pediatric patients. Shonishin involves stroking, rubbing, tapping, and pressing on acupuncture points or along various areas of the body. These techniques balance the child's energy and strengthen the immune system.
Treatments involving needles are generally utilized for children eight years and older. The needles are smaller and thinner than adult acupuncture needles and usually are painless. If there is any discomfort, it tends to feel like a mosquito bite, and the irritation dissipates quickly.
Tui Na is a bodywork technique that consists of stroking, rubbing, pressing, and pulling areas of the body. It is less invasive than acupuncture and is typically utilized for younger children. Tui Na is especially effective for children under five years old.
Cupping is used to apply light suction on areas of the body or acupuncture points. This technique helps promote circulation and relieves pain. Common uses for cupping are colds, flu, coughs, and asthma.
Low-level laser stimulation of acupuncture points is a non-invasive technique that consists of applying a therapeutic wavelength of light onto various locations on the body. It is a quick treatment that is painless.
Electrical Point Stimulation
Electrical point stimulation involves applying a tiny electrical pulse into an acupuncture point. The stimulus is small enough to be imperceptible and lasts only a few seconds on each point.
Chinese Medicine typically uses several herbs, combined into a formula, to prevent and treat diseases. The remedy may be prescribed as a tea or in powdered form, but is usually given to children in a glycerin based tincture for improved taste.