A balanced approach to wellness

At Stone Wellness, we view your health and wellness from a balanced approach. This includes nutrition, exercise, pain relief and the treatment of chronic conditions with acupuncture and other practices. We offer these primary services, as well as others:

  • Acupuncture
  • RST Fascial Release Method
  • AcuPoint Injection Therapy (Homeopathic injections for pain)
  • Tui Na and Gua Sha (Chinese pain relief treatments)
  • Cupping
  • Nutritional/Dietary Advice
  • Chinese Medicinal Herbs 
  • Homeopathics and Supplements
  • Bloodwork through Quest Labs
  • Compassionate Healthcare


A common question people have about acupuncture, is, “how does it work?” They often know needles are involved, but don't really understand the relationship of needles being placed in the body, and the reduction of pain or promotion of health. There is a reason acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years, and that is, it works! From a more western scientific viewpoint, more and more studies are being done to prove exactly what happens physiologically during a treatment and why it is so effective at treating a variety of imbalances and pain in the body.

Ultimately, acupuncture works by returning the body to homeostasis. The body wants to be in balance and sometimes just needs a little direction and motivation to get it there. The way acupuncture works is based on the premise of Qi (pronounced chee) moving through Meridians (pathways in the body). Qi is our life force, our prana. Qi is created from breath, from food and essence, it's what animates us. The meridians are the pathways in the body that the qi moves through. When there is imbalance in the body, there is generally a block in the free flow of qi moving through the meridians. By regulating the qi through these meridians, we can help bring the body back to balance.

Some common conditions and habits can throw our bodies out of balance, these include stress, trauma, anxiety, poor diet, grief or illness, for example. When our body is out of balance, there is often suffering and pain or discomfort, if not immediately, then down the road. With acupuncture, we can elicit the movement of qi, so that those blocked pathways become open, and the body can return to it's state of balance.

Each person is different and it takes a detailed interview to determine exactly what's going on in an individual. An initial visit can be one and a half to two hours long. You will be asked a series of questions regarding your health history and your current complaint and details about its symptomology. The intake may even involve some palpation of a painful area. When we are looking at the whole body, everything is important in determining the root problem. The pulse will be taken on the radial side of both wrists and you will be asked to stick out your tongue for inspection (please do not brush your tongue the day of your appointment or eat any food with color additives). Putting all this information together, helps generate your diagnosis and treatment plan. It may be that just one thing is out of balance causing your chief complaint, or it may be that many different things are joining together to create it.

After your consultation, you will receive a treatment based on your diagnosis and treatment plan.

Needling is gentle and often only felt mildly or not at all. Adjunctive therapies such as fascial release, injections, herbs, nutritional and dietary counseling may be used in combination with acupuncture in helping patients achieve their wellness goals.

What Does Acupuncture Treat?

Due to its holistic approach, acupuncture treats the whole person and not just the symptoms. Here is a list of some of the disorders that can be treated:

  • Bone, Muscle or Joint Problems including arthritis, backache, inflamed injured or strained muscles, sciatica

  • Cardiovascular Disorders including angina, high or low blood pressure, stroke, thrombosis

  • Childhood Illnesses including colds, coughs, earache, skin problems, teething problems

  • Disorders of the Head and Face including facial paralysis, headaches, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, vertigo

  • Ears including deafness, ortitis media, tinnitus

  • Eyes including conjunctivitis, glaucoma

  • Mouth including gum and tooth problems, ulcers

  • Nose including chronic rhinitis, nosebleeds, sinusitis

  • Throat including sore throat, tonsillitis

  • Endocrine problems including hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism

  • Gastrointestinal disorders including consitpation, diarrhoea, gastritis, duodenal and gastric ulcers, irritable bowel, and crohns disease

  • Gynecological problems including menstrual issues such as amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, menorrhagia, PMS, menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia

  • Liver and gall bladder disorders including gall bladder inflammation (cholecystitis), gallstones (cholelithiasis), liver enlargement

  • Mental and emotional disorders including addictions, depression, hysteria, insomnia, phobias

  • Respiratory disorders including asthma, bronchitis (acute and chronic), cough (chronic), frequent colds

  • Sexual problems including lack of libido, impotence, spermatorrhoea, sterility

  • Skin disorders including eczema, psoriasis

  • Urinary disorders including cystitis, incontinence, prostitis, retained urination

Still unsure if acupuncture is right for treating your condition? Call today for a free phone consultation.

RST - Gentle Fascial Release Method

Millions of people suffer from some sort of chronic or recurring pain, and both conventional and alternative medical therapies often fall short of long term relief. Many people with aggravating pain still suffer, without any understanding of the cause of the pain and how to treat it. A brand new treatment method called Residual Strain Therapy (RST)  may hold both an explanation and a solution for many kinds of pain, giving new hope for the multitudes seeking relief. 

This method of fascial release is truly innovative.  Dr. Winder, a licensed chiropractor working in Sarasota and Venice has spent years studying fascia and how it works in our bodies.  His work earned him an adjunct faculty appointment at Slippery Rock University, to do formal research on this method of fascial release and its underlying principles.  Dr. Winder has begun teaching his unique treatment methods to other healthcare professionals, in an effort to make this groundbreaking treatment  widely available. Dr. Stone has been studying with Dr. Winder for three years, and brings RST fascial  treatments to her patients at Stone Wellness.  RST is an idea born of the study of how a unique microscopic structural pattern called "tensegrity" underlies all of our cell and connective tissue (fascia) structure. Tensegrity is a unique geometric building pattern that allows for light, strong structures.  The underlying principle of the RST technique is that the tensegrity structure of tissues can be shocked by impact forces into higher molecular tension states without physical damage. The resulting subtle disturbance can then affect nerve, muscle and circulatory function in ways that can eventually lead to pain.  Practitioners who specifically look for and treat fascial restriction find that it is a nearly universal component of musculoskeletal pain, and treating it can frequently achieve pain relief where other methods fall short. 

Dr. Stone is proud to be one of 8 people known to be trained in this work in the Country. 



Conditions that Often Respond Well to RST Treatment:       







Nutritional Counseling is an important part of any wellness plan. It is often difficult for us to see our pitfalls when it comes to our own diet and nutrition habits. So talking with your physician about your diet, your current medication and supplementation is a good place to start. We will help you sort out what dietary changes might be necessary to reach your optimum health, as well as what supplements might best support you. In addition, it is important to look at any and all pharmaceutical medications you are taking, as there may be contraindications to supplements, herbs or other medications. Full disclosure in this regard will produce the best results. Much of this will be discussed in your initial intake.

Nutritional supplements are becoming increasingly important in todays world, as our food sources become less and less nutritious. This makes the quality of our supplements more important than ever. Many products being sold on store shelves are full of food dyes, fillers and chemicals, which just add to the problems already existing in our bodies. Pharmaceutical grade vitamins and minerals are part of a complete wellness plan. In addition to multivitamins, omega oils and bone health products, you may need specific assistance to resolve any particular deficiencies in your body. Stone Wellness works with you on determining what products would be most beneficial to reach your wellness goals and which ones may be counteractive to your efforts.


Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbs are an essential part of treating many cases and can bring resolution to many issues. Pharmaceutical grade herbs are only available from a licensed physician and should be utilized as part of an overall treatment strategy. Chinese herbs come in various forms including patent and raw formulas. Dr. Stone will consider your current issue, medications and tolerance in determining what type of formula would be best for you.