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Ryan’s Wellness Update: July 11, 2015

In the June newsletter I wrote about my knee injury and how I realized I needed to change my behaviors around physical fitness and nutrition. At the time of my accident, I was operating under “false wellness”—that is, the idea that I was more in shape than I actually was. The recovery period has helped me understand how important getting back into shape is. As promised (to myself and to you!) I have been modifying my routine with wellness in mind, and I’m happy to share my notes!

First let me say that I don’t measure health by weight or pounds lost—it’s not a great measuring tool because the scale doesn’t reflect the muscles I’ve developed or the fat I’ve burned accurately (remember, muscle weighs more than fat). I take measurements in inches—around my waistline, around my bicep, thigh, and upper chest muscles. It’s here that I can really see a difference! I was tempted to step on the scale when I noticed that my belt needed to be tightened to a different notch, and as it turns out I lost 5 pounds, but I’m more satisfied with the muscle gain.

Nutrition-wise, I am sticking to a few good habits. I don’t eat after 8pm, and I take in more protein at breakfast (usually as a shake). Before, my low- or no-protein breakfasts left me hungry again by 10am or 11am. Now I am satisfied through lunch! I eat a sensible lunch and dinner and that’s about it!

Because my knee isn’t back to 100% mobility yet, I’ve had to pace myself with my exercise plan. I do a lot of yard work andtake short walks, and have begun a super quick (but I won’t say “easy”) workout plan using this app called 7 Minute Workout. For seven minutes, I am prompted through a series of exercises that are not overly taxing on my body. I love this app because I don’t need any equipment, or a gym membership, and I can do it any time. We can agree that we all have seven minutes to invest in our health, right?

Watch this video or download the free app from the iTunes store.

What do you do to stay fit and healthy?  If you have simple ideas let us know so we can share them within the MCA community.

June Newsletter: Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned from a Wheelchair

The official date for the start of summer is just around the corner, and something I would have never expected is that I would spend the end of spring working from a wheelchair! As many of you know, I badly injured my knee in a running accident on May 19. I so appreciate all the concern and kind words from my patients, and am grateful for your support as I moved a little more slowly in the treatment room. I am slowly improving with steady progress, and look forward to being fully mobile again soon. Good news is that I’m wheelchair free!

(pictured at left: me and my co-pilot)

(pictured at left: me and my co-pilot)

Two lessons I have learned from my accident are just how fragile health can be, and the importance of fitness. Using crutches and a wheelchair revealed my need to be in better shape. So that’s what I’m doing: every day I prioritize moving towards better health. I hope you’ll join me in this journey into fitness, and that you’ll let MCA help you get there.

MCA delivers summer allergy relief

AllergyTeaIn early summer, I see so many folks with wicked bad allergies. You don’t have to suffer through them any more! Coming in for regular acupuncture treatments can make a world of difference—and will allow you to be outside doing the things you love like gardening, playing with kids, and just enjoying that fresh Maine air! Make your appointment today for allergy relief. Here’s a bonus: our friend Cathleen Miller of Delicious Ginger Teas and Tonics is keeping MCA stocked with her Allergy Relief tea (which has been flying off our shelves!). The organic teas are available for just $5.



Acu Pro-Tip from an MCA patient:

Beach“In the summer, I don’t always plan my schedule–I may go join friends at the beach or take a day trip out of town at a moment’s notice. Acupuncture is really important to me, and so I book multiple visits at a time and add them to my calendars (on my phone and the one hanging in my kitchen). This way, I won’t have any excuses to miss treatments. I need acupuncture to keep me healthy during summer, it helps with pollen allergies, relieves a sunburn, and gives me an hour of peace to just rest in this busy season of outdoor fun.” – Danielle, Portland 

MCA Reviews from YELP:

“We noticed results immediately. My headaches aren’t nearly as frequent, my stress levels are getting better and I’m learning how to really relax.” -Maria M.

“At the recommendation of a good friend I went to see Ryan at Maine Center for Acupuncture. Talk about a revolutionary moment in my life.” -Steff D.

Be Well,

Ryan Nitz, MA.c., LA.c.


Just Ask

I’d like to share a brief story about how acupuncture is really more than what meets the eye. Recently, I had a conversation with a dear patient of mine at the start of her session. We’ve been working together for quite some time and with great success she is now at the point of coming in only for maintenance. On this particular day, she inquired about a body worker who offers something different than acupuncture. I was happy (as I always am when talking about community practitioners) to offer a little information—and while I haven’t personally received this type of modality treatment, I could comfortably speak about the person in question. Then I asked her why she was asking? She let me know that there was a spot in her upper back near the top of her trapezius muscle that was constantly bothering her. I let her know this was the first time I had heard about it and she admitted that it hadn’t occurred to her to ask me about it. Here’s where the story gets good: using my hands, I pressed down on a few acupuncture points and asked if the tension area on her back had shifted. It had! With some surprise in her voice, she let me know the pain was relieved. We decided to use acupuncture to treat that problem area for that session, and I told her “All you have to do is ask.”


Carl and Ryan set the course of treatment together.

The conversation I had with this patient is common, and I have it every few weeks. One of the toughest parts of my job is letting my patients know how to use me and acupuncture—for whatever is ailing them. I imagine I should be more subtle than installing neon sign above my treatment room door that reads, JUST ASK! and so I’m writing this post. Most times the answer is yes, acupuncture can help you with ________ [insert your concern or issue]. It can be as specific as an area of pain or something more general like feeling tired. If you ask the question, I will offer my support. And if I can’t treat your condition with acupuncture, then I will do my best to find you another modality or practitioner who can. We’re in this together, so just ask. 

 Schedule your appointment online today. 

Be well,


Valentine’s Day 2-for-1 Special


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On Saturday, December 14, 2015, bring your main squeeze or favorite friend in for an acupuncture treatment and they’ll get in for free!  Schedule with the Valentine’s Day 2 for 1 special online, and you’ll pay just $20-$40 (how much is always up to you) for two treatments. Show someone you love the path to health, healing, and joy at Maine Center for Acupuncture.

This special is offered to current MCA patients only, but they may bring someone who is not yet a patient. This offer is valid for one day only during regular hours 9am – 12pm



Ryan’s Winter “Insurance Policies”




Well, here we are, February–what I call the longest month of the year! As the snow has piled up, I’ve noticed some changes in what folks are coming in to be treated for. I went from seeing everyday symptoms like digestion trouble, sleep concerns, colds, and sinus congestion to more acute issues stemming from falls on the ice and overuse of the back and elbows from shoveling. So, I’d like to offer the following “insurance policies.” Both can dramatically improve your ability to have a pain-free winter and each cost roughly as much as one acupuncture treatment. Together, our goal can be to work on your everyday concerns and keep those acute injuries at bay!


Policy #1: Save Your Back

Ergo shovelFor snow removal, I recommend using  this ergonomic shovel. It will help reduce unnecessary strain on your back. It may take a little longer to do the work because the amount of snow you can move is smaller, but your body will thank you–trust me!

Bonus: if you buy a new ergonomic snow shovel Murphy’s Law will guarantee you won’t have to use it! You’re welcome. 🙂

Policy #2: Prevent Slips and Falls

stabilicersA slip or fall on the ice can be painful take a long time to heal. I treat falls every year, and acupuncture can help speed the healing process, but wouldn’t it be nice to know there is an easy and inexpensive way to prevent the injury?

Wearing  these strap-on ice cleats over your shoes and boots will dramatically decrease your risk of falling. I have many patients and professional colleagues who wear these and report feeling 100% confident while walking in slippery conditions. There are many brands available online and locally, and most cost about the same as one acupuncture treatment.


We look forward to seeing you soon, and hope that you’ll consider my recommendations for preventative measures that will keep you healthy, strong, and injury-free this winter! Schedule online now.


Be well,


Ryan Nitz, MAc., LA.C, owner of Maine Center for Acupuncture

November Wellness Tips

The holiday season is upon us. With it comes added stressors and the potential to get sick. Try these basic tips to balance your health and happiness during the holidays.

senior-dress-warmly-200x3001- Wear a scarf. So simple, every time you go outside grab a scarf and wear it. Keeping the back of the neck covered make all the difference in avoiding a cold.

SnowDeer2-Observe nature. With the sun setting earlier our energy level tends to be lower. We need to allow ourselves to hibernate and rest during this time of year. Build in a buffer zone of time to accomplish tasks and listen to your body–take it slow. When we feel restless or unsure, we can mimic nature…Mother Nature will always lead the way.

busy-calendar-help-orig23- Just say NO! Requests will be coming in for our time this holiday season. When we say “yes” to everything, our time becomes stretched thin and our enjoyment decreases. Saying “no” to just a few extra commitments protects us from holiday burnout, resentment, and fatigue.

Should you find yourself sick, stressed, or saying “yes” to everything, we’ve still got your back (and your headache, knee pain, and sleep trouble), so come in for a treatment and we’ll help you find your “reset” button. Schedule now!

Be Well,


What I’m Thankful For

I’d like to take a moment and share what I’m thankful for these days.

– My beautiful wife and family. Watching my boys grow and explore with each day.

– The healing space and community that exists at MCA. I feel blessed and honored to be part of the lives of my patients.

– The Kansas City Royals for making it to the playoffs and the World Series this year!

– My Dad, who is here from Kansas to join us for Thanksgiving. Our time together may be short but each moment is so precious.

– Pumpkin pie, how i love scrumptious pumpkin pie. FYI- it is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 🙂

I’d love to hear what you’re most thankful for, or how you’re spending your Thanksgiving holiday. Drop us a line on Facebook.

Thanksgiving Week Hours

Next week we will be open Tuesday, November 25 and Saturday, November 29. Schedule early as it our days are limited this week. Enjoy your holiday and safe travels!


Be well,


Welcome to our new website!

Welcome, friends, to the brand new website for Maine Center for Acupuncture. This redesign is for you–we wanted to provide a more user-friendly design that delivers all the content you need to have your questions about us and the practice of acupuncture answered.

Take a tour through the site, and notice updated pages: About Us, Benefits of Acupuncture, Testimonials, about the Community Acupuncture model and movement, and how to Contact Us. We have brand new pages for Photos, Events,  and Wellness Resources. As always, you can Schedule an Appointment from our website.

We enjoy connecting with patients and friends on Facebook, and hope new friends will engage with us through social media.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be polishing the website and adding our final touches. Come back again soon to check out the changes, and we encourage you to follow this blog, and share feedback.

Maine Center for Acupuncture is a place where healing and relaxation happen. We’re health care you can afford, with treatments between $20-$40 (how much is up to you). We’re here to support your health and wellness–book an appointment today!

Be well,