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Miki Higuchi M.T.C.M., L.Ac.
I am a California-licensed acupuncturist, owner of Southbay Pain & Sports Medicine Acupuncture, and a licensed California acupuncturist with a Certification in Sports Medicine. Knowing how much therapeutic body manipulation techniques can strongly affect the outcomes of my treatments, I received advanced training in Tui-Na massage. I also studied at The Chinese Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan, continue to study Japanese style palpation techniques with Kiiko Matsumoto and other leaders in their field, and am constantly experimenting with ways to use this incredible medicine to heal myself and others.
It is no exaggeration to say that acupuncture helped me live life again. I started having back pain at the age of 18 years old. Though mild at the time, it was noticeable enough to get a teenager to make her own doctor's appointment to find out what was wrong. This appointment became one of many many many appointments with different doctors, all of whom sent me away with a exercise handout and a prescription for Hydrocodone. I received little information as to what was wrong and how I could truly fix this. I was very frustrated, and also very ignorant about any alternative modalities except the hospital system that I grew up in and trusted. But to my own credit, I kept trying. I kept knocking on different doctors' doors to see if I would get a different answer. 12 years went by. Meanwhile, my back had continued to deteriorate to the point that, except for work, I stopped going out. Sitting for any period of time was too painful. This meant no dinners out, no movies, no outings. I was afraid to cross the street because I was never sure if I would have a back spasm and have to stop traffic. At 30 years old, my life felt miserable.
Long long story short, it was only after many many doctor's appointment that a new M.D. that I harassed finally referred me to the Chronic Pain Department . This led to the Alternative Therapy department, which finally exposed me to acupuncture. So eventually, at around the age of 30, I was finally able to slowly crawl out of my world of pain. I could not believe that something like acupuncture could work, and was saddened by the fact that no one had exposed me to this treatment style earlier.
After discovering acupuncture and starting to live life again, I started to run. I started with road running in the early 2000's, ran my first marathon in 2005, my second in 2006, and my first ultras, including a 50 mile trail run also in 2006. I was, and am still hooked on this incredible sport and community. Running trail ultra-marathons pain and injury-free, and analyzing my nutrition and health became fascinating to me. So, abandoning my life as a graphic designer (mostly....see logos), I began the path of Chinese Medicine and never looked back. It is part of my life, and I rely on it heavily to maintain my health and stamina, manage my back, and fix the injuries that still occur because of both life and sports.
Because of what I do recreationally, and because of what I’ve been through personally, nothing is more thrilling for me than to teach patients about this medicine and see patients recover and continue to train and enjoy what they love most without pain. Imagine that. Life without pain. There was a time I did not know what that felt like.
Since then I have come to love and learn about other paths and modalities that all help to contribute to an individual's wellness and strength. Some of these are Tai Chi, Xing Yi, Qi Gong, Chiropractic, Meditation, Homeopathy, Thai Massage, etc.. Personally, I find that mixing arts creates balance, but it's up to you to find what works best. The key though, is to try. Some modalities may not work for you. Or it might be the practitioner. Find the best path for you, but also be flexible. Most importantly, since you're reading this, know that your blinders are off. You are not limited anymore to pain killers, ice, physical therapy, and surgeries. Acupuncture is what worked best for me in my acute situation, hopefully I can bring the same amount of healing to you when you need it.
Meanwhile, I live with my family in the gorgeous S.F. Bay area, and try to spend most of my time on the trails with my favorite furry friend, Lola. No stranger to endurance sports, this stray rescue pup has run as long as 20 miles with me. Her other sports include swimming, sprints, and mad games of fetch.