Acupuncturist (registered with CAAA) , Sports Performance (Certified Sports Medicine Acupuncturist and as a certified Neurofunctional Sports Performance Practitioner)
'Natural forces within us are true healers of disease' - Hippocrates
Alina has a special interest in how acupuncture can enhance our health and performance at the physical level, in injury rehabilitation and optimization of sport performance.
In allopathic western medicine, health is defined as a statistical normal functioning with an absence of pathology. People come to their doctor when they have a significant problem.
In Oriental medicine, the focus is prevention through optimization of an individual’s health. The focus is on a person’s constitution and patterns of imbalance that may predict the future potential of an injury or pathology developing. When a person’s constitutional imbalances are treated at the same time as a physical injury or problem, natural healing processes are facilitated and better health is achieved. This complements western medicine, and as a whole, the two ideas become truly “holistic”.
From Biotechnology, to Surgery, to Acupuncture
After completing her first degree in biotechnology (Moscow State University of Food Production, 1990), Alina started to work on her Masters Degree in Immunology (Gabrichevsky Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Moscow). In 1991 she went to Ryazan State Medical University (named after Pavlov) and after graduation worked as a general surgeon in Penza Regional Hospital (Russia).
Alina immigrated to Canada in 2002 with her family. This amazing life transition afforded her new opportunities in career, including reevaluating the foundation of how she practiced medicine. Finding balance in her own life was critical in this process. Alina’s curiosity and attempts to understand mechanisms of healing drew her to the holistic practice of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. After studying Acupuncture in Grant MacEwan University and completing her internship in China (July 2011), she began her new career transformation at The Acupuncture Turning Point Integrative Health Centre. In this team, Alina enthusiastically promotes and practices the importance of preventative and integrative approachs in optimizing health and resiliency in mind, body, spirit.
The Mechanism of Acupuncture
Acupuncture affects the flow of energy in the body restoring or modifying it and therefore improving functions of organs and systems and healing diseases. Scientists have found that acupuncture can make significant biochemical changes through mediators and regulators of nervous, endocrine and immune systems. For example, besides increasing production of endorphins – the natural painkillers – acupuncture influences the activity of adenosine. This neuromodulator regulates synaptic transmission in the brain, relating to restorative functions such as sleep, emotions, and as sedation. In tissues all over the body, adenosine is released during trauma and protects nerves, relaxes muscles, improves blood circulation, and relieves pain in the affected area.
Alina is convinced that science will continue to unveil the mechanisms by which acupuncture works. She aspires to coordinate her work with other healthcare professionals in both medical and alternative realms.
Read what Alina's patients say
“I’m not a big fan of needles however, last week I had a area of surface pain/numbness under my left shoulder/left side. Muscle? Nerve? Then I added one of those kinks under the shoulder blade. Alina was calm/competent & explained as she went along. It was an interesting (literally fascinating) and not painful experience. At most it occasionally felt like someone ‘knuckling’ an area, weird but certainly bearable. Helpful suggestions for after too. Kink and pain largely gone. Relaxing as well!” Kelly Parish
“This is my first visit at The Acupuncture Turing point and my very first acupuncture treatment. Alina made me feel very comfortable and explained the process and the what I should be feeling. Later that evening I can feel more mobility come back to neck and shoulders.” Cheryl M.
“Alina is Excellent. I was in to visit Alina to see if she could help with a shoulder injury that I had incurred while in the gym, well the results were immediate and quite impressive. The pain in my shoulder subsided and I experienced my first restful night in weeks. Thanks Alina” Brad. D.
“This was my first time ever getting acupuncture and it was awesome. My shoulder pain was relieved and I was given exercise sheets to take home to strengthen my neck and upperback muscles because of my bad posture. Would recommend to anyone and I’m looking forward to going back for another appt.” Kerry Conrad