Sports Medicine

Acupuncture that Provides Results. We take a holistic approach to helping those suffering from acute or chronic back, knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, and neck pain. At Art of Acupuncture Venice, we see many athletes, from weekend warriors to competitive athletes. Our patients have a variety of injuries, some acute and others many years old. We treat all acute or chronic injuries located anywhere in the body. Common ailments include knee, back, and shoulder pain.

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Back Pain

In acupuncture, needles are inserted at specific points on the body to stimulate the central nervous system, triggering the release of pain-relieving chemicals like endorphins. This process rewires the brain by blocking nerve cells that transmit pain signals, providing relief from discomfort.

Knee Pain

Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture and dry needling in treating knee pain stemming from various conditions such as osteoarthritis and physical activity-related injuries, like running. These techniques can aid in reducing inflammation, enhancing muscle function, and alleviating pain perception, making acupuncture a valuable standalone treatment or complement to traditional methods.

Acupuncture and dry needling for knee pain can target the underlying cause, potentially resolving the issue in as few as 1-5 visits. When the pain is attributed to myofascial trigger points rather than structural issues, the treatment is more likely to produce quicker results.

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Cupping is a method of relieving local congestion by applying a partial vacuum that is created by a glass cup using heat. This technique relieves pain and discomfort caused by the congestion and blood, mucus, or toxins. Cupping helps to improve local circulation and draw toxins out of the skin and out to the pores. It can be effective for a wide range of ailments.

Dry Needling

Also known as trigger point therapy. By inserting needles into the muscle and often into the fascia with manipulation allowing for immediate relief of tightness and spasm.

  • Allergies
  • Adverse reactions to radiation/chemotherapy
  • Depression & Anxiety, Fertility (male & female)
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Morning sickness
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain: Back pain, Dental pain, Knee pain, Labor pain, Low back pain, Neck pain, Shoulder pain, Sciatica, Respiratory disorders, such as allergic rhinitis, and Stress management.

Acupuncture is widely considered safe, irrespective of your medical background or current medication regimen. Before your initial session, you will fill out an intake form detailing your medical history. Based on this information, we will evaluate your requirements and recommend the most suitable treatment plan.
Following your session, you may encounter bruising or soreness at the acupuncture points, but these issues usually subside within a day or two.

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We combine acupuncture, Chinese herbs and supplements to promote the well-being of your body, mind and spirit. When you’re ready to begin your path to better health, we’re ready to join you on the journey and support you along the way.

Wendy RoseWendy Rose
16:02 21 Mar 24
I'm grateful to have Dr. Heschmeyer as one of my trusted health care practitioners. Her experience, knowledge and compassion have benefited me and members of my family. She listens intently and always selects the appropriate modality or combination of treatments, whether treating injury, illness, or energy imbalance. I highly recommend Mariryan and strongly recommend exploring the services she provides at Art of Acupuncture.
Kelly WhitneyKelly Whitney
00:14 28 Feb 24
I’ve been seeing Dr Heschmeyer for over ten years for various things including vertigo, hormonal fluctuations, aches and pains and most recently a very painful shoulder injury that had me scared. Her knowledge of the human body and using different techniques, not just needles, had me working again within 24 hours. You don’t have to have a specific issue to go see her, just getting back to balance in this hectic world is helpful. I highly recommend her for a better quality of life. Also, Jenny at the front desk is amazing too!
Haley CockrillHaley Cockrill
00:14 28 Feb 24
I’ve been personally seeing Dr. Heschmeyer for 3-4 months. From the moment you walk in, it’s the pleasant and friendly welcome from Jenny at the front desk. Each appointment I’ve had thus far has been amazing. Dr. H takes her time to truly listen to what my body is experiencing and struggling with. She goes above and beyond to make sure I feel confident in our treatment plan as well as helping me better understand other ways to benefit what we are striving for. She is so educated in nutrition and actually takes the time to make sure what she’s doing is going to help resolve the problem. I’ve never had a doctor actually personally care for my health as I feel she does. I can’t wait to continue my journey with Dr. Heschmeyer and her team. I highly recommend this office!
Heather ButcherHeather Butcher
20:13 22 Feb 24
Mel CulpMel Culp
15:32 23 Jan 24
I am so grateful to Dr. Heschmeyer for listening to my issues and then tayloring a treatment for immediate and continued relief! The atmosphere is warm, welcoming and professional. I highly recommend Art of Acupuncture and will continue to see Dr. Heschmeyer for all my medical and health related needs.
Elisabeth Duell-BranlyElisabeth Duell-Branly
16:12 03 Jan 23
Many years ago I was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia. In Jan, 2020, I had gamma knife surgery for the trigeminal neuralgia and did not get much relief. In July 2022 the symptoms returned full blown, maybe worse than ever before. The neurologist told me I have SUNCT a type of headache that has "no known cause and no known cure". He offered me an anticonvulsant "that may or may not help". I have tried anticonvulsants in the past and the side effects were much worse than the benefits so I decided to do more research. There is not much information about SUNCT.I started researching all kinds of alternative therapies. Acupuncture has been known for some time to help with Trigeminal Neuralgias so I focused on offices in the Venice, Sarasota, and Port Charlotte area. I was impressed with the credentials of Dr. Mariryan Heschmeyer D.O.M., A.P. On the first phone conversation I was able to get an appointment fairly quickly. On my first visit Dr. Heschmeyer assured me she has treated SUNCT successfully and set up a plan of care. I had significant relief that day and then on the second day she gave me multiple injections in my face of the drug Sarapin. I had treatments once a week and on the fourth visit I was pain free.Sarapin is approved by the FDA. I am so thankful for Dr. Heschmeyer"s skill and knowledge of this disease SUNCT. I will continue to see her once a month as a maintenance therapy but I remain pain free. I recommend that everyone with the SUNCT diagnosis should see Dr. Heschmeyer. Don't be afraid of the Sarapin injections in your face, its like a kitten walking on your face compared to the trigeminal pain. The office staff is very helpful and very compassionate, its easy to access and the atmosphere is very comforting. The experience is stress free and the results are miraculous.
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