Michael Nixon, L.Ac.,D.O.M., is a licensed Florida Acupuncture Physician, with over 33 years of experience in the use of traditional and modern acupuncture techniques. 

Dr. Nixon is a pioneer in the use of Low-Level Laser Acupuncture, which he began using in 1982!  He is also Nationally Certified in Laser Acupuncture by AAAOM. Michael specializes in the use of Traditional needle acupuncture, and non-invasive "no-needle" techniques.

Michael studied Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Oriental Medical Institute of Hawaii, and began his practice in Kailua, Hawaii.  Michael also was a faculty member of O.M.I. in Honolulu, where he taught Acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and was Director of the Student Intern Clinic.

For the past 20 years, Michael has successfully treated thousands of patients in the Tallahassee area.  What makes Michael unique, is his "hands-on" approach, and the personal attention he gives to each and every patient.  

At Acu-Pain Relief Center, Michael does not treat multiple patients at the same time (as many acupuncture clinics do).  Instead, he treats one patient at a time, and gives each patient full, and undivided attention--thereby achieving maximum results with each session!  This is the primary reason that Acupuncture Pain Relief Center has a 90% success rate in the treatment of pain!


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Q: How much do the treatments cost?

If you pay for each individual treatment, it is $83.00 per visit.  If you pre-pay for a package of 7 visits, it is $395.00, which is about $56.00 each treatment.

Q: How many treatments will I need for my condition?

A: This depends on the condition being treated. For example, 90% of the patients who come through our door for the treatment of back or neck pain receive improvement in their first visit. This is how quickly acupuncture can work. Usually, within the first 5-10 treatments significant improvement can be achieved in the treatment of any pain syndrome.

Q: What if a person doesn't want the needles; can they still get results with other non-needle therapies?

A: Yes. Many times the non-needle therapies are more effective than the traditional needle treatments, especially low-level laser therapy.

Q: How can acupuncture help my neck and back pain if my disc are herniated and out of alignment?

A: Yes.  Acupuncture treats this common cause of  neck or back pain by treating the muscles that align the spine.  When muscles are injured as in the case of whiplash injury or a back sprain, the muscles react by shortening. Shortening of the paraspinal muscles will cause increased pressure in the disc sometimes causing herniation. This condition will also cause the disc to move out of proper alignment. Acupuncture works effectively to relax the injured muscles thereby allowing the disc to move into proper alignment, which results in instant pain relief.  This is why acupuncture is more permanent and effective for the treatment of back and neck pain, compared to Chiropractic therapy; this is because many times chiropractic adjustments do not address the muscle spasms that cause of the disc to move out of proper alignment.

Q: Does Acupuncture work?

A: YES. Throughout history, more people have been treated with acupuncture and Oriental Medicine than all other health modalities combined. Today this medical system continues to help people throughout this country and around the world.  The National Institute of Health has done numerous scientific studies that have confirmed the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating many different conditions.

Q: Does Acupuncture provide long lasting results?

A: YES. Acupuncture addresses the underlying cause of disease, not merely the symptoms. When correcting the cause of the problem, the results are long-lasting or permanent.

Q: How Many treatments will I need?

A: The number of treatments needed varies widely according to the condition. Usually one or two treatments per week are recommended. Chronic cases may require treatment for several weeks or longer. Acute problems generally respond much faster. Occasional treatments throughout the year are usually sufficient to maintain good health.

Q: How long does an appointment last?

A: This also varies. A treatment may last from a 30 minutes to over an hour.

Q: Can I feel the needles?

A: Sometimes there is a mild discomfort that lasts momentarily upon insertion of the acupuncture needle. Acupuncture needles are very thin and are inserted quickly to avoid the sensation of pain. Once the needles are in place, the patient usually does not feel them.

Q: How are the needles sterilized?

A: The best practice among acupuncturists in America today is to use sterilized, individually packaged, disposable needles. Needles should not be saved and reused for later treatments. This eliminates the possibility of transmitting a communicable disease by a contaminated needle..

Q: How deep do the needles go?

A: That depends upon the nature of the problem, the location of the points selected, the patient's size, age, and constitution, and upon the acupuncturist's style or school. Usually, needles are inserted for 1/4 to 1 inch in depth.

Q: What criteria Should I use In choosing an acupuncturist?

A: Patients should ask about where the practitioner trained, how long the training was, how long he or she has been in practice, and what experience the practitioner has had in treating the patient's specific ailment.  Michael Nixon has been treating patients for over 30 years!

Q: What should I know About the proposed treatment?

A: Dr. Nixon will explain the nature of your problem and what treatment he is recommending.  Also, he will tell you what benefits there are to the proposed treatment options  available to you through his practice and treatment modalities, or by referral to another practitioner or physician.

Our primary goal at Acupuncture Pain Relief Center is to help people become pain-free and healthy!