Jessica Bensky is one of our community partners from Bensky Family Acupuncture and specializes in acupuncture. Get to know her and the amazing work she does for the health of families in our community.
What types of patients do you tend to see in your practice?
In general, I tend to treat women’s conditions from menarche through menopause, as well as pediatrics. The majority of my patients are women of childbearing age who come to me for preconception support, infertility struggles, pregnancy related symptoms, assistance with fetal positioning, labour support, insufficient lactation, inhibited letdown, and postpartum depression. I also see a number of newborns with irregular bowel movements, gas and trouble nursing.
How many weeks gestation should a woman begin acupuncture?
If a woman is suffering from pregnancy related symptoms she should schedule an appointment as soon as the symptoms begin. Such symptoms include: morning sickness, nausea, heart burn, insomnia, migraines, body pain, sciatica, edema, etc. Acupuncture offers drug and side-effect free treatment for many common pregnancy discomforts. Women can benefit from acupuncture at any point in their pregnancy and I have successfully helped flip breech babies as late as 38, 39 and 40wks gestation. That being said, for optimal fetal positioning, it is ideal to being around 32wks. Labor induction can begin at 37wks and typically continues through the end of the pregnancy.
What should I expect at my first visit?
If you have never had acupuncture before or have never had acupuncture from someone trained in Chinese medicine you may be surprised by the comprehensiveness of our new patient paperwork. After completing your intake forms I’ll begin with a thorough physical assessment that will likely include osteopathic palpitation techniques, thermal assessment, pulse and tongue diagnosis, as well as abdominal and channel palpitation. Then we will review your paperwork and discuss our concerns. This will be followed by your treatment. Treatments include some combination of the following: acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tunia massage, heat therapy, acupressure, cupping and moxibustion.
How should I prepare for my first visit?
- Try to wear loose, comfortable clothing.
- Avoid wearing heavy perfumes or cologne, as well as cosmetics.
- Make sure you have eaten, at least a small snack, prior to your appointment.
- Avoid strenuous activities both before and after your appointment.
Tell us about yourself and family.
My husband, Miles and I met our sophomore year of high school and we have been together ever since. Originally from Seattle, WA we lived in Austin, TX for two years before moving to Champaign-Urbana in the summer of 2013. Shortly after our arrival in Illinois we welcomed our sweet little girl, Leona.
Miles is a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois where he researches animal learning and cognitive ecology in fish. Although he is currently on hiatus, he enjoys running and has completed two ultra-marathons. Jessica is actively involved in our local baby wearing community and enjoys farmer’s markets and needle felting. Leona loves kicking leaves, playing with friends, singing, and helping with household work. As a family we love cooking, going on food adventures, playing board games, spending time together, and watching the Seahawks with the other Seattle transplants. Go Hawks! We planted our first garden last year and recently began making kombucha.