Read What Our Patients Are Saying!
Testimonial: Foot Pain / Neuromas
“I would like to share how I feel now that I have been going to Dr. Chris Carlow’s acupuncture sessions. I’ve been suffering from foot pain for so long. Along with surgery and painful shots, nothing helped until now. I am so thankful for what he has done for me. I am close to being pain free. He takes the time with you to make sure he knows what is wrong with you. To me that’s worth its weight in gold. So do not hesitate, give him the same chance I did and you will be forever grateful, as I am.”
Testimonial: 21 Purification Program
“Hi, I just want to give you some feedback on the 21 day process. overall, the health benefits have been great. I lost eight pounds and feel more energetic and light on my feet. Following the process for 3 straight weeks was fundamental to the positive outcomes that were yielded. This plan was easy to follow, easy to understand and the booklet that came with it was my bible – very informative. This is a clean, lean approach to food and simple as well because the fruits and veggies that are allowed are plentiful and available right at the grocery store.
Preparation and planning is paramount to success, but I found reading the accompanying booklet prior to my start date made that point clear. So, I knew what I was in for. It really was not hard, I found planning meals of veggies and fruits was much simpler than planning three squares of meat and sides. I found myself eating smaller portion sizes, and more frequently, for example I continue to eat smaller portions of better choices frequently throughout the day. I adhere to your 80% rule…stop eating just about 3/4 full, drink lots of water and rest and relax for 10-15 minutes after eating. Most times in between meals, if I felt hungry I would drink water or a cup of tea and realized the feeling was not one of hunger.
However, there were a few days in the beginning, say day 4 and 5 that I felt tired, achy joints, some flu like symptoms. I told myself it is the detox process and just keep up with drinking water and take it easy for those days and then the next thing I knew it was DAY 11 and have felt great since. I suffer from GERD and did find that during the last 3 days of the plan I had more indigestion than usual. I spoke with you and your recommendations helped. You recommended small amounts of white rice throughout the day on day 11 and to make sure I was consuming the right amounts of grains. The symptoms have decreased and I am going to eat celery daily as you suggested.
All and all , I came away with a greater awareness of food choices and much education on meal planning, grocery shopping and how my health is directly related to the food I consume. Good Food = Good Health….thanks again.”
Testimonial: Shoulder Pain
“Just wanted to let know that the shoulder you treated is still fine” (Mar. 2016). “I’m glad I came to you for the acupuncture treatment rather than have my doctor give me a Cortisone shot as he recommended. It’s going on quite a few years now and I don’t even experience a twinge of pain and I could hardly move my shoulder without pain and discomfort. If I didn’t see you insert the needles I would think it was a miracle. Again, thank you.”
Testimonial: 21 Purification Program
“After suffering from a prolonged bout of acute seasonal illness coupled with undesirable effects to certain medications that were used to treat my ailments, I was left fairly weakened with more serious episodic bouts of anxiety and a general feeling of somehow being out of balance. Desperate for some sort of comprehensive help and quickly running out of alternatives, I turned to acupuncture – something I had tried some years prior and found to be highly effective.
After the very first treatment I felt significant relief from some of my symptoms and in time I began to feel more like myself, gaining both strength and a certain ease of spirit. Slowly I was able to resume most of my normal activities.
I definitely owe a great debt of gratitude to Dr. Carlow. Extremely easygoing, yet unfailingly forward and honest, he truly has his patients’ best interests at heart. Having had some prior experience with such treatments, it was easy to see that he is extremely skilled and proficient at what he does – learned in multiple disciplines. His treatment rooms are very inviting and every comfort is keenly attended to. Treatment rates are very reasonable and competitive for what I consider to be some of the very best care to be had in the area.
Whatever you may be recovering from, I feel Dr. Carlow could certainly be of some benefit to you. Acupuncture has proven for me to be a safe, pain-free and highly relaxing alternative to many more modern treatment options. Though I feel it could easily prove an exceptional adjunct therapy in an overall routine for wellness for those perhaps initially a little more hesitant to explore more ancient healing techniques.
If you’re seeking help, please consider Dr. Carlow. One of the kindest and friendliest people I’ve met, it’s a decision I’m sure you’d find would benefit you greatly as well. Thank you.”
Testimonial: Less Stress Now Program for Corporate Event
“We wanted to thank you so much for coming in the other day for our Office Stress Reduction treatment! It was really great and we all commented on how “zen” we became during the meditation. All of us felt calmer, centered and more rested when it was over. Really nice!”
~ AMI / JoEllen
Testimonial: Chronic Back and Leg pain
“I was very skeptical about acupuncture and quickly learned that my skepticism was directly related to my ignorance and lack of knowledge. Oh, I have so much to learn.
I met with you to discuss options for treatment for my pain and was quickly put at ease by your relaxed, calm approach. You shared your knowledge and wisdom so easily and naturally, I forgot about how anxious I was and looked forward to my first treatment.
I have had much experience with health care professionals and was very surprised and delighted as to how relaxed, down to earth and compassionate you are and how much information you provide. I never felt rushed or ignorant. You answered my questions honestly and thoroughly and I knew from our first meeting that I was dealing with an expert professional with experience, knowledge and skill.
My treatments have been relaxing, warm and comfortable. Scary? Yes, the first treatment I was very scared and afraid of the pain that the needles may cause. I soon found out that my fears were unfounded. I was in so much pain, 7 out of 10, when I got on the treatment table and 2 out of 10 when I got off the table. The treatment room is warm, soft lighting, soft music and ohh , such a soft, warm, comfortable treatment table. Your expert technical skills and abilities match your expert manner in which you provide healing. The sensation that the needles cause are so quick and fleeting that I forget that you have placed them and need to remind myself to stay still. I become so relaxed and warm and feel my pain diminish.
I am very optimistic about the positive results that your treatment has given me and am interested in further broadening my abilities to help myself heal. I want to take Tai Chi and will find out more about your classes when I see you this week. I look forward to treatment. How many times in the past five years since my injury have I been able to say “I look forward to treatment”….never…..now, I look FORWARD.”
“After trying several standard things to help relieve my sciatica pain, including but not limited to physical therapy and medication, I finally took my friend’s advice and went to Chris Carlow for help. Over the course of several weeks, using acupuncture, Chris worked on me until I was no longer having a problem. I had my doubts since I had no experience with acupuncture but Chris explained everything and I rarely felt any discomfort during the sessions. I strongly recommend a visit to Chris Carlow if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort or even if you just want to feel better than you already do. The office is warm and inviting and everything is very comfortable and professional. So what are you waiting for? Make an appointment!”
Testimonial: Dizzy Spells
“Dr Carlow is great! He helped me with dizzy spells when conventional medicine had no answers. Not only was I feeling better after seeing him, it was much quicker than having to go through the normal battery of tests with standard doctors. In fact, by the time I got to some of the appointments scheduled for me by my regular doctor, I was better! I now feel I have a great partner for wellness in my corner.”
Testimonial: Physical Pain / Trauma
“I visit Dr. Carlow for acupuncture therapy because my body has had some significant traumas and has a wide range of alignment and wear issues. I leave his office feeling physically better and with renewed spirit. His knowledge and natural approach toward health and balance is very comforting in this world full of manufactured and often “counter” productive remedies.”
Testimonial: Acupuncture | Diet | Carpal Tunnel
“Dr. Carlow has helped me with various health issues in the 3 years I have been seeing him. He is very professional and the only one I trust to do acupuncture. If you have any questions he will take the time to discuss any health problems with you. He has been very helpful with diet and my carpal tunnel issues.”
“Dr. Carlow is the only person I would trust to do acupuncture. His credentials, professionalism, and customer service are just some of reasons why. If you have any questions, he will take the time to explain. I would recommend him every time!”
Testimonial: Chronic Neck and Shoulder Pain
“I have lived with chronic neck and shoulder pain due to stress and poor ergonomics at work. My doctor wanted to put me through tens of thousands of $ of testing and some of them known to be extremely painful. I went to see Chris Carlow and within 3 sessions I had ZERO pain! Now it’s just about maintenance. I cannot speak highly enough of the professional, knowledgeable, caring way I am treated. If you are tired of living with pain, please go see him. Free consultation, how can you beat that?! Walk out without the pain and feel relaxed and rejuvenated. I wouldn’t be able to live without this treatment.”
Testimonial: Relaxing | Stress-Free
Chris is passionate about helping his patients to achieve the best health possible…physically, mentally and spiritually. He is an excellent listener and very knowledgeable and empathic. His treatments leave me deeply relaxed and stress-free without the use of questionable drugs with all sorts of side-effects. I recommend him highly.
Testimonial: 21 Purification Program
I’ve just finished the 21 day Standard Process Purification Program and have never felt better. I am 14 lbs lighter and elated! And feel that this program was such a great jumpstart to a healthier lifestyle. Never once did I feel deprived or hungry- I didn’t even crave chips (my greatest weakness). Just knowing that I could eat an unlimited amount of vegetables made me feel unrestricted. I could get creative with my meals and tried several juicing techniques that I never tried before and they were delicious with the SP Complete.
I highly recommend this program and wish I had started last year when Chris had first mentioned it to me!
Testimonial: Shoulder Pain
Dr. Carlow is kind, caring, and very good at making me feel comfortable. He gives extra attention and good natural suggestions to help improve my life for example my diet adjustments have included herbal supplements. I have had acupuncture treatment for my shoulder and the rooms are very peaceful and soothing.
~ P. S.
Dr.Carlow is outstanding in my book. I had wonderful results for lower back pain. My treatments were stress free and totally relaxing. Dr. Carlow is caring and has a very calming approach with each session. He always would take the time to talk to me and discuss my treatments. I never felt rushed in and out of the office. I can’t say enough good things about him, he helped me through a very painful point in my health condition.
Testimonial: SI (Sacro-iliac) Joint Pain
I have suffered for quite a few years from a sore SI joint and a cranky sacrum. During my first visit to Dr. Chris he took the time to talk with me in detail about the pain I was experiencing and treatments I had tried in the past. He knew I was nervous and took the time to explain what he thought was happening within my body and how acupuncture could help. After about six treatments the pain was under control. Dr. Chris also took the time to show me a number of passive exercises, which if done daily, help strengthen the back. It’s been almost 2 months since my last treatment. My sacrum still gets cranky once in a while, a reminder to my lazy self to do the exercises. Overall, acupuncture really helped.
Thanks Dr. Chris.
Note: SI joint pain is located between the sacral bone at the base of the spine and the left and right hip (iliac) bone.
Testimonial: Fibromyalgia & Psoriatic Arthritis
I have been for acupuncture treatments with others but while visiting in Warwick, I decided to make an appointment with Dr.Chris since I read about how caring and professional he is. He took the time to listen to me and he genuinely wanted to help me solve my health issues. Imagine a doctor who listens and doesn’t treat you like other doctors who rush you through the appointment so that they could treat lots of patients in a day.
What I discovered in my first and subsequent visits was how he helped me in so many ways. I suffer from Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis, both very painful. Acupuncture helped me tremendously with the pain. In addition I have been suffering with not only pain in my right shoulder and neck but I could not stretch my right arm past just above my waist. I went for many visits to my doctors and still suffered. During my second visit to Dr. Chris he introduced me to “cupping” and gave me a treatment on my shoulder. I was literally shocked with the results-pain was very mild and I could extend my right arm above my head with ease. My third visit eliminated the pain in my right arm and as an added surprise, the cupping treatment in combination with acupuncture stopped my hands from shaking another problem diagnosed as non-essential tremor.
WOW-several weeks and my shoulder is still pain free and my Fibro and Arthritis pain is very mild.
I cannot recommend Dr Chris Carlow enough.
~J (Fibromyalgia & Psoriatic Arthritis)
Testimonial: Dr. C is more than just an Acupuncture Doctor…
Dr. C is more than just an acupuncture doctor, he is also a kind, gentle and knowledgeable man. While treating me for joint pain in my hands and fingers he has not only eased the discomfort on the physical level and the blockages on the energetic level, he has also helped me to broaden my understanding of how my diet and my general way of being in the world affect me physically. Our conversations during treatment have helped to broaden my view.
~Claudette F. (stiff and painful hands/fingers)
Testimonial: Moxabustion & Acupuncture for Breech baby at 36 weeks into pregnancy
I’d like to thank you for the Moxa/Acupuncture treatment you performed before we gave birth to our beautiful daughter on May 1st! Little Miss Lelaina had flipped into the breech position 36 weeks into my pregnancy, and we really wanted to avoid a C-section if at all possible.
I began working with my yoga instructor to correct her positioning, and combined that with the treatment in your office. My husband Mike continued the Moxa treatment every day at home, and we hoped for the best! When I went into labor at 38 weeks and 3 days, we were informed that our baby was head down and ready to make her entrance! She did remain in the posterior position, but we successfully avoided a C-section and delivered a healthy, 8lb 10oz baby girl, vaginally after 30 hours of labor (and only a short 3 hours of active labor)!
We are convinced that the moxa/acupuncture combined with the yoga positions was the key to our success, and we hope that others can reap the benefits as well!
Thanks again! ~Shannon
Testimonial: Tai Chi for Arthritis
Just a short note to express my appreciation for the Tai Chi for Arthritis Program.
Following up on my wife’s great recommendation and suggestion, I signed up for my first class. I was a bit skeptical in the beginning but I’m now a believer.
The class paced learning and the repetition have allowed me to learn the forms which upon first seeing I told myself “I’ll never be able to memorize those steps.” Christopher Carlow, our instructor provides constant and helpful guidance and advice and after a while the entire class is moving in harmony. The helpful hints about breathing and stress relief are an added bonus.
So far, I’ve attended four different Tai Chi for Arthritis classes or sessions of six weeks each. I look forward to continuing with additional sessions in the future.
Jeffrey V. (Warwick, RI)
Testimonial: Chronic Back Pain | Tai Chi
I have taken several tai chi classes with Dr. Carlow. These classes take into consideration the needs and abilities of each individual. They (Their) stress relaxation, flexibility and balance. I have met many friendly people through these enjoyable classes. I feel so much better when I am taking tai chi!
Having a history of chronic back problems, I was quite upset a few years ago when my back “went out” just before a planned trip to Disney World with my grandchildren. The pain was such that I thought I would have to cancel the trip or be pushed around Disney in a wheel chair. Dr. Chris responded to my call in his caring, professional way by seeing me immediately in his office for an acupuncture treatment. Not only was I able to enjoy Disney with my family, I was able to carry the little ones when they got tired of walking!
Testimonial: Tai Chi for Arthritis
I feel very fortunate to have participated in your class, Tai Chi for Arthritis, offered through Women and Infants Hospital. While it has certainly helped to relieve many physical symptoms, I did not expect so many added benefits. This series of exercises are not strenuous and leaves me feeling very relaxed, very centered and focused. The emphasis on breathing and balance is something I can practice repeatedly throughout the day without interrupting my normal activities. I would encourage anyone of any age to try this gentle form of exercise.
Jo (Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program Student)
Testimonial: “Maybe I won’t need the knee replacement surgery”
(Address to staff at Women & Infants Center for Health Education – East Greenwich, RI)
To Whom It May Concern,
I would like to tell you how much the Tai Chi has helped me. I have arthritis in both of my knees and am going to have replacement surgery next month so I didn’t know if I could even participate in this class.
I cannot tell you how helpful it has been. The instructor goes through each position and movement so slowly and carefully. He showed us one day how to come down on our heel as we took a step forward, which, of course everyone knows! Right? Well, no, some time in the past months, possibly years, I began walking flat footed because of the pain in my knees. As a result, I shuffle along with very short steps. I couldn’t wait to get out of class and try to walk heel to toe. It felt so odd to walk that way but I noticed the pain not being so bad. I have to remind myself to walk that way now but sometimes I forget and my knees begin crying out in pain, then I remember the way I am supposed to walk. It seems weird to me that I “forgot” the correct way to walk somewhere along the way.
My knees feel so much better! Maybe I won’t need the knee replacement surgery. I love the Tai Chi class so much that I do it at home every day now.
Thank you for offering it.
Deanna L. (Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program Student)
Dr. Chris, I want to thank you so much for today’s visit. Before treatment my sinuses were really bothering me. Immediately after treatment, and even during I felt so much better. I appreciate that each time I have treatment you are personable, educational and instrumental in providing great care and ways in which one can learn to live a healthier life style. I’m looking forward to continued treatment with you and taking your Tai Chi class. ~ MJ
Testimonial: Fibromyalgia, Bulging Cervical Disk, Arthritis, Depression
In 2007, I found out that I had a bulging disc in my neck, along with deterioration in a vertebra, a bone spur, arthritis and stenosis. I was trying everything I could think of to rehabilitate my neck and avoid surgery. After a year of physical therapy, I thought there was nothing left for me to try. But, then I met Chris and decided to try acupuncture. I felt some relief from my neck pain almost immediately and realized that this could help me! I began regular treatments and the pain relief became more consistent.
Over time, I also began seeing an improvement in my fibromyalgia symptoms. I no longer wake up each morning with joint pain and stiffness and I have noticed more physical stamina in all that I do. My energy levels have increased and I no longer feel depressed.
I have been going for acupuncture treatments for almost a year now, along with taking Chris’ tai chi/chi kung class. I have benefited tremendously from adding both of these therapies into my health regimen. I think that this combination, along with a positive attitude, has changed my health and my life.
I would highly recommend to anyone that they should try both acupuncture and tai chi/chi kung. I am so grateful that I did.
~ Kris B.
Testimonial: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Anxiety
Last year my life changed for the better when I started weekly acupuncture sessions with Dr. Chris Carlow.
Previously I had pain from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and also experienced anxiety.
The weekly sessions for acupuncture eliminated the pain I had from fibromyalgia and also caused me to be less anxious.
Dr. Carlow has given me a healthier life.
~ Ann Z.
About a year ago, I saw an ad for a free consultation from an acupuncturist in my area. I have fibromyalgia, which affects my muscles. It can be very painful. I decided to make an appointment to see what he had to say. At that appointment I met Chris Carlow, who seemed to be a very kind and caring person. I felt so comfortable with him, I decided to take a chance and have a treatment.
I have continued to see Chris for the past year. Chris is a very compassionate person who cares about his patients very much.
Today I am doing much better than a year ago. I have been able to cut down on Celebrex that I have been taken for years. I now take about 4 pills a month instead of 30 and my muscle pain has decreased.
The treatments have made the quality of my life so much better.
~ Sheila B.
Testimonial: Chronic Pain
By permission – a partial letter from Gil W to his MD – Dr. Jennifer Gass, MD
Dear Dr. Gass,
At your suggestion I have had my 2nd acupuncture treatment and am experiencing a noticeable abatement in discomfort. Hopefully, as you indicated, this course of treatment will help me avoid another surgery. I have scheduled 4 more sessions.
During my last visit you indicated that acupuncture might give me relief but you did not have an acupuncturist you could refer. After only 2 treatments I feel much better and have great confidence in Dr. Carlow. Please consider referring Dr. Christopher Carlow in similar situations.
~ Gil W.
Testimonial: Migraines, Neck & Shoulder Pain
After the first treatment migraines pain decreased to a mild pressure (pain decreased from an 8 to a 2). Some (relief) with neck pain. Shoulder had a mild discomfort. By (the) third treatment no nore migraines and neck pain, stress level decreased, tension decreased.
You have made me a believer just after one treatment I noticed a dramatic improvement in pain relief. I will be recommending your services & treatment to others.
~ Christine O.
note: pain scale referencing the decrease from 8 to 2 on a pain scale of 1 to 10 where by 10 is the subjective highest experienced history of pain.
Testimonial: Tai Chi for Arthritis
Dear Dr. Carlow, I want to thank you for the individualized, quality instruction you have provided in class, As you know, I have had neurological damage that has severely impacted my balance and I have had to work hard to retrain my mind in order to be able to walk. At the time that I was well enough to join your class I seemed to have plateaued and did not expect a great deal of improvement. Your patience, explanations and encouragement have brought me a long way. The Tai Chi forms allow me to recognize my specific strengths and weaknesses in motor planning and execution. The patient focusing on discrete weaknesses seems to have improved automaticity when I walk. It is wonderful to be able to walk without thinking about each and every individual step.
~ Marion S., Women & Infants East Greenwich Classes
Testimonial: 21 Purification Program
I have recently completed my second 21 day cleanse. This has been an amazing experience that has helped clear my body of the cravings for processed foods. With the help of Dr. C, I am now able to make better food choices and have drastically changed my eating habits. It is a learning process though. After the first cleanse, I tried to continue eating the foods that are recommended but started to go back to old habits. As soon as I found myself doing that, I did another cleanse. I am now better able to control the cravings. I feel the more times I do the cleanse, the more by body is reprogrammed and cravings begin to dissipate. The key to this cleanse is to always have food prepared and available. With this change, I have so much more energy. There are foods that I used to eat that I can no longer even bring myself to eat. It is a very interesting change for me and I am thrilled that I am moving away from old, bad eating habits. I could not have done this without Dr. C’s help and guidance. The cleanse is well worth the effort! I highly recommend it.