- East West Health Center1216 13th Ave. W
Bradenton FL 34205941-744-9770
Clinic HoursMon1pm-6pmTues1pm-6pmWedBy arrangementThursday1pm-6pmFriday10am-2pmSatBy arrangementSunClosedWednesday, Saturday and evening appointments by special arrangement.
I had been treated with acupuncture about 25 years ago in the Boston area. I live in Florida now, and in February of 2017, I was very stressed and my fibro myalgia was causing constant pain. I thought it was time for treatment again. After acupuncture treatment with Martha Pelletier at the East West Health Center, I can happily say I am so much better now. The stress is gone…which really helps the fibro. I do not wake up in the morning with teeth clenched, my attitude toward my health is much better. I have more energy. But the best part about Martha is that she really listens. She offers suggestions but never tells you what to do. She is thoughtful and intelligent. She is a very special lady. I know if I need her care again, she will be there for me.
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I have known Martha of the East/West Heath Center for five years. From the very beginning, she worked to get to know how best to naturally correct that out-of-sorts feeling I call being “all crooked.” She listens to you and literally pinpoints the problem areas. I leave with an overwhelming sense of wellness. You can, too.
If ever you find the issues of the world bogging you down, try an hour with the folks at East/West. Consider it a gift to yourself that you can then share with others…
Anxiety was last modified: April 2nd, 2012 by admin
I called Martha because I was not satisfied with the acupuncturist I was seeing. She fit me in right away and I was immediately impressed by her knowledge and her blending of new technology with traditional treatment. In addition, she advises me on handling stress and even got me a birthday card! Her treatment has kept my disc pain well under control and I always feel better when I leave her office both physically and emotionally. She is an exceptional person.
Pain & Stress was last modified: April 2nd, 2012 by admin
I was tired of the doctors prescribing pills and more pills with no options, so I decided to seek out acupuncture to see if I would receive any benefit at all.
I had been experiencing digestive issues.
After the very first treatment, I had a profound positive reaction. I no longer had pain, nausea and overall lethargy. The benefits of the acupuncture were amazing and I especially liked that no drugs were involved. Martha is patient, taking her time to really get to the bottom of “what ails you.”
I’ve been healthier overall; not just the specific reason I came in for.
Digestion was last modified: April 2nd, 2012 by admin
“My Ship Finally Came In— But I Fell Off Of It!”
Someday that will be the name of my book; it is so true & part of my life. 4 ½ years ago, I was cooking on an ocean-going tug & barge for a crew of 7-15 men. One morning while climbing down the side of the barge, my footing slipped. I fell almost 30 feet and was impaled on the handrail of the tug, causing 7 or 8 ribs (front & back) to break, puncturing my left lung, rupturing my spleen & damaging my diaphragm. My head hit the deck of the tugboat causing damage to my cervical vertebrae, adding compression fractures & Tarlov cysts to my lower back and a spinal cord injury. The doctors didn’t think I would walk again. I had 7 surgeries, many hours of physical & occupational therapy, EMDR, a wheelchair, a walker, a... Read more »
I want to thank you for the relaxation. With owning a new club, relaxation has been a very difficult thing for me to do. I need to find that peace that will sustain me through difficult days. I greatly appreciate your support! A big Hug!
Stress was last modified: April 2nd, 2012 by admin
I suffered a second trimester miscarriage in my first pregnancy. After extensive testing, my doctor could offer me no explanations as to why it had happened or what I could do to prevent a reoccurrence. After 4 months of trying to conceive without any success, I turned to eastern medicine for fertility. I was hoping that acupuncture could help me to conceive a baby and carry it to term. I set up a consultation with Martha. I felt very comfortable with her because she has a nursing background and I wanted a therapist who had knowledge of both eastern and western methods of treatment. She outlined a program for me using acupuncture and herbs. After 3 months of treatment, I was pregnant. I continued with the acupuncture and herbs throughout the pregnancy ( my OB doctors were aware). Martha not only treated me, she was one of my strongest supporters... Read more »
When I called the East West Health Center, my husband and I had been trying to conceive for more than one year. At age 36 I was considered of “advanced maternal age” and had spent the previous six months visiting reproductive specialists and on Clomid. My husband and I had exhausted many of the treatments available to us and were beginning to consider assisted reproduction options. After the first conversation with Ms. Kokajko, I could tell that she was not only very knowledgeable but also very compassionate. She listened to all of my concerns and was thorough in compiling a detailed medical history as it related to my issues. This resulted in what I felt to be a comprehensive approach in my treatment – taking into consideration the whole picture and not just an isolated issue. I am … my husband and I had been trying to conceive for more... Read more »
On March 9th 2006, I had a heart attack. For a few weeks before and after the event I was sleeping in 2½ hour increments. I told Martha about the problem and she treated me with acupuncture. That day for the first time in ages I felt normal, grounded and centered; that night I slept nine hours. I awoke totally refreshed and a well being.
Thank you Martha!
Insomnia was last modified: April 2nd, 2012 by admin
You have helped my body, sick and slowly disintegrating back to the road of homeostasis and I am so grateful. You are a very caring person-what a breath of fresh air. People like you are a rarity and you are VERY APPRECIATED!!
June 6, 2004
Digestion was last modified: April 2nd, 2012 by admin
Your ears are:
- as unique as your thumbprint
- a microsystem of the whole body
- a record of your health history
- highly sensitive to touch
- Closely aligned with brain and body and respond via a complex network of nerves and vessels
- A safe, effective treatment area to help bring relief, restore proper function and promote well-being.
- An easy hands-on way to treat yourself and family in the comfort of your home.
How does ear acupressure work?
Stimulation of pressure points on the ear work to correct the corresponding area of the body/brain that is creating signs/symptoms of poor function. A probe or detector is used to indicate tenderness and visible changes on the ear surface.
You will receive simple instructions on how to apply stick-on seeds/crystals to these points and then press to stimulate a healing response. Using your finger, you will apply pressure to the seeds and massage for 5-10 seconds throughout the day for up to 5 days or as instructed.
Reapply as needed or visit your practitioner for assistance.
Everyone is looking for the secret to weight loss, without falling victim to the latest gimmicks. With so many different opinions about how to lose weight, it can be difficult to tell what will really work.
Fortunately there is a technique for weight loss that has been tested for centuries: acupuncture.
This technique is safe, sound and reliable. And, even more exciting, using acupuncture for weight loss helps you lose weight in several different ways. continue reading
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a mysterious condition. There is no known cause. While the symptoms can be debilitating, there is no test to diagnosis it. Women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with CFS. And most sufferers are between 25 and 45 years old, although there are cases in childhood and middle age.
Some people with CFS live active lives while 25% of the cases are disabled. Sometimes the disease is persistent and other times there is a pattern of relapse and remission. No one knows how many cases there are of CFS because The CFIDS Association of America estimates that fewer than 20 percent of CFS patients in the United States have been properly diagnosed.
CFS has several names. It is called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS). No matter what it is called, the most effective way to manage chronic fatigue is with alternative treatments. continue reading
A fine meal at a good restaurant has many details. It uses fresh ingredients and interesting recipes. There is a variety of foods and the presentation is pleasing.
When food is prepared thoughtfully and beautifully, even the most basic meal becomes an experience. You can’t wait to try it. Once you start eating, you want to savor it.
But getting your kids to eat healthy snacks can feel like the opposite. Your child may balk at anything he thinks is healthy. She may be picky or prefer sweet or fatty foods.
You probably wouldn’t say that your child loves the snacks so much they can’t wait to eat them. And savoring them? Not likely.
But sometimes, the solution is easier than it seems.
Think about your snacks like a fine chef. Find ways to prepare your food beautifully. Make common foods seem unusual. Add interesting flavors or combinations.
Sometimes just changing the food a little bit can make your child dig in.
When you think of taking care of your teeth, do you think of acupuncture?
You probably don’t and that’s not unusual. Most people believe that brushing, flossing and a trip to the dentist for a cleaning twice a year is a good dental routine. And for most, it is.
But for some people, that routine doesn’t keep their teeth in good shape. Despite good dental hygiene, they continue to have dental issues.
And for others, just going to the dentist is stressful and difficult. It’s hard to get good dental care when you dread your trip to the dentist.
Fortunately, acupuncture can support dental health and make your trip to the dentist easier. continue reading
It’s New Year’s again. It’s time to make a resolution.
And you know the drill. You set goals. You work on them for a couple of weeks. You begin to flag.
Many times you give up by February.
Your New Year’s resolution becomes a distant memory until the next New Year’s when you feel slightly guilty and begin the whole process again.
If each year you make a resolution and each year you break it, something has to change. The only way this year can be different is if you do something different.
The trick is not changing your resolution. The trick to achieving your resolution is to use an entirely new plan to reach it. continue reading
You’ve probably heard of right-brained vs. left-brained activities.
Right-brained activities are creative, intuitive and subjective. Left-brained activities are linear, analytical and logical.
It has been a popular myth that people prefer right-brained or left-brained activities because they have a dominant side of the brain. It turns out that while certain activities are wired on one side of the brain (for example language tends to be on the left), people use each side of the brain equally.
So if the brain is wired for both activities, why is creative thinking so hard? continue reading
Smoking is a strong, complicated addiction. Quitting smoking is no small task and you will need lots of support to be successful. You need the best tools to help with the physical and emotional symptoms, and acupuncture is a great resource to help you succeed.
Here are the 6 things you should know about using acupuncture to quit smoking. continue reading
A few weeks ago, I asked for your most pressing acupuncture questions. I’ve compiled the most common questions and I noticed one distinct trend—there are a lot of questions about the needles. Some of you must be nervous about getting needled!
If these acupuncture answers don’t put your fears to rest, call me for more information. Acupuncture brings good health, relaxation and vitality. I don’t want fear to stop you from getting treatment. continue reading
Don’t you love how great you feel when you work out regularly?
You’re alert, you sleep better, and it’s easier to stay calm and optimistic. Once you get in the routine of working out and keeping a healthy routine, it’s fun.
But there’s always something that stops you. For most of us, it’s either time or money. We don’t have time, and gym memberships are too expensive.
Let’s imagine a dream solution. You want the fitness tools you find in a gym but you want to do it at home so it’s convenient. You want aerobics, strength and stretching so you have a good holistic workout.
And most importantly, you don’t want to spend more than $50 on any piece of equipment.
Can you build a home gym with that budget?