GREENWICH, CT — About 15 years ago, Old Greenwich resident Susan Knight hurt her shoulder while swimming.
Her family had experienced many sports-related surgeries over the years, so she decided to seek an alternative route: acupuncture.
“In 11 sessions it healed my shoulder. I couldn’t even raise my arm before,” Knight recalled. “I love to read, so I began to read about acupuncture and buy books about acupuncture.”
Knight worked as a branding consultant before she decided to stay home and focus on her family. It was during this time, while healing her shoulder and reading up on acupuncture, that she decided to start a new chapter in her life.
“I gave it a lot of thought, and I didn’t just want to go back and brand more soda pop. I wanted something super in-line with my values,” she said.
Fast forward to 2022 after earning a master’s degree and a clinical doctorate, Knight has now opened up her own acupuncture practice — Susan Knight Acupuncture — with a specialty in mental health at 100 Melrose Ave., just off the Post Road on the western side of town. She had previously operated a home office in Old Greenwich for three years.
On Wednesday, Knight’s friends, family and First Selectman Fred Camillo gathered at the practice for an official ribbon-cutting. Knight soft-opened in June.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny needles the size of a coarse strand of human hair at strategic points on the body. It can be used to treat a variety of ailments related to musculo-skeletal pain, respiratory issues, digestion, the nervous system and immune system, and women’s and men’s health, among other areas.
Knight also offers facial rejuvenation in which tiny needles help tighten muscles in the face and reduce wrinkles, as well as breathing technique and cupping sessions that don’t involve needles.
Cupping is especially popular these days with athletes. The treatment involves placing cups on the skin to create suction that releases muscle tension and blockages in the myofascial layers.
But Knight also focuses on treating mental health through acupuncture.
According to her website and the National Library of Medicine, “Since it is a holistic medicine, acupuncture can target physical symptoms such as a tight chest, poor digestion, or a lack of mental focus, while simultaneously treating the emotional symptoms of anxiety or depression .This integrated approach is incredibly powerful and why acupuncture should play a vital role in the treatment of mental health conditions.”
Knight believes treating mental health is extra important especially as the world comes out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The social isolation during the pandemic and even trying to learn on Zoom [for students] increased anxiety,” Knight said. “It’s super important for parents and pediatricians and the entire town to try and figure out how we can collectively take a deep breath and reduce their stress.”
Camillo called the new practice a perfect fit for Greenwich.
“It’s in a great location and Susan is very passionate. She has a great following. Certainly acupuncture has helped a lot of people,” Camillo said. “I think she’s going to do really well here. We wish her many years of success.”
Knight hopes her story can inspire other Greenwich moms to follow their passions.
“I hope that I can other moms who were stay-at-home moms to dive back into something,” Knight said. “Whether you’re 35, 45 or 55, it’s never too late to learn something new and contribute to your community.”
For more information, visit the Susan Kight Acupuncture website.