Alpine Wellness Center
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Director of Alpine Wellness Center, Kris Justesen, O.M.D. (Oriental Medical Doctor), L.Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist), Dipl. Ac., is a National Commission for Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (N.C.C.A.O.M.) certified Acupuncture Practitioner, who has been in practice since 1986. She received acupuncture training at San Francisco College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, followed by a doctorate (Oriental Medical Doctor) at International Institute of Oriental Medicine, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and advanced training in China. She is licensed to practice acupuncture in Utah and California.
Acupuncture, Oriental Herbal Medicine, Vitamins & Nutritional
Supplements, and Sports Medicine
are offered at Alpine Wellness Center. Injury, pain management, stress,
headache, asthma, migraines, auto-immune disease, neck/back pain, and more
Patient Treatment Hours
Tuesday Afternoon & Evening
Acupuncture is Effective for:
Allergies / Asthma
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Chronic Pain (USA
IN THE NEWS:
Chinese Medicine Goes Under the Microscope
AAMA Policy on Dry-Needling
Marshall H. Sager, DO, FAAMA; Rey Ximenes, MD, FAAMA
The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA) is the premier North American organization of physician acupuncturists. The AAMA is committed to insuring public health and safety by ensuring that all persons practicing any type of medicine, including acupuncture, are properly trained and educated.
It is imperative that courts and medical bodies maintain and preserve strict standards of education and training in acupuncture before any person undertakes inserting a needle into a patient. An ill-trained practitioner could, as a result of lack of education or ignorance, cause substantial medical injury.
Acupuncture, like Western Medicine is a complex subject. It cannot be mastered in a weekend or in a month. All AAMA members in addition to four (4) years of medical school (MD or DO), must have 300 hours of didactic and clinical acupuncture education and training. A non-physician must have in excess of 2,000 hours of clinical and didactic education and training before they can become certified to treat patients in most states.
Dry needling is the use of solid needles (contrasted with the use of hollow hypodermic needles that are used for injections) to treat muscle pain by stimulating and breaking muscular knots and bands. Unlike trigger point injections used for the same purpose, no anesthetics are used in dry needling. There is controversy regarding the definition of dry needling. Licensed medical physicians and licensed acupuncturists consider dry needling as Western Style Acupuncture or Trigger Point Acupuncture whereby the insertion sites are determined by tender painful areas and tight muscles. These sites may be treated alone or in combination with known acupuncture points. Other practitioners take the position that dry needling is different from acupuncture in that it is not a holistic procedure and does not use meridians or other Eastern medicine paradigms to determine the insertion sites.
Dry needling is an invasive procedure. Needle length can range up to 4 inches in order to reach the affected muscles. The patient can develop painful bruises after the procedure and adverse sequelae may include hematoma, pneumothorax, nerve injury, vascular injury and infection. Post procedure analgesic medications may be necessary (usually over the counter medications are sufficient).
There has been controversy in the United States as to who is qualified to practice dry needling. Since it is an invasive procedure using needles, many take the position that it should only be performed by licensed acupuncturists or licensed medical physicians (M.D. or D.O.). In Illinois, this sentiment was echoed by a decision to reverse legislation permitting physical therapists to perform dry needling. These and other practitioners were performing this procedure who are not trained nor do they otherwise routinely use needles in their practices.
The AAMA recognizes dry needling as an invasive procedure using acupuncture needles that has associated medical risks. Therefore, the AAMA maintains that this procedure should be performed only by practitioners with extensive training and familiarity with routine use of needles in their practice and who are duly licensed to perform these procedures, such as licensed medical physicians or licensed acupuncturists.
December 9, 2014
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