Lynn Buchholz gets acupuncture treatment from Dr. Dawn Flickema at the Avera Integrative Medicine clinic at the Prairie Center
You've probably heard of acupuncture but how many have actually tried it? Pins and needles are at the root of several phobias but this age old practice is playing a key role in helping to heal difficult aches and pains.
Lynn Buchholz is completely relaxed. However, just a few weeks earlier getting sleep was the least of her problems.
"About a month ago I started having some problems with headaches and nausea and I really wanted to try something different for that because whatever I was using at home just wasn't cutting it." Said Buchholz.
So Lynn turned to Dr. Dawn Flickema and acupuncture for relief.
"It takes me about 15 minutes to get needles set and then once they are in place they stay in place for about 20 minutes." Said Dr. Flickema.
Like most people Lynn isn't the biggest fan of needles, let alone dozens of them at one time.
But this ancient practice proved to be less nerve-wracking than Lynn first thought.
"It wasn't quite what I was expecting because you know you're thinking is it going to hurt a lot? Am I going to feel strange? Or see all these needles sticking out of me, what am I going to think? And it was no problem at all!" Said Buchholz.
"The needles are so small most people don't even feel them go through the skin and when we twist them down to get to the acupuncture point then you might get a little nervous tissue stimulation which is sometimes a little chronic ache or a "zinger" or but it only last a couple seconds and then it goes away." Said Dr. Flickema.
Acupuncture is all about keeping the body's natural energy flowing. Pins are placed in specific points to help stimulate the peripheral nervous system which engages and focuses the brain to help treat a variety of aches and pains.
"Everything from allergies too hot flashes to stomach disorders so pretty much anything that you would see a patient for there is probably some sort of acupuncture therapy that can help with it." Said Dr. Flickema.
Before a needle even breaks the skin, Dr. Flickema meets with patients to determine if acupuncture is the right course of action.
"I explain it to patients that acupuncture is a tool just like medications and exercise and diet so when you're trying to treat a condition you're trying to bring your effective tools to give you the best overall result." Said Dr. Flickema.
And for Lynn it's been a complete game-changer.
"After two treatments the headaches and nausea were gone and sleep is something that we are continuing to work on it but there was a big improvement just after about four of them to where I might still wake up at night but I can go back to sleep." Said Buchholz.
Acupuncture is not for everyone but if you have a problem that traditional medicine just isn't cutting? Maybe it's time to give Dr. Flickema a call.
"It's fun to watch people journey through and become feeling better and then having a much greater interest in their overall wellness and health going forward." Said Dr. Flickema.
"It worked well for me and I'm still very hopeful that I will get more results out of it." Said Buchholz.
The high interest in acupuncture has allowed Avera McKennan to expand the practice by adding more beds and another acupuncturist Dr. Sally Williams has been added to the staff. For more information or to set up an appointment just call 877-AT-AVERA.