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When Dr. Jennifer Person, chiropractor and co-owner of Family

Chiropractic in Baxter, was studying for her acupuncture certification in 2008,

she knew what she was learning would change the way she practiced medicine.

By SARAH AAMOT

What she didn’t expect was how profound and rewarding that change would be. After 18 months of study and passing a national board exam, Jennifer received her acupuncture certification in 2009. The first thing a patient thinks of when they hear the word “acupuncture” is needles, and to many people needles hurt. In reality, acupuncture is relatively pain free.  Insertion of a needle - acupuncture needles are not much thicker than a hair and nothing like ordinary needles - may cause a sudden achy feeling, but this sensation goes away quickly. Many patients cannot feel the needles after they’re inserted.  Dr. Person stresses that “treatment with acupuncture is a process; it takes time for the body to correct itself and find balance, so multiple sessions are necessary in order for acupuncture to be truly effective.”  Very rarely do patients feel complete relief after only one treatment. In addition to acupuncture, 12

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Jennifer incorporates several other traditional Chinese modalities into her practice. They include Gua sha, which means “scraping sha-bruises,” a treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce redness and stimulate circulation; cupping therapy, in which a local suction is created on the skin to mobilize blood flow; meridian massage, also called Tui Na, which can be used to improve circulation and strengthen the body’s regulatory systems; auricular acupuncture, which uses acupuncture points on the ear; and acupressure, which uses precise pressure over specific acupuncture points. One of the most common questions that Jennifer’s patients ask is, “Will acupuncture help my condition?”  Her response is always, “Acupuncture helps with most things; it is a form of medical practice, and in China, is used as a mainstream medical treatment.”  There are very few conditions, aches or pains that cannot be treated

Chiropractor Jennifer Person uses a variety of western and traditional Chinese modalities, including acupuncture, in her practice.

or improved with acupuncture and its accompanying therapies. Diseases and conditions that are neurological in nature come with their own brand of life-altering symptoms and challenges. One of these diseases is ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. For the past two and a half years, Dr. Jennifer has been treating a patient with ALS - Frank

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