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Cheney Spinal Care brings in acupuncturist


We no longer rely on leeches and bloodletting to cure diseases, or regard convulsions and hysteria as symptoms of possession or witchcraft.

Science has allowed for progress in medicine to go beyond these medieval practices. One practice that is still going strong however, possibly even gaining in popularity, is acupuncture.

The arguments for or against the validity of acupuncture as a medicinal alternative to cure aliments ranging from chronic migraines and back pain to insomnia, is inconclusive at best, but for Cheney’s newest (and possibly only) acupuncturist he feels the numerous positive reactions from clients far outweighs any survey that could be conducted.

John Song has been a licensed acupuncturist since the mid-1990s after he received his master’s of science degree in Oriental and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Born and raised in South Korea, Song grew up in daily contact with the practice and use of herbal remedies. To him these therapies were as common as over the counter medications are to Americans.

“In South Korea, oriental medicine is very mainstream,” Song said of the growing interest in this complementary medicine.

Studying to become a professional made perfect sense.

Song has been practicing in Grant County for 10 years and will run his clinic, “Song’s Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic,” through Cheney Spinal Care, while concurrently practicing in downtown Spokane.

Acupuncture has a very diverse demography, with children to elderly all looking for relief for their various complaints.

For this assorted group, Song says there are two types of patients: those who come in looking for immediate relief, as with chronic back pain and those looking to avoid painful situations, such as for recurring headaches.

The range of reactions for this form of treatment is as assorted as the client base.

He has seen immediate alleviation in some cases, requiring only a single visit from the client; others may require more sessions “it depends on the patient.”

This practice does require sticking needles intentionally throughout specific points on your body depending on the issue you are trying to ease, which make many people skittish to the idea from the beginning.

The needles however are hair thin and whether or not you would feel the puncture would depend on your sensitivity.

Each spike is individually sterilized and single-use only, period.

Song’s main hope is to expose himself and his practice to the community, and welcome all who are interested in learning about the benefits of acupuncture and herbal remedies.

Regardless of the lack of scientific rationalizations or studies with concrete findings on the effects, Song has a true dedication to help people through a means he has been influenced by since childhood.

“Many times people can have dramatic or miraculous results,” Song said as he hopes to bring this positivism to the Cheney community.

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