Traditional Acupuncture Treatment is First Choice for Acupuncturist Recovering from Lower Back Surgery

Firstly, please read posts for November12 and 13, 2007


‘I will keep you posted on the patient‚Äôs progress.This scenario is going down now in Arizona and it is altogether possible that this lady is undergoing surgery as I write this post. ‘

Today, I can happily confirm that my learned colleague from these posts has undergone a successful surgical procedure and is making a rapid recovery with the aid of, you guessed it, Traditional Acupuncture.

Speaking by phone, my friend sounded relieved that at last there was light at the end of the tunnel and she reported that she has found an empathetic and capable Acupuncture practitioner to assist in her recovery.

I was surprised by the response that I got from various colleagues and students in regard how they would have handled this situation.

It is one thing to be full of bravado about ones capabilities, it is entirely another thing when someones health and well being for the rest of their lives is under threat.

I guess I am saying it is equally important to know our clinical limitations as well as our clinical potential, regardless, I urge you to ‘Keep It Real’.

I believe our responsibility is to inform the patient of their options to the best of our ability, provide quality treatment to assist them to improve or recover and follow up with maintenance treatments when possible.

The patients health and well being should be uppermost in our minds and I do not believe that includes using patients to prove how good a practitioner or how clinically potent we are.

In my opinion the risks associated by not undergoing a surgical procedure in this instance far outweighed any of the perceived benefits that might or might not be derived from a long and arduous Acupuncture treatment regime.

It is not a pretty sight seeing a patient lose bowel and bladder function!

As I said before, ‘You gotta know when to hold and know when to fold em’?

This blog and the forthcoming world acupuncture website (see ABOUT page) remain works in progress, any feedback or specific requests for info or insights are welcome.

I have to head off to clinic shortly so I shall take my leave, hope you have a good one,


About Alan

Alan Jansson is an internationally recognized teacher and practitioner of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture. As a staunch advocate of practically based workshops, Alan draws upon his 35 years clinical experience and 23 years post and undergraduate teaching. Alan has presented, convened and hosted more than 70 Traditional Japanese Acupuncture workshops in Australia, Europe, and USA.

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