My introduction to acupuncture was more than a decade ago when it became an important tool in my own recovery. The positive effects of acupuncture deepened my interest in health care and strengthened my commitment to the principles of a balanced lifestyle. I believe that Oriental medicine’s value is in its ability to recognize patterns of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Acupuncture treatment can intervene and hopefully prevent or slow down further development of these patterns into destructive disease processes that are common in our culture and often detected too late.
In the year following the completion of my Masters degree I had the pleasure of working at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury, Minnesota. I was responsible for the care of patients recovering from surgical procedures and I was trained to accurately assess the mechanism and the severity of each patient's pain or discomfort. It was my responsibility to quickly develop and apply a treatment plan that best served each patient's needs.
This experience shaped my approach to Oriental medicine and developed the way I view the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and the constitutional imbalances related to injury. I commonly find acupuncture especially effective for tendon and ligament sprains/strains, as well as chronic injuries which have responded poorly to other types of treatment.
It is exciting that acupuncture has started to make its way into the Sports Medicine field. Its efficacy in treating acute and chronic injury is being researched heavily and gaining popularity based on the results that have been consistently positive. I find it encouraging that both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Sports Medicine are utilizing a synthesized effort to not only address a patient's injuries, but to benefit that patient long term by preventing further injury.
I strongly believe that the new choices in health care are not alternative in any way; I believe that they are a critical part of our health care system. In my experience the integration of eastern and western medical practices has been imperative in the management and prevention of disease. It is my goal to help my patients recognize and understand the information that we continually receive from our bodies in an effort to improve overall health in my community. Acupuncture treatments and herbal formulas are based on a natural and holistic style of medicine that takes into account the specific nature of each patient’s experience. I am deeply invested in this process, and I am committed to providing the best care possible.
Jason M Landry, MSOM EMAP, is a licensed East Asian Medical Practitioner. He holds a Masters of Oriental Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota. Jason is licensed through the Washington Department of Health and is registered as a Diplomate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.