KEENE — Last week Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene announced it is incorporating the Eastern medicine tradition of acupuncture into its medical care.
Dr. Judith Olson is now offering acupuncture treatment at the Court Street campus through the Specialty Medicine Department.
"Studies have shown that acupuncture is useful in the treatment of nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy, post-surgery pain, headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, low back pain, asthma, sinusitis, gastrointestinal disorders and more," Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene said in its announcement.
The ancient practice includes thin needles placed into the skin at certain points of the body to influence the energy flow. Heat, pressure, light, or mild electrical current is also used in the treatment.
Acupuncture is based on the theory that energy, called chi, flows through and around your body and that the treatment helps to remove blockages to the flow of this energy and in doing so helping to heal the body and help it function properly.
Olson recently completed a 300-hour physician certification program in Medical Acupuncture at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.
"We are excited to offer acupuncture to the CMC/DHK community to augment the healing process, increase resiliency against disease and improve the quality of life for our patients," Olson said.
Olson uses a Japanese style of acupuncture, which employs the palpitation of reflexes on the body —areas of pain, tightness and asymmetry —to diagnose underlying disorders and to determine the best treatment according to acupuncture principles.