Getting to the point of health, clients with Hollingsworth Chiropractic & Acupuncture are going under the needle seeking relief from various medical problems.
Before seeking Hollingsworth’s help through acupuncture, Debbie Perry, of Hot Springs, who was diagnosed with meniere’s disease, had difficulty hearing and walking. The intensity of her symptoms inevitably forced her to retire and she could no longer drive.
“It has caused me to lose hearing. When it hits, it’s really strong. I have no balance and fall over. First time I came in here, I had to have help to come in here by my husband. They don’t let me drive. It’s like being car sick, but the acupuncture stopped the nausea, the vertigo,” Perry said. “I get a monthly tune up, so to speak. I was so bad when I came in here it was tough walking even sitting up.”
Acupuncture, a 2,000-year-old medical practice, is the use of small needles to stimulate an immune response that sends a signal to the brain to either change how the body interprets the pain or release endorphins. The body starts to heal itself as blood and nutrients go to areas where the needles are.
Dr. Emily Hollingsworth, who has been practicing chiropractic and acupuncture in Hot Springs since January 2015, sees patients who suffer from meniere’s disease, those recovering from injuries, headaches, neck pain, low back pain, arthritis, nausea, digestive issues, constipation or upset stomach and more.
• Areas of needle insertion are cleaned with alcohol to prevent the needle from pushing toxins or anything on the skin that should not go into the body.
• Facial needles are smaller and shorter. They are inserted in the face and ear. Acupuncture only done to the ear is called auricular acupuncture.
• Body needles are inserted throughout the body. Korean hand acupuncture is only done on the hand.
“Then sometimes, depending on that point, if it really needs to be stimulated, the needle will get sucked in. So your body will physically pull that in to the point,” Hollingsworth said.
• When all needles are in place, patients are able to relax in a softly lighted room for 30 minutes as the needles do their work.
“Sometimes when the point is satisfied, it’ll push the needle out. So sometimes you’ll come in and there will be needles lying around,” Hollingsworth said.
For those afraid of needles, like Perry, she experiences an occasional burning sensation in different points, but overall says the needles do not hurt. A burning sensation means the spot needed stimulation.
“Sometimes there is an achy feeling around a joint. It’s like if you
get a massage and it aches, but you don’t want them to stop. It’s a good achy feeling,” Hollingsworth said.
Severity of symptoms determines the frequency of visits. Starting off, patients typically go through two acupuncture sessions per week for a few weeks. As symptoms start to diminish, visits are spread out, once per week, once a few weeks, to whenever the patient feels they need a “tune up.”
“Once you start going once a week without any issues, you bump it out to two or three weeks. Some patients with arthritis that are feeling good say, ‘My wrists are starting to hurt a little bit. I’m going to come in and see you.’ Everyone is different with the way they react. There is not one set model for a treatment plan,” Hollingsworth said.
Clients do not need a referral from a doctor to get acupuncture. Hollingsworth said most clients have exhausted all efforts and use acupuncture as a last result. A lot of clients have friends or family that ask, “Have you heard about or tried acupuncture?”
“Somebody had said, ‘Have you thought about acupuncture?’ I said, ‘No.’ I was so bad that I could not drive for six months. I couldn’t walk. I had to retire. That was it. And I said, ‘OK, the medication wasn’t working.’ The doctor said I would have to just tough it out,” Perry said.
Consultations are free and treatment is individualized to each client and their specific medical needs. Hollingsworth has had skeptics receive acupuncture treatment, but their opinions soon change after seeing the results.
“People often make comparisons that animals get acupuncture all the time. They don’t have a belief system to where they know if it is working or not. Then, they will see great results with animals and acupuncture,” Hollingsworth said. “I know people are kind of different with the thought process of whether they believe or not, but that does not affect the treatment. I’ve had skeptics come in and get treatment and they will say, ‘Wow, I wish I had known about this two or three years ago.’”
Hollingsworth Chiropractic & Acupuncture is located at 3810 Central Ave., Suite A, 501-701- 4157, or http://www.hollingsworth- chiropractic.com.
“I would want people to come in, see my work and how I deal with patients, and my patients’ reactions to the treatment because the best way is to show someone the results you get with acupuncture,” Hollingsworth said.