The ancient practice of acupuncture involves inserting hair-thin, sterile, single-use, stainless steel needles into specific points on the body. It’s used to relieve pain and strengthen the immune system.
“Acupuncture is a safe, medication-free alternative to aiding Veterans in reduction of their pain or other associated symptoms,” says Jennifer Lavoro, a board licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and national Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. “Many Veterans have also found treatments to be quite relaxing and rejuvenating.”
Adding acupuncture and chiropractic medicine
VHA began recognizing licensed acupuncturists as having a stand-alone profession in 2018. This allows VHA to increase its provider base, create cost savings for the delivery of acupuncture and overcome barriers to increase its use in Veterans.
“I am very excited the Whole Health Service at Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks (VHSO) has actively staffed the specialties of Acupuncture and Chiropractic Medicine at our facility,” said Dr. James Slezak, Chief of Staff at VHSO.
“Massage therapy will be added in the near future. I wish to thank Dr. Sharma, Kiesha Vecchi, and Laura Pogue for working tirelessly to provide these services.”
Acupuncture services include an in-depth consultation and a treatment plan specific to the individual. Treatments include acupuncture or electroacupuncture, cupping, tui-na and lifestyle recommendations.
Treatment sessions can address a wide variety of symptoms and health issues be part of a preventive health plan to promote overall wellness.
By Andrew “Jay” Thompson, Public Affairs Specialist, Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks.