Ostrander to be featured
Acupuncture will be the featured topic of the next Our Health Our Community public forum on Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Soltman Center, Grangeville. Dr. Jeremy Ostrander, family practice physician with St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics, will talk about who is a candidate for this complementary therapy and describe what conditions acupuncture typically treats. Gary McEwen, PT, Grangeville Physical Therapy, has offered to serve as a subject for a demonstration.
Acupuncture is the technique of inserting and manipulating fine needles into specific points on the body for pain relief and for therapeutic purposes. Because the disposable stainless steel needles are not used for injections they can be solid and thinner causing minimal or no pain during insertion.
“Acupuncture has been shown to benefit a number of medical problems, most notably painful conditions. Because so many people are seeking medical treatment other than traditional medicine, I think acupuncture is a great service to offer,” said Dr. Ostrander. “There are certainly times when acupuncture can be used effectively as part of a treatment program. I am sometimes frustrated by the number of problems I see that medicines do not seem to help. Acupuncture is something else I can offer patients.”
Dr. Ostrander received specialized training from the Academy of Pain Research based in San Francisco. Their teaching format was established in 1979 as the first comprehensive acupuncture training course for physicians in North America.
The Our Health Our Community forum series is co-sponsored by Grangeville Physical Therapy, Groaners Fitness Center, St. Mary’s Hospital & Clinics, Syringa Hospital & Clinics and the University of Idaho Extension Idaho County. The series began offering health related forums as a public service for the Grangeville community and surrounding areas in 2006. Past topics have included Fit and Fall Proof for Seniors
Depression, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Varicose Veins and Venous Insufficiency, Body for Life, Diabetes and Nutrition.