A few years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a statement regarding prescription painkillers (for further information and verification visit their website. This information is still important as we see patients everyday taking the medicines but are still in pain.

The warning that’s linked above states that prescription painkiller overdoses are at epidemic levels and kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined. The death toll from overdoses of prescription medicines has more than tripled in the last decade. Everyday, more than three dozen people die from the prescribed painkillers, including hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxymorphone and methadone.

I understand how living with chronic pain can be debilitating and depleting on all levels of life. With the use of Acupuncture, our clinic we has helped many people become pain free. I never take a patient off of their medications because I am not a medical doctor, but I can work with your physician to help reduce or eliminate dependency on pain medications.

The treatments usually take about eight visits (around two months, sometimes less). In that time, your quality of life will be greatly improved. Acupuncture offers an alternative to support healing without an ongoing dependency on prescription painkillers. If you or a loved one has a challenge with chronic pain, please ask us…we can help.


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The ending of 2014 did not go well for me. My entire body was in constant pain, I had carpel tunnel in my left hand. (And, I should mention that at the age of 3 , I was diagnosed with polio in my left leg that left me with a limp and a drop foot.)

Not long ago, my doctor diagnosed me with a pinched nerve in that leg, and suggested an MRI. The MRI showed severe carpel tunnel and arthritis throughout my entire body. I corrected the pinched nerve with stretch exercises, and was given prescriptions for a muscle relaxer and a pain pill but, there was still the matter of severe pain in my body. About seven years ago I injured my back and had to use a cane to get around. After my back healed, it was easier for me to continue using the cane. The pinched nerve in my leg forced me to use a walker and the dread of a wheelchair in my future was depressing. For at least six months, I could only shuffle my feet and trying to find a comfortable position in a chair or bed resulted in pain.

My husband and I were active seniors (I am 83 years old), and suddenly found ourselves house-bound most of the time. One day, my daughter mentioned a co-worker made an appointment with an acupuncture physician and had excellent results. Having nothing to lose, I called Dr. Debra Gaffney’s office. After the first treatment, I was told I was fixable, which was music to my ears.

I recently had my 10th treatment, then every three months I will go back for one treatment to keep things working.

Today, I no longer need a walker, my fingers are flexible and, thanks to Dr. Gaffney, I am no longer on prescribed medications. Without her treatments, I would still be housebound and living on painkillers. My husband, who suffers from vertigo and a cough due to acid reflux , saw my results and is now a patient, too.

We are both grateful for the TLC Dr. Gaffney gives us, and also for her wonderful staff who are always pleasant and willing to give a helping hand.


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a statement regarding prescription painkillers. The warning* states that prescription painkiller overdoses are at epidemic levels and kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.  The death toll from overdoses of prescription medicines has more than tripled in the last decade.  Everyday, more than 40 people die from the prescribed painkillers, including hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxymorphone and methadone.

I understand how living with chronic pain can be debilitating and depleting on all levels of life. With the use of Acupuncture, we have helped many people become pain free.

I never take a patient off of their medications, because I am not a medical doctor, but I can work with your physician to help reduce or eliminate dependency on pain medications. The treatments usually take about eight visits, around two months, sometimes less. In that time, the quality of life will be greatly improved. 

My patients have shared their sorrow over family members who have died from accidental overdoses. Acupuncture offers an alternative to support healing without an ongoing dependency on prescription painkillers. If you or a loved one has a challenge with chronic pain, please ask us. We can help.

(*For more details about the warning, look here.)


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