Acupuncture Specialist

J. Kimber Rotchford, M.D., M.P.H.

Addiction Medicine Physician located in Port Townsend, WA

Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medical therapy that provides drug-free pain relief and many other benefits. J. Kimber Rotchford, MD, is a founding member and fellow of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and has studied with acupuncture masters in China and Europe. He offers acupuncture at his practice in Port Townsend, Washington. Call Dr. Rotchford or request a consultation online to learn how acupuncture can help you today.

Acupuncture Q & A

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient medical treatment that originated in China around 3000 BC. It involves placing thin, sterile needles into your body at specific points. In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is believed to improve the flow of qi (life force) through the meridians of your body, improving your overall health and body function.

Modern physicians who use acupuncture believe the treatment provides subtle nerve stimulation to reduce pain, release trigger points, and address functional abnormalities.

What conditions improve with acupuncture?

Dr. Rotchford often combines conventional Western and traditional Chinese models to create personalized treatment plans. While every patient has unique needs, Dr. Rotchford might recommend acupuncture to treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathy
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Rotator cuff syndrome
  • Repetitive stress disorder
  • Sciatica
  • Bell’s palsy

Dr. Rotchford might also incorporate acupuncture into smoking cessation programs and mental health treatment.

What should I expect during an acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture is often a relaxing treatment. Dr. Rotchford begins with a thorough consultation to develop his understanding of your condition and needs. While you relax on a comfortable treatment table or chair, he places the needles into your body. He might vibrate or heat the needles to deliver unique stimulation to your body.

You might feel a mild pinch when Dr. Rotchford inserts the needles, but acupuncture isn’t painful. Many patients even drift off to sleep during their treatment. 

You don’t need to take any time off to recover but should allow yourself two hours to rest following your treatment. You should also avoid alcohol and pain-killers during those two hours. Dr. Rotchford might also ask you to keep a diary of your symptoms and the effects of each treatment.

You could see an improvement in your symptoms after just one acupuncture treatment, but most patients have a series of appointments for the best results.

Am I a good candidate for acupuncture?

Dr. Rotchford considers each patient’s needs individually before recommending any therapies. While acupuncture might not be right for everyone, Dr. Rotchford finds that around 80% of his patients experience reduced symptoms and an improvement in their overall health following acupuncture treatment.

If you want to find out if acupuncture is right for you, call Dr. Rotchford or request an appointment online today.