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Family Wellness Center hires acupuncturist with specialty in opioid addiction prevention

Family Wellness Center hires acupuncturist with specialty in opioid addiction prevention

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Family Wellness Center, a private acupuncture clinic in Midland that serves clients throughout the greater Tri-Cities region, recently announced the newest addition to its staff, Mark Ashmun.

Ashmun brings a new level of expertise to the clinic with his 17 years of experience in Colorado. Ashmun has practiced acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine as well as taught and supervised clinical acupuncture students for 10 years.

With his primary focus aimed at non-pharmacological pain management, Ashmun utilizes various Chinese medicine techniques to treat chronic pain without the long-term use of opioids, as well as working directly with patients‘ doctors to reduce or eliminate the usage of pervasive drugs altogether.

“As our nation continues to battle this historical opioid epidemic, we are fortunate to have Mark join our staff to help us tackle this issue locally, one patient at a time,” said Shirley Moore, lead acupuncturist and owner of the Family Wellness Center. “It is my hope that together with physicians and physical therapists, we can better serve our community in finding drug-free interventions that effectively relieve pain and decrease opiate use for our chronic pain patients.”

“It’s quite common for doctors to prescribe patients with opioids to help with their pain management for only a few days following a surgery procedure,” Ashmun said. “However, with opioids, a few days can quickly manifest into a few months and for some years. Unintentionally longer term use can lead to physical dependence. By implementing other methods of pain management up front post-operatively, such as acupuncture, patients are able to find relief from pain without the fear of future dependence.”

Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years, and is a proven remedy to help diminish acute or chronic ailments, relieve pain, enhance recuperative powers and strengthen the body‘s immune system, Family Wellness Center stated. It is designed to correct imbalances within the human body by the insertion of tiny needles into specific points on the body corresponding to the illness. This stimulation helps restore the normal balance and flow of Qi, which facilitates the body‘s natural ability to heal itself, Family Wellness Center stated.