7/1/2013 1:21:00 PM Acupuncture business now open in Byron
By David Richards
Jane Kelley lives her life on pins and needles. Well, sort of.
Byron's newest business owner opened "Body and Soul Acupuncture" June 17 and offers different healing methods involving traditional Chinese medicine.
She runs her office out of Byron Family Chiropractic.
"It's getting more mainstream," she said about the acceptance of acupuncture.
"We don't look at just the disease, we look at the whole person. If you come in and have back pain, I will ask you questions that you would think have nothing to do with a back, like how your emotions are and digestion."
The purpose of acupuncture, Kelley said, is to provide stimulus and remove blockage, all while using principals of Chinese medicine.
She added that while all patients are different, the average patient needs about five to 15 needles, which are placed for about 30 minutes usually around the knees and elbows.
The patient is also listening to the sounds of soothing music during the process.
"The needles are very, very thin," Kelley said.
"About the size of a cat's whiskers, and we don't put them in very far."
For those who have a phobia to acupuncture, Kelley offers other services, such as cupping, which she said is good for muscle skeletal issues and is used with glass cups that provide heat and bring blood to the surface.
As for her training, the 25-year Byron resident has 35 years as an allied health employee at Mayo Clinic and holds a masters degree in acupuncture from Northwestern Health Sciences in Bloomington.
She said her interest in acupuncture grew when she found the method improved her own pain.
In addition to back and muscle pain, Kelley said the World Health Organization recognizes 40 conditions that can be treated with the healing method, things like congestive and menstrual problems as well.
The business is located at 501 Frontage Road NW and is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
As for prospective patients having fears that an acupuncture treatment resembles Uncle Fester on "The Adams Family" laying on a bed of spikes, Kelley's answer is simple.