SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF
Jody Murray’s Chandler Clinic combines ancient healing art with more contemporary art.
The Vermont native, owner of the Longevity Wellness Clinic of AZ at 1807 E. Queen Creek Road, is both a licensed acupuncturist as well as a certified athletic trainer / sports medicine practitioner.
Her background positions her to achieve her goal of getting clients back quickly and safely to their work, sport and life, as her two specialties allow her to manage injury or illness.
“I also treat a lot of veterans who have acupuncture as a VA medical benefit,” Murray explained. “Because acupuncture is a holistic treatment approach, I can treat emotional elements such as PTSD, stress, and anxiety. “
She is also trained in other techniques, notably dry needling, a specialized form of acupuncture particularly suited to musculoskeletal injuries; cupping, GuaSha, a scraping technique; Dynamic taping and KT, soft tissue release and prescriptive stretching.
Each visit, Murray explained, includes “an in-depth assessment and treatment with multiple modalities, not just acupuncture.”
Her education and experience make her sought after by professional athletes as well as the amateur pickleball player, golfer and tennis player.
She is also experienced in aiding the recovery of marathon runners and triathletes, in part due to her expertise in treating various issues such as lower back pain, neck pain, migraines, jumper’s knee and tendonitis.
Murray calls acupuncture “a modality steeped in history with an evidence-based approach.”
With a sports coaching diploma from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Murray studied acupuncture at the New York College of Health. Professionals, graduating from the class of 1997 for the first time.
“I got into acupuncture because I believed there was a level of rehabilitation and pain management that ‘traditional’ styles of medicine didn’t address,” Murray said. “It was a three-year program and it was the perfect match for what I was already doing.
“The science of acupuncture is thousands of years old,” she continued.
“While this has not changed our understanding of how and why it works from a Western medical model,” she said, “at this point, thousands of research studies validate the effectiveness acupuncture. “
So much so, she noted, that acupuncture has been “used much more commonly by people than it was in 1997”.
“Many insurance companies will now pay for acupuncture and patients can use their health savings accounts to pay for treatments,” Murray said.
Acupuncture also helped her expand the services she could offer.
Murray started his professional career as a sports coach – “not a personal trainer,” she quickly stressed.
She worked in universities and outpatient physiotherapy clinics for about 10 years before obtaining her license in acupuncture.
And on this day of heightened awareness of good hygiene, Murray pointed out that the clean needle technique has always been practiced by licensed acupuncturists “so no adjustments were really necessary to keep my patients safe.”
“My treatment space is cleaned and disinfected between each patient, as it always has been,” she said. “Because I’m an independent practitioner, I don’t have a lot of patients sitting in a waiting room. “
While devoting a lot of time to his patients, Murray also discovered that “the other thing that is really important to me is volunteering”.
She has participated in several medical missions where she has cared for medically underserved populations, including the Navajo Nation.
She is on the advisory board of a nonprofit organization called Project Buena Vista, which works with communities in Peru and has posted a number of blogs about her experience on her clinic’s website.
“I was due to return to Peru on the first spring of the pandemic and that was canceled,” she said, adding that she “still hopes to come back soon”.
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