Acupuncture treatment

Joshua Vail/Tribune Paul Finney works on Kathy Brennon with a cold laser, or low level laser therapy, pressed onto a a point on the bottom of her foot that corresponds to the knee joint in Japanese acupuncture.

JOSHUA VAIL

Tribune reporter

HUMBOLDT — Acupuncturist Paul Finney of Humboldt has lately been using a more Japanese form of acupuncture than the Chinese version of the practice that he has used for many years.  

Patient Kathy Brennon volunteered to be interviewed for a story on the clinic at 714 Bridge Street.

Brennon has been receiving acupuncture treatments from Finney for about a year and a half because of arthritis in her knees. 

After the diagnosis, she received acupuncture on a cruise and said that it helped her arthritis pain immensely. 

“When I came back I looked for acupuncture, found Paul and went from there,” she said.  

She said that Finney has gotten the left knee to the point where there is almost no pain, and is now working with more focus on the right knee.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “I went from chronic pain to hardly any pain.” 

Brennon said that it’s difficult to explain the treatments to people, but they work. 

Acupuncture is primarily the application of needles to specific points on the body to treat various ailments, though Finney does not only use needles. 

Finney referred to an explanation he had given in a previous article on his business about the theory of acupuncture. 

“Acupuncture works along with Chinese herbology by reharmonizing imbalances in the body or tonifying weaknesses caused by age, poor diet or emotions,” he said in 2012, when a new sign was put up at his building. 

Treatments include the use of magnets, as well as moxibustion, or burning very small amounts of prepared moxa (usually mugwort herbs) on the patient’s skin. 

Finney has also taken to using a cold laser, also known as low level laser therapy, on the points as he find it works faster. 

Finney primarily worked with the cold laser in a session Friday, shining a laser on specific points on the bottom of Brennon’s foot and that correspond to knee joint problems as well as the knee itself. 

Brennon reported that her pain was reduced. 

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