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Jody Murray’s Chandler Clinic combines an ancient healing art with a more modern one.
The Vermont native who owns the Longevity Wellness Clinic of AZ at 1807 E. Queen Creek Road is both a licensed acupuncturist and a certified sports trainer / sports medic.
Her background positions her to achieve her goal of getting clients back to their job, sport, and life quickly and safely, as her two areas of expertise enable her to treat any injury or illness.
“I also treat many military veterans who have acupuncture as a VA medical benefit,” said Murray. “Since acupuncture is a holistic treatment approach, I can address emotional components such as PTSD, stress and anxiety.”
She is also trained in other techniques, including dry needling, a special form of acupuncture that is particularly useful for musculoskeletal injuries; Cupping, GuaSha, a scraping technique; Dynamic and KT taping, soft tissue release and prescriptive stretching.
Each visit, Murray explained, involves “a thorough evaluation and treatment with multiple modalities, not just acupuncture.”
Their training and experience make them sought after by professional athletes as well as amateur pickball players, golfers and tennis players.
She also has experience in the recovery of marathon runners and triathletes, due in part to her expertise in treating a variety of problems such as lower back pain, neck pain, migraines, jumping knees, and tendinitis.
Murray calls acupuncture “a historic method with an evidence-based approach”.
With an Athletic Coaching degree from Springfield College, Massachusetts and a Masters in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Murray studied acupuncture at the New York College of Health Professionals and completed his first degree in the 1997 class.
“I got into acupuncture because I believed there was a level of rehab and pain management that ‘traditional’ medicine styles didn’t address,” said Murray. “It was a three year program and it was a perfect fit with what I was already doing.
“The science of acupuncture is thousands of years old,” she continued.
“While it hasn’t changed our understanding of how and why it works from a Western medical model,” she said, “there are currently thousands of research studies that corroborate the effectiveness of acupuncture.”
She found that acupuncture “was used much more frequently by humans 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,” said Murray.
Acupuncture also helped her broaden her offerings.
Murray began her professional career as an athletic trainer – “not a personal trainer,” as she was quick to point out.
She worked in universities and outpatient physiotherapy clinics for about 10 years before receiving her acupuncture license.
And on that day of raising awareness of good hygiene, Murray pointed out that the clean needle technique has always been practiced by licensed acupuncturists, “so no adjustment was really required to keep my patients safe. “
“My treatment room is cleaned and disinfected as always between each patient,” she said. “Since I am an individual practitioner, not many patients sit in the waiting room.”
While devoting a lot of time to her patients, Murray also found that “the other thing I really care about is volunteering.”
She has been on multiple medical missions treating medically underserved populations including the Navajo Nation.
She is on the advisory board of a non-profit organization called Project Buena Vista that works with communities in Peru and has posted a number of blogs about her experience on her clinic’s website.
“I was supposed to be returning to Peru in the first spring of the pandemic and that has been canceled,” she said, adding that she was “still hopeful to return soon”.
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