Acupuncture at Wellness on Third

Dr. Runciman and his team are ready to assist you with your health care journey.   Dr. Ken Runciman or “Dr. Ken” as he is known, is a Medical Doctor licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is certified in Family Medicine by both the American Board of Family Medicine and the College of Family Physicians of Canada.  He received his BSc in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto and went on to graduate from Medical School at that same acclaimed university.  Dr. Runciman is also a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians which is an honorary degree conferred upon those Family Physicians who have taken a leadership role and provided excellence of care in their communities.  It is an honor of which Dr. Ken is most proud.  Dr. Runciman brings over 30 years of medical knowledge and experience to the table and is ready and able to assist you with your health and wellness.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a therapy used to encourage natural healing and to restore wellness and balance to the body.  The goal is improved functioning and sense of well-being.  Classical acupuncture has existed for millennia, borne of observation and scientific inquiry by Asian healers.  It involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin into the subcutaneous tissues at very precise acupuncture points along energy meridians.  These points represent points of access to the system (the body) where adjustments can be made.   Evolution in scientific knowledge has allowed the expansion of acupuncture intervention to include the use of electricity applied to the needles or directly applied to defined acupuncture points, magnetic stimulation of points and laser stimulation of points.  There has been further development of our understanding of body relationships such that we can now use auriculotherapy – stimulation of specific points in the ear – to effect body function.  Scalp acupuncture is another modality arising in the past 70 years.  As our knowledge evolves, so does the power of the treatment.  We are now at the point where we can measure electrical activity along meridians as another tool to define disharmony and define treatment.  I think of acupuncture as intervention to “restore factory settings” – a kind of warm reboot of the computer, that is the human body that has been stressed and diverted from intrinsic wellness to a state of “dis-ease”.  Acupuncture helps us to get back to balance and wellness.  While we can use it to treat illness, we do so by promoting health and homeostasis.  The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in the stimulation of the body’s natural healing abilities and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

How Can Acupuncture Help You?

Acupuncture is very effective in treating a variety of disorders.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified clear treatment benefits of acupuncture in a wide range of medical problems including:

  • Digestive disorders – gastritis, hyperacidity, spastic bowel, constipation, diarrhea
  • Respiratory disorders – sinusitis, rhinitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, cough
  • Neuromuscular disorders – headaches, joint, muscle and connective inflammation (eg. tendonitis, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder), neuralgia, sciatica and a wide range of pain disorders and neurological disorders including stoke
  • Urinary, menstrual and reproductive disorders
  • Addiction
  • Insomnia

This list is far from complete as acupuncture can effectively intervene in any disorder that disturbs the body’s balance.  It is also effective in stress and emotional conditions.

It is important to discuss your concerns with a qualified acupuncturist to intervene effectively and appropriately.


Cosmetic Acupuncture

The practice of acupuncture has been ongoing for almost 5000 years by some historical accounts.  It is a system of health restoration and maintenance that has proven its therapeutic value.  With advancing scientific study and knowledge the limits of acupuncture therapy have continued to grow.  More recent additions to the practice of acupuncture include auriculotherapy (systemic treatment using the ear as both a diagnostic and therapeutic tool), scalp acupuncture and the addition of technology to the practice including electricity, laser and magnetism.  Cosmetic acupuncture has also seen a tremendous growth in the last few decades as our society evolves and priorities change.  While originally intended to restore wellness and balance within the body, the mechanism of action of acupuncture is to promote intrinsic body healing and return of function of all body structures.  It is, in effect, a warm reboot of the computer that is the body.  And what is achieved in this system reboot?  Better function of the being as a whole is achieved by fine tuning the components of the human machine – improved blood flow and transfer of nutrients and oxygen to improve cellular function, improved tone of connective structures and muscles, better connectivity of the body and the energizing of tissues.  What this means in terms of cosmesis is improved skin tone, improved muscle, tendon, ligament and supporting subcutaneous tissue tone, improved blood flow nourishing those same tissues and improved coordination and functionality of those tissues and structures.  In short, facially we see a healthy glow with desirable youthful tone and integrity of the skin and subcutaneous tissues including but not limited to collagen.  We look and feel better and is that not the goal of cosmetic intervention?  Our society rewards youth and beauty but none of us can cease the aging process but we can minimize its impact and sustain healthy body function and appearance along the way.  The end result is improved self -concept and satisfaction.

In combination with Botox Cosmetic, significant improvements in facial appearance and overall satisfaction and wellness can be achieved often for periods of 6-9 months between treatments (depending upon the individual).  Initial recommendations are a minimum of 5 acupuncture treatments to include both facial and body acupuncture points over a period of 3-5 weeks followed by a reassessment 2-3 weeks after the final acupuncture treatment.  At that time consideration for additional acupuncture treatments or addition of Botox Cosmetic will be undertaken. These 6 treatments make up the facial rejuvenation package offered.  A “tune up” at the 3- month mark after completion of initial treatment is recommended.   Subsequent reassessments and “tune-ups” are available dependent upon individual response and upon request.  We ask that you be make-up and body lotion free at the time of your procedures to aid in needle placement.  The addition of microcurrent skin therapy may further enhance the benefits experienced.  The initial treatment requires approximately 60-75 minutes to take a health history, review current wellness and establish a treatment protocol and goals of therapy.  Subsequent treatments will require 45-60 minutes.  Please note that the face is richly innervated and placement of acupuncture needles on the face may be briefly uncomfortable during insertion even in the most skilled Practitioner’s hands.

Please call for an appointment and consultation to see if cosmetic acupuncture is right for you.  We are ready to help you achieve your wellness potential.


Frequently Asked Questions?

Do I need to prepare for acupuncture treatment?
It is important to share with Dr. Runciman all aspects of your current wellness and treatments.  We work with our fellow providers for best effect.   Acupuncture can be done at any time as no “special” preparations are necessary.  It is typically asked not to over indulge in food or strenuous physical activity before or after acupuncture treatments.  It is always advisable to limit use of alcohol or sedatives, caffeine and cigarettes in a 4 hour window before and after treatment.  We want the patient sharp and fully engaged in the consultative and treatment process and not otherwise clouded or limited in their ability to participate in their own wellness.
Are there any adverse effects or risks to the treatment?
One of the most striking aspects of acupuncture is the almost complete absence of adverse effects and complications from its use in the hands of a skilled acupuncturist.  Treatment involves the mobilization of the body’s intrinsic healing mechanisms.  In other words, acupuncture stimulates the body to heal itself.  Since needles are involved, there is the possibility of initial discomfort with insertion and mild bruising but the needles themselves are as thin as human hair and cause minimal trauma.  In fact, 3 acupuncture needles will fit inside the bore of the needle most commonly used for injections.  One side effect that is sure to please is the sense of relaxation that occurs with treatment.  The needles used are solid, stainless steel, sterile and single use and once in place create an analgesic effect making treatment quite comfortable.
How many treatments will be required?
The number of treatments as well as the types of treatments will vary with the condition and the individual being treated.  Treatment sessions are typically 30-45 minutes and well-chosen acupuncture points will affect the discomforting symptoms of the disorder and will begin to correct the underlying cause of the disorder providing immediate as well as sustained improvement.
Why is Dr. Runciman best able to help me?
Dr. Runciman is trained in both allopathic and non-allopathic (think Western and Eastern) medicine and is thus extremely well placed to not only assess the state of wellness but to intervene with the best tools of both schools of medicine.  Further, treatment only begins after an extensive consultation and each subsequent treatment is done after a reassessment.  Being a Canadian-trained physician and growing up in a system where access to services is without cost or at least with minimal cost, that tradition is continued with the focus of Dr. Runciman’s treatment being the promotion of wellness in the most effective way to maximize benefit while minimizing ongoing expenses.  Training in self- treatment is often employed as is the use of electricity and magnetism to sustain the effect of therapy and allow continuing treatment in the home.   The goal is to get you back to “natural” function and wellness.  Realistic expectations are always described with each intervention so that all parties know what can be expected.  Full disclosure and continuing education are mainstays of treatment.

Dr. Runciman was trained and certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada.  That organization exists to train licensed medical professionals (doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors and dentists) in the art of acupuncture by building on their knowledge of the human body and particularly the neuroanatomy.  This is referred to as “neuroanatomical acupuncture”.  It is a very effective way to teach western trained practitioners in an eastern art by using terms and concepts familiar to them and consistent with their training.  In the United States the term used is “medical acupuncture”.  Certification in medical acupuncture was achieved by Dr. Runciman in 1995 through training over 2 years (CAFCI). Dr. Runciman is also certified by the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.  Desiring even greater understanding of acupuncture, Dr. Runciman continued his training through study of traditional classic acupuncture allowing a unique insight into both Western and Eastern principles.  Dr. Runciman’s interest in acupuncture arose from his work as a Palliative Care Physician at Mt. Sinai Hospital at the University of Toronto.  Palliative care is the care of those individuals where cure is no longer possible and control of symptoms is paramount.  There are times when Western medical approaches fail to achieve complete resolution of symptoms and patients and their families look to other modalities for comfort and assistance.  Many individuals cared for by Dr. Runciman had sought out treatment with acupuncture.  Dr. Runciman was able to see firsthand the many benefits that this therapy offered.  Dr. Runciman’s mindset has always been to “use whatever works” to achieve best possible care for his patients so it was only natural and appropriate that he seek out training in this effective treatment to better arm him with beneficial therapies.  Acupuncture need not be stand- alone therapy.  Wellness comes from the application of multiple modalities.  Again, “do what works”!  Acupuncture has often been termed “complementary medicine” suggesting that it is secondary to Western medicine.  Dr. Runciman does not believe in ranking therapy but rather using the right therapy for the right patient at the right time to achieve best effect and resulting wellness.  Working closely with his patients and their medical providers, listening and teaching creates a most desirable opportunity and environment for healing.

Do I have to "believe" in acupuncture for the treatment to work?
While it is always desirable for the patient to agree and support treatment of any type with a desire for positive outcome, belief alone will not create wellness but can accentuate therapies.  Acupuncture use is not limited to humans.  It is effectively used by Veterinarian’s in situations where belief in the process does not exist.  A positive attitude toward wellness may reinforce the effects of any treatment received just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects of acupuncture or any other treatment but acupuncture will have an effective physiological benefit either way.

Want to learn more about Medical Acupuncture?  Click here to to visit the AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE website.

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Wellness on Third
933 South 3rd St.
Paducah, KY  42003
Phone: (270) 564-0677