HEALTH

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2015 Vermont Flower Show: “Spring Reflections.”

Feb. 27 and 28 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and March 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, $3-$15. Contact: 425-5117

Drop-In Teen Center.

Feb. 26 from 3-5:30 p.m.

Essex CHIPS, 2 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction, Free. Contact Jess: 878-6982

Public Skate.

March 1 from 2-5:30 p.m.

Essex Skating Facility, 2 Educational Drive, Essex Junction. Students: $3, adults: $4, stake rental: $4. Contact: 878-1394

VOTE Town Meeting.

March 2 from 6-9:30 p.m. The Town of Essex will host a community dinner from 6-7 p.m. and free childcare during Town Meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Essex High School Gym, 2 Educational Drive, Essex Junction. Free. Contact Cheryl Moomey, Town Clerk: 878-1341

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5 benefits of acupuncture for low back pain

acupuncture

By Kiki Colgan, Licensed Acupuncturist

  1. Provides pain relief. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) work by releasing blocked “Qi” or energy in our bodies. When our “Qi” is stuck, this is what we experience as pain. Acupuncture stimulates specific points on the lower back and legs to help move blockages and promote the body’s natural healing response. I think of it like a traffic jam, the needles are simply guides to help the cars move through and reduce unpleasant congestion.
  2. Reduces the use of medication. With over 10 years of experience treating back pain, I have had many patients experience complete relief of chronic back pain after a short series of visits. Most people will have a reduction of symptoms and are able to cut back on pain relieving medications.
  3. Cost-effective treatment. Acupuncture and TCM have the unique ability to diagnose and treat the root cause of back pain. By treating the root problem, patients are able to avoid costly surgeries and long-term therapies.
  4. Improves the outcome. Acupuncture has been proven to reduce healing times when used in conjunction with physical therapy and other healing modalities.
  5. Increases energy, sleep and improved overall health. Many people come in for Acupuncture to reduce chronic and acute back pain. During the course of treatment, most patients experience additional health benefits such as improved sleep, digestion and weight loss.

Kiki Colgan, Licensed Acupuncturist, is the owner of Green Mountain Acupuncture in Colchester. Learn more at gmacupuncture.com. Reach Kiki at needlevt@mac.com or 876-5005.

Why does Essex Rescue do some of those things?

Dan Manz

Dan Manz

I’m entering my 40th year as an emergency medical services (EMS) provider and a lot has changed in that time. New technologies have been developed. Research has taught us important lessons. Despite logical progress in many areas, I suspect we in EMS often do things that look odd to the public. Here are a few common questions:

I saw an Essex Rescue ambulance driving down the road with lights and sirens on and then they just turned them off and kept going.

Driving an ambulance with the lights and siren on is among the most hazardous things we do in EMS. Asking for the right of way in an emergency is a risk for both the EMS crew and everyone else driving on the road. Often, our ambulance will get an update from a first responder at a scene who has determined the case is not time urgent. Sometimes the ambulance may have been cancelled by another emergency responder who arrived at a scene and determined there is no patient requiring EMS treatment or transport. These are reasons you will sometimes observe the ambulance turning off its lights and siren while driving in traffic.

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I got a subscription mailing from Essex Rescue recently. Is that really just a request for a donation?

No. Essex Rescue’s subscription program is a benefit to persons living in our service area to help them control costs. By paying $50 to become a subscriber you and others in your household will not receive any bill from Essex Rescue if we provide you with emergency ambulance service during the year. We will bill your health insurance and accept whatever payment they provide as payment in full. You will not be billed for any other amount. Any payment above the $50 is gratefully accepted by Essex Rescue as a charitable contribution.

An Essex Rescue ambulance pulled off the road with its emergency lights on and sat there for a minute or two before continuing.

Our ambulances are sophisticated vehicles with high-tech tools for diagnosing and treating life threating problems. Sometimes for EMS monitors to get an accurate reading or for sensitive procedures, we need to stop momentarily. A common reason is to obtain a 12 lead EKG reading for a patient who may be having a heart attack. Obtaining the EKG and transmitting it to the hospital saves valuable time by allowing the hospital to assemble the resources needed to provide the best care once the patient arrives.

Essex Rescue is a private non-profit ambulance service staffed by mostly volunteer personnel. Visit www.essexrescue.org or call 878-4859 to find out how to get involved.

Dan Manz is the Executive Director of Essex Rescue. Reach Dan at dmanz@essexrescue.org.