By Heleigh Bostwick
November 21st, 2013
“The majority of my clients are in pain, typically back and knee and shoulders, when they come to me, but sometimes there are other issues like difficulty sleeping,” said Dr. Zac Patterson, owner of Patterson Chiropractic & Acupuncture on Talcott Road.
Formerly known as Burlington Chiropractic and Acupuncture, Patterson relocated to Williston in September.
A licensed chiropractor and acupuncturist, Patterson became interested in studying chiropractic techniques and acupuncture because of his own personal experience.
“I was working in manual labor and burned out physically,” he said. “I was tired all the time and not sleeping well. Someone introduced me to acupuncture and it was one of the only things that gave me relief.”
“Being a chiropractor appealed to me because it’s a drugless medicine and helps people through muscle work and manipulation,” he added.
Patterson received his Doctorate of Chiropractic and Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, N.Y. and is the first graduate to ever complete both degrees at the school concurrently.
Part of his formal education included studying Chinese herbal medicine, which he continues to study under Harvard researcher Dr. Yaron Seidman.
In Chinese herbal medicine, herbs are almost always given together in a formula, Patterson said, adding that he keeps about 30 of the most effective herbs on hand—such as Vietnamese cinnamon, Angelica, and Licorice—though he studied more than 200.
“Licorice for example, is probably one of the most diverse herbs in the Chinese medicine world,” he said. “It can be given in formulas raw, but it is often prepared with honey or molasses. The raw herb is great for things like sore throats, certain kinds of stomachache, and historically has been used to neutralize toxic substances that were ingested.”
He and Seidman are writing a book about the history of Traditional Chinese Medicine over the past 100 years.
“There’s been a lot of turmoil in China in the past 100 years, especially during the Cultural Revolution when they tried to streamline traditional Chinese medicine with Western medicine,” he said. “It’s really influenced what we’re learning today.”
Fifty percent of Patterson’s clients are chiropractic patients and the rest are acupuncture clients.
“It’s a process of working out what works best for the person,” he said. “Some people have explored chiropractic or acupuncture in the past and are trying it again and others are trying traditional medicine and physical therapy, but not getting the results they want, so they come to me.”
Daniel Holt-Gosselin of South Burlington is one of those patients.
“I had some shoulder and knee surgeries a few years ago,” Holt-Gosselin recalled. “The surgeon said, ‘This is all I can do,’ and my primary care provider couldn’t do much else to alleviate the pain either so he referred me to a chiropractor.”
“I was skeptical at first,” he added, “But Dr. Patterson has a very holistic approach and is knowledgeable and really has time to listen.”
“It’s a great improvement over a lifetime of pain and agony,” he added.
Patterson Chiropractic & Acupuncture is located at 37 Talcott Rd., Suite 112. For more information, visit www.burlingtonchiroacu.com or call 876-7840.