Acupuncturist and Alternative Medicine Doctor in Delavan, WI

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Michael Luckett, Certified Acupuncturist

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Acupuncture for Healing, Pain Relief, and Better Health
Emphasizing Treatment for Musculoskeletal & Sports Injury
I use postural analysis, manual orthopedic testing, and palpatory examination (in addition to traditional methods) to identify the pattern of injury and musculature involved in generating symptoms and choose points for treatment. These methods are exceptionally effective for joint & soft tissue pain, headache, and many other complaints, since inefficiencies in posture and movement so commonly underlie them. The same is often true for internal disease or dysfunction; what is occurring internally is manifest at the surface of the body, and our bodies can tell us what is needed if we know how to observe.

Acupuncture that includes a thorough understanding of the muscular system and the use of trigger points and muscle motor points provides an approach that is systematic and compatible with both traditional methods and modern thinking in physical medicine. The trigger point system is a modern re-discovery of some very important aspects of acupuncture widely used in the West since the 1960s. Trigger point locations are proven to correlate strongly with the classical locations used in acupuncture.

A trigger point is a site of inflammation in muscle or soft tissue which arises in association with injury and is found as a focal site of tenderness and tension (often within a taut band) which will generate pain in a predictable pattern. A muscle motor point is a neuro-muscular junction, a site at which a nerve fiber that controls action of a muscle enters the muscle body. Both types of points are as important in the practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation as they are in acupuncture, but needling them as part of a unique, individual, variable pattern provides benefit distinct from massage or electrical stimulation.

I believe that self-evident and common body patterns such as distribution of pain, chains of tension in musculature, planes of movement, and referred sensation occurring spontaneously or in response to stimulation gave rise to acupuncture. This knowledge has been passed down to us in terms natural to the Chinese, and it is vitally important to add modern insight and language to the tradition. The "what and why" of treatment is easily understood by patients when it is made apparent through examination and explained in common terms.
From the very beginning of my study of acupuncture in 1986, I have been interested in its practical and tangible aspects. What is an acupuncture point, and why does it have the properties that it does? To that end, I took extra-curricular courses in acupressure and began to familiarize myself with the use of touch in both diagnosis and treatment. The ability to make fine distinctions (what is out of place? where does the body need symmetry restored?) became a foundation of practice. That sensitivity, and the ability to provide relief through seemingly-simple manual methods, unfolds over many years.

My first work experience in acupuncture was in public health, as well as at the clinic in our college. In 1990 I co-founded a clinic module at an agency named Health Care for The Homeless, with a Nurse Practitioner who happened to be one of my first patients. She went on to become an acupuncturist herself, and maintained that program after I moved on. I also took my first paid job in acupuncture ($40, four hours per week!) at Northside HIV Clinic in 1991. These were modestly ground-breaking projects at the time, and were an extension of my education that helped me to understand my role in service to people of any and every description.

I came to southern Wisconsin in 1992, where I have practiced at the same offices in Delavan ever since. I opened a second office in Janesville in 1995 and have remained at that location since then also, with the exception of a five-year stint as an independent contractor for acupuncture services with Mercy Health System from 1998-2003. When offered a position as an employee at Mercy, I declined, preferring to remain an independent practitioner.
Practice Areas
 Acupuncture (NCCAOM)  Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)
 National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
I completed the acupuncture program at Midwest College in Chicago in 1989. In 1988, I completed a one-month internship at a hospital in Shenzhen, China with a group of fellow students; I also took a two-week lecture series in herbal medicine in Beijing in 1998.

My continuing education has ranged from seminars in various aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine to formal as well as personal study in Tiaji (tai chi) and Qigong. I have studied extensively with Matt Callison, MA L.Ac., who is a leader in the integration of acupuncture with sports medicine. I have also taken additional standard college courses in anatomy and kinesiology.
NCCAOM, Wisconsin Society of Certified Acupuncturists, Illinois State Acupuncture Association
Payments Accepted
Personal check or cash; insurance claims filed for patient where appropriate. No patient payment required with insurance pre-approval.
Hours:Tu-Sat 8:30-6:00
License:65-55 WI
380 Bradley Ave.
DelavanWI 53115
Additional Location
1621 Plainfield Rd.
Janesville,  WI 53545
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