Jason is a Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA) and has been trained and certified in Advanced Dry Needling / IMS from Dr.Cynthia Gokavi MD as well as trained in various injection therapies from the Society for Acupoint Injection Therapies (SAIT). For more information on these therapies, view the Services page.
Jason’s journey into regenerative therapies such as acupuncture and prolotherapy began when he was laid off from his welding job in 2008 around the time of the global financial crisis. Unable to find work for over a year, Jason had realized that working for somebody else was not what he wanted to spend the rest of his life doing.
Always fascinated with natural health, Jason had decided to change his career from welding and harming his health to improving his health and helping others do the same. This is when Jason began researching all his options for what field he could go into next while leaving welding behind after 3 years.
The two choices were between a Naturopathic Doctor or Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). After a long deliberation and consulting with friends and family, Jason decided that the principles of TCM resonated with him more closely at the time and decided to pursue this career path.
Around this same time, Jason had been suffering on and off for years with back pain unrelieved by massage therapy, chiropractic, physiotherapy, and even acupuncture which is a therapy most commonly associated with TCM that Jason had been studying in school. All therapies had helped temporarily, but never provided a long lasting relief of the pain.
During school Jason was studying acupuncture and reasons why back pain may not resolve itself from numerous treatments and many made sense to him, but this left Jason frustrated because despite the numerous theories about why his back pain was not resolving, none of his instructors were able to agree upon a diagnosis and treatment plan.
In Jason’s final year of studying Acupuncture, a separate school opened up a Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) program in the same building as his school, offering 1 hour massages for $20. Jason decided to frequent the RMT clinic for cheap massages hoping it could provide at least some pain relief until he graduated from his course. Surprisingly, the RMT students were learning theory that had never been taught to the numerous RMTs that Jason had seen over the past several years called trigger points.
Jason was fascinated with the similarity between the theory of trigger points and the theory of ashi points (which are points on the body identified in TCM as tender to the touch and cause pain). There appeared to be some overlap between the theories. After numerous treatments from the RMT students, Jason’s back pain was resolving better than it ever had from any other treatment before. After 3 months of regular treatments, Jason’s back pain was about 90% resolved and almost unnoticeable in regular daily life.
This led Jason to seek out the world of trigger points and how they could be addressed using needles instead of hands. It turns out that trigger point acupuncture and other methods of inserting needles into trigger points called dry needling and IMS (intramuscular stimulation) had been practised for years but wasn’t taught in traditional Acupuncture schools.
After Jason graduated from school and began licensed to practice Acupuncture, he started learning about treating trigger points with needles, and was blown away by how quickly trigger points could be resolved. This directed him to where he is today using acupoint (trigger point) injections along with bonepecking (prolotherapy) to help regenerate patients back to their normal selves before any injuries or pain occured. At this point Jason decided not to pursue further education toward becoming a Doctor of TCM (two additional years of schooling), but rather to get better at treating pain using needles and injectable substances as an Acupuncturist.
In many, but not all cases, using these regenerative therapies has provided Jason’s patients with the relief they have been seeking for years. These therapies are in many cases long term or even permanent. To learn more about these individual therapies, please visit the Services page.