An NCCAOM-certified and licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, I founded Fort Collins Acupuncture in November 1999. I am passionate about acupuncture and herbal care, and enjoy using my skills and training to help patients find relief from many different health concerns.
As one of the most respected practitioners in Northern Colorado, I bring a comforting and confident demeanor to the care of each individual that has been noted by his patients through the years.
That's me, Scott Blunk, L.Ac. - the best former-cattleman, over-six-foot acupuncturist in Fort Collins.
Especially for back related pain, I'm the guy you want to see. Need acupuncture for a spinal issue? I've got your back.
Schedule your appointment today.
I am introverted, deeply intellectual, cautious, observant, and thoughtful. I tend to feel my way through situations and intuit what people are truly saying and what they need from me. These attributes serve me well in my chosen field of healthcare. As an acupuncturist and healthcare provider, I enjoy the challenge of quirky, unpredictable ailments. I won't rest when there's a persistent issue plaguing one of my patients. All these things together add up to a dynamic combination that will get results for you. At Fort Collins Acupuncture, 80 percent of my patients get the relief they came for.
I am an acupuncturist who can see you and hear you... and help you.
Find more about me and my practice, Fort Collins Acupuncture, can be found here.
Summer is coming to an end. School is back in session for many of our kids. This time of year often prompts higher stress levels. There is so much to do and less and less daylight in which to achieve it.
If the load is starting to cause health problems for you: back pain, migraines, digestion problems or anxiety issues, consider spending some time on my table. The sympathetic nervous system takes the brunt of the load when your circuits are all maxed out. It is the system responsible for your fight or flight responses; it also regulates your heartbeat and blood pressure. Sometimes, it needs a little help regulating.
Use of acupuncture actually slows your heart rate. It also lowers your blood pressure. It helps your parasympathetic nervous system kick in and neutralize the stress that's eating you. Acupuncture treatments can absolutely be used as a part of a stress management plan to help with anxiety, insomnia, and feelings of being overtaxed.
If this sounds like it might help, please schedule a consultation. I would love to see you.
I started Fort Collins Acupuncture in 1999 because (at the time) there were few opportunities outside of Denver for people to receive acupuncture. Over the years, acceptance of the practice has grown, and we have been privileged to serve patients from all over northern Colorado and parts of southern Wyoming.
At Fort Collins Acupuncture our main goal is to provide affordable and effective care. We have a reputation for excellence in understanding our patients’ health concerns, and for our extensive experience treating patients in northern Colorado.
Fort Collins Acupuncture helps people with many conditions, including headaches and migraines, shoulder, neck and back pain, sports injuries, pain from auto accidents, colds and flus, asthma, menopausal symptoms, and stress.
I'm always happy when patients don't need me, but if there's a little something (or a BIG something) that's not quite right, come see me. I can help.
The first question most new patients ask me is, "Do the needles hurt?" No. They really don't.
The second question is almost always, "How many treatments will I need to undergo?" This is an understandable query. Making time in your day and paying for supplemental treatments can add up.
The good news is, most people see drastic improvement in 3 to 5 treatments. Some feel much better after 1! If we can't make a dent in your pain in the first 3 sessions, acupuncture isn't going to solve the problem and I won't continue recommending it. I don't suggest people keep coming once a week forever and ever, amen. Acupuncture should resolve acute issues within 2 weeks.
So, if your worry about cost and time are the thing keeping you from trying acupuncture, fear not. The pain will stop. Contact us at www.fortcollinsacupuncture.com for an appointment.
Acupuncture for Migraines Improves your Quality of Life
In 2005, the journal, Headache, printed a study stating, "Supplementing medical management with acupuncture...resulted in improvements in quality of life and the perception by patients that they suffered less from headaches.”
I like the first word of that sentence – supplementing. Acupuncture is meant to integrate with your healthcare. We complement each other well. When your doctor is stumped or has little to offer, your acupuncturist can often help. This is especially true for chronic conditions like pain and migraines. The opposite is also true. When there isn't much an acupuncturist can do, a medical doctor may have a wealth of possible treatments.
In the case of migraines, first do go see a doctor to rule out other possible problems. But if your headaches are only migraines and nothing else, I can help. By using a blend of Chinese herbs, acupuncture, and sometimes massage, I can cut your headaches by as much as 75%. That's one migraine per month instead of one per week.
Schedule your migraine acupuncture appointment today. Help is waiting.
Acupuncture Treatment with Fort Collins Acupuncture
The number one question people have about acupuncture is, “Does it hurt?”
In a word, No.
Acupuncture needles aren't syringes like doctors use for shots. Thinner than an average human hair, acupuncture needles are used to stimulate a point on your body like a muscle or an energy channel. Needle placement is just under the skin. Depending on the area of the body, you may not even notice them going in.
My approach at Fort Collins Acupuncture is very calming and soothing. Acupuncture is comfortable and relaxing. It leaves you with a sense of well-being and contentment. Plus, you get to lie quietly for up to an hour with no interruptions. That's hard to beat.
Don't fear the needles. Schedule with Fort Collins Acupuncture today.
Acupuncture is used daily in China and Japan for serious medical conditions. In my post-graduate training at Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, I remember being amazed by how readily physicians turn to it for major medical problems. Compare that to the United States where, if it is used at all, it tends to be seen as a luxury. Something for a spa treatment day.
We in the U.S. are missing out on a powerful piece of integrated healthcare. Acupuncture for stroke rehabilitation (also known as scalp acupuncture) works by opening up blood vessels to send more blood flow to the brain. It is important to work with someone experienced in stroke rehabilitation acupuncture, because anything encouraging more blood flow after a stroke caused by bleeding in the brain should be carefully monitored.
As a part of my own continuing education, I have received many hours of training in this area. I have helped patients get better faster, perform better in self-care, walk, and return to a more normal life.
But don't take my word for it. Russ Erickson, MD has this to say on the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture website.
“Acupuncture is a safe therapy, and my experience has taught that this is especially true when helping stroke victims. Even discomfort is generally minimal. If one compares the possible positive help to be obtained with the risks associated with acupuncture, my contention is that acupuncture is worthy to attempt for stroke therapy.”
At Fort Collins Acupuncture, I have been treating patients using acupuncture for 15 years. The number one ailment I see people for is pain management. And the top of that category, the most painful thing people want acupuncture for is back pain. And it's no wonder!
Your back muscles are involved in nearly every movement you make. Typing, walking, turning over in bed, driving (Lord help you if you drive a stick shift), bending, even laughing... when your back hurts all those regular activities can be a misery.
Acupuncture really can help. Acupuncture has been scientifically proven effective for many conditions including headaches, migraines, neck and lumbar problems, arthritis, and sports injuries. This New York Times blog reviews a recent meta-analysis of radomized acupuncture studies. Thirty doctors analyzed the raw data from 29 high-quality acupuncture medical studies. The lead author, Dr. Andrew J. Vickers from Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, summarizes the conclusion, “We think there’s firm evidence supporting acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain.”
Acupuncture for back pain really does work. Contact us today at www.fortcollinsacupuncture.com.
I grew up in Fort Collins but went to acupuncture school in San Diego at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. In California, acupuncturists are primary health care providers, trained to serve as gatekeepers. We are the one point of contact for their patients as they navigate the health care system. While regulations in Colorado are very different, my training and knowledge of the whole body have not changed. I am very comfortable serving as a complement to your primary care. Because I can “talk doctor” and understand Western diagnoses, I am happy to coordinate with your physician to best meet your needs.
I believe that acupuncture is an integral part of a modern health care system. It is an excellent therapy for pain management of all types (back, neck, headaches, migraines, injury), for digestive disorders, for stroke rehabilitation, insomnia... the list is long. Why not contact me and see what I can do to help you?
One patient, a medical doctor, said this:
“I decided to try acupuncture for my chronic headaches. It worked like a charm. Scott was attentive, caring and knowledgeable. He ushered me back to a pain-free existence. I highly recommend him.” -- DV, M.D.
Pain-free existence can be yours too. Schedule an appointment today.