Dr. Derek Kirkham is a licensed practitioner of East Asian medicine (EAMP) in the state of Washington. He has a particular focus on using acupuncture and herbal medicine to treat acute and chronic pain, sport injuries, injuries from auto accidents, respiratory issues, and giving supportive care to cancer patients.
Dr. Kirkham has extensive knowledge in the assessment and treatment of back pain, neck pain, joint pain (shoulder, hip, knee, wrist, ankle) and headaches. He also works with athletes and weekend warriors to address the musculoskeletal conditions and injuries that come from athletic performance.
As a certified personal trainer (NASM), Dr. Kirkham can help to identify and address the muscular imbalances that lead to injury. He also creates fitness plans that are designed to lower the risk of re-injury once the patient is pain free.
Dr. Kirkham utilizes his advanced training in integrative cancer care to help relieve and manage the signs and symptoms associated with cancer, cancer related treatments, and cancer recovery. His treatments are designed compliment and not to replace traditional cancer care.
With every patient, he develops a treatment plan that takes into account the unique circumstances of their specific injury or ailment. In practice, he uses a blend of acupuncture, tui na (bodywork), stretching, exercise techniques, cupping, gua sha, cold laser, herbal remedies, supplements, dietary adjustments and health education.
Activities of Interest Dr. Kirkham is an avid runner and has participated in a number of local half marathons including the Seattle Marathon. He also enjoys indoor rock climbing and cycling. He incorporates his understanding of athletics and biomechanics into the treatment of sport injuries.
Blog Articles Visit Glow’s blog to read articles written by Dr. Kirkham regarding pain management, sports injuries and musculoskeletal issues.