Archive for the ‘Pain Management’ Category

Back Pain and Acupuncture

Friday, October 29th, 2010

If you have “non-structural” or soft-tissue pain in your back, lower back, neck and shoulders, then you are advised to seek acupuncture as a treatment option that has a high chance of success, with virtually no risks or side-effects if it is not effective.

For the vast majority of patients I have seen since I started my practice in 1999, back pain of all varieties have responded very well to acupuncture treatment, provided the cause is not a structural one. Non-structural back pain is likely the type you have if you have not been involved in an accident or trauma that caused physical damage to the spine or spinal cord.

Examples of structural problems would be things like ruptured discs, crushed vertebrae and pinched nerves due to narrow outlets in the vertebral body.

Soft tissue pain (for which acupuncture is great) include things like strained back muscles, tight muscles that cause pain, pain that occurs after over exertion. Often people have semi-chronic back pain that originates from soft-tissue injury or strain. This is the most common type of back pain and the kind you most likely have if you haven’t had a serious accident or spinal trauma.

For most patients, a course of 4-8 treatments will greatly relieve or eliminate back pain…it just depends upon the severity of the pain, and how long it has been bothersome.

If you have specific questions about your pain, or wish to know how acupuncture might help your back, low back, neck and shoulder pains…give us a call and we’ll help you decide if acupuncture is right for you.

Acupuncture For Migraine Headaches

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Acupuncture is very effective for most migraine headache sufferers. In fact, I would say that 75% of the patients I have seen with migraine headaches (for over 10 years now, and counting) improve dramatically within 6-8 treatments.

Granted I have had a few patients who did not respond to acupuncture for migraines, but I can count those people on one hand.

Acupuncture works by helping the body’s natural ability to heal kick into high gear. In the case of migraines, using acupuncture is one way to guide the body back toward peak health and balance.

Some of the reasons we notice imbalances include stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, anger/frustration and a host of other “modern” complaints. All of these can work together to create an imbalance in the body that is causes overwhelming and often debilitating migraine headaches.

If you are interested in conquering migraines without the need to take expensive, toxic and side-effect riddled medications for the rest of your life…
then you owe it to yourself to give acupuncture a try.

And, as a friendly reminder: Make sure you go to a Licensed Acupuncturist for this type of work, not a Chiropractor “certified” in acupuncture. Being certified in acupuncture means nothing really. Licensed Acupuncturists are licensed by the Board of Medical Practice and have 3-4 years of training in acupuncture and Asian Medicine. Those are the people you want to see.