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Doctor insights on: Acupuncture For Pinched Nerve

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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Does anyone know if acupressure / acupuncture works for pinched nerve pains?

Does anyone know if acupressure / acupuncture works for pinched nerve pains?

Arthritis: It can, but first get clearance from your doctor who can also make the referral if he/she deems necessary. ...Read more

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Is traction or acupuncture best for a pinched nerve in lower back?

Is traction or acupuncture best for a pinched nerve in lower back?

Traction/acupuncture: Great question: the real answer is nobody knows. They have never been compared head-to-head in any sort of controlled trial. They are both treatments that can be beneficial and i would suggest doing both of them. Consider epidurals too. When dealing with a pinched nerve, i think the most important thing is to know if there is nerve damage (an EMG will diagnose). If so, surgery is warrante. ...Read more

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Does accupuncture help buldging disc and pinched nerves in neck?

Acupuncture will not: Cure a herniated or bulging disc nor will it correct a bony entrapment. However, it can markedly improve pain, range of motion, inflammation & circulation of the surrounding tissues. Most people would not voluntarily have multiple needles stuck into them if there wasn't a benefit. ...Read more

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Bed ridden with a trapped nerve, would acupuncture help?

Acupuncture: The acupuncture will not release a trapped nerve. But - it can decrease inflammation & pain of the impacted tissues and improve range of motion. It is quite helpful for this & works by increasing electrical conductivity, circulation of blood &qi as well as lymphatic flow. ...Read more

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Acupuncture - if you have a needle against or near a nerve or your spine, would it be dangerous to move?

Acupuncture - if you have a needle against or near a nerve or your spine, would it be dangerous to move?

Move how much: Needles are placed to contact a nerve's electric field when using major acupuncture points. If the needle approached the nerve to closely it would be be painful. Except in rare situations when I have a very shallow insertion the patient can usually move some. I move about all the time with needles in my neck and back. But usually people sit or lie quietly when needles are in place. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help nerve pain in patients?

Yes: Nerve and other kinds of pain may benefit from acupuncture. Results can sometimes be very impressive. But this art as well as science, depending on patient characteristics, underlying problem, diagnostic skills, needle techniques. Some people do not benefit at all. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture cause nerve damage?

Can acupuncture cause nerve damage?

Not really: Theoretically and in reality it does not happen because nerves are very slippery and movable , and the acupuncture needles flexible.Because of that it is virtually impossible to pears a nerve. Of cause care is being taken that nerves are avoided . Acupuncture points are located along the fascias(very thin transparent tissues enveloping the muscles) and usually away from the nerves. ...Read more

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Can you get nerve damage from doing acupuncture?

Can you get nerve damage from doing acupuncture?

unlikely: This would be a rare complication from acupuncture. Basically, it would be very painful if a needle was introduced into the nerve. You would experience pain well in advance of insertion into a nerve. Thus, an acupuncturist who is knows their points and needles gently would would likely not cause this problem. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more