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Is an acupuncture mat effective for back pain?

Is an acupuncture mat effective for back pain?

No: Acupuncture is a time honored treatment for pain, nausea, energy and organ imbalance. Also it can help people with addictions who have failed to control smoking or narcotic use for their back pain. The practitioner of acupuncture can be a physician with 200 hours of training, or a non-physician with years of training. Seek someone you can work with for the duration. Maintain hope. ...Read more

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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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Can acupuncture work for sciatica pain?

Can acupuncture work for sciatica pain?

Possibly: Although not understood fully, acupuncture has shown good success in some pain syndromes. Only way to know is try it out. If after a few treatments you can't see a difference I would seek out a pain/spine specialist for other options. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help sciatica? Does acupuncture ever help with sciatica pain? .

Can acupuncture help sciatica? Does acupuncture ever help with sciatica pain?

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Possibly: Although not understood fully, acupuncture has shown good success in some pain syndromes. Only way to know is try it out. If after 2-3 treatments you can't see a difference I would seek out a pain/spine specialist for other options. ...Read more

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Does acupuncture treat back pain?

Does acupuncture treat back pain?

Successful Treatment: Acupuncture can be successful in treating backache, back pain, etc. Recent studies compare acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy. Chiropractic was shown to be best for back pain. Acupuncture may be used in conjunction to eliminate acute pain, and rehabilitation should be performed to stabilize for the long term. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help neck pain?

Can acupuncture help neck pain?

Yes: Study results vary, but most studies show a modest effect of acupuncture on neck pain. It's very low risk, lower than the risk of taking medications, even over the counter medications such as ibuprofen. Here's a link to a recent study on the effects of acupuncture for chronic neck pain: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc3373337/. ...Read more

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Major myofascial pain w/TrP's (have confirmed late Lyme). Nothing releases them or shoulder spasms (phys ther, accup, chiro, massage etc). HELP!

Major myofascial pain w/TrP's (have confirmed late Lyme). Nothing releases them or shoulder spasms (phys ther, accup, chiro, massage etc). HELP!

Fibromyalagia: This is fibromyalgia and not directly related to Lyme. Your physician needs to direct you to a fibromyalgia program which includes: 1. Exercise - the pain is in the muscles 2. Sleep evaluation and treatment 3. Stress evaluation and treatment ...Read more

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Can heating pads help sciatic pain?

Can heating pads help sciatic pain?

Sciatic pain: Depends. Sometimes sciatic pain is helped by heat and sometimes helped by ice packs. There are several causes of sciatic pain and it is best to see your doctor to find out the cause and to give you proper treatment. ...Read more

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Can massage or stretching exercise relief sciatica pain or it is contraindicated??

Can massage or stretching exercise relief sciatica pain or it is contraindicated??

Sure: Most times Massage/Stretching will help muscle pain due to the back pain. If it doesn't help enough, recommend seeing your doctor for a workup. ...Read more

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How does acupuncture help pain management for severe back/leg pain with sciatic pain?

How does acupuncture help pain management for severe back/leg pain with sciatic pain?

Acupuncture: It is considered a viable additional or adjunctive therapy that can help contribute to relief. Acupuncture involves placement of almost microscopic needle tips into 'meridians'. It is not painful. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture treat lower back pain?

Can acupuncture treat lower back pain?

Yes: Acupuncture, a 4000 y/o technique using fine needles placed in specific regions of the body. It is unquestionably effective in china where it's been used successfully for surgical anesthesia. It works because for every pain nerve fiber, there is one that inhibits the pain. Effective pain therapy relates to cultural, societal and belief/trust factors. In some people, acupuncture will work... ...Read more

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Could acupuncture help my sciatica?

Could acupuncture help my sciatica?

Maybe: Although acupuncture doesn't affect the actual problem or the healing process, some patients have pain relief in the short term while undergoing treatment. This temporary pain relief might help as your body heals. ...Read more

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Throbbing pain in testicles and sciatic pain. No meds, exercises or stretching help?

Throbbing pain in testicles and sciatic pain. No meds, exercises or stretching help?

Sciatica and testicl: It is very unusual to have sciatica with associated testicular pain. Although it is not prudent to postulate two different causative factors, this must be considered. You should get in for an. Evaluation soon. ...Read more

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Can lyrica (pregabalin) help with headches? & neck pain?

Can lyrica (pregabalin) help with headches? & neck pain?

Yes it may be an : Option for treatment after an evaluation by your physician. Neurontin (gabapentin) is similar and comes in a generic version so it is cheaper and tends to have less side effects based on its absorption pattern. ...Read more

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Diagnosed plantar fasctis. Done ice, stretch, strength, heat, massage. Tender with massage. Pain with movement along fascia. Could be any else advice?

Diagnosed plantar fasctis. Done ice, stretch, strength, heat, massage. Tender with massage. Pain with movement along fascia. Could be any else advice?

NEED FOR SUPPORT!: Most shoes aren't always what is bad, usually it's the crummy insoles they come with! there are many possible reasons (plantar fascitis or calcaneal apophysitis leaps to mind) that you may have pain in the heels, but try arch supports like spenco polysorb (http://www.Spenco.Com/products/footcare/poly-sorb) and otc anti-inflammatories (like aleve). If these don't help, see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture hurt?

Can acupuncture hurt?

Not usually: Often times insertions are not felt by the person receiving acupuncture. When felt it may feel like a tiny prick as it enters the skin - however using the "push the finger" technique will usually prevent that. There are a few acupuncture points which are painful to needle but there are alternative sites for most of those. Most needles have a tiny diameter. ...Read more

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Lower back/spine pain. Throb pain n back, shoot pain n one leg or other. Capsaicin patch help aleve (naproxen) kinda help. Treatment? exercise? help!!!

Lower back/spine pain. Throb pain n back, shoot pain n one leg or other. Capsaicin patch help aleve (naproxen) kinda help. Treatment? exercise? help!!!

Sciatica: I feel empathy for your back pain. Throbbing pain in the back with shooting pain in one leg or other and lack of complete relief from Capsaicin patch is most likely Sciatica. See an Orthopedic Physician immediately for diagnosis, indicated radiological studies such as CT or MRI Treatment may include Medications, Physical Therapy, Massage, Ultrasound Yoga, Pilates, Walking Meditation ...Read more

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Does feldenkrais or acupuncture help with arthritis pain?

Does feldenkrais or acupuncture help with arthritis pain?

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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Can acupuncture help nerve pain in patients?

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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Walking is painful. Will a massage or acupuncture help?

Walking is painful. Will a massage or acupuncture help?

Acupuncture may be: of benefit. I recommend seeing your physician to have the source of your pain evaluated. Diagnostic assessment will help determine what treatment options are available. Acupuncture is a good approach for many causes of foot/ walking pain (but not all). I have only commented about acupuncture (and not massage) as that is an area of expertise. ...Read more