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Does having acupuncture therapy increase height?

Does having acupuncture therapy increase height?

No: Acupuncture offers many benefits but it will not cause you to grow taller. ...Read more

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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What is the definition or description of: acupuncture therapy?

What is the definition or description of: acupuncture therapy?

Acupuncture: Acupuncture originated in ancient china, which utilizes thin needles place at specific points on the body to encourage balance and movement of the life force energy, chi. By providing balance and normal energy movement the body can rid itself of all the diseases. ...Read more

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Could acupuncture be considered occupational therapy?

Could acupuncture be considered occupational therapy?

Different therapy: The ot deals with activities of life and ways of enhancing quality of life and may get involved in rehab and hand therapy, but usually does not engage in acupuncture which would require its own specialty training program. However, nothing really prevents an occupational therapist to get trained in acupuncture. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture therapy be effective for joint injuries?

Can help: Acupuncture instead of just being the only means if you combine a comprehensive life style modification will help, so follow the medical recommendation, rest, therapy, nutritional adjustment including increasing your vit d level - high dose regime and adding acupuncture for pain relief will provide the better option. ...Read more

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Could acupuncture or massage therapy help with costochondritis pain? It's been 2 months now and i don't want to contintue taking so much pain meds

Could acupuncture or massage therapy help with costochondritis pain? It's been 2 months now and i don't want to contintue taking so much pain meds

Yes: Costochondritis inflammation can be reduced through placement of localized needles and use of major acupuncture points. I am often able to relieve the pain of a fractured rib with one ear "rib point". No, seriously - 1 needle. I am amazed every time - so are the patients. I wish i knew more about acupuncture when my rib was broken. ...Read more

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My child is sickle cell diseased and I was wondering if acupuncture or traditional chinese medicine can help as a supportive medicine? Are there other alternative therapies?

My child is sickle cell diseased and I was wondering if acupuncture or traditional chinese medicine can help as a supportive medicine? Are there other alternative therapies?

Acupuncture for: sickle cell is reported to help with pain. See: "A retrospective review of acupuncture use for the treatment of pain in sickle cell disease patients: descriptive analysis from a single institution." **http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24322996 ** ...Read more

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Does acupuncture help eczema? Through acupuncture therapy can eczema be releaved?

Beneficial: Energy moving treatments involving balancing chi in major meridians can help eczema. Talk with your physician about using this as an adjunct to your current treatment regimen. ...Read more

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I have lower back nerve damage from sports would electro acupuncture and therapy help my injury?

Acupuncture w e-stim: Ensure that your injury has been properly worked up (ie. Orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, neurosurgeon). Talk with your physician about using acupuncture as an adjunct to your treatment. Acupuncture with electric stimulation is often effective to improve range of motion, and to decrease inflammation & pain. ...Read more

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Treated a long standing pain and numbness at right scapula with chiropractic, massage therapy and acupuncture. Pain moved to the front of shoulder?

Treated a long standing pain and numbness at right scapula with  chiropractic, massage therapy and acupuncture. Pain moved to the front of shoulder?

Ortho eval: Shoulder mri, and general medical evaluation is what i would recommend. I think you need to increase the level of commitment to finding the cause. ...Read more

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Chiropractors, massage therapy, acupuncture, physiotherapy - which is the best treatment for back pain?

Chiropractors, massage therapy, acupuncture, physiotherapy - which is the best treatment for back pain?

All and none: Everything depends what is the cause for pain. If your family doctors rules out serious pathology, i.e. Fracture, cancer, infection, etc., then try acupuncture, pt, chiropractor, depending on your preferences. Stay away from motrin, alive, celebrex, (celecoxib) etc. There is no inflammation with back pain. Use of this type of drugs actually proven to delay healing in spite of "helping"(more like masking) pain. ...Read more

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Would an irritate nerve cause my neck to seize up? I tried stretching, heat, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractors and my neck is still seized

Would an irritate nerve cause my neck to seize up? I tried stretching, heat, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractors and my neck is still seized

Yes: You are alluding to a pinched nerve as in a herniated disc? This could cause muscle spasms, and from what i understand of your question, seizing of the muscles. Have you seen and MD for an evaluation of the neck and it's nerves? ...Read more

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Is acupuncture or massage therapy more effective for joint and low back pain?

Acupuncture: The cause of your back pain is what will determine what you should do. Both of the approaches you mentioned treat symptoms. You need to find out what is causing your pain. Injury, misuse, over use, congenital. Issues are all possibilities.. ...Read more

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65 yr fem, herniated disc of lumbar MRI show mild disc bulge from L1-L2 to L4-L5, slight degen. grade 1 retrolisthesis. Had 1 month therapy. Osteoporosis. I have severe back and left side pain. What next? acupuncture? pain mngmt? shot in back?

65 yr fem, herniated disc of lumbar MRI show mild disc bulge from L1-L2 to L4-L5, slight degen. grade 1 retrolisthesis. Had 1 month therapy. Osteoporosis. I have severe back and left side pain. What next? acupuncture? pain mngmt? shot in back?

Pain: First question - were any of these MRI findings believed to be the cause of the back and left side pain? Has an orthopedic surgeon been consulted? If not, recommend that. Depending on his/her findings - there may be a number of treatment options. Acupuncture won't fix the actual intervertebral disc problems but it can often reduce inflammation in the surrounding area & improve range of motion, ...Read more

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Does it hurt when going in for acupuncture treatment?

Does it hurt when going in for acupuncture treatment?

Not usually: In the hands of a gentle and skilled needler - usually insertions are not felt or are very tolerable. However, there are some points which can be uncomfortable. There is one point below the nose that is quite uncomfortable - but works oh, so well. Very long, larger diameters needles are more likely to be felt (ie. 75mm to 125 mm needles). ...Read more

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Can you use acupuncture as treatment for tmj?

Can you use acupuncture as treatment for tmj?

Absolutely: Acupuncture can be one of many modalities to treat TMJ problems. It is best to have your treatment directed by someone who specializes in TMJ treatment. ...Read more

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Will my acupuncture treatment help with pain?

Possibly: The only way to know is to give it a try. Make sure to record the level of your pain, before and after treatment, on a scale of 1-10. If it seems to help, make note of how long the relief lasts. I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Rankin
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Sensory Integration Therapy (Definition)

Sensory integration therapy is based on the idea that senses such as sight, sound, touch, spatial awareness, and gravity help to guide development. When there is a disorder of sensory integration, someone trained in sensory integration therapy, such as an occupational therapist, will provide intense sensory inputs to the various systems using various tools and techniques. This treatment is commonly used in autism spectrum disorders, and has strong supporters and detractors. The core of proven autism treatment includes behavioral and educational interventions, but sensory integration therapy may be a ...Read more


Probiotic (Definition)

Probiotics, by definition, are beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract to help us maintain health intestines and colon. There are several species of these bacteria that are helpful to us including lactobacillus acidophilus. The meats we eat contain antibiotics that kill our natural bacteria that reside in our gut. Today, you will replace these ...Read more