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Can massage therapy help fibromyalgia?

Can massage therapy help fibromyalgia?

Not the way you mean: Fibromyalgia is a brain problem, not a joint, muscle, tendon or bursa problem. Massage doesn't "help" fibromyalgia the way it may help muscular soreness after vigorous exertion. The pleasurable sensation merely acts as a counter-sensation to fibromyalgia & is only temporary. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition with no "cure," only symptomatic treatment at the neurochemical level, ...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 d-ribose help fibromyalgia?

Can d-ribose help fibromyalgia?

Perhaps: ? if d-Ribose can benefit a person with fibromyalgia (FM). I am not aware that this has been studied. Physicians who practice Orthomolecular Medicine believe that if you present the body with the natural materials it uses for internal biochemical processes, those processes will be induced. D-Ribose is used by mitochondria to produce the energy molecule ATP. People w. FM commonly suffer fatigue. ...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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Can detox help with fibromyalgia?

Can detox help with fibromyalgia?

Possibly: Increasing doses of opioids to try to chase the pain, unsuccessfully, can sometimes result in “opioid induced hyperalgesia”. Typically, fibromyalgia does not respond well to the pain managing aspects of opioids, although it sometimes improves mood and spirit by reducing the suffering aspect of pain. If you have been taking increasing doses of opioids without improvement, it is time to taper off. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help with psorisis?

Can acupuncture help with psorisis?

Yes: Psoriasis is a serious skin condition with serious medical treatment, but it is quite sensitive to emotional states. Acupuncture may be quite beneficial, yet it is not a mainstream treatment. It is worth considering. ...Read more

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Can anything help fibromyalgia?

Can anything help fibromyalgia?

Exercise: ? about what, besides meds, helps fibromyalgia (FM). Since deconditioned & spastic muscles are complicitous, muscle relaxation & tonification seem worthwhile therapies. Land-based physical therapy too pained for most with FM except when gravity is negated by buoyancy of water with aquatherapy. Massages with cannabis lotion relaxes muscle spasms. Edible cannabis indica provides general pain relief. ...Read more

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Would acupuncture help lessen my fibromyalgia symptoms?

Would acupuncture help lessen my fibromyalgia symptoms?

Acupuncture appears to modestly reduce many types of chronic pain, so it's not surprising that many people with fibromyalgia are interested in trying it: While the studies on the effectiveness of acupuncture for fibromyalgia symptoms are somewhat mixed, most suggest that it may have a beneficial role. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles to various depths into strategic points on your body. They are usually left in place for 20 to 30 minutes and sometimes are further stimulated by the addition of heat or electricity. When performed by a trained practitioner, acupuncture has few risks. Fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat, and a combination of treatments may be necessary to control your symptoms. If you're having trouble finding relief for your fibromyalgia pain, it may be worth trying acupuncture. But if your symptoms don't begin to improve within a few weeks, acupuncture may not be the right treatment for you. ...Read more

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Can physical therapy help relieve fibromyalgia pain?

Can physical therapy help relieve fibromyalgia pain?

Multiple ways: Pt can apply "modalities" of heat cold ultrasound electrical stimulation. They can do trigger point massage deep muscle massage as well as loosten you up with stretching and start you on a general aerobic exercise program. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture work?

Can acupuncture work?

For many conditions.: According to world health organization acupuncture is effective for chemotherapy adverse rxns , allergic rhinitis, depression, dysentery, dysmenorrhea, epigastralgia, facial pain, headache, hypertension, hypotension, labor induction, pain (knee, neck & back), leucopenia, fetus malposition, morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, dental pain, shoulder arthritis, postoperative pain, renal colic, etc. ...Read more

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How can physical therapy help fibromyalgia?

How can physical therapy help fibromyalgia?

Multiple ways: Pt can apply "modalities" of heat cold ultrasound electrical stimulation. They can do trigger point massage deep muscle massage as well as loosten you up with stretching and start you on a general aerobic exercise program. ...Read more

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Can foods help fibromyalgia pain?

Can foods help fibromyalgia pain?

Anti-inflammatory : Along with my colleagues' ideas, following an anti-inflammatory food plan may help reduce fibromyalgia pain. This means staying away from trans-fatty acids that might be in processed or fried foods, and partially hydrogenated oils, etc. Need lots of organic fruits & veggies, whole grains (unless sensitive to them). Add more omega-3's, turmeric, & ginger; extra virgin olive oil for cooking. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help in fertility treatments?

Can acupuncture help in fertility treatments?

Yes: Yes, acupuncture before and after embryo transfer has been shown to help with fertility. At other times it serves as a good stress reduction method. ...Read more

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Can osteopathic manipulation therapy help in fibromyalgia treatment?

Can osteopathic manipulation therapy help in fibromyalgia treatment?

Partly: A carefully designed program with myofscial release stretching and aerobic exercize would be needed the latter would still be the more important part. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help skin conditions?

Never heard it being: Used for skin conditions, but there are some skin conditions triggered by internal illnesses for which acupuncture may indirectly help. ...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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Can acupuncture help lumbar radiculopathy?

Can acupuncture help lumbar radiculopathy?

Low back pain: Yes. Acupuncture reduces inflammation through the release of endorphins and increases microcirculation to improve joint mobility and reduce muscle stiffness. Acupuncture stimulates the release of serotonin and noradrenaline too. Eastern medicine may provide another alternative for pain relief. ...Read more

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

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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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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Can Gralise 1200mg help with fibromyalgia pain?

Can Gralise 1200mg help with fibromyalgia pain?

Sure!: the placebo effect is considerable with fibromyalgia. Frankly, it is hard to tell if even quite a good medication like gabapentin works beyond the placebo effect. It's generally quite safe. ...Read more

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What is the success rate of acupuncture for fibromyalgia?

What is the success rate of acupuncture for fibromyalgia?

Positive results: A review this year in clinical rheumatology found some positive results in treating fibromyalgia with acupuncture, homoeopathy, hydrotherapy and massage -- but not chiropractic. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21614472. ...Read more

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Is accupunture good for fibromyalgia?

Maybe: It doesn't replace exercise or sleep, but it is a great supplement for managing symptoms. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture work?

For many conditions.: According to world health organization acupuncture is effective for chemotherapy adverse rxns , allergic rhinitis, depression, dysentery, dysmenorrhea, epigastralgia, facial pain, headache, hypertension, hypotension, labor induction, pain (knee, neck & back), leucopenia, fetus malposition, morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, dental pain, shoulder arthritis, postoperative pain, renal colic, etc. ...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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How does acupuncture work?

How does acupuncture work?

Nerves: Acupuncture involves using special needles that are introduced in certain points on the skin that produces either stimulating or relaxing effect on the organ(s) that this point is related to. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture safe to do?

Is acupuncture safe to do?

Yes: Very safe! there is little bleeding due to needle diameter. There is little infection because needle cored is not hollow - won't drag in skin and bacteria. Lung puncture is avoided by wodging the skin & oblique needle placement. Internal organ contact is prevented by inserting to depths dictated in traditional chinese medicine. But it you faint at the sight of a needle - tell the provider. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture effectively treat ed?

Mike Moore Dr. Moore
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No: No studies show that acupuncture can treat erectile dysfunction (ed). However, professionally done acupuncture is unlikely to harm a person. More importantly, ED can be a symptom of a serious illness such as diabetes, poor circulation, hormonal imbalances, medicine side effects, psychological disorders, etc..., and should be discussed with one's primary care physician. ...Read more

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What are the results with acupuncture?

Dr. Neeoo Chin Dr. Chin
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Varies: Like all of medicine how one responds depends upon the individual and the treatment. Remember acupuncture is not magic. Especially, many will turn to acupuncture when traditional treatments fail. In my practice I have found that "needling" have cured many ailments when traditional treatments have failed, such as success for carpal tunnel syndrome when physical therapies have failed ...Read more

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What maladies can acupuncture improve?

What maladies can acupuncture improve?

According to World: Health organization based on studies with controlled clinical trials, acupuncture is effective for chemotherapy adverse rxns , allergic rhinitis, depression, dysentery, dysmenorrhea, epigastralgia, facial pain, headache, hypertension, hypotension, labor induction, pain (knee, neck ; back), leucopenia, fetus malposition, morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, dental pain, shoulder arthritis, postop. ...Read more

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How effectively does acupuncture work?

How effectively does acupuncture work?

That depends on the: Condition being treated. There are excellent results for treatment of many conditions but acupuncture is not an effective form of treatment for some medical problems. ...Read more

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What is the science behind acupuncture?

It's growing: Acupuncture stimulates release of local and brain chemistry that relieves pain, relieves anxiety, and can stimulate immunity and hormonal effects. Stimulates brain pathways that regulate pain sensation and mood. ...Read more

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Why is it that i itch after acupuncture?

Why is it that i itch after acupuncture?

I am not : Familiar with itching as a side effect of acupuncture. Is infrared heat being used in conjunction with needles? I use acupuncture to treat people who have hives and itching. The only thing i can think of is renewed activity (blood circulation, qi, nerve conduction) causing the itching. Perhaps one of the other healthtap acupuncturists is more familiar with itching as a side effect. ...Read more

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Is there any benefit to getting acupuncture?

Is there any benefit to getting acupuncture?

Yes, proven benefits: Many research studies prove acupuncture to be effective for back & neck pain, headaches, post-operative nausea, copd, arthritis of the knee & improving success of in-vitro fertilization. Research also shows it increases endorphin & hormone release, activity of some parts of the brain & stimulates blood flow.See www.Healthcmi.Com/index.Php/acupuncturist-news-online/377-acupunctureresearchquestioned. ...Read more

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Is it inadvisable to swim after acupuncture?

Yes.: Some general guidelines including not swimming or bathing right after (few hours) acupuncture. I'm not aware of any studies - and there probably aren't any - about specific time periods. If you think about it, you just had a bunch of tiny holes punched in your skin, so i'd give it a day or two before you go swimming in a public pool or the ocean. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what happens in acupuncture?

Can you tell me what happens in acupuncture?

Needles of varrying: Widths and lengths are placed in acupuncture points on the body. Sterile, single use disposable needles are more often used in this country. It tends to be very pleasant and can be quite effective for the treatment of a variety of conditions. ...Read more

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Could qigong be more powerful than acupuncture?

NO, mostly.: C. Chan gunn, md explains that acupuncture in the simplest terms is a type of myofascial release therapy or physical therapy but invasive. Mft is on a spectum from touch, energy, stretching, massage, yoga, trigger point release balls and canes, acupuncture needles, dry needling to finally janet g. Travell, md's trigger point injections. All are highly effective and safe. You can do acupressure! ...Read more

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How is acupuncture helpful for weight reduction?

Not really.: There aren't good randomized control studies that show accupuncture causes weight loss. To achieve weight loss, you have to expend more calories than you take in. Weight loss takes work. There is no magic bullet to lose weight - not pills, not herbs, not accupuncture. If there was an easy way to do it, everyone would be thin. It's all about diet and exercise. ...Read more

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Does acupuncture help for pain and what is it like?

It can and its easy: When performed by an experienced acupuncturist with managing the type of pain that u r having, acupuncture can b very effective at relieving pain of many sorts. The experience of getting acupuncture is amazingly easy. Most people's anticipation is far worse than the actual experience. If u have ever had a therapeutic massage then u will b fine getting acupuncture. Sometimes herbal supps r used. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

A condition that affects the muscles and soft tissue of the body, causing widespread ...Read more