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Is It Possible To Do Acupuncture On Myself For Back Pain
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Acupuncture Efficacy: Acupuncture is a method that stimulates nerves and muscle tissue to release stress and relieve pain. If the pain is due to structural damage, such as fractures, dislocation, or malformation, acupuncture may, at its best, provide temporary relief. Also, as not all chefs cook the same, not all acupuncture treatment provide the same efficacy, so if it didn't work, it doesn't mean it doesn't work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What could be responsible for recurrent wait & back pain, & what can I do? Somebody suggests acupuncture!!!
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Excellent option: I would make sure that your physician has evaluated your back to ensure that you do not need surgical intervention. However, back pain is often treated effectively with acupuncture. Western medicine often requires an accurate diagnosis to provide treatments. Acupuncture is often helpful for specific symptoms or congregates of symptoms even when diagnosis has not been clearly established. ...Read more
Went to acupuncture for back pain& anxiety. Was given 20 mins session&Chinese herbs. Was awake all night. Feel more anxious. Can I get back to normal?
What normal?: By normal do you mean before your session (when you had pain and anxiety) or before you had pain and anxiety? That is a very unusual response to acupuncture and might be caused by anxiety instead of the treatment. The herbs generally take time to work but try stopping them to see if you feel better. If acupuncture made you feel worse its effects should wear off quickly. See my comment for more. ...Read more
Are Asian acupuncture clinics reliable? I am considering going there for my back pain and don't want to take meds.
See below.: Since acupuncture began in china, there are many asian acupuncture clinics. My patients have reported many excellent experiences from those locations. There is a new generation of acupuncturists in the us - physicians from a variety of specialties who have secondary training in acupuncture. The acupuncturist needs to be knowledgable, experienced and be a gentle needler. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sure there are: Quite a few patients who have noted relief with acupuncture. However, if no improvement seek the advice of your doctor or even check with your doctor prior to seeking this treatment in case there are other issues that may account for your back pain such as a kidney stone or urinary tract infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What could be responsible for recurrent disc & lower back pain, & what can I do? Somebody suggests acupuncture!!!
Body structure: Start with low back exercises. Look up Williams flexion exercises on Google and start doing your exercises on a regular basis. If you are overweight, then you need to start losing weight and get back to an ideal body weight. Check and see that your feet have normal arches and normal mechanics. Sometimes back problems come from your feet. Acupuncture certainly is a good possibility but you need to do the other things first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Back pain. Left side upper quadrant. Done acupuncture, massage, took acetaminophen, rubbed pain reliever lotions, hot compressed it. Still n pain?
16 year old golfer with sports injury in his back in May 2016, re-injured July 2016 playing squash, 2 MRI's done. What might cause ongoing pain......?
Is there instability?: One consideration is to do flexing and extending xrays. If there is motion that would explain the persistent pain. The MRI can show a stress fracture but sometimes it is hard to tell due to motion artifact. Given the lack of agreement I would bite the bullet and get a SPECT bone scan. If negative then push forward with core strengthening with a physiatrist and physical therapist. If it is a stress fracture and it is not healing you could consider a bone stimulator as an off label treatment. I published one case where this was done successfully in a 17 year old elite gymnast. ...Read moreSee 9 more doctor answers
Hi...I have a back pain on the spine area but just when touching. What that can be? Maybe I hit myself and forgot? . Thank you
Muscle Spasm: Trigger points are bands of taut muscle areas that hurt when pressed upon and radiate to other areas than just the painful spot that is pressed upon. Most times stretching and massage of that area relieves these spots, however sometime they continue and need to be addressed by your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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