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Do trigger point injections help with fibromyalgia pain?

Do trigger point injections help with fibromyalgia pain?

Yes: Query is whether trigger point injections can ameliorate fibromyalgia pain. Trigger points are able to be detected by sensitive touch, ultrasound, chemical and blood flow changes, and oxygen deficits. Trigger points seem to be effectively reversed by massage, trigger point injections, and acupuncture. ...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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Any value from myofascial trigger point release for musculoskeletal pain?

In some cases: In some cases this can be helpful . In my experience these trigger points are often the result of dysfunction of the deeper tissues in the joints and ligaments and i get better results if i address these problems rather than deal with the problems at the surface such as trigger points. Often the trigger points will go away if the deeper structures are treated properly. ...Read more

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Abdominal trigger point injection locations.?

Abdominal trigger point injection locations.?

Many points: I usually feel the areas pf the abdomenal wall to find the tirgger points my self. ...Read more

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Will a trigger point massage cure shoulder bursitis?

Will a trigger point massage cure shoulder bursitis?

May or may not: The correct trigger point may help the pain at that site, but not necessarily if it is bursitis which can improve with exercise, heat, ice or even an injection. ...Read more

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How can trigger point therapy release muscles?

How can trigger point therapy release muscles?

Not known exactly: There are theories ranging from changes in electrical potential within the muscle to release of endorphins. The exact mechanism isn't known and may well be a few mechanisms together during trigger point therapy. ...Read more

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What is myofascial trigger point release for musculoskeletal pain?

See below: A myofascial trigger point is thought to be an area of irritable muscle. Pressure on this area will often cause local pain as well as a referral of pain to other sites. The exact nature and cause of these trigger points is unknown but they do exist. Trigger point release is a manual therapy technique to desensitize this spot. It usually consists of deep pressure as well as stretch of the muscle. ...Read more

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How to release shoulder trigger points?

How to release shoulder trigger points?

Trigger point injections: A trigger point injection or dry needling may help cause a reflex spasm that loosens the muscles if traditional stretching, physical therapy, massage, ice and heat don't work. ...Read more

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Will trigger point injections with toradol cause stomach upset?

Will trigger point injections with toradol cause stomach upset?

See below: I don't think you would be getting a TP injection with tornados. That is a medication that should go into a large muscle and it isn't used to release TP's. ...Read more

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How often can trigger point injections be done?

How often can trigger point injections be done?

Every 2-4 weeks: Depends on what your insurance will approve. For most of my patients I can do them every 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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Could too much physical therapy cause trigger points after shoulder surgery?

Could too much physical therapy cause trigger points after shoulder surgery?

Try not to overdo: At times after surgery patients can tend to get too eager or impatient and try to push too hard. One can cause inflammation in related muscles. Scapular muscles are commonly inflamed. Talk to your therapist, modify or back off of some exercises for a few days and likely will see improvement so progress can resume. ...Read more

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What causes painful muscle knots in the neck/shoulder region? Will massage help? Will trigger point injections helps?

What causes painful muscle knots in the neck/shoulder region? Will massage help? Will trigger point injections helps?

Myofascial pain: You're not alone--This is a very common but poorly understood disorder. We weren't evolved to be spending all day with our shoulders crunched up, typing on computers! Ergonomic changes help some people, and massage and trigger point injections also help some people, as you mention. Discuss ergonomics with your PT, she/he may be a good resource for you. ...Read more

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Are thoractic trigger point injections done under fluoroscopy?

Can be: Can be done either way. It is not required, depends on the anatomic location and doctor preference. ...Read more

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Tell me about myofascial trigger point release for musculoskeletal pain?

Soft tissue therapy: The myofascial release approach is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and resulting pain and restriction of motion. It is a treatment described by andrew taylor still, founder of osteopathy/osteopathic medicine, and his early students, which uses continual palpatory feedback to achieve release of myofascial tissues. ...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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Where are trigger points that can help jumper's knee symptoms?

Where are trigger points that can help jumper's knee symptoms?

Patellar tendinitis: This condition typically is treated with activity modification, nsaids, a chopat strap, and exercise program/physical therapy. Sometimes injections or , in very rare cases, surgery. ...Read more

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Will acupuncture help my trigger finger?

Will acupuncture help my trigger finger?

Not Sure?: Acupuncture is usually helpful for relieving pain. While trigger fingers do hurt, the pain is coming from the mechanical irritation of the tendon. Acupuncture is unlikely to help this type of pain. You usually need an anti-inflammatory pill or injection. ...Read more

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Are there any acupuncture points on the body that can trigger an instant orgasm upon pressure?

Are there any acupuncture points on the body that can trigger an instant orgasm upon pressure?

Not that I know of.: There are auricular protocols for decreased libido - but i don't know of a button to push for an instant orgasm. ...Read more

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Severe vomiting and diarrhea for up to 12 hours straight on same day as massage or acupuncture. Could pressure points trigger this?

Severe vomiting and diarrhea for up to 12 hours straight on same day as massage or acupuncture. Could pressure points trigger this?

Severe vomiting & : diarrhea. I can only speak from an acupuncture perspective. What condition was the acupuncture being used to treat? I do know that once I allowed another acupuncturist in training to take every auricular (ear) acupuncture point possible for constipation in both my ears - just for the sake of practice. I abruptly developed severe abdominal pain & diarrhea. However, in that case the reason was > ...Read more

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What is the acupuncture point for the thyroid?

What is the acupuncture point for the thyroid?

A/W Dr. Southard: Would not use "one" point to address thyroid issues. There are a variety of protocols that an acupuncturist may use: http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=27779 or http://www.yinyanghouse.com/forum/acupuncture-and-herbal-medicine-thyroid-problem-hypothyroidism-hyperthyroidism. I recommend use of standard medical assessment before looking to adjunct tx with acupuncture. ...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?

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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Can acupuncture effectively treat ed?

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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Dr. Neeoo Chin Dr. Chin
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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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