by Geno Diveley, L.Ac, Acujin Holistic Therapies
Over the years many patients have sought Acupuncture after all medical treatments fail. Some hospitals will send patients to the Acupuncturist when their pain program is not helping their patients. This puts a lot of pressure on the Acupuncturist. Acupuncture should be the first resolution to their pain instead of drugs or surgery, not the last.
Acupuncture is about creating a balance in the body, it is a natural method and utilizes the body’s own innate healing abilities that are stimulated at certain points on the body.
Acupuncture is a great adjunctive therapy with all other therapies; it compliments traditional medical treatments, massage, and especially chiropractic. In fact, I always recommend my patients with back and neck pain to see a chiropractor right after a treatment with me. Usually the two modalities will cause longer treatment retention. Acupuncture aids in healing after an operation by relaxing the muscles, increasing circulation and decreasing pain.
The best time to see an acupuncturist is when there is pain, digestive issues, headaches, back pain, arthritic, injuries (without severe tears or broken bones and torn ligaments), allergies, chronic ongoing ailments and any type of inflammation.
Acupuncture is therapy to help you heal so you may need to see an acupuncturist a number of times for the desired effects to be achieved. Some people think it is a one-time deal, but it is THERAPY not a quick fix.
When should you NOT see an acupuncturist? When there is a severe acute trauma, broken bones, during asthma attacks, if you have a contagious disease, and of course anything life threatening. That's the time to go to the emergency room. An Acupuncturist can help with the healing after you have been treated by the MD’s, but do not go to an Acupuncturist during an emergency.
An Acupuncturist can help with acute pain such as headache or migraines, back pains, pinched nerve pain and many more. The body usually responds quickly if treated early on.
Acupuncture also treats chronic pain conditions, by helping alleviate some of the symptoms, but this is will be an ongoing treatment to control the pain. Pain caused by such conditions as rheumatoid arthritis, crohns disease, stenosis of the spine or bulging discs may be controlled with ongoing acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture is not meant to be a last resort treatment. It is a preventative therapy to keep you healthy, it helps with the healing process and can maintain control over chronic pain.