Back Pain and Neck Pain
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For treatment of pain conditions such as back pain and neck pain, acupuncture is often our primary treatment approach. Acupuncture is a safe, effective, and generally painless therapy which can often be highly effective in treatment of back pain, neck pain, migraines, sciatica, and arthritis.
How Does Acupuncture Work?Modern research has shown that acupuncture can help the body to release its own naturally occurring pain-relief chemicals, called endogenous endorphins or endogenous opioids. Acupuncture also helps the body to reduce certain chemicals involved in inflammation. According to traditional acupuncture theories, pain can be caused by a blockage in the body's vital energy. Acupuncture provides relief from pain by clearing blockages and promoting the smooth flow of this energy.
The effects of acupuncture on endorphins and anti-inflammatory chemicals help to explain the immediate pain-relief that people experience. However, these effects are not enough to fully explain the long-term benefits that patients often receive from acupuncture treatment. Many scientific questions still remain about the way acupuncture works.
Our patients with chronic pain have often experienced long-term relief of pain, ranging up to a year or longer. In many cases, our patients have experienced what appears to be permanent pain relief from a series of between 4 and 10 weekly sessions. We have seen these results with back pain, neck pain, migraines, hip pain, shoulder pain, and sciatica (a type of leg pain).
Of course, every individual case is different, and some cases require more frequent sessions over a longer period of time. Some types of pain respond to acupuncture better than others. Some types of back pain are better treated by other methods. Within two sessions, it should be clear whether or not acupuncture is likely to be helpful for your symptom or condition. For back problems, we often recommend getting an imaging study such as an MRI to rule out serious or urgent problems with the spine.
Chronic back pain is one of the most common reasons for people to visit a doctor. The most common causes of chronic back pain include muscular pain and disk herniation. For many patients suffering with these conditions, acupuncture can offer an excellent support on the way to healing and feeling good again.
How Does Acupuncture Compare with Alternative Treatments?Orthopedists and primary care providers will often recommend cortisone injections to treat chronic back pain. Cortisone injections may help for a time, but they can have significant short-term and long-term side-effects, including bone loss, skin atrophy, tendon rupture, weight gain, acne, elevated blood pressure, elevated blood sugar in diabetics, and reduced ability to fight infections. Frequent use of cortisone can cause cataracts and in some cases, even the death of bone tissue in the large joints (avascular necrosis).
Acupuncture helps in a majority of cases of chronic back pain, and does not have any of the side effects of cortisone. In fact, the most common side-effect of acupuncture is a feeling of being well-rested and relaxed. Acupuncture has also been shown to strengthen the immune system, improve blood sugar control, and reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension. Most health insurance companies recognize the value of acupuncture for back pain, and usually cover acupuncture for this purpose.
Maryland Holistics is Located in Silver SpringOur patients include marathon runners, dancers, triathlon athletes, and people of all ages with minor or major aches and pains. The most common pain-related conditions we treat are lower back pain, arthritis, sciatica (back and leg pain), knee pain, shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, headaches / migraines, PMS symptoms, neck pain, and heel / foot pain.
We offer a wide range of services and can provide these in a way that is fully integrated, designed, and fine-tuned for you to receive the maximum benefit. We can provide treatment for multiple health concerns at each appointment.
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