Posts Tagged ‘Acupuncture’
Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
It is easy to feel hopeless when you seem to have tried every remedy for treating your chronic pain and are not seeing any results. You are tired of putting different medications in your body and want a safe, natural way to relieve your pain. As a component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture has the aim of balancing the patient’s energy flow throughout their body in order to help boost wellbeing and cure illnesses. At Comprehensive Healthcare Group, we offer Acupuncture in Oceanside and Valley Stream that can help you safely reduce pain and discomfort.
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a medical practice that involves inserting very thin needles through a person's skin to stimulate specific points on the body in order to alleviate pain. An acupuncturist will normally insert 10-20 needles into the body at a time. Because these needles are so small and thin, patients will not experience any pain during the process. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that health is a result of balance and harmony within the body. Therefore, illness is believed to be a result of imbalance. Inserting the right combination of needles into the body’s energy flow points is said to bring proper energy flow back to the body or in other words, relieve discomfort.
What Conditions Does It Treat?
Our acupuncture in Oceanside is used to relieve discomfort that results from conditions such as:
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Knee pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Dental pain
- Labor pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Carpal tunnel
Recently, it has grown to be popular for treating certain health conditions and overall wellness such as stress management, anxiety, and depression.
What Are The Benefits Of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been proven to have an array of benefits among patients such as:
- Very few, if any, side effects
- Can be combined with other treatments
- Can control some types of pain
- Can safely help patients who cannot take medication
At Comprehensive Healthcare Group, our practice is proud to offer a variety of types of acupuncture in Oceanside. If you are interested in using acupuncture to help relieve pain, make an appointment here.
Friday, May 30th, 2014
May is Arthritis Awareness Month in the United States. Spearheaded by the Arthritis Foundation, Arthritis Awareness Month aims to make people more aware of Arthritis and the issues involved.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 22.7% of the adult population in the US have some form of arthritis. Middle-aged and older people with arthritis are significantly more likely to fall and, as we’ve spoken about before in this blog, falls are the leading cause of injury-related illness and death in the US.
In today’s installment, we’re going to talk about Osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of the disease and affects over 27 million Americans! The way you eat, exercise, sleep and whether you have bad habits such as smoking all contribute to developing osteoarthritis.
In osteoarthritis, the cartilage covering the ends of bones where they meet to form a joint to allow movement breaks down. As the cartilage wears away, the ends of the bones become exposed and rub against each other. This wearing away affects the shape of the joint so that it no longer functions well. You may notice a limp when you walk, or you may have trouble with stairs because additional stress is being placed on the joint.
Other problems often occur inside the joint as cartilage breakdown affects the joint structure. Fragments of bone or cartilage may float in joint fluid, causing irritation and pain. Osteophytes may develop on the ends of the bones, damaging surrounding tissues and causing pain. Fluid inside the joint may change due to these insults and the joint’s ability to absorb shock is compromised. Although inflammation is not a main symptom of osteoarthritis, it can also occur in the joint lining in response to the cartilage breakdown.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis vary, depending on which joints are affected. However, the most common symptoms are stiffness, particularly first thing in the morning or after resting, and pain. The most commonly affected joints are the lower back, hips, knees and feet. When those joints are affected you may have difficulty with activities like walking, climbing stairs and lifting. Daily activities that you used to enjoy may become too painful to continue. These issues are referred to as “Quality of Life” problems. If you love gardening or walking each evening through your neighborhood, pain may make them no longer pleasant occupations.
Other commonly affected joints are the neck and fingers, including the thumb base. When finger and hand joints are affected, osteoarthritis can make it difficult to grasp and hold objects or to do delicate tasks.
Your hips and knees are most affected by body weight. Being overweight puts additional pressure on these joints. For every pound you gain, your knees gain three pounds of added stress; for your hips, each additional pound translates into six times the pressure on these joints. Many years of carrying extra pounds can cause the cartilage that cushions your joints to break down. Obesity may lead to osteoarthritis on its own, or it may worsen its symptoms.
Repetitive movements or serious injuries to joints can lead to osteoarthritis. Even joints such as shoulders (non-weight bearing and usually unlikely to have osteoarthritis) can develop the disease after injuries or repeated stressful activities. Constant knee bending required by work such as landscaping or carpet installation, can make cartilage wear away more quickly than moderate use of these joints.
What can you do to improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis?
The team of healthcare professionals at Comprehensive Healthcare Group will develop a customized plan for you involving physical therapy, therapeutic exercises, neuromuscular reeducation, chiropractic, and acupuncture to ensure the best results.
Physical therapy is a specialty that combines exercises, neuromuscular reeducation and myofascial release to improve posture, strength, function, range of motion and to reduce pain. It boosts energy and mood as well. One of the best things you can do for your back specifically is to be physically active. Of course you’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating because it’s true! Exercise works well for easing the discomfort of osteoarthritis. A regular exercise program can ease pain and stiffness, strengthen muscles and bones, burn calories, improve flexibility, increase energy, improve sleep, boost your mood, and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. If your back is so stiff or painful that you can’t exercise, speak to your doctor or physical therapist about exercises that might be appropriate for you to begin. Physical therapy can bring relief and teach you lifelong exercises to prolong the benefits.
Acupuncture for osteoarthritis utilizes a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of thin, sharp needles at specific points on the body. Trials of patients show small but statistically significant improvement in pain intensity two and four weeks after a course of acupuncture.
Chiropractic uses spinal manipulation or adjustment to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile or restricted in their movement. Osteoarthritic joints that have been compromised can be restored to mobility alleviating pain, inflammation and muscle tightness.
The likelihood of developing osteoarthritis is high. If you already have it, symptoms can be relieved to a great degree. If you don’t have osteoarthritis, you can start now, be proactive and forestall this painful and debilitating condition.
Contact our healthcare professionals in Oceanside and Cedarhurst and we can help you address the discomfort of osteoarthritis.
Yours in Good Health!
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Many things can cause leg pain – pinched nerves in the lower spine, lumbar radiculopathy, herniated discs in the spine, even spinal arthritis and space-occupying lesions.
However, sciatica is a term you often may hear people use to talk about pain they have in the buttocks, hip and then down one leg (sometimes both legs, but typically occurring specifically on one side).
Sciatica describes pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in the leg that is caused by injury to, or pressure on, the sciatic nerve. It is not a diagnosis but rather a symptom of an underlying medical condition. The sciatic nerve starts in the lower back at the 3rd lumbar segment and is formed by the exiting nerve roots of L3-L5, S1 and S2 to become the longest and widest nerve in the body. It runs down the lower back along the spine and down the back of each leg. Portions of the sciatic nerve branch out in each leg to innervate certain parts of the leg, e.g., the buttock, thigh, calf, foot and toes. Depending upon where the sciatic nerve is being affected determines where the pain is. Since the sciatic nerve controls the muscles of the lower leg and provides sensation to the thighs, legs and soles of the feet, sciatica can be felt as a dull ache or an intense pins-and-needles sensation.
What does the healthcare provider do to determine what is causing your pain and then treat your pain? The neurologist, physiatrist or chiropractor will first perform a clinical exam to determine exactly where the pain is. Imaging studies may be ordered (either CT scan or MRI studies) to see if bones, nerves, soft tissues, ligaments, etc are the source of the pain. If the pain is determined to be coming from a nerve, tests called nerve conduction studies can be performed to see if the signals are traveling properly through the nerves.
A course of treatment is then planned based on the information the healthcare provider has found in the course of your exam and diagnostic testing. This may include physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, stretching exercises, medication or injection therapy. It may be determined that a surgical consultation is needed. The good news is that back pain that radiates down the legs can be diagnosed, treated and managed. The key is to be able to discuss with your healthcare provider what your symptoms are and be able to describe them as accurately as possible. Try to note when you have your pain, where exactly you have your pain and what activities tend to make your pain better or worse. These are all pieces of information that will assist your healthcare provider in being able to treat you successfully and reduce the chance of recurrence.
Yours in Good Health!
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