23. December 2010 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Encino Could Curb Back Pain · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , , ,

A needle or even just a toothpick prick of the back in the right areas, combined with traditional medical treatments, may be a more effective treatment for back pain. For those with back pain, many days are spent in agony and medication alone doesn’t always do the trick. However, there seems to be other ways to help deal with back pain, including acupuncture or what some term as “fake acupuncture.”

In an attempt to study acupuncture treatments as it pertains to relieving back pain, a group of researchers with Group Health conducted the largest study of back pain and acupuncture in the U.S., called SPINE (Stimulating Points to Investigate Needling Efficacy). Acupuncture, a process where a needle is inserted in the skin of the back and into meridians or channels where some doctors believe vital energy flows, has been used for centuries by the Chinese to relieve pain and provide other benefits, but doctors  in the U.S. are still wary of the therapy and are trying to learn more.

The new study was recently published in the May 11 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study involved 638 randomly selected participants with the mean age of 47 who reportedly suffered from chronic lower back pain, with about two-thirds reporting lower back pain for over a year. A large majority of the participants reported recent use of medication to help with the pain and they were allowed to continue their medications during the study. Volunteers had not previously received acupuncture treatments to treat their back pain.

The participants were seperated into four groups and given regular medical treatment, with two of the groups receiving a form of acupuncture Encino treatment. One group received standard acupuncture treatment; another received individually prescribed acupuncture treatment. Another group received “fake” acupuncture treatment, where a toothpick was used to poke the skin in the acupuncture points, but not pierce it as does traditional acupuncture treatment. The last group was given standard medical treatment including medication and physical therapy. Participants received 10 treatments over a seven-week period and follow-ups were conducted at 26 and 52 weeks. After treatment, 60 percent of the participants who received any type of acupuncture, including the treatment with a toothpick, reported pain relief, compared to only 39 percent of the participants who received the more traditional medical treatment. A year following the treatment, at the participants’ follow-ups, they all reported around the same pain scores, but the groups that received acupuncture were able to function better than the group that received traditional treatment.

Dr. Daniel Cherkin, who led the study and works with the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle said, “Our study shows that you don’t need to stick needles into people to get the same effect.” According to Karen Sherman, also with the Group Health Center and also worked on the study, “Historically, some types of acupuncture have used non-penetrating needles. Such treatments may involve physiological effects that make a clinical difference.”

Millions of dollars are spent annually on treatment for back pain in the U.S. and it is one medical condition that continues to have patients complaining of no relief. Even with traditional pain therapy, such as medication and physical therapy. Based on the newly released study, acupuncture or even simulated acupuncture in combination with traditional medical care, could help patients manage back pain better.

29. September 2010 · Comments Off on Back Pain Acupuncture Encino · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , ,

Medical acupuncture encino, as opposed to traditional Chinese acupuncture, employs acupuncture needling in the treatment of specific health conditions following diagnosis by conventional methods. A health care professional trained in acupuncture may be best suited to offer you this treatment. Stimulation of various nerves modifies the way the nervous system processes painful stimuli. Needling acupuncture points triggers the release of natural painkillers endorphin and serotonin along pain pathways, thereby altering the perception of pain.

Muscle strains or spasm, unresponsive chronic low back pain, and fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by widespread chronic pain, often respond well to this mode of treatment. It is least effective in back pain arising from conditions such as spinal stenosis, severe osteoporosis resulting in vertebral collapse, and prolapsed intervertebral discs.

Each patient is individually assessed and the treatment is tailored accordingly. The acupuncture therapist will allow you to lie on a comfortable surface and examine your spine for areas of tenderness and identify trigger points, the latter representing tender points in muscles or soft tissues. Acupuncture treatment sessions are usually weekly to begin with and are conducted in an outpatient setting.

Fine needles are inserted to an optimal depth into tender or trigger points or classical acupuncture sites, and then either gently moved or stimulated by low voltage electric current or heat. The number of needles used is variable. Each sitting may last from a few minutes to half an hour and 5 to 8 sessions are typically required. A brief, sharp sensation may be felt during needle insertion, with a deep ache or feeling of warmth being perceived during treatment.

Acupuncture therapy may be used as a complement or as an alternative to more conventional forms of treatment, and is gradually becoming more widely available. Acupuncture is considered safe when properly performed by a certified and competent practitioner and is associated with few side effects. Bleeding or bruising may result, especially in people with bleeding disorders or in those using blood thinners needles should be used only once, needles should be kept in sterile packaging, and used in a controlled and sterile environment to remove the risk of hepatitis, HIV and other infections.

Costs vary depending on the practitioner and on how many sessions are required. Now that back acupuncture is becoming increasingly available in the US, the need for private treatment is decreasing. Costs for private treatment are normally around $100-$300 per treatment session.