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Redwood City Point to Pain Relief: Acupuncture

Point to Pain Relief: Acupuncture

Tired of experiencing headaches, knee pain, or fatigue? Consider acupuncture to reduce pain and other symptoms. Although the process might seem odd, acupuncture has been used to ease pain for people of all ages.

Here at Remedy Medical Group in Redwood City, our acupuncture specialists treat patients with different symptoms and levels of pain or discomfort. To learn if acupuncture is right for you, visit our website remedydocs.com or call (650) 306-9490. Scheduling a consultation with one of our doctors will help assess which treatment best suits your conditions.

Acupuncture has also been used to reduce nausea and fatigue, which is why doctors recommend the treatment to patients suffering from depression, anxiety, or the effects of cancer treatment. Below are a few studies that show the successful treatment of different conditions using acupuncture.

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches occur when neck or scalp muscles become tense, and symptoms include dull to aching pain and feelings of tightness around the head as muscles contract. These headaches are usually caused by stress, depression, anxiety, or even a head injury.

A study found in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews found that among 391 participants receiving acupuncture for headache relief, 205 (51%) had experienced reductions in headaches compared to the control group (43%) who received traditional headache treatment. Therefore, acupuncture is more effective than traditional methods in treating frequent or chronic tension headaches (cochranelibrary-wiley.com, 2018).

Osteoporosis & Knee Pain

If you’re experiencing knee or joint pain, it may be due to osteoporosis. It’s the most common form of arthritis characterized by gradual cartilage loss between joints. Symptoms range from pain and discomfort to loss of movement, but don’t let osteoporosis permanently impact your mobility.

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine published a study that found acupuncture administered to patients with osteoporosis was successful in reducing pain and improving “functional mobility” and their overall quality of life (bmccomplementalternmed.biomedcentral.com, 2018). The study also suggests that treatment reduces inflammation caused by osteoporosis.

Call us at (650) 306-9490 to schedule an appointment and learn about other knee pain solutions available at our Redwood City facility.

Fatigue

Fatigue is described as extreme exhaustion and it could prevent you from engaging in the activities you enjoy. Different conditions and illnesses can trigger fatigue, but many people experience symptoms of the disorder post-cancer treatment.

A study in the British Medical Acupuncture Society found that acupuncture administered to women diagnosed with breast cancer, one month after chemotherapy, led to a “significant reduction in fatigue” and improvement in well-being compared to women in the controlled group (aim.bmj.com, 2018).

Participants who experienced the benefits of acupuncture described their experience as positive overall, reporting “improvement in sleep, mood, and relaxation” (aim.bmj.com, 2018).

Call us at (650) 306-9490 to schedule an appointment and learn how acupuncture can be part of our fatigue solutions available at our Redwood City facility.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a neurologic health problem that causes pain or tenderness in different parts of the body. Other symptoms include fatigue, sleep disturbance, and mood disorders.

Little is known about what causes fibromyalgia, but researchers now suggest it may come from trauma affecting the central nervous system. A 2013 study found that acupuncture is better than traditional treatment in “reducing pain and stiffness and improving overall well-being and fatigue” in patients suffering from fibromyalgia (cochranelibrary-wiley.com, 2018). With the addition of electrical stimulation, acupuncture was shown to reduce pain and improve sleep, as well as enhance the effects of drugs and exercises on pain caused by the disorder (cochranelibrary-wiley.com, 2018). If you’re suffering from fibromyalgia, give us a call at (650)306-9490 to find out how we can help you!

Sources:

Tension headaches:

http://cochranelibrary-wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD007587.pub2/epdf/abstract

Osteoporosis

http://cochranelibrary-wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD007070.pub2/epdf/abstract

Fatigue

http://aim.bmj.com/content/31/1/9.short

Fibromyalgia

https://bmccomplementalternmed.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/1472-6882-14-312

At Remedy, your health and wellness are our top priority. Call us at (650) 306-9490 to schedule an appointment so we can help ease your pain today!


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