The effectiveness of acupuncture analgesia has already been established in controlled clinical studies.
Because of the side-effects of long-term drug therapy for pain and the risks of dependence, acupuncture analgesia can be regarded as the method of choice for treating many chronically painful conditions.
Chronically painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system accompanied by restricted movements of the joints are often treated with acupuncture if surgical intervention is not necessary. Acupuncture not only alleviates pain, it also reduces muscle spasm, thereby increasing mobility. Joint damage often results from muscle malfunction, and many patients complain of arthralgia before any changes are demonstrable by X-ray. In these cases, acupuncture may bring about a permanent cure.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease with extra-articular manifestations in most patients. In this disease, dysfunction of the immune system plays a major role, which explains the extra-articular and articular features. Acupuncture is beneficial in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. While acupuncture may not improve the damage that has been done to the joints, successful pain relief has been verified in the majority of controlled studies. The action of acupuncture on inflammation and the dysfunctional immune system is also beneficial.
Traumatic or postoperative pain
For traumas such as sprains, acupuncture is not only useful for relieving pain without the risk of drug dependence, but may also hasten recovery by improving local circulation. Acupuncture analgesia to relieve postoperative pain is well recognized and has been confirmed in controlled studies.
Video of treating a sprained ankle
Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved—through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment:
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Low back pain
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Periarthritis of shoulder
Why choose Dr Debbie for treatment?
How to go from a complete Right arm broken and shattered elbow with over 54 pins to Ironman?!
In October, 2010 I nearly broke every bone in my Right arm during a car accident whilst cycling. I have first hand experience what it is to have pain, how to treat it effectively and speed up recovery.
My hand was swollen 5 x the size so the Orthopedic surgeon had to cut my hand open by 3cm just to release the fluid. After he did an excellent job fixing the fractures I ended up with 54 pins and 3 plates. After 3 days after being released by the hospital I stopped all pain medications. I treated myself with acupuncture, herbal medications and homeopathy. In February I did my first event being the Midmar mile (a 1.6km swim). I strengthened my arm with appropriate exercises whilst treating with acupuncture and continuing my vitamin and mineral protocol. Since then I have completed 3 full Ironman events (3.8km swim, 180 bike and 42km run), ABSA Cape Epic (mountain bike event over 8 days 800km) and Comrades marathon.
Acupuncture is very effective in treating muscular and skeletal problems as you can see!
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