Don’t Forget! – Acupuncture your Ace in the hole!

Acupuncture is an ace in the hole for most acute pain and symptomatic issues.

Experience says – Don’t wait or forget to come and get acupuncture.  Here’s why.  The longer you  wait for treatment, the harder it is to treat and the more treatments you need to get the help you seek.  Here are the best examples of conditions that benefit from immediate treatment:

Acute Back pain.  If you injured your back, unless it is fractured, acupuncture can help restore function and reduce or eliminate pain.  If you did fracture your spine, ask your physician when you can come in for acupuncture.

Chronic Back flare.  For those of you with spinal stenosis, spondolythiasis (ankylosing or otherwise), bulging disc, post surgery, degenerative disc disease or even back pain from cancer conditions, acupuncture can help reduce the pain.  With most of those conditions, as many of you  so wisely know, in the case of acupuncture or any other treatment modality, the issue is finding effective ways to manage (occasionally eliminate) the pain.

Dizziness, vertigo, Meniere’s disease.  These conditions are best treated earlier than later.  Luckily, with these conditions, acupuncture can effectively treat the symptoms fairly quickly even if they have been troubling (how about aggravating) you for a fairly long time.  While nothing is 100% effective in every case, One World Acupuncture has a good track record for treating these conditions.

Shingles.  As soon as you are no longer contagious, get acupuncture.  It mostly doesn’t matter what kind of medication you are on, acupuncture can really help.  Seriously.  But the longer you wait, it may take longer to improve.

Bell’s palsy.  Acupuncture. Yes. Again, it doesn’t matter what medication you are using, acupuncture can accelerate the rate of healing, so the sooner you come in, the better.  Make sure you have been tested for lyme disease (if it’s not known why you have bell’s palsy) as bell’s palsy is a common first symptom and as we all know, lyme disease is rampant in these parts.

Trigeminal neuralgia.  This one is a bit more tricky because it may take a little longer to help.  My thought is that the nerves get very inflamed so acupuncture takes longer to help with the inflammation.   People are usually painfully more symptomatic before acupuncture kicks in to relieve pain.  The course of treatment for it is longer too.

Headaches/migraines.  Especially if brought on by stress or lack of sleep.  Getting acupuncture will help ease the symptoms.

Course of treatment:  Acute back problems can mostly resolve in 5-10 treatments, 2-3 times per week.  Acute flare of a chronic condition is usually 10-20 treatments, 2 times per week.  The rest, is every clinic you can come in the first 2 weeks, comes.  I’ve even had people come in once in the morning, once in the evening and that can really help make the pain go away faster.