Holistic Pain Management And Treatment Is Possible With Acupuncture! - By Dr. Ioenela Hubbard – Acupuncture, Integrative Cancer Treatment, Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine, Holistic Healing, Immune System Disorders, Chronic Pain Doctor – Loma Linda, Santa Ana, Orange County, California
The Integrative Functional Medicine approach to chronic pain takes in consideration all components of the human biological system, observes their interactions and environmental influences, and determines its root cause(s). Only by addressing the root cause of your pain using individualized and holistic treatments, we can accomplish lasting pain management.
Conventional pain management relies on pharmacological applications such as narcotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or pain modifiers such as tricyclic antidepressants or anticonvulsants. Integrative Functional Pain Medicine also employs non-pharmacologic interventions such as physical therapy, physical exercise, acupuncture, laser therapy, herbal and dietary supplements.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China over 2,500 years ago, acupuncture has become popular in the United States over the past four decades. It is a natural method of encouraging the body to promote healing and improve functioning. Research has shown that needling specific acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These substances will either change the sensation of pain, or they will trigger the release of neurotransmitters and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities and in promoting health.
Scope of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a system that assists these three areas of health care:
- Improves health and well-being
- Prevents illnesses
- Treats many medical conditions
Acupuncture is often associated with pain control. In the hands of a well-trained practitioner, it can do this and much more. Acupuncture can be effective by itself or it can assist with other types of treatment for many medical and surgical disorders. Acupuncture treatments can be given at the same time as other techniques, such as conventional Western medicine, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments, and homeopathic or naturopathic prescriptions. It is important that all of your health care providers know everything that you are doing, so that they can help you get the most benefit from all of your treatments.
Digestive disorders: gastritis, hyper-acidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea
Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections
Neurological and muscular disorders: headache, facial tics, trigeminal neuralgia, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, osteoarthritis, sciatica, stroke rehabilitation
Pain Management: fibromyalgia, chronic regional pain syndrome, post-operative pain, dental pain, sinusitis
Urinary disorders: incontinence, bed wetting, recurrent urinary tract infections
Women's health: menstrual disorders, infertility, pregnancy related issues, menopause
Men's health: urinary and reproductive problems
General conditions: stress related issues, insomnia, anxiety, depression, addictions, chemotherapy related issues, skin disorders (wound healing, acne), and many other conditions.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
Dr. Hubbard will perform a careful evaluation and develop your individualized treatment plan. The treatment plan usually calls for a series of six to ten acupuncture treatments to restore health and optimum function.
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