In the world of manual medicine and rehabilitation, acupuncture (also called dry needling) refers to the practice of placing thin needles into soft tissue to help alleviate many different types of pain and conditions. Acupuncture can be used as a primary treatment or in complement with chiropractic, soft tissue, and other rehabilitative methods.
Though you may not be familiar with acupuncture, you have probably heard of at least one of the conditions below. Included in the list of researched applications for acupuncture are these six:
Chronic low back pain
“When acupuncture is added to other conventional therapies (for chronic low back pain), it relieves pain and improves function better than the conventional therapies alone.” Learn more.
“Individuals with chronic neck pain who received acupuncture reported, on average, better pain relief immediately after treatment and in the short-term than those who received sham treatments.” Learn more.
“The use of P6 acupoint stimulation can reduce the risk of nausea and vomiting after surgery, with minimal side effects.” Learn more.
“Acupuncture could be a valuable non-pharmacological tool in patients with frequent episodic or chronic tension-type headaches.” Learn more.
“In the four trials in which acupuncture was compared to a proven prophylactic drug treatment, patients receiving acupuncture tended to report more improvement and fewer side effects. Collectively, the studies suggest that migraine patients benefit from acupuncture.” Learn more.
“The authors noted that these findings suggest that the total effects of acupuncture, as experienced by patients in clinical practice, are clinically relevant. They also noted that… their study provides the most robust evidence to date that acupuncture is more than just placebo and a reasonable referral option for patients with chronic pain.” Learn more.
Do you or someone you know suffer from these conditions? As of May 2014, Dr. LoRang is certified to practice Chiropractic Acupuncture by the International Academy of Chiropractic Acupuncture. Call the clinic to learn more at 515-421-4018.
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