drug-free pain relief

Acupuncture provides a holistic approach for pain management, emotional disorders, stress and fertility

Did you know that rigorous clinical trials have concluded that acupuncture is more effective in treating sciatica, and other pain related conditions, than NSAIDs, opioids, and surgical procedures?  Surgical procedures often result in down time, while acupuncture results in ‘wind down time”.  Not only is acupuncture an effective treatment for physical ailments, it is also highly effective in treating emotional disorders and stress.  We should warn you though…like opioids for pain medication; acupuncture is also highly addictive, but far less dangerous and detrimental to our community. Side effects include:  a reduction in pain, an improvement in symptoms, and an overall euphoric feeling.

Acupuncture has been a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine that originated over 5000 years ago and is being offered as a holistic approach to pain management at Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation.  Acupuncture can provide drug free pain relief for people with chronic pain and suffering by encouraging the body to promote natural healing.  The needling of acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release pain-relieving chemicals (endorphins & serotonin) and hormones in the muscles, spinal cord and brain.  These chemicals are the body’s natural painkillers.  The body produces them to influence its own internal regulating system and healing abilities to fight disease and maintain a healthy physical and emotional state.

Our acupuncturist, Ellen Policastri specializes in treating orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions, acute and chronic pain syndromes, and assists in patient rehabilitation from all types of injuries.  In addition to managing pain, acupuncture treatment can help restore function and renew health for a variety of health concerns.  For example, fatigue, depression/anxiety, insomnia, headaches, sinusitis, asthma, digestive concerns, neuropathy, and reproductive issues can all be helped with acupuncture.  Because acupuncture helps to regulate the various feedback loops in your body, it actually allows your body to heal itself of whatever is wrong.  This amazing trait is unique to nearly every other medical system and has sustained acupuncture as a complete system of medicine for over 5,000 years.

Acupuncture is a drug free way for our patients to receive pain management and help them progress along more quickly in their rehabilitation program.  Physical rehabilitation plays a critical part of most patients care at NMR.  Joint, muscle and spinal problems demand stability, strength and conditioning if one is not only to feel better but also to restore function and prevent similar or worse problems in the future.  Incorporating acupuncture into a rehabilitation program can help people with chronic pain or suffering from such things as:

  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Back, Neck & Joint Pain
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Tennis Elbow

Concerned about the cost of acupuncture? No need!  Most insurances cover acupuncture.

For more information, call 908-252-0242 to set up a new patient consultation and see how acupuncture or the other holistic services provided by NMR can help you achieve better health.

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Before getting started with medications for your pain, consider safer non-opioid options to help you move past the pain, and enjoy living pain-free. Over the years there has been an increase in drug addiction and deaths prompted by the abuse of opioids for pain management.  The increase in prescribed opioids is not only increasing the risk of addiction, but also depression, fatal overdoses and symptoms of withdrawal.  People addicted to prescription opioids are also 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin!

In some cases, prescription medications are an appropriate part of treatment.  Alleviating pain with medication in the early stages can reduce inflammation and swelling in order to help you move past the pain and start your rehabilitation, but be reassured that we will not put our patient’s health at risk in order for them to live pain freeSince 1998, Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation (NMR) has taken a holistic approach to healthcare with our primary focus on physical rehabilitation, clinical nutrition and services to help with stress reduction.  These core services address the ‘Triad of Health’ pillars which can most easily be referred to as ‘you are what you EAT, THINK and DO”.  By combining these core services at NMR, we can address a myriad of health problems at their source.  Pain relief is clearly important; however the goal at NMR is never merely pain relief.  We strive to be very specific in diagnosing the source of the problem, and will manage pain with various focused interventions and therapies without the dependence of narcotics whenever possible.  By addressing the causative factors that can be rehabilitated, we have a much greater ability to keep people from ever getting started with opioids for pain management.

Our integrated team of health care practitioners including Physical and Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Biofeedback Therapists, as well as Myofascial and CranioSacral Specialists will create treatment plans that are designed to rehabilitate the area in order to accelerate healing, establish stability and strength, improve mobility, and teach skills needed to prevent the problem along with the pain from returning in the future.  Managing pain with NMR’s holistic approach will provide you with long term pain management, by determining the cause of the pain and also examining the person as a whole to see if there are other health issues that may be adding to the problem.

Before you go down the slippery slope of taking opioids, consider how we can help you move past the pain by integrating natural approaches so you can enjoy living pain-free without the dependence of narcotics.

Natural Medicine & Rehabilitation

West End Physical Therapy, 10-12 West End Court, 2nd Floor, Long Branch, NJ 07740 | Phone 732.222.7799

399 Campus Drive, 1st Floor, Somerset, NJ | Phone 908.252.0242| Fax 908.252.0243