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
- 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.