June 8

Alternative Therapies at Pain and Spine Specialists

June 8

Alternative therapy acupuncture needles on a stone table

Types of Alternative Therapies and How They Work

Before Western medicine, traditional medicine treated “everyday” aches and pains to illnesses like smallpox and influenza. But, with the 19th century came the rise of modern (or Western) medicine. The practice of medicine changed in the face of rapid scientific research and new approaches physicians use. With medications replacing herbs, traditional medicines gave way to a drug-centric system. Today, alternative therapies based on traditional remedies have reappeared and are now used to complement Western medicine. When discussing alternative therapies with your Pain and Spine Specialists Physician, there are some therapies you should think about trying.


 

Acupuncture

the term “acupuncture” describes an array of procedures that stimulate specific points in the body. But the best-known variety of acupuncture is the tiny, thin needles that penetrate the skin. These needles are inserted and controlled by a licensed practitioner. Currently used by millions of Americans each year, many studies have found this alternative therapy helpful with depression and chronic pain.


 

Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a technique that allows people to control their body processes, which usually happens involuntarily. These processes include heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, and skin temperature. Biofeedback generally improves conditions, including high blood pressure, headaches, and chronic aches and pains. Patients work with a therapist to learn and perfect these relaxation techniques and mental exercises. In initial sessions, electrodes are attached to the skin to measure the body’s state. However, after a few sessions, the electrodes are removed, and the patient can practice the techniques without the equipment or a therapist present. Most people who benefit from biofeedback suffer from conditions that are caused by or exacerbated by chronic stress.

These are just two alternative therapies offered or recommended by Pain and Spine Specialists. For more information on using alternative therapies or complementing your existing treatments with them, call us today!


 

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