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Using Acupuncture in Oahu for Healing Orthopedic Injuries

Acupuncture is a method used in Chinese herbal medicine to help treat various health conditions. It involves sticking long, thin needles into certain areas of the body, which is said to bring energy to that part of the body and help release toxins. In orthopedic cases, it tends to be used alongside other treatment methods, such as physical therapy, medication, and massage therapy, rather than as a stand-alone treatment.

Visiting someone specializing in Acupuncture in Oahu may be helpful in cases of tendinitis, muscle sprains, herniated discs, compression fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, foot pain and back and neck pain. Acupuncture can help by relieving stress and helping with any postural problems that could accentuate the problem. It may also help with pain relief. The traditional acupuncture points tend to be areas where muscles, nerves, and connective tissue meet, and stimulating these points may increase blood flow and cause the body to release it’s own natural painkillers.

While the exact mechanisms may not be clear yet, research backs up the use of acupuncture for pain management. For example, a review article published in Archives of Internal Medicine in 2013 found that acupuncture helped reduce pain by about 50 percent compared to sham acupuncture, which was used as a control. Because this treatment is practically pain-free when performed by someone experienced in the practice, it’s worth a try for people suffering from pain. For the most benefits, weekly sessions are needed at least at the beginning of treatment, and up to 12 half-hour sessions may be necessary.

To learn more about acupuncture in Oahu for treating orthopedic issues, you can Visit Portner Orthopedic or check out their website. The doctors and physical therapists on staff can diagnose any problem you may be suffering from and recommend the mix of treatments that is most likely to help. Those with bleeding disorders or who are taking blood thinners should avoid acupuncture, however, as it may not be safe in these cases. Otherwise the risks are very minimal and include soreness, bleeding or bruising at the insertion sites after the treatment is over, and the needles have been removed.

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