Pain Management With CAM

Many complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies are effective for the management of acute and chronic pain conditions, including acupuncture, massage, relaxation techniques, and tai chi.

These approaches are used by many people as part of the management of a wide range of pain-related conditions, from headache, back and neck pain to arthritic and other musculoskeletal pain conditions. Back pain is the most common condition for which adults use CAM. Large numbers of patients experiencing back pain are turning to these therapies to decrease discomfort, improve function and quality of life and minimize side effects of pharmacologic treatment.

Acupuncture is a holistic, drug-free therapy which can be utilized for management of back pain as either a primary or complementary therapy. Acupuncture can treat:

  • Sciatica or herniated discs.
  • Spinal osteoarthritis.
  • Back muscle strain.
  • Overstretching of back ligaments.

Acute back pain typically improves in a few sessions; however, chronic back pain requires more treatments as needed. Acupuncture reduces back pain by increasing the release of pain-suppressing neurotransmitters and endorphins into the central nervous system.

Acupuncture effectively treats many other acute and chronic pain conditions including: Neuralgia, frozen shoulder, bursitis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, myofascial pain, and fibromyalgia.

Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.
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