National Integrated Health Associates
5225 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015
New Integrative Options For Pain
Integrative medicine combines the best of traditional medicine and complementary/alternative therapies to offer new options for pain management and rehabilitation. There are a number of non-invasive, effective therapies to help people with acute pain, like a sports injury, or chronic pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia, or carpal tunnel syndrome. These therapies include acupuncture, erchonia laser, prolotherapy (injections), oxygen therapies such as hyperbaric and oxygen steam bath, therapeutic massage and bodywork.
Lasers are effective for sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive stress injuries, sprains and strains, tennis elbow, and TMJ. The Erchonia laser is a low level cold laser that provides quick pain relief. It is FDA approved for treatment of pain; it increases muscle strength and range of motion. It penetrates the surface of the skin with no heating effect, no skin damage, and no known side effects. The light directs energy to the cells to promote natural healing and pain relief. The U.S. postal cycling team used the erchonia laser on their 2003 Tour de France.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of encouraging the body topromote natural healing and improve function. This is done by the insertion of very fine needles and applying heat or stimulation to acupuncture points. In traditional chinese medicine, these specific acupuncture points correspond to energy channels, or meridians, which flow through the body. Blockages in the energy channels, it is believed, are responsible for illness and disease.
The number of acupuncture treatments needed depends on the person and the condition. An acute pain condition may require only a few visits buta complex chronic condition may need several months of treatment. Acupuncture is known to improve energy flow, stimulate the bodys natural healing abilities, and promote physical and mental well-being. Acupuncture is primarily associated with pain control but also can be used as support for many other health problems such as smoking cessation and weight loss.
Oxygen is one of the most powerful healing tools on the planet. The hyperbaric oxygen chamber has been used for years with divers and recently with miners to restore oxygen into cells as quickly as possible. Because it speeds up the healing process, it is also effective for stroke rehabilitation and brain injured patients.
Prolotherapy, non-surgical joint repair, is an injection technique used to stimulate repair of damaged ligaments. It fools the body into responding as if an injury has just occurred. In doing so, the body reacts by restarting the healing process once more. Prolotherapy is effective for resistant pain of arthritis, knee, neck, shoulder, back, and sports injuries.
Massage therapy has been used for thousands of years. The healing power of touch is often overlooked in our hurried society. Therapeutic massage, deep tissue massage, orthopedic massage, Reiki and reflexology can all release physical pain and facilitate the bodys own ability to heal. Massage therapy can be used alone or combined with other therapies for pain relief.
New integrative therapies can promote natural healing processes, get you out of pain quickly and restore health and full function.