Acupuncture is an increasingly accepted and valid form of treatment for many types of pain and dysfunction in the body. Here at Natural Health Center, Kaisk Chiropractic, Acupuncture is a cornerstone of our philosophy regarding treatment and healing and we know that many more people could be benefiting from this remarkable and time-tested method
We will make you as comfortable as possible, answer your questions and prepare you with all the information you need to gain your trust and your acceptance of the practice and its clearly proven ability to help and improve the quality of your life. We believe in both traditional and modern acupuncture not only in practice but in the philosophy in the treatment you receive. Call (330) 733-1203 today and we will schedule you in immediately. We are located at 820 Canton Rd, Akron OH, 44312.
Acupuncture is especially useful in treating the following types of conditions:
- Acute pain
- Chronic pain
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Tension headaches
- Migraine headaches
- Neck pain
- Low back pain
- Bell's palsy
- Breech baby
- Knee pain
- Carpal tunnel
- Digestive problems
- Phantom pain
- Smoking Cessation (see below)
- Weight Loss (see below)
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a 5000 year old Chinese system of natural healing which is concerned with restoring proper energy flow to the various organs, glands and tissues of the body on the premise that most diseases are the result of malfunction due to disrupted energy. The ancient Chinese believed that there is a universal life energy in everyone called Chi or Qi. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways that are called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain or illness may occur. Imagine rivers that flood and cause disasters or an electrical grid short-circuiting that causes black-outs. Acupuncture works to "re-program" and restore normal functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to free up the chi energy.
How was acupuncture discovered?
It's easy to see how some of the points were discovered. There is an instinctive impulse to hold your forehead or temples when you have a headache. Both sites are highly effective acupuncture points for headaches and other problems. When someone is anxious or upset it is common to see them wring their hands. There are several points on the heart meridian that runs along a line from the little finger up the arm that help calm one down. Everyone at one time or another has used his or her hands spontaneously to hold tense or painful places on the body, personal tender points are called "ahshi" points and are different on each individual. More points were discovered by the seemingly unlikely results of war between early Chinese dynasties. Soldiers wounded by arrows or stones reported that symptoms of disease that had plagued them for years had suddenly disappeared. An arrow through the knee, acupuncture point Liver 13, cured hayfever. An arrow through the little toe cured a headache, acupuncture point Bladder 67. Chinese physicians have to be credited with years of meticulous observations and gradually piecing together methods of curing disease using these points. Through trial and error the tradition of acupuncture developed not only points to be treated for each malady but also the theory of meridians and the energy flow through them that regulates the body.
Is it necessary to have needles?
No! The Chinese used many different ways to treat acupuncture points. Heat or moxibustion, pressure, massage, magnets, laser and electrical stimulation are among the options available. We use both Needles and non needle Techniques. Micro-current, which usually isn't felt at all by the patient or filiform (very slender) needles depending on patient preference and the condition being treated.
Low Back Pain
For a report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2017, researchers analyzed previously published trials on the use of non-pharmacologic therapies (including acupuncture) for low back pain. The report's authors found that acupuncture was associated with decreased pain intensity and better function immediately after acupuncture treatment, compared with no acupuncture.
In a 2016 review published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, scientists reviewed 22 previously published trials (involving 4985 participants). In their conclusion, they found that adding acupuncture to the treatment of migraine symptoms may reduce the frequency of episodes.
A 2016 review (involving 12 trials and 2349 participants) suggests that acupuncture involving at least six sessions may help people with frequent tension headaches. In two studies, acupuncture added to usual care or treatment at the headache onset only (usually with pain medication) resulted in decreased headache frequency compared to those given usual care only.
An analysis of previously published studies found that acupuncture improved physical function in the short and long term in people with chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis.
Another review, published in JAMA Surgery, analyzed previous studies on non-pharmacological interventions for pain management after total knee arthroplasty and found evidence that acupuncture delayed the use of patient-controlled use of opioid medication to relieve pain.
Acupuncture Provides Long-Term Relief of Low Back Pain
Back pain is one of the most common reasons people see a health care provider. It has been estimated that up to 80% of the world's population will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, with the lower back as the most common location of pain. Although most episodes of low back pain last less than two weeks, research has shown that recurrence rates for low back pain can reach as high as 50% in the first few months following an initial episode.
While there is no definitive way to resolve lower back pain, the use of Acupuncture to treat this condition has increased dramatically in the past few decades, based in a large extent to placebo-controlled studies that have validated it as a reliable method of pain relief. The results of a recent study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain provide further proof that Acupuncture is a safe and effective procedure for low-back pain, and that it can maintain positive outcomes for periods of six months or longer without producing the negative side-effects that often accompany more traditional pain remedies.
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Questions Frequently Asked By Patients:
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a practice that originated over 5 thousand years ago. It is based on the premise that a blockage or disturbance in the flow of the body's life energy, or “qi,” can cause health issues. Acupuncturists insert hair-thin needles to specific acupuncture points throughout the body to restore the flow of qi, balance the body’s energy, stimulate healing, and promote relaxation.
According to theory, there are over 1000 acupuncture points on the body, each lying on an invisible energy channel, or “meridian.” Each meridian is associated with a different organ system.
We also incorporate the use of Auricular Therapy or Ear acupuncture which is a type of acupuncture that involves inserting needles into specific points on the ear. Stimulating these points is thought to promote healing in other areas of the body. They are more specific and work well in pain based and behavior modification as in smoking cessation or weight loss.
Is treatment painful?
Treatments are not painful and most people even find them to be very relaxing and calming. We use both needle and Micro-current type of treatment. For those who prefer the traditional type of Acupuncture using needles, the needles are so extremely slender that four Acupuncture needles can be inserted into the tube of one hypodermic needle! In fact, most people compare the sensation to less than that of a mosquito bite.
How many treatments will I need?
Obviously the number of treatments will vary with each different condition and patient. Chronic problems generally require more treatments. Some patients notice an immediate improvement whereas others may not notice any effect until the several treatments have been performed. Researchers agree that the usual number of treatments is between eight and sixteen and the frequency is between two and four times per week. It has also been shown that a certain percentage of patients receive the maximum benefits for up to three months following a course of therapy.
It should also be noted that a small number of patients will experience a slight worsening in their symptoms as the body's energies begin to return to normal. This is not unusual and should not cause alarm as it is immediately followed by improvement.
Acupuncture and fertility
Acupuncture can be very effective in improving the condition of the body, creating the optimal environment for conception to occur. Dr. Kaisk will conduct an examination, trying to determine the condition of the spine and use Acupuncture to correct any misalignment's, nerve pressure or irritation that may be affecting the body and preventing pregnancy.
Traditional infertility treatments, involving many consultations and treatments with fertility doctors and subsequent drug and hormone therapy, are very time consuming and come at extremely substantial cost, both emotionally and financially. Acupuncture may be a better solution for you and is certainly worth looking into before resorting to the more costly alternative of a fertility specialist. Acupuncture has even been used together with fertility drugs to enhance the effects of the drugs and improve chances for conception.
Is Acupuncture treatment covered by my insurance?
Very possibly! Mainstream acceptance of Acupuncture is growing like never before. According to a recent article in a leading Acupuncture publication, Acupuncture Today, employers are beginning to recognize the benefits of treatments like Acupuncture and have begun to integrate them into their existing health insurance plans. In fact, a recent survey has identified Acupuncture as one of the fastest growing alternative treatments to be covered under insurance plans! Please see our section on Insurance Coverage Information for more complete information and a list of the plans we are currently accepting or call our office as the list of accepted insurance plans is always growing.
But even if your insurance does not cover treatment, you will find that because of the short duration of the non-needle Acupuncture treatments, the cost is very reasonable and the benefits are outstanding. Call our office today to discuss some of our very flexible payment options.
Are the results permanent?
Results are often permanent for acute problems where there has been little or no organ, system or tissue damage. For chronic conditions, symptoms may recur from time to time. Generally a few additional treatments are shown to give relief. It is suggested that patients with severe or chronic conditions return for a booster treatment two to three times per year.
Can Acupuncture help control addiction, like to stop smoking?
Acupuncture has gained a great deal of notoriety in recent years concerning its considerable success with addiction control. It has been shown that Acupuncture has a very positive effect in the area of both drug and alcohol addiction. This procedure, in conjunction with professional counseling, has been proven extremely effective.
One of the most noteworthy addictions Acupuncture helps is smoking. However, it should be noted that this treatment requires the desire and commitment to quit in order to be effective. The average patient will reduce their intake by at least one-half within twenty four hours of the first treatment. Several additional treatments generally allow the patient to stop smoking without experiencing the negative side effects of quitting. Acupuncture also has a favorable effect on weight control with the same guidelines of desire and commitment. Currently there are several Acupuncture clinics in the US devoted solely to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
For more information on Acupuncture, the below information and websites are especially helpful. The full National Institute of Health Consensus Statement on Acupuncture is available by calling 1-888-NIH-CONSENSUS (1-888-644-2667) or by visiting the NIH Consensus Development Program Web site at http://consensus.nih.gov. The National Institute of Health Consensus Development Program was established in 1977 and is the premier health technology assessment and transfer program in American medicine. Under this program, the Office of Medical Applications of Research at NIH organizes major conferences that produce consensus statements and technology assessment statements on controversial issues in medicine important to health care providers, patients, and the general public.