Acupuncture may have originated in ancient China, but these days it has been recommended for everything from smoking cessation to weight loss. But is it truly effective? The research on the effects of acupuncture treatment is decidedly mixed and requires careful examination. What's the history of acupuncture treatment? Acupuncture started
Spinal cord stimulation is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses an implant to deliver electrical impulses up the spinal cord to interfere with pain signals. Under local anesthetic, the doctor guides a thin, flexible wire with electrical leads on the end into the epidural space close to the site of the
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that triggers the immune system whenever gluten is ingested. The immune system then attacks the small intestine, destroying the intestinal lining and causing health issues over time. In a healthy gut, the small intestine is lined with villi, microscopic hairs that resemble shag carpeting.
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive movement disorder that affects nearly one million people living in the U.S. Although symptoms can vary from person to person, this disease is marked by tremors in the limbs, a rigid trunk, and instability of balance and coordination. There is no known cure for
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) doesn’t generally come up in polite conversation, yet an estimated 1.4 million people in the U.S. have it. IBD is a broad category of inflammatory diseases of the bowel that are most often categorized as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Caucasian people in developed countries are
Lower back pain treatments can range from interventional options to more holistic, lifestyle-based changes. This month on Holistic Pain, we looked at the wide spectrum of holistic lower back pain treatment options, ranging from chiropractic care to physical therapy. 1. Lower back pain treatment begins with understanding what back pain
Alternate types of treatments like acupuncture, herbal teas, and supplements are steadily gaining in popularity. Homeopathy, which was developed in the late 1700s in Germany, is one of the most commonly mentioned alternate, holistic treatments. Leg pain can be treated and potentially alleviated by homeopathic remedies, but successful homeopathic remedies
If you're dealing with headaches everyday, you know the constant strain and tension this condition can have on your life. While headaches can range from tension headaches to cluster headaches to full-blown migraines, sufferers have one thing in common--they want to find relief. While we don't have all the answers, this
With new awareness of chronic pain and its impact on the physical, financial, and emotional health of the U.S., there is more and more information available to chronic pain patients interested in self-education. The challenge becomes finding reliable, trustworthy resources to broaden your knowledge base without overwhelming or discouraging you.
June is Men’s Health Month, a month to raise awareness and increase education surrounding the health of men and boys. It may be a stereotype that men avoid the doctor, but in some cases it can be a deadly stereotype. There are diseases that affect men more than women, and