Acupuncture - pain relief; Hypnosis - pain relief; Guided imagery
Alternative medicine refers to treatments that are used instead of conventional (standard) ones. If you use an alternative treatment along with conventional medicine or therapy, it's considered complementary therapy.
There are many forms of alternative medicine.
For many people, acupuncture is an effective means of relieving pain. This may be particularly true for back pain and headache pain. Acupuncture may also help relieve pain due to:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Musculoskeletal injuries (for instance, to the neck, shoulder, knee, or elbow)
How acupuncture relieves pain is not entirely clear.
Hypnosis is a focused state of concentration. Self-hypnosis (in which you repeat a positive ...
More and more studies show that controlling patients' pain and getting them moving after a total knee replacement (TKR) gives the best results. Doctors are looking for ways to do this. Managing patient's pain in the first 24 hours after surgery seems to be an important key. Better pain control is gained by giving the patient general anesthesia along with a local nerve block at the time of surgery. One of the nerves often blocked is the femoral nerve, which forms from nerve roots in the low back and runs down the front of the thigh. Blocks are also done to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a major nerve that goes down the back of the thigh to the lower leg and foot. This study compared a femoral nerve block alone to a "double block" of the femoral nerve and the sciatic nerve. Pain levels and amount of opiate used were measured every four hours for the first 24 hours. The authors found that patients receiving the double blocks used less pain medication after TKR than those getting ju...
Researchers from Harvard Medical School got a surprise this year. They studied the use of acupuncture for the treatment of arm pain from repetitive strain injuries (RSI). The expected result was that the patients treated with acupuncture would have better outcomes than those treated with sham (placebo) acupuncture. The actual results showed that the sham acupuncture treatment reduced arm pain in patients more effectively than for those patients in the actual acupuncture group. The patients in both groups had forearm and/or hand pain for three months or more from repetitive use. Each group received eight treatments over a four-week period of time. The sham group had what looked like a real acupuncture needle. But in reality, it had a blunt (not sharp) tip. The tip of the needle touched the skin but wasn't inserted into the skin. The true acupuncture group had skin penetration with real needles. The patients did not know if they were getting true acupuncture or sham acupuncture treatments...
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