Acupuncture for Musculoskeletal Medicine by Grant Cooper, Stuart Kahn MD, Paul Zucker MS PT Lac

By Grant Cooper, Stuart Kahn MD, Paul Zucker MS PT Lac

Written in a undemanding structure and using a case learn method, Acupuncture for Musculoskeletal Medicine describes how acupuncture matches into the therapy paradigm for musculoskeletal lawsuits. a number of diversified acupuncture remedy types are awarded, and in each one instance the alternative of acupuncture issues is defined intimately. those advised remedies are intended no longer in basic terms as recipes, yet fairly as suggestions that may be utilized to quite a few scientific proceedings and conditions.

Each case research contains actual exam findings, diagnostic stories, differential analysis, and proposals for normal clinical remedies. this is often through a number of special acupuncture remedy recommendations. ultimately, there's a overview of the broadcast examine concerning acupuncture because it relates to musculoskeletal medicine.

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But just because acupuncture may be foreign to us, does that mean we need to have a higher level of scrutiny when determining its value? It is not often that we say in the same breath, for example, that there are many open questions as to the evidence-based efficacy of more conventional treatments such as physical therapy and different injection procedures even though the literature is less than clear when it comes to some of these treatments as well. Even though there is considerably less research on acupuncture that has been published in the English language, this book does present that research and does so without bias.

25 mm or larger). TABLE 8 Needling techniques: Reinforcing and reducing needling techniques After inserting an acupuncture needle, appropriate stimulation of that needle should be done taking into account the nature of the condition that is being treated. Reinforcing needle techniques are indicated when it is necessary to support or strengthen the body’s resistance. For example, if a patient experiences lower back pain due to physical and mental exhaustion, use reinforcing methods. Reducing techniques are designed to disperse pathogenic factors and relieve Qi and blood stagnation.

Are we confident that just because we cannot measure them, they are not real? However, let us not lose confidence in our scientific method either. We currently cannot satisfactorily explain why acupuncture works— but perhaps the answer lies in some combination of endogenous opioid release and placebo? The jury is still out, and it is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. What we can do in the meantime is to attempt to identify which patients clinically benefit the most from acupuncture, what acupuncture treatment algorithms are appropriate for different ailments, and when acupuncture is not appropriate.

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