More and more Americans are turning to Acupuncture to manage their nerve pain from diabetes. In fact,
What is Nerve Pain?
Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes. High blood sugar (glucose) can injure nerves throughout your body. Diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in your legs and feet.
Depending on the affected nerves, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range from pain and numbness in your legs and feet to problems with your digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and heart. Some people have mild symptoms. But for others, diabetic neuropathy can be quite painful and disabling.
- Numbness or reduced ability to feel pain or temperature changes
- Tingling or burning sensation
- Sharp pains or cramps
- Increased sensitivity to touch — for some people, even the weight of a bedsheet can be painful
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of reflexes, especially in the ankle
- Loss of balance and coordination
What the heck is Acupunture really?
Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine. During acupuncture, tiny needles are inserted into the skin at various pressure points across the body.
According to Chinese tradition, these needles helb balance the flow of energy, or qi (pronounced “chee”), within your body. This new energy balance stimulates the body’s healing abilities.
From the eyes of Western medicine, acupuncture stimulates the muscles and nerves in your body. This stimulation is critical for also used to treating neurological and digestive disorder symptoms.
How does Acu Care compare with commonly prescribed drugs
Currently, doctors are prescribing either Lyrica or Gabapentin for to manage the pain of nerve pain. Some of the documented side effects of these drugs include dizziness and loss of balance, blurred vision, unusual eye movements and more.
Acupuncture is simply a manual where needles are inserted into your body’s pressure points to stimulate the nervous system and enhance blood flow circulation. These needles ultimately release endorphins, your body’s natural painkillers, in the muscles, spine, and brain. Ultimately, your body’s response and tolerance to pain is stronger .
There are very few negative side effects from the practice of acupuncture. The treatment is safe and effective for the vast majority of individuals that use it to help control pain and other symptoms. For this reason, it is beneficial to use this treatment in conjunction with an overall holistic approach for healing and quality of life.
What to look for in an Acupuncturist:
When applied properly, Acupuncture can bring a balance to treatments and restore an overall sense of wellbeing to anyone affected by nerve pain. This requires working with a qualified and credentialed professional with decent bedside manners.
Each U.S. state (except for 6) has its own licensure requirements in place taking into account training, education, ethical standards and more. At any time, your practitioner should be willing and able to show you their license or license number and the state will have this on record.
Carries Malpractice Insurance: Chinese medicine practitioners who practice acupuncture pay some of the lowest malpractice insurance premiums in the country amongst healthcare providers. This is because of the low occurrence of injuries or harm incurred by patients from acupuncture. While not always a requirement by the law, it is a benefit for both parties, patient and practitioner alike, to carry malpractice insurance.
Great Bedside Manners:
With your acupuncturist your visit will likely be about 1 hour in length. At first your practitioner will spend more time talking with you. They will also help identify practices and actions and for optimum self-care. You might have needles in for just a few minutes or for quite a while and your practitioner may or may not stay in the room with you. You shouldn’t feel rushed by your acupuncturist – show up on time and make the most of your appointment. That time is held for you.
The practitioner also needs to be a good listener. In addition to hearing about your symptoms, the professional is listening deeply for
- what you are sharing,
- what you are notsharing
- and how you sound when you tell us about it all.
The acupuncturists should examine what’s underneath your symptoms or disease process. This involves your tongue and hands when we feel for pulses and acupuncture points. This needs to be an interactive process to illuminate some of the roots of the imbalance
Most acupuncturists offer private treatment rooms, but the community acupuncture model is also expanding and offers access to high quality and more affordable acupuncture by treating several patients in the same. Some acupuncturists will also offer discounts if you buy a pre-set number of treatments in advance.
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