Acupuncture isn’t for everyone, but for those in Los Angeles seeking natural remedies to pain, it can be “just what the doctor ordered.” Let’s take a glimpse of some actual cases. Patients names are fictitious to protect privacy.Marsha, 65, came in with severe arthritis in her hands: she couldn’t button her sweater and felt shooting arm pain at night. Depressed and fearful of her ability to work, Marsha committed to a three session a week for three months, then taping to twice and then once a week for 10 months. The swelling in her hands is gone and, despite a few previous surgeries, are strong and pain-free for her work as master gardener.
Philip is a 65 y.o. actor and avid golfer. His couldn’t raise his right shoulder. During examination, he discovered his left shoulder was in no better condition. Inspection reveals scars on the right arm and both legs from an accident occurring in the 70s. Philip came in twice a week for six weeks. He continues on a weekly schedule to “let me do what I do,” as he put it, because besides improved range of motion, he noticed less urge to go at night and his eczema improved. His golf game is benefitting too.
Valerie is a 45 y.o. violinist, who was experiencing “nervy” pain and hypersensitivity in her middle finger and weakness in the thumb of the right hand. Inspection revealed much imbalance at the neck, where she also had discomfort. Seeking to address the root issue, Valerie stuck to a schedule of once a week for six weeks and some exercises to do at home. She comes in every three weeks for maintenance. The nerviness is gone and she is able to play longer without irritation.
Acupuncture is not a quick fix for chronic cases. The up-side is that there are no side-effects and the benefits build with time. Together with certain exercises, dietary modification, and herbs, pain can be greatly reduced or even eliminated, even in one’s advanced years.
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