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Does Acupuncture have a place in the theatre? Well, a recent article on the website Philly Voice says that “One new study suggests that giving patients acupuncture during total joint replacement procedures reduces their pain, leading to the need for fewer opioids for postoperative pain.”

The researchers found that 65% of study patients who received acupuncture during total knee replacement surgeries only needed a low dose of opioids – 15 oxycodone pills or less – for postoperative pain or none at all. By comparison, that was true of just 9% of knee replacement patients outside the study. 

Opioid use for pain management during and after surgical procedures is a known driver of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a record 93,000-plus overdose deaths last year — a 29% increase from 2019’s record-breaking death toll. Overdose deaths from opioids rose from 50,963 in 2019 to 69,710 in 2020.

Philadelphia recorded 1,214 overdose deaths in 2020, according to the Department of Public Health. That total, the second-highest in city history, was a 6% increase from 2019. Of the deaths, 86% involved an opioid such as heroin, oxycodone, or fentanyl.

“Total knee replacements are one of the most common operative procedures in the United States and often very painful, so there’s a great need to explore non-opioid pain relief techniques for this type of surgery,” said Dr Stephanie Cheng, an anesthesiologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery and a professor of clinical anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medicine.

“Acupuncture is extremely safe and can help reduce pain with few unwanted side effects, but it has not been well researched as part of surgical anaesthesia.”

The Medical Express wrote that “Patients who have acupuncture during total knee replacement surgery report less pain and need far fewer opioids to manage their discomfort, according to a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2021 annual meeting. Results of the study showed that 65% of patients who received acupuncture during surgery achieved a low-dose or opioid-free postoperative experience, compared to 9% of patients outside of the study.”

2.3 million acupuncture treatments are carried out each year, traditional acupuncture is one of the most popular complementary therapies practised in the UK today. Yet statistics show that 1 in 5 of us would only consider acupuncture for sleep as a last resort. Almost a quarter of people admit they didn’t realise acupuncture could benefit them despite its widely recognised health benefits. It is also now available on the NHS.

Traditional acupuncture is a natural system of healing that has been practised for over 2,500 years. It is a safe and effective treatment that involves inserting sterile needles, no bigger than human hair, painlessly at specific points on the body.

Also, check out these 8 Benefits of Acupuncture for Pain Relief.

Source: Philly Voice The Medical Express Back Pain Blog

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Many people throughout the world experience lower back pain. Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy may help keep this pain under control. It may also provide other benefits.

Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field therapy, also known as PEMF, is a drug-free, non-invasive, pain-relief alternative treatment, which also promotes accelerated healing for ailments and injuries. In addition, PEMF therapy improves sleep, mental focus, and the body’s overall performance by helping the energy output and regeneration of the body’s cells.

Healthline writes how PEMF therapy works, PEMF therapy works by directing small amounts of energy toward a specific part of your body via a specialized magnetic device. Traditionally, this type of therapy has been used to treat acute and chronic pain. But it may also help reduce inflammation.

It’s thought that PEMF therapy improves circulation and cellular functioning by increasing your body’s ability to release nitric oxide. Nitric oxide release is a common healing mechanism following injuries, and it may help reduce inflammationTrusted Source.

Still, while electromagnetic therapies are promising for pain management, it’s unclear whether they can lead to any long-term improvement trusted Source, and more research is needed to better understand their potential benefits. As such, a doctor may consider PEMF therapy as a complement to other treatment measures for your condition, rather than a standalone treatment option.

PEMF therapy could treat a number of conditions. Since the cellular reaction takes place in everybody, magnetic fields are not condition-specific. As a result, PEMF therapy can be used to assist with the majority of conditions. In fact, clinical studies have demonstrated that PEMFs are capable of:

  • Increasing circulation
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Accelerating bone healing
  • Enhancing muscle function
  • Reducing the effects of stress
  • Improving blood oxygenation, and much more
benefits of pemf therapy

Healthline’s Top Five PEMF

Best for infrared heating: Healthy Wave Pro Multi-Wave 5 Therapy Far Infrared PEMF Mat
Best frequency range: Sentient Element Classic
Best portable: MiraMate Mini Magic Portable PEMF Device
Best for sleep: EarthPulse V5.3 Pro PEMF Therapy Device
Best for targeted pain relief: Omnipemf NeoRhythm

PEMF News Top Five are –

No. 1 FlexPulse

FlexPulse PEMF therapy device
FlexPulse PEMF therapy device

The FlexPulse comes top of our tree, when looking at localised PEMF devices due to a number of reasons, but mainly its multi-functionality and uses.

No. 2 EarthPulse

Earthpulse PEMF therapy device

The EarthPulse is not far behind the FlexPulse in our opinion and actually, a huge benefit over the FlexPulse with this device is the available intensities. The EarthPulse comes in different variants offering one or two applicators as standard. The Pro version has the ability to reach intensities of 1100 Gauss, which is amazing when you consider its size and cost. The only reason this device sits at number two and not one is that it’s just not as portable and easy to use as the FlexPulse.

No. 3 Medicur Pro

Medicur Pro PEMF therapy device
Medicur Pro PEMF therapy device

The reason the low-intensity Mediur Pro makes our top 5 is simple and that’s how I am going to keep this entry… short and sweet…

It’s a well-rounded and proven PEMF device that’s been on the market for a long time and even used in the NHS in the UK healthcare system. It’s so simple and easy to use and comes with a strap to keep it in place.

No. 4 Bellabee

Bellabee PEMF therapy device
Bellabee PEMF therapy device

The Bellabee is a newly released device, but I really feel it needs a mention in this list. It is also different from the other localised devices as its main application is not sleeping or pain, but it has a particular focus on neurological concerns. The device is worn on the back of the head and connected to a smartphone and app. Usually, this overcomplicates PEMF devices and makes them a pain to use quickly, but this device works well with its app, and it is getting some really good feedback in the market.

No.5 ActiPatch

Actipatch PEMF therapy device
Actipatch PEMF therapy device

The ActiPatch just has to be in our top 5, even though it’s one of the most cost-effective PEMF devices on the market. The reason for this is that it’s a great introduction and entry-level to PEMF’s and a way of trying the power of PEMF if you are a skeptic. Saying this, it obviously has its limitations… but as a quick fix to a sore muscle or pain relief device, these can be super effective in most cases.

It is VERY LOW INTENSITY, however, it runs continuously, which is uncommon for a PEMF device. You literally strap it on and forget it’s there. The battery lasts 30 days in worst cases, but I have a drawer full of these at home and they never seem to die! I use them when I have done something whilst training for example and I want to treat in-between my main treatment on a full-body PEMF mat.

Due to their cost and portability of wearing under clothes, these devices are great and they work so well. We have many customers who buy these and end up purchasing bigger systems once they realise the healing power of PEMF’s.

Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of fracture non-unions and for the enhancement of bone formation after lumbar and cervical spine fusion surgery.

PEMF machines should not be used by anyone who has a pacemaker or any other kind of electrical implant. It is not recommended for use during pregnancy, or if a person has experienced seizures in the last 5 years. Always check with your GP first before using any type of PEMF treatment.

Source: Medical News Today Acupuncture Integrated Medicine Centre PEMF News Back Pain Blog Health Disclaimer

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I have written a few posts on Acupuncture and the benefits to pain on this blog. Numerous studies have shown that acupuncture is effective in relieving knee pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain and neck pain. As the world continues to adapt to the ‘new normal’ brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, work from home schedules are leading to a rise in cases involving lower back pain, hip pain, and stiffness in the neck and shoulders.

According to The Health Site as per the World Health Organisation (WHO), one out of every six persons in India suffers from some form of arthritis. This roughly accounts for 15-17 per cent of the entire population. Apart from arthritis, back pain affects another 25-30 per cent of people in India and musculoskeletal disorders account for a further 20-25 per cent of chronic pain that affects the nerves, tendons, joints, muscles, and ligaments. To add to the woes, the International Osteoporosis Foundation reports that almost 50 million people in the country are vulnerable to fractures. As compared to westerners, the bone mineral levels in Indians are 15 per cent lower, which can lead to early fractures. The bone health of our nation’s population is taking a beating as people continue to spend more time indoors. 

The theory and practice of acupuncture originated in China. It was first mentioned and recorded in documents dating a few hundred years before the Common Era. Earlier instead of needles sharpened stones and long sharp bones were used around 6000 BCE for acupuncture treatment.

The word “acupuncture” means “needle piercing”. It is a traditional Chinese medical treatment using very fine needles, which are inserted into the skin at any of the 800 specially-designated points. It originated from a Dutch physician, William Ten Rhyne, who had been living in Japan during the latter part of the 17th century and it was he who introduced it to Europe.

A study conducted at Sheffield University in the UK looked at the long-term symptom reduction and economic benefits of acupuncture for persistent pain, An average of 8 acupuncture treatments was given to 159 people, while 80 received usual care instead.

After one year, people receiving acupuncture had reduced pain and reported significant reduction in worry about their pain compared to the usual care group. After two years, the acupuncture group was significantly more likely to report that the past year had been pain free. They were less likely to use medication for pain.

A scientific explanation is that acupuncture releases natural pain-relieving opioids, sends signals that calm the sympathetic nervous system, and releases neurochemicals and hormones.

Dove Press wrote that ‘A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials’, showed that ‘Acupuncture therapy is an effective and safe treatment for patients with FM, and this treatment can be recommended for the management of FM.’

Without balance in our bodies, there are many health-related problems we can encounter and having an Acupuncture treatment can help to restore your body systems to the right balance. They are quite often referred to as Yin (which is negative) and Yang (which is positive).

The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapist’s explains how Acupuncture works. The acupuncture needle will stimulate the flow of QI [pronounced ‘chee’], which circulates in channels or meridians within the body. The QI circulates within the deeper organs of the body but connects to the superficial skin. In the state of a normal healthy body, a balance exists between these systems. Both the superficial energy and the deeper energy can be influenced by the stimulation of specific acupuncture points. If injury, disease, emotional trauma or infection occurs, the natural flow of QI within the meridians and organs may well be affected and the result is an altered flow, either a slowing or stagnation of QI causing pain and inflammation, or a deficit of QI, which may cause weakness, exhaustion and longer debilitating disease. The stimulation of relevant acupuncture points may free stagnation, reduce excess or indeed, increase QI to the specific area or organ and thus help to restore normal QI flow and balance.

Source: The Health Site, NHS Back Pain Blog UK