Natural Solutions Offers Scalp Acupuncture In Oceanside and Rancho Bernardo.

Scalp Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of: 

Pain, Spinal Chord Injury, Brain Injury, Nerve Pain, Stroke Rehabilitation, Phantom Limb Pain, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, PTSD and Many Other Neurological Conditions.

Scalp Acupuncture

     There are several styles of scalp acupuncture are in use today which vary somewhat in needle location, needle manipulation technique, and needle retention time. The scalp acupuncture used in this clinic is based on the style which many consider the standard system for stroke and neurological conditions all over the world.

     The specialized scalp acupuncture we practice involves the insertion of  needles between the skin of the head and the skull. Specific areas of the head are used for particular conditions to stimulate different parts of the brain associated with different areas of the body. Once inserted patients are asked to move the effected area to strengthen and focus the treatment on the target area.

     Studies indicate that insertion of acupuncture needles trigger the brain to release endorphins (natural pain killers) and other neuro-hormones to help the body heal. It is believed that manipulation of the needle intensifies this effect, giving quick, and often very effective, results. In addition, the movement stimulates the underlying areas of the brain that correspond to the nervous system. Scalp acupuncture is especially effective for neurological conditions.

     Scalp acupuncture is used for a large variety of medical conditions and is particularly helpful for chronic and acute pain and neurological problems such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Meniere’s disease, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and Parkinson’s. This scalp treatment method has also been used for more difficult conditions such as spinal cord injury, Guillain-Barre, and motor neuron diseases. Although scalp acupuncture isn’t a cure for these conditions, it is helpful in reducing some of the related symptoms. Benefits may include muscle relaxation and reduction of pain due to spasticity, cognitive improvements, increased mobility, reduction in tremors, and improved use of hands and legs. 

Phantom limb pain / Complex Pain Compartment Syndrome & RSD

     Phantom limb pain, residual limb pain and complex regional pain are common symptoms for patients with limb injuries and amputations. Several studies have shown that approximately 70 percent to 80 percent of patients develop pain within the first few days after amputation. 

     Scalp acupuncture has been proven to be the most effective technique for treating central nerve damage, including phantom limb pain, residual limb pain, complex regional limb pain, post-concussion syndrome, post-traumatic stress syndrome, among acupuncture treatments such as body acupuncture, ear acupuncture, and hand acupuncture. Scalp acupuncture is a modern acupuncture technique combining traditional needling method with western medicine knowledge of representative areas of the cerebral cortex. Recent studies have shown that scalp acupuncture could be a very effective form of pain relief for a variety of limb pains. Scalp acupuncture often produces remarkable results with just a few needles. It usually relieves pain immediately, and sometimes only takes several seconds to a minute.

Scalp Acupncture for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)treatment and other central nerve damages

 Scalp acupuncture has been proven to have the most success in the treatment of MS and other central nerve damages, as compared to other acupuncture modalities including ear acupuncture, body acupuncture and hand acupuncture. It not only can improve the symptoms, the patient's quality of life, and slow the progression of physical disability, but also can reduce the number of relapses. Scalp acupuncture, discovered by Dr. Jiao Shunfa in 1971, is a modern acupuncture technique combining traditional needling methods with Western medical knowledge of representative areas of the cerebral cortex, including anatomy, physiology, pathology and neurology.

Scalp acupuncture treatment for MS has had much success in reducing numbness and pain, decreasing spasms, improving weakness and paralysis of limbs and improving balance. Many patients also have reported that their bladder and bowel control, fatigue and overall sense of well-being significantly improved after treatment. Recent studies have shown that scalp acupuncture could be a very effective modality in controlling MS. Scalp acupuncture often produces remarkable results after just a few needles are inserted. It usually relieves symptoms immediately, and sometimes only takes several minutes to achieve remarkable results.

Scalp acupuncture areas may be chosen according to the patient's particular symptoms. The primary acupuncture areas for patients with motor problems such as paralysis, weakness of limbs or abnormal sensations in limbs, including tingling, numbness or pain, are the motor area and the sensory and foot-motor areas. Those areas should be inserted with needles and stimulated unilaterally or bilaterally, according to the patient's manifestations. Select the balance area or dizziness area of the scalp, respectively, depending on which symptom the patient manifests. The tremor area of the head should be chosen if patients have limb spasm. Many patients had a very quick positive response in controlling urine and bowel functions when the foot-motor and sensory area is stimulated.

There are many different acupuncture techniques to treat MS. Although scalp acupuncture has the fastest track record for improving symptoms, other techniques are also necessary for further improvement. Regular body acupuncture, electric acupuncture and moxibustion, as well as physical therapy and massage, can combine with scalp acupuncture to speed up the time of recovery. Regular acupuncture treatment has been found to have a positive therapeutic effect on the recovery of movements and abnormal sensations of the hands, fingers, feet and toes. 

Although there certainly are other acupuncture techniques that can be effective, scalp acupuncture seems to be a more effective model in bringing about quicker and often immediate improvements. In a recent investigation, scalp acupuncture was applied to 16 patients with limb pain at Southwest Rehabilitation Hospital and National Healthcare Center in Albuquerque, N.M. After only one treatment per patient, eight of the 16 patients instantly showed significant improvement (49 percent), six patients showed some improvement (38 percent), and only two patients showed no improvement (13 percent), thus yielding a total effective rate of 87 percent.

Michael Woodworth L.Ac offers Scalp Acupuncture to San Diego  with Acupuncture & Active Release Clinics in Oceanside and Rancho Bernardo.

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