Chronic Pain: Integrative Medicine at its Best
Many of our clients visit us for chronic pain-a once acute injury that continued beyond six months due to too little rest, lack of quality care, complications after surgery, or overuse. Sometimes the nature of the injury is just simply more complex or takes more time to heal than expected. Something that looked like a knee strain turns out to be degenerative arthritis complicated with bursitis. Most of the time at OMBE, we find that a multidisciplinary approach to treating long-term health conditions is the most effective and fastest way to have our clients return to activities they love. A great example is the combination of acupuncture and chiropractic care. When sequenced correctly, the two modalities can have a 1+1=3 effect. Acupuncture can address chronic pain syndromes, inflammatory conditions, and muscle spasm. Chiropractic care can address structural and functional changes in the muscle tissue and joints that may have been progressing over a long period.
Today in the US, approximately 34 million people suffer from mild to moderate chronic pain. The beginning of fall is a great time to address chronic neck, back, shoulder, and knee problems as you change your activity level with cooler temperatures and change the type of activity that makes up your daily exercise routine. Overuse activities, poor posture, lack of exercise, and stretching can all lead to chronic pain and musculoskeletal imbalances. Acupuncture and chiropractic care can help break pain cycles and get you back to the activity level you once enjoyed.
The take home message is that if you have a chronic injury, don't be afraid to try 2-3 modalities at once. Ask your caregivers to coordinate their treatment plans like our staff does at OMBE. Above everything, keep trying different things until you find the right combination. It's never the same for every person or for the same injury.
Acupuncture and chiropractic care have been found to be helpful for the following conditions:
- Neck Osteoarthritis
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Disc Herniations
- Neck Sprains & Strains
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Tendonitis & Bursitis
- Tennis Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel
Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.
She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Areas of specialty include women's health, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. For patients interested in learning more about acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please click here.