Headache Pain Meaning and Treatment

Chiropractors, as skilled Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs), are adept at diagnosing and treating a wide range of pain conditions, from head to toe including headache pain. Their expertise lies in identifying the root cause of pain through comprehensive examinations and applying chiropractic techniques, such as adjustments and physical modalities, to alleviate pain.

For instance, cervicogenic headaches, which often result from neck injury or trauma, can be effectively managed with chiropractic care. By targeting the neck and its surrounding muscles and ligaments, chiropractic techniques like massage, traction, and gentle activator mobilization can help alleviate symptoms and restore pain-free neck motion.

When it comes to migraine headaches, chiropractors take a comprehensive approach. They not only help patients understand the underlying causes but also guide them in making beneficial lifestyle and postural changes. Additionally, they address complicated spinal subluxations, ensuring a holistic and effective treatment plan.

Suboccipital headaches often start as a throbbing pain behind one or both eyes. The suboccipital region of the neck is richly innervated and has many muscle attachments, allowing the head to twist and tilt. Computer use and other activities put a lot of strain on this delicate area, sometimes resulting in suboccipital headaches. Chiropractic adjustment and other physiotherapy applications help reduce pain and muscle fatigue in the head and neck.

TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Headache, is a pain in the head that accompanies intense clicking in the jaw, frequently as the result of stress, injury, or tooth grinding. Patients with TMJ pain under regular dental care can benefit from chiropractic care to help resolve muscle tightness in the head, neck, shoulders, and upper back accompanying this type of headache.

Rebound headaches occur following long-term use of migraine or other headache medication. Headache medication may help reduce pain for a brief while; however, many patients who take these medications for a longer time suffer rebound headaches. Chiropractic vertebral mobilization with massage and other physiotherapy modalities, such as TENS application, acupuncture, or cupping massage, will help reduce rebound headache symptoms. Regular chiropractic care can also help reduce the need for headache medication.

At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, NC, we help patients with headaches in various ways. Using skillful chiropractic adjustments to the spine and extremities combined with physical therapy modalities and acupuncture where needed, we help resolve many headache symptoms. Additionally, Dr. Oskardmay provides beneficial exercises and instructs patients on lifestyle changes that reduce the need for medications, drugs, and other interventions. Call today to schedule your healthcare appointment. (919) 929-1400. Visit us 24 hours a day to schedule and learn more at acudocnc.com.


An Experience Getting Stem Cell Injections in the Wrist

wristStem cell injection therapy is an increasingly popular procedure used to treat some diseases, injuries, and arthritic pain. The therapy carries some risks and a specific cost, but the potential benefit is worth it for many. I recently had an autologous stem cell therapy injection in my wrist and thumb, and the improvements so far are worth it. Here is my experience getting stem cell injections in the wrist.

About two years ago, I injured my wrist in a bike accident, fracturing a small wrist bone with subsequent pain that affected work and other activities. X-ray analysis showed the fracture healed, but the pain persisted despite casting, rest, and visits to a physical therapist and an occupational therapist specializing in hand disorders. I was also told I have some thumb arthritis. I was diagnosed with ulnar abutment syndrome, wherein the ulnar arm bone is too long, hitting against the wrist bones; a doctor and two orthopedic surgeons suggested I would benefit from ulnar shortening surgery. This surgery involves cutting the arm bone to resect several millimeters of length, then fusing the ulna back together. Wanting to avoid this intense procedure, I looked at Regenerative medicine.

I contacted several regenerative medicine clinics in the area and chose one several hours away because of its cost, reviews, and other factors. The helpful front desk assistant was able to schedule me a month out and sent me more information about what to expect. He scheduled an initial over Zoom, after which they prescribed me Valium to take for anxiety upon arrival to the clinic if needed. They could perform the rest of the exam on the day of the procedure.

My husband and I drove the two-hour trip to the clinic, and upon entry, I completed the paperwork. The doctor performed an essential examination, and I entered the treatment room. Following the application of a numbing agent, they used a long needle to extract bone marrow from one of my hip bones, entering from the top of the ileum. The procedure was a bit harrowing; I wish I had taken the Valium, but not too terrible. They next numbed my wrist and thumb in preparation for the following step. The bone marrow was divided into syringes, the contents of which were next injected directly into my wrist at several key locations and thumb. This injection step was excruciating.

Following the procedures, which encompassed about two hours, including the exam, my wrists hurt and swelled up. Armed with a prescription for codeine, the doctor and staff gave me wound care instructions and an ice pack and let me go. My spouse drove the rest of the day as I was too uncomfortable to hold the wheel. I’m glad we reserved a hotel for that evening. We also went out to eat, and I did not take the codeine, opting instead for a glass of wine, which helped. That night, I slept fitfully but felt a little better the following day.

The clinic advises that benefits can take weeks to months to appear. I had the STEM cell injections two weeks ago and am now feeling better than before the procedure. I can now lift a gallon of milk without pain, play the violin, dress without pain, and do other activities that used to cause discomfort. The clinic will give me a follow-up PRP treatment 6-12 weeks post-STEM cell to enhance the treatment benefits. While I am not 100% back to preinjury status, it’s only been two weeks, and I feel good about the progress. Autologous (coming from my own body) STEM cell therapy is a novel way to harness the body’s natural healing response. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to use a treatment like this and avoid surgery.

The chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, providing quality alternative medicine to the Triangle since 1995. Call us at (919) 929-1400 or visit us online at acudocnc.com to learn more and to schedule an appointment.


Good Posture Improves Appearance and Health

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At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, we offer care that helps you look and feel better. When one has good posture, this means that they can stand with their back straight, shoulders back, and abdominals engaged. This supportive posture allows the body to move freely with strength and balance. This attractive posture emits confidence and strength. Additionally, good posture reduces wear and tear on the joints and has other health benefits. Dr. Oskardmay helps people achieve better posture using chiropractic adjustments to the spine and extremities.

A healthy spine has three natural curves that, from the side, appear as a long ‘S’ shape. A healthy spine has shock absorption built in, forward at the neck, backward at the upper back, and forward at the lower back. Activities of daily living- sitting too much, working bent over or twisted, and non-supportive sleep positions, all contribute to postural deviations that, over time, impair one’s ability to stand with good posture. Genetics can also affect posture; scoliosis, body weight distribution, and muscle tone affect posture. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, Dr. Oskardmay considers all of these when assessing individual needs and developing a treatment plan for each patient.

Poor posture contributes to spinal misalignment or subluxation because muscle and ligamentous vertebral attachments pull unevenly against gravity and other influences in ways that need not happen with good posture—ligamentous strain, muscle weakness, and hypertonicity result, causing pain, inflammation, and deformity. Over time, vertebral bony remodeling occurs, resulting in changes that can be seen on X-rays if not MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).

Dr. Oskardmay uses palpation and posture inspection tools as early detection methods to determine the presence of subluxation, often before X-ray changes occur. Nerves from each vertebral segment send nerve messages to local and distal body regions, including muscles and organs. Longstanding spinal misalignment can result in altered nerve transmission to many areas; it is crucial to uncover areas of subluxation early. Back pain, neck ache, shoulder and hip pain, and headaches can all be precursors of deeper issues to come if spinal misalignment is left untreated.

Spinal mobilization helps restore good spinal alignment and create a balanced posture. Dr. Oskardmay uses activator Adjustment methods or hands-on diversified vertebral adjustment techniques. Combined with massage and sometimes acupuncture if desired, treatment is gentle, effective, and safe for people of all ages and impairments.

Chiropractic helps people stand taller and have better posture while improving nerve flow. Call today to schedule your spinal health checkup and treatment.

Trusted in the Triangle since 1995 to provide high-quality alternative medicine care, we are here for you. Schedule online at acudocnc.com or call 919-929-1400.

Electroacupuncture for Knee Replacement Pain

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Studies show that electroacupuncture is a safe and beneficial treatment for knee pain following knee replacement surgery. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, the acupuncture and chiropractic clinics of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, we provide this beneficial therapy. The combination of acupuncture with electrostimulation is very healing for patients with knee pain whether they have had knee replacement therapy or not. Learn more about electroacupuncture for knee replacement pain.

The main reason patients get knee replacement surgery is osteoarthritis characterized by joint cartilage breakdown which limits movement and causes pain. Over time, surrounding muscles and ligaments suffer as well. Acupuncture treatment applied along channels affecting the knee and hips and other related areas of the body brings healing qi or energy to damaged areas. The use of electrostimulation assists the process of healing, resolving blockages to qi flow, helping cartilage repair.

Some questions patients ask about Electroacupuncture include:

Does acupuncture with electrostimulation hurt? How long does it take? Can I exercise after treatment? How long will it take to get results? Can I get chiropractic treatment with electrostimulation acupuncture? How does electroacupuncture work?

In answer, electroacupuncture does not typically hurt; most patients report feeling a small sensation at the needle site during part of the treatment, but the goal is not to inflict pain. Treatments generally take 40-60″ depending on various factors. Patients are advised to avoid extreme exercise, heavy eating or other activities for several hours after treatment. We do not guarantee results nor a timeframe for results; most people see some results in two weeks or less. Patients can receive chiropractic care on the same day as acupuncture or electroacupuncture. Many of our patients benefit from the fact that Dr. Oskardmay is licensed in both acupuncture and chiropractic medicine and has extensive training in electroacupuncture therapy.

Electroacupuncture works by stimulating areas of the body to induce a natural healing response at the site of injury, as well as to calm the mind. Inherent to our bodies is a variety of healing responses, ranging from increased blood flow, changes in muscle contractions, stem cell delivery, and others. Acupuncture and electroacupuncture help to improve the automatic healing response.

Natural care at our office helps patients to heal better more quickly from injuries and surgeries, pain and body aches. Call us today at (919) 929-1400, email us at schedule@acudocnc.com or schedule online at acudocnc.com anytime to learn more and to schedule an appointment. We participate with most major insurance plans for both acupuncture as well as chiropractic. We look forward to helping you feel better soon!


The Role of Digestion in Healing

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One defines ‘digestion’ as a person’s capacity to break down food into substances the body can use. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, Dr. Oskardmay asks each patient about their digestion because it impacts their healing and ability to heal in vital ways. When one’s digestion is good, everything else can improve. What one chooses to eat is essential, but how the body deals with food eaten is also important. Read more to learn about the role of digestion in healing.

Indigestion problems such as gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea are symptoms the digestive system isn’t up to par. Food eaten may pass through the alimentary canal undigested, allowing vital nutrients to escape. Nutritional imbalances can impair glucose control, inflammation, muscle and joint pain, hormonal imbalance, brain fog, impaired immune response, and other disorders. Alternative medicine treatment for digestive disorders is multifaceted because the problem impairs so many things.

At our office, Dr. Oskardmay asks patients what and when they eat, what they drink, how they move, and what activities they do throughout the day. Food and beverage choices, timing of eating, and even the temperature of food and beverages can all influence the stomach and small and large intestines. Too much cold food and sugar dampen the actions of the earth’s channels – the spleen and stomach, where digestion is prevalent. Dampness and stagnation can result in weight gain, bloating, and other digestive disturbances.

It is essential patients inform us what medications they take because many drugs can affect digestive health in destructive ways. Antibiotics, in particular, kill off necessary good gut bacteria and create a hostile gut microbiome. Food choice and supplements are crucial to restore gut flora in this situation. Medications for gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), such as TUMS and Prilosec, reduce stomach acid, which decreases the stomach’s ability to break down certain foods. We help patients explore other options and learn how their medications might impact their digestive health.

Dr. Oskardmay applies chiropractic adjustments to the spine to support nerve flow from regions affecting digestive health. Nerves arising in the cervical thoracic and lumbar spine all impact digestive health in some way. When subluxations exist, we see altered nerve flow, muscle tightness and instability, and pain and irritation. She corrects spinal misalignment to improve posture and increase patients’ ability to move with less pain throughout the day, which also improves blood flow and aids digestion.

Acupuncture is an additional means through which we help patients digest food better. Dr. Oskardmay, a licensed acupuncturist, chooses which channels and points to use for each patient to help them naturally feel better. Soothing treatments to restore qi flow in the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine channels help to quell indigestion.

For more information about the role of digestion in healing or to make an appointment, contact the acupuncture and chiropractic offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill today at (919) 929-1400, email us at schedule@acudocnc.com or visit our website at acudocnc.com.



How Flat Back Syndrome Benefits from Alternative Medical Care

At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, the alternative medicine office of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, we emphasize whole-body healing through natural means. When postural problems such as flat back syndrome exist in a person, Dr. Oskardmay uses a combination of therapies to support better posture, resulting in less pain and distortion. Patients benefit from care at our office because treatment is gentle and effective, and patients learn exercises and make small changes that have big impacts on their well-being.

What is Flat Back Syndrome?

A person has flat-back syndrome when their back lacks some of the natural protective curvature in the spine, particularly in the lower lumbar region. Reduced lumbar spine curves can impact a person in many ways. Patients may have trouble standing up straight, they likely have anterior head posture and experience undo fatigue at the end of the day. Flat back syndrome may arise from birth, degenerative disc disease, or trauma. Whatever the cause, persons experiencing flat back syndrome suffer inordinate amounts of stress in their joints in part from the lack of resilience the flat back curve creates.

Dr. Oskardmay examines each patient for postural imbalances. She utilizes massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments to the spine and extremities to restore proper spinal bone alignment and relax tight muscles. This helps patients with flat-back syndrome because, over time, postural distortions such as flat-back syndrome damage spinal vertebral connections and muscle balance. Over time this causes undue pressure on the nerves. Dr. Oskardmay may use Activator adjusting or hands-on manual adjustments to improve spine biomechanics and nerve flow throughout the body.

Using Acupuncture treatment to improve qi flow throughout the body, Dr. Oskardmay helps the spine and connected ligaments heal. Acupuncture is a time-tested therapy that helps reduce stress, and improve restful sleep and digestion, as well.

Additionally, we recognize the crucial role exercise has in the treatment of postural distortions. In flat back syndrome, the pelvis is tipped backward. This may be because of an imbalance in the thigh abdominal and back muscles. Employing stretching and strengthening protocols designed to stretch tight muscles and strengthen weak ones, Dr. Oskardmay supports postural imbalance in key ways.

Each patient is unique and, in our office, we strive to help each person obtain better health using natural means. Persons with flat back syndrome, lordotic posture, sway back posture, and other postural deviations all benefit from natural chiropractic and acupuncture medicine. With additional help using balanced exercises, Dr. Oskardmay can help many people suffering from back pain, fatigue, anterior head carriage, and other conditions associated with postural deviation such as flat back syndrome.

Call today to see how natural healthcare can help you. Serving Chapel Hill, Durham, and surrounding areas since 1995, we participate with most major insurance plans and are accepting new patients. Call us today at (919) 929-1400, email us at schedule@acudocnc.com or visit our website at acudocnc.com to schedule your appointment today.

Faulty Posture as Relates to Back Pain and Tight Muscles

There are three main postural faults we see in practice. Patients with one of these posture problems will benefit from care emphasizing spinal alignment and proper muscle balance. Please read on if you or a loved one needs help understanding which exercises are most beneficial and which ones to avoid for your presentation. In this blog post, we will discuss the first of these three postural faults, saving the next two for the next post. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, we help patients look and feel better and stand taller with less pain by paying attention to posture, and all that affects it.

Postural Faults

The three postural faults are lordosis posture, flat-back posture, and sway-back posture. The anatomical position of certain joints, which muscles are tight or shortened, and which muscles are lengthened or overstretched varies for each fault. Beneficial treatment depends on proper diagnosis and attention to the spinal alignment of attached muscles and ligaments, as well as the prescribed attuned stretching and strengthening exercises. Dr. Oskardmay strives to provide patients with holistic care, including vertebral adjustment, massage, stretching, and exercise therapy. Patients leave each treatment feeling refreshed and energized with a better understanding of their condition and how to proceed with care and self-care.

The low back appears angular from the side view in the lordotic posture. The lumbar spine is hyperextended (the Tailbone is more pronounced), the pelvis has an anterior tilt (meaning the ASIS is anterior to the pubic bone), and the hip joints are in flexion. Tight low back muscles (erector spinae) and tight hip flexors muscles (psoas and rectus femoris/quadriceps on the front of the thigh) contribute to the accentuated lumbar curve as they pull on the top front of the hip bone (ASIS), pulling it down and front. Lengthened, weak muscles include the abdominal muscles (especially the external oblique) and the hip extensors (gluteals and hamstrings on the back of the thighs). Treatment includes spinal mobilization of involved segments throughout the spine (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar) to resolve nerve disruption to crucial muscles.

Additionally, Dr. Oskardmay provides needed stretching of the lower back muscles and hip flexors using hands-on procedures, massage, acupuncture, and electrostimulation. She also teaches patients how to do strengthening exercises for weak abdominal muscles and hip extensors. Periodic re-evaluation and check-in help to ensure that treatment is working.

At Acupracitic NHC, natural healing for the Triangle since 1995, we want patients to understand how to get and stay well using the most natural means possible. Each person has it within him or herself to be well. Accepting new patients, we look forward to your call at 919-929-1400 or email schedule@acudocnc.com, or visit us on the web at acudocnc.com anytime to schedule and learn more about how natural care can help you.


Ear Acupuncture: What is it and How Can it Help?

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Ear Acupuncture, also known as auriculotherapy, is a type of acupuncture therapy wherein Licensed acupuncturist Dr. Lisa Oskardmay places tiny sterile acupuncture needles in specific areas of the outer ear or auricle to stimulate a healing response in the body and mind. Acupuncture is based on the theory that health depends on a balanced flow of qi or energy in the body. Like the blood flow or nerve impulses, qi flow travels along meridians or channels throughout the body, delivering healing energy. The ears are critical to acupuncture treatment because all body areas have points on the auricles, and qi flowing from these points balances qi elsewhere. Auriculotherapy has many beneficial applications, and patients at our acupuncture clinic in Chapel Hill appreciate how treatment helps them.

How Ear Acupuncture Can Help

Ear acupuncture works on the premise that ear points relate to various areas of the body; stimulation of these areas sends messages to the brain to deliver healing energy or qi to the body area. For instance, a point called Ear Shen men corresponds with the hip and pelvic region, whereas other points nearby relate to other body areas. Dr. Oskardmay uses auriculotherapy with other therapies to support health and relieve body pain and other conditions. Headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, stress, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), neck, shoulder, hip, and back aches benefit from care, as do other conditions. One added benefit of ear acupuncture is that it is very relaxing, and treatment need not be performed at a painful site but rather on the ear, distal to the site of pain.

Traditional Chinese medicine ear acupuncture has other potential benefits. People use auriculotherapy to help resolve a wide range of health concerns, including insomnia, depression, allergies, and anxiety, and to resolve the effects of chemotherapy and cancer pain. Additionally, treatments exist to help people quit smoking and other addictive behaviors, lose weight, and resolve digestive disorders. Many people report improved quality of life, less pain and better energy after auriculotherapy treatment.

After an initial exam at our clinic, Dr. Oskardmay inserts the needles and patients rest comfortably for 15-20″ before she removes the needles. Treatment is not painful, although some people feel a small sting at some points. Sometimes, Dr. Oskardmay places an ear magnet in the ear for patients to press between visits to stimulate certain points. Most patients return for follow-up care, and some come in for a series of treatments.

If you are looking for ear acupuncture near you to help with pain, stress, or emotional distress, call us at 919-929-1400 or visit us online at acudocnc.com today to schedule an appointment. Serving the Chapel Hill community since 1995, the acupuncture and chiropractic offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay is here to help you feel better.

Upper Cross Syndrome, Neck and Shoulder Arm Pain

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Many people experience pain in their neck, shoulders, and upper back. The cause of this pain may be a syndrome known as Upper Cross Syndrome. In Upper Cross Syndrome, weak muscles of the mid and upper back cause tightness in the pectoral and neck muscles. Pain and tightness across the upper body, neck, and shoulder regions result in reduced range of motion, stiffness, and neck achiness. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, we help patients experiencing Upper Cross syndrome and other conditions using various natural healing methods, including chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture, massage, and other physical modalities.

The serratus and trapezius muscles cover much of the upper back. The serratus anterior muscle (so-called for its serrated knife appearance) originates at the upper nine ribs and attaches to the medial edge of the underside of the scapula. This muscle stabilizes the scapula, allowing boxers to punch and yoga practitioners to do plank exercises and other movements. Innervation for this vital muscle comes from the long thoracic nerve (C5-7), a branch of the brachial plexus. When a person experiences subluxation inflammation in the lower part of the neck where these nerves arise, it may affect the brachial plexus and these muscles.

The trapezius muscle is a back muscle that originates in the head and neck and covers the shoulders and part of the back. This large muscle stabilizes posture and moves and lifts the shoulders. Motor innervation to this vital muscle of postural stabilization and shoulder and neck movement comes from a cranial nerve called the spinal accessory nerve.

Weakness in the trapezius and serratus muscles happens from disuse or misuse of the muscles. Misuse of the muscles can occur when a person doesn’t stretch before exercise or uses the muscle beyond its capacity or for too long. Causes of weakness include inadequate muscle exercise, muscle trigger points, general body tightness, and improper nerve flow to the muscles. Improper nerve flow can result from poor spinal alignment, subluxation, and other factors. These can result in upper cross syndrome and tight neck and pectoral muscles.

As a licensed chiropractor, Dr. Oskardmay can help patients understand and heal the cause of their neck, upper back, and shoulder pain and tightness. She can mobilize specific vertebral segments associated with nerve and muscle flow to the involved head, neck, and shoulder areas using chiropractic adjustments. Additionally, massage, acupuncture, and other physical modalities and treatments help improve neck, back, and shoulder pain caused by upper cross syndrome. Call today at (919) 929-1400, email us at schedule@acudocnc.com or visit our website at acudocnc.com to schedule your appointment any time and learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Chiropractic and Acupuncture Care

Acupractic Natural Healing Center in Chapel Hill

1. Can a person get chiropractic and acupuncture treatments on the same day?

Many patients receive chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture treatment during the same visit. Dr. Oskardmay provides chiropractic spinal mobilization to restore spine alignment pain-free movement, and improve nerve flow; acupuncture treatment supports good qi flow throughout the body.

2. Does insurance cover Chiropractic and acupuncture care at your office?

Our office participates with many insurance plans, including BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, Medicare, United Healthcare, and others covering Chiropractic and acupuncture care. Be sure to check your schedule, and feel free to contact us if you have questions. As always, we help you understand your insurance benefits and do the billing for you for covered services. You can use your FSA and HSA accounts at ANHC, as well as all other regularly accepted forms of payment. Please let us know if you are in hardship and require a payment plan to pay for needed care over time.

3. How long does a treatment take?

Dr. Oskardmay provides a comprehensive examination for the initial visit, which can take 45”. Please allow approximately 20″ for follow-up chiropractic adjustments and 45″ for follow-up acupuncture care; combined follow-up visits last up to 60″.

4. Does the treatment hurt?

For most patients, treatment does not hurt. Dr. Oskardmay utilizes the most gentle treatment methodologies available. Trained in Activator Technique and diversified Hands-On mobilization methods, the doctor emphasizes gentle, effective care. Also, Acupuncture does not typically hurt, and most patients appreciate the comforting experience. Always discuss your wants and needs with the doctor, and she will tailor treatment to your needs.

5. Are x-rays required to get a chiropractic adjustment?

We do not require nor take in-office X-rays at Acupractic Natural Healing Center. If you and your doctor decide X-rays are needed, we can refer you to several quality x-ray facilities nearby.

6. Do you have handicapped accessibility?

Our office is handicapped accessible with external accessible parking and other attributes. Our treatment tables elevate and rise to accommodate those who cannot walk or get off regular tables.

7. Can I exercise after chiropractic care? After acupuncture care?

While it is generally safe to exercise following treatment, Dr. Oskardmay advises patients to wait an hour or two before engaging in intense activities.

8. How many treatments will I need before I feel better?

Each patient is different, and Dr. Oskardmay provides care according to each patient’s needs. We cannot guarantee a time frame for individual patient response and improvement. Many patients, however, start to feel better from day one and progress to getting better as time passes. An initial course of care may take two to six weeks, depending on individual needs and actions.

9. What conditions does Chiropractic treat? What diseases does Acupuncture treat?

Chiropractic adjustments help to improve posture and the functioning of the nervous system throughout the body. Many people get chiropractic adjustive therapy for neck and back pain, shoulder and arm discomfort, hip and leg concerns, and general spinal checkups. Not dissimilarly, patients request acupuncture services to alleviate headaches, neck and wrist pain, back and foot aches, infertility, and stress issues. We use Acupuncture to help people stop smoking and lose weight. Additionally, Dr. Oskardmay enjoys assisting people to look and feel better with Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, a 45″ procedure using tiny facial needles, facial massage, and aromatherapy.

10. Do you do massage at AHNC?

As part of a standard treatment plan, Dr. Oskardmay uses thumper massage to relax the body and muscles. Trained in Asian medicine techniques, she can also do cupping massages and gua sha when requested and where indicated. Massage is not a stand-alone treatment at our office.

11. How do I make an appointment?

Call us at 919 929-1400 during regular business hours to schedule an appointment, or go online to our website, acudocnc.com, anytime to schedule 24 hours a day. Our normal business hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:30 to 5:30, with lunch breaks, Wednesday from 12:30 to 5:30, and Friday from 8:30 to 12:30.

12. Is Dr. Lisa Oskardmay licensed in Chiropractic and Acupuncture?

Dr. Oskardmay attended the National College of Chiropractic and is a licensed doctor of Chiropractic. She attended Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist.

13. Can you adjust or do Acupuncture for pregnant women?

Many pregnant women appreciate the benefits of Chiropractic and acupuncture care at our office. We have unique tables to adjust pregnant people safely, and when doing Acupuncture, Dr. Oskardmay utilizes safe protocol to apply this beneficial treatment.

14. Are you accepting new patients?
We welcome new patients at ANHC and strive to get you in as soon as possible.

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205 Providence Rd. Chapel Hill NC 27514 | Phone: (919) 929-1400

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