Dehydration and Health

dehydration and healthDehydration occurs when a person doesn’t drink enough water to restore fluid loss throughout the day and night. Inadequate water intake creates serious health problems; dehydration will impact physical and mental well-being over time. Many people are unaware of how much water they need to drink every day to keep their organs healthy. At Acupractic, Dr. Lisa Oskardmay reminds people to drink enough water every day and find new ways to achieve this critical health goal.

Low water volume impedes healing and exacerbates muscle and joint pain. Delirium and other metal disequilibrium increase the rate of injury. Back pain, neck tightness, headaches, shoulder tendonitis, hip dysplasia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and plantar fasciitis are painful conditions that heal more slowly with depleted body water. Other severe health conditions associated with dehydration include heat injury, urinary and kidney problems, seizures, and hypovolemic (low blood volume) shock. Other issues include constipation, lack of sweating, dry, shriveled skin, fever, confusion, sunken eyes, tachycardia, and unconsciousness.

What Causes Dehydration?

The loss of 10-15% of body water causes severe dehydration. Common causes of excess water loss include diarrhea, vomiting, excessive sweating, fever, and polyurea. Excessive coffee, alcohol, or other diuretic beverages can promote water loss through increased urination. Hopefully, following episodes of excess water loss, people recognize that it is essential to drink more water to restore lost fluids. Nonetheless, many people walk around every day suffering from inadequate water intake even without these high loss scenarios because they do not make water drinking a regular habit throughout the day.

The US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an average adequate daily fluid intake for men is 15.5 cups (124 oz=3.7 liters), and for women is 11.5 cups (92 oz=2.7 liters). Another way to think about this is to strive daily to drink about ¾ of an ounce of water for each pound of body weight; a 150 lb person should drink 112.5 oz of water a day. Spread over a day; that is about one glass of water an hour.

It is vital to drink water-filled beverages rather than sodas, coffees, or other drinks that contain elements the body needs to remove or substances that increase diureses like caffeine and alcohol. Many drinks have artificial sweeteners, coloring molecules, flavoring agents, and other factors that impact their purity and impede the kidney’s natural elimination function that pure water enhances.

Many people do not drink enough water because they drink bottled water which is expensive and wasteful. In contrast, it may seem prudent to buy bottled water if you mistrust tap water; strongly re-consider the actual cost of this decision. Most tap water is at least as safe as bottled water which sits around in plastic bottles all day. If you still need to drink bottled water, consider using a home filter like Brita or getting a refillable water bottle with a built-in filter. Additionally, water bottling companies spend a lot of money marketing their products. It is unnecessary to spend money on water when it is free, safe, and available in sinks and water fountains everywhere.

Some people do not like the taste of water. It is ok to add natural flavors to the water to enhance its taste. Lemon, lime, essential oils, and non-caffeinated teas may help.

Some people work in professions where it is challenging to take bathroom breaks, so they avoid drinking water to keep from needing to use the restroom. Nurses, teachers, doctors, pilots, and anyone who has trouble taking breaks may find themselves in this situation. Try to drink more water at the start of each day and increase awareness to stay hydrated.

At Acupractic Natural Center, our goal is to help each person achieve better health. Naturally, We are about 60% water- the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, the lungs are about 83% water, the skin contains 64% water, the muscles and kidneys are 79% water, and the bones are 31% water. Even mild dehydration over time will significantly impact each organ and tissue’s ability to function, heal, and perform. Call (919) 929-1400, email schedule@acudocnc.com or visit our website acudocnc.com to schedule your appointment today.

Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Usage Linked to Cartilage Weakness

Chiropractor and Acupuncturist Chapel Hill, NC

At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, the chiropractic and acupuncture healthcare clinics of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, we do a complete exam before treatment. Part of the exam is getting a list of current medications. Dr. Oskardmay needs to know which drugs a person takes because sometimes medications have side effects that can affect one’s health and even impact the treatment plan at our office. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are popular medications with crucial health implications we discuss here. Germs and viruses abound in everyone’s world, and each of us needs to use caution in our choice of healing method to deal with them because sometimes the cure is worse than the illness. Read more to learn about fluoroquinolone antibiotics and cartilage weakness.

What are Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics?

Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics with broad-spectrum applicability; MDs prescribe these drugs for various health problems: cold, flu, sinusitis, other infections. The drugs are effective, hence their popularity. Nonetheless, fluoroquinolones also have problematic side effects, one of which is newly appreciated in the literature and relates to the destruction of cartilage in various body areas. Most people – patients and providers alike, are unaware of this side effect, despite FDA concerns and ‘black box’ designations warning providers to limit the usage of F antibiotics.

Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics and Cartilage Weakness

Some areas where we see cartilage weakness affect health include abdominal aorta resulting in the aneurysm, Achilles tendon resulting in Achilles tendonitis, and possibly even cervical ligament resulting in neck pain and other conditions. This latter concerning fact can relate to the prevalence of neck pain and instability, shoulder aches, cervical disc degeneration, cervical nerve root compression, resulting neuropathy, elbow tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other conditions related to neck cartilage. The harmful effect of fluoroquinolones antibiotics on cartilage impacts the body in many different ways.

The way fluoroquinolone antibiotics destroy cartilage appears to be related to the nutrition of this vital structure. Immediately following the use of this drug, cartilage weakness may begin. After one stops use of the antibiotic, healing begins. The body is a fantastic thing, and each of us can heal from injury and disease. Dr. Oskardmay provides chiropractic adjustment, massage, acupuncture, and other techniques to restore movement and nutrition to injured cartilage, which helps to facilitate healing on many levels.

Medications have the potential to change the body in good ways and unintended negative ways. Americans utilize medications more than any other industrialized country in the world. Patients can visit the website drugs.com to review the side effects of F antibiotics and other drugs. Dr. Oskardmay uses natural healing methods to help patients reduce their need for and use of medications. The average patient over the age of 65 is on five or more drugs, suffering from a condition known as ‘polypharmacy’. The harmful effect of Fluoroquinolones antibiotics on cartilage is just one negative side effect of medications. Call (919) 929-1400, email schedule@acudocnc.com, or visit our website at acudocnc.com to see how natural healing methods can help you. Located just 1 mile off 1-40 in Chapel Hill, we look forward to assisting you.

What Causes Right-Sided Body Pain and How to Treat It?

Chiropractor and Acupuncturist Chapel Hill, NC

Many patients experience one-sided stomach aches and pain, and other symptoms. When symptoms predominantly afflict the right side of one’s body, this can suggest that we regard certain internal conditions that relate to the right laterality. This is partly due to the location of specific organs and connected referral patterns. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, Dr. Oskardmay utilizes palpation and other diagnostic techniques to determine the cause of pain and then treats appropriately.

Right-sided upper abdominal pain can indicate an ulcer, especially if dull burning pain is bloating, burping, poor appetite, and weight loss. Dr. Oskardmay will ask about bacterial infections and NSAID usage, which can cause peptic ulcers. She may suggest alternative treatments, including specific dietary changes to alleviate stomach pain. Additionally, she will adjust spinal segments related to the stomach to improve nerve input and nutrition to vital areas and suggest exercises to improve digestion. Acupuncture treatment restores qi flow to stagnant meridians and organs to support overall body wellness and reduce the need for NSAIDs.

Lower abdominal pain on the right side can indicate appendicitis, a medical condition that frequently requires emergency surgery to remove the inflamed appendix before it ruptures. A hallmark of appendicitis is fever; we recommend that patients with lower right-sided abdominal pain and a fever check with their medical doctors as soon as possible.

One other common cause of lower right-sided abdominal pain is IBS or irritable bowel syndrome, especially if GI symptoms such as bloating, gassiness, and a change in bowel habits accompany the pain. Dr. Oskardmay will palpate the abdominal area and inquire regarding digestion symptoms to reach a diagnosis. While it may take a further medical examination to differentiate between IBS and Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis, and other conditions, right-sided lower abdominal pain frequently indicates IBS. Dr. Oskardmay can help patients improve IBS symptoms using nutrition and exercise prescriptions and chiropractic adjustment to the back to reduce muscle tightness and improve nerve flow to the small and large intestines. She also provides acupuncture treatment to balance yin and yang qi flow along the involved channels to relax the body and mind to improve overall health.

The right side of the body also connects with the liver and gall bladder meridians, or wood channel in Chinese medicine. Pain in the right side of the twelfth rib area, near the physical liver and gallbladder nestled in its lobes, suggests wood channel imbalance. Specific areas on the foot along the wood yin channel also indicate an imbalance in this crucial pathway. Dr. Oskardmay will assess particular areas to help you understand the underlying cause of pain and make treatment suggestions to help you achieve better health. Using chiropractic and acupuncture to improve nerve and qi flow, she can help reduce pain and prevent worsening symptoms. When needed, she will refer patients to other providers.

At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, Dr. Oskardmay strives to understand the cause of one-sided body aches and pains to provide the best care. Call 919-929-1400, visit our website at acudocnc.com, or email schedule@acudocnc.com today to schedule an appointment or learn more.

 

Acupuncture Treatment of Hand Pain

Acupuncturist Chapel Hill, NC

acupuncture treatment of hand painAt Acupractic Natural Healing Center, the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, she uses a variety of treatments to help patients suffering from hand pain. A licensed acupuncturist working in the Triangle area since 1995, Dr. Oskardmay recognizes the importance of healing on many levels to achieve lasting results. Chinese medicine recognizes that energy channels course the body; unblocking energy flow in these channels or meridians is the key to resolving hand pain and other ailments. Acupuncture treatment of hand pain starts with a careful diagnosis. Dr. Oskardmay utilizes acupuncture, massage, and adjustment procedures as needed to fix channel flow stagnation that affects the hands and other areas.

Channels traveling through each person’s hand include metal on the thumb side, special fire along the middle, and fire along the pinky side. Metal relates to the organs lung and large intestine, special fire relates to the pericardium and triple burner, and fire refers to the heart and small intestine. This imbalance of qi flow or energy stagnation in specific channels presents unique treatment opportunities. Dr. Oskardmay can use points along with the metal, special fire, fire, and related tracks on the body to help relieve hand pain.

Dr. Oskardmay uses palpation and other diagnostic techniques to determine if specific metal channel points closer to the elbow and along the forearm and hand relate to thumb side pain. Following hands-on evaluation and massage of channel points, she may insert tiny acupuncture needles in these points to unblock qi flow to help the body heal itself. Additionally, she may use other related meridian points to free qi flow along these related energy pathways. Treatment may include points along the earth channel that courses the front of the body to create needed change in the related metal channel. Alternately, she may use points along the back paraspinal region to affect the thumb in certain situations.

Similarly, energy blockage in the middle of the hand relates to special fire meridians pericardium and triple burner. Use of these and possibly points along the related wood channels that exist on the side and front side of the body are often needed to effect change in the middle part of the hand. Alternately, Dr. Oskardmay may use acupuncture to stimulate fire channel heart and small intestine points of the pinky side of the hand to elicit change in that region of the hand. Related meridians are the bladder and kidney of the water channel.

Acupuncture treatment of hand pain involves the placement of tiny needles into specific points related to energy stagnation areas. Points may be nearby the area of pain or distal, depending on the associated meridian. Dr. Oskardmay uses acupuncture to help people feel better naturally by determining the cause of qi flow blockage and unlocking qi flow naturally using acupuncture, massage, and hands-on mobilization techniques. Serving the Triangle since 1995, Dr. Oskardmay looks forward to helping you. Call today at (919) 929-1400 or schedule online at acudocnc.com anytime to see how acupuncture and other natural methods can help.

 

Weight Loss Using an Online App – My Experience

Chiropractor and Acupuncturist Chapel Hill, NC

At Acupractic Natural Healing Center chiropractic and acupuncture health clinic in Chapel Hill, we strive to help people learn ways to be healthier. Virtual and online programs offer a new and exciting means to obtain information and motivation and occasionally foster a healing community. I recently signed up for a new online program called Noom for weight loss and better eating habits. This blog post aims to describe my experience and offer an additional healthy eating tool others may also find helpful.

Healthful eating is one of the best ways to ward off weight gain, inflammation, and certain illnesses. Our society provides a vast array of eating choices, and sometimes it isn’t straightforward to choose healthy foods. Additionally, each person is different regarding their access to specific foods, exercise regimen, metabolism, genetics, and sleep. Having a readily available app on the cell phone or other device to keep track of these variables seems helpful. Additionally, the new app promises to provide online coaching to support health goals. Sounds good.

My experience with the app started with inputting personal data- height, weight, gender, date of birth, etc. Next, the system inquired about my weight loss goals and reasons for losing weight. Periodic ‘messages’ appeared to remind me to read particular articles related to my goals. The articles and messages appear to be autogenerated, but someone did rapidly respond to my one question about how to log walking/step taken each day. It turns out the app connects automatically to FitBit, which I wear on my wrist to get a proper step sound each day.

Helpful lessons from app psychiatrists guided me along the journey as I progressed each day. Topics such as motivation plan creation, breathwork, learning to love the scale, and identifying low-calorie foods support knowledge and understanding. Each day I dedicated 5-10″ listening to or reading articles provided. I found the information well presented and intriguing.

While weight loss is a fundamental goal of app participants, the psychiatrists point out that weight may fluctuate from day to day, so daily weighing in is, in their eyes, key to success. They point out that a person should weigh themself in the mornings before eating to keep fluctuations to a minimum. Other measurable attributes scalable on this app include blood pressure, blood sugar, amount and type of exercise, and water consumed. One can request reminder notifications to input each of these pieces of data each day. I chose to keep track of water, exercise, and food. Inputting other data just felt unnecessary and invasive.

When it came to logging food for each meal and snacks and beverages, the app provides space to ask for the type of food and serving size. The app lists a huge variety of ready-made foods and packaged entrees, making it easy to keep track of foods if you eat that kind of meal, highlighting calories, fat, protein, carbohydrate, and fiber content of each meal and snack. There is means to homemade input meals, as well, and to save items for future reference. I could see exactly how many calories I consumed and whether or not I had gone over or under my caloric burn that day. Incidentally, caloric burn is determined by a baseline calorie burn plus any other burn from exercise and walking.

I found the app helpful and enlightening in many ways, and a motivated individual will find many opportunities to learn more about themselves through this app and others like it. I liked the ease of data entry, except for the home-cooked meals aspect and the motivational conversations related to weight loss, sleep, exercise, and other elements. For the right person, this and other apps can provide a means to increase the personal awareness needed to navigate nutrition in our country.

Call 919- 929-1400 at the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay to discuss weight loss and healthy eating goals. Accepting new patients, we look forward to helping you learn more about how alternative medicine can help you. Schedule online 24 hours a day.

 

Health Saving Accounts (HSA) Cover Chiropractic and Acupuncture

Chiropractor and Acupuncturist Chapel Hill, NC

According to IRS Publication 502 (Publication 502 (2021) ‘Medical and Dental Expenses |Internal Revenue Service’ (irs.gov), both chiropractic and acupuncture are included for Health Savings Accounts (HSA) reimbursements. Accordingly, people can use their HSAs to pay for chiropractic or acupuncture services, a welcome benefit, and a tax break for the millions of Americans seeking additional ways to pay for needed care.

At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, we strive to help each patient understand how to use their insurance and health savings account benefits to make the most of their available resources. Knowledge and understanding reduce stress and improve overall patient satisfaction. Patients can use their HSA accounts to pay for copays, deductibles, or uncovered services if they like. Their HSA account is just like a credit card with a specific balance available for many people. Combining the tax-advantaged savings power of an HSA with a standard insurance account helps many people use chiropractic and acupuncture, and many other medically necessary treatments.

Options for Using Your HSA to Cover Chiropractic and Acupuncture Services

One can use HSA accounts to pay for services covered by insurance and chiropractic and acupuncture services not covered by their insurance at our office. We participate with many popular insurance plans, including United Health Care, UMR, Cigna, BlueCross BlueShield, Federal BCBS, Aetna, Humana, Medcost, Medicare, and others. Because Dr. Oskardmay is a licensed chiropractic physician, most plans cover chiropractic services and, increasingly, cover acupuncture at our office since Dr. Oskardmay is also a licensed acupuncturist. Choosing to use your HSA account to pay for the portion of care not covered by insurance is a smart move because it magnifies your benefits. Additionally, we do the billing for you and only collect our ‘Participating Provider’ agreed upon amounts from your HSA plus any noncovered fees disclosed to you in advance.

Dr. Lisa Oskardmay offers chiropractic and acupuncture to help Triangle patients with back pain, neck pain, headaches, stress, shoulder discomfort, knee trouble, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many other conditions. Alternative medicine works because treatment helps the body heal itself naturally, whether used in conjunction with other medical therapies or not. Dr. Oskardmay also provides massage and health counseling at every visit- HSA included services. Additional services we provide as part of a treatment plan may consist of: cupping massage, auriculotherapy, exercise prescription, nutrition and weight control counseling, and physical therapy adjunctive therapies.

Call today at (919) 929-1400 or email us at schedule@acudocnc.com to learn more about how complementary and alternative medical healthcare can help you achieve your healthcare goals and see how you can use your insurance and HSA benefits to pay for needed care. Check out our patient reviews to see what other Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding community residents have to say about Acupractic Natural Healing Center, serving the Triangle since 1995.

 

Does Chiropractic Care Help You Lose Weight?

Chiropractor Chapel Hill, NC

Losing weight can be difficult. Shedding pounds can be difficult for many reasons. Age, genetics, metabolism, stress and lifestyle are just a few of the confounding factors. Ads proclaiming the latest quick weight loss plan are confusing, and some are dangerous. Does chiropractic care help you lose weight? Read on to learn more.

Fortunately, chiropractors like Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill are available to help safely guide you as you strive to get back to healthy weight. A natural health provider of chiropractic and acupuncture since 1995, Dr. Oskardmay coaches patients in how to use commonsense weight loss strategies. She specializes in overall body functioning from the first visit so if weight loss is your goal, she can help you. Combining chiropractic care to improve the spine, nervous system and posture, she helps to restore nerve flow to digestive organs, muscles and the brain itself. She provides massage and other physical modalities to muscles and ligaments to keep these crucial components pain free, supporting movement and muscle building activities that enhance the metabolism. Trained in nutrition science, Dr. Oskardmay has a special interest in using foods to heal the body naturally; she can help you make healthy choices that support weight loss.

Chiropractic Care and Weight Loss

Good metabolism supports proper blood sugar control and a healthy weight. Posture impacts metabolism because the bent forward position hinders respiration, dampens mood, and increases inflammation and pain. When one doesn’t breathe properly, moves in a sluggish manner and has elevated inflammatory markers, this affects stress and cortisol. Does chiropractic care help you lose weight? Chiropractic care at our office can help patients stand taller with less pain and better lung excursion, all factors which support better overall health, all factors that influence weight loss.

The chiropractic adjustment helps muscles function better overall. Muscles work better when nerve flow to the muscle is good. Muscles work better when there is less pain and inflammation inhibiting joint movement. Also, proper relaxation prior to using a muscle aids in overall performance. By providing specific chiropractic adjustments to impact vertebral subluxations, Dr. Oskardmay restores joint fixation and impeded nerve flow, and reduces muscle and ligament pain. She provides appropriate exercises and stretches to assist in muscle strength building, as well.

Additionally, sometimes people don’t realize that sleeping a good 7-8 hours a night is a necessary step to reduce stress and improve BMI. Getting adequate restorative sleep is crucial to regain a healthy metabolism. Different factors related to good sleep can also include snoring, pain at night, stress and anxiety. Nutritional factors can impede sleep, as well, and eating the wrong foods at the wrong time can make sleep difficult. Using chiropractic and acupuncture techniques Dr. Oskardmay can help improve the issues that affect healthy sleep patterns to help patients regain restorative, supportive sleep.

Call (919) 929-1400, email schedule@acudocnc.com or visit our website acudocnc.com to schedule an appointment to learn how natural chiropractic and acupuncture healthcare can help you achieve a healthy weight in the new year and beyond. Located in Chapel Hill just off I-40 and Durham, we look forward to helping you as we have helped thousands since 1995. We can help answer questions about how chiropractic and acupuncture care can help you lose weight or achieve other health goals, and also available to assist you with questions about how to use your health insurance at our office.

Chiropractic Care for Sciatica

Chiropractor Chapel Hill, NC

Whether your back pain is on the left side or the right side, the condition known as sciatica impairs movement and exercises. Lasting, on average, 4-6 weeks or longer, episodes of sciatica can also impair restorative sleep. Caused by irritating pressure on the lumbar spine nerves from the backbones themselves or compression and inflammation along the sciatic nerve path, sciatica afflicts millions of persons in this country each year. Chiropractic care for sciatica with Dr. Lisa Oskardmay DC, LAc at Acupractic Natural Healing Center relieves many from this disabling condition where medications, surgery, and other treatments haven’t worked.

chiropractic care for sciatica

What is the Sciatic Nerve?

The sciatic nerve consists of portions of the lower lumbar spine levels L345 and travels from the low back to the back of the thigh, knee, calf, and ankle. Irritation of this nerve along any portion of this pathway may cause sciatica symptoms, which range from one-sided pain, tingling, or numbness in the hip, back of the leg, foot or toes. There may be a weakness in the hip, thigh, calf, or foot muscles, which may indicate a progression of the ailment. Using hands-on palpation, detailed health history, and orthopedic testing, Dr. Oskardmay evaluates each patient to determine the cause and best treatment for each person individually. If x-rays are required, we can order those, as well.

Causes of Sciatica

Common causes of sciatica include back injury, vertebral spinal stenosis (aka vertebral canal narrowing), disc problems such as herniated discs, or spondylolisthesis (aka vertebral body slippage). Dr. Oskardmay uses chiropractic adjustment, acupuncture, and massage to help with vertebral issues. She also helps patients understand how their home activities may affect their sciatic symptoms. Contributing factors include sitting a lot, lifting heavy objects, wearing tight clothing, using poor posture, weight gain, not exercising. Dr. Oskardmay provides helpful exercises and stretches to help and other beneficial suggestions that do not include drugs, injections, or surgery.

Chiropractic Care for Sciatica Offers Terrific Benefits

Chiropractic care offers terrific benefits for many patients suffering from sciatica. Nonetheless, we advise patients to seek medical care if symptoms persist longer than 4-6 weeks despite care or appear to be worsening. Many patients find that conservative chiropractic care is effective at helping them relieve their pain without medical interventions. Other therapies Dr. Oskardmay can provide include acupuncture, massage, and other physical modalities such as TENS, heat, cold, and auriculotherapy, treatment for sciatica at Acupractic Natural Healing Center helps many.

Medical sciatica approaches include pain killers and muscle relaxers, steroid injections, physical therapy, and possibly surgery, depending on the cause. Conservative, complementary, and alternative medical practices offered at our office provide patients with natural options and potentially avoid surgery or drug therapies that may have adverse side effects.

Call today to schedule your care appointment at (919) 929-1400, or email schedule@acudocnc.com, or visit us online anytime at acudocnc.com to learn more about natural healing methods for sciatica and other health conditions and request an appointment. Happy New Year!

Chiropractic and Acupuncture Alternative Medicine vs. Medications for Back Pain

Chiropractor and Acupuncturist Chapel Hill, NC

25% of Americans living in the US have had back pain in the last three months. Many Americans turn to medications to temporarily relieve their symptoms and, hopefully, provide an opportunity for patients to use other, more lasting, and potentially healing treatments such as PT, chiropractic, acupuncture, and others. Trouble arises, however, when patients utilize medications to cover up symptoms without taking the necessary steps to improve their health in other ways. Drugs invariably have side effects, and some can cause lasting problems. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, the chiropractic and acupuncture alternative medicine offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, we strive to help patients reduce pain and heal naturally without drugs.

Mild over-the-counter analgesics such as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) include commonly used ibuprofen and naproxen (e.g., Motrin and Aleve). These block pain signals but do little to heal the cause of the inflammation that causes pain. Stronger NSAIDs available by prescription only include celecoxib, nabumetone, diclofenac, and meloxicam (e.g., Celebrex, Relafen, Mobic, and Voltaren). Patients should pay close attention to all medication instructions, especially regarding dosage – using any pain medication for more than a few months may lead to intolerance and dependence and increase health risks. For instance, NSAIDs can cause gastroinflammatory problems, liver damage, kidney damage, and ulcers. Avoid alcohol usage with these drugs. Another popular OTC analgesic drug is acetaminophen. While not an NSAID, this product has similar pain-relieving qualities and side effects.

Some patients apply NSAID cremes or patches over painful areas that work similarly to oral NSAIDs with similar side effects. Other pain patches and cremes that do not appear to have negative health consequences include eucalyptus oil, menthol, camphor, and capsaicin—similarly, the application of heat or cold benefits many.

Sometimes a person’s medical doctor will prescribe a muscle relaxant such as Flexeril, Soma, Baclofen, or Zanaflex to relax tight muscles following an acute injury temporarily. Taken for a short duration, medications may help a patient get back to life activities more readily. Side effects for muscle relaxants include drowsiness, and patients need to avoid operating heavy machinery while on these sedating muscle relaxers.

The next level of pain control for back pain is the opiate and other narcotics. These potent medications, such as codeine and morphine, effectively block the pain signals between injured areas and the brain. Used for the short term, these medications may help keep the pain level down so that patients can resume some function. Nonetheless, the side effects of opiates are numerous, and dependence is a huge problem confronting our nation. Additionally, some studies show that long-term usage of opiates makes the pain worse.

Chiropractic and Acupuncture Alternative Medicine

At our chiropractic and alternative medicine healthcare center, Dr. Oskardmay strives to help people get back to a pain-free lifestyle using non-drug methods, including chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage. Combined with electrostimulation, exercise, and other physical therapies, she helps patients heal on many levels to improve function, posture, and balance. She also discusses nutrition and herbal remedies to support healing at home.

For a non-drug approach to healthcare, contact the natural medicine office of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, where, since 1995, she has helped Triangle residents of all ages get back to health. Call us at 919-929-1400 or visit us on the web at acudocnc.com 24 hours a day to learn more and schedule your appointment.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Acupuncturist Chapel Hill, NC

At the acupuncture and chiropractic clinics of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, we understand that many of our patients have never used acupuncture therapy before and may have the question “what does acupuncture feel like?”. Also, some people have had acupuncture treatment performed by different practitioners in the US and other countries and may wonder what to expect at our office.

Acupuncture at our offices is a relaxing treatment designed to ease mental and physical tensions. Dr. Oskardmay uses conversation and physical exam before each treatment to help determine the best treatment options; she uses channel theory related to physical and emotional concerns to choose points. Hands-on palpation and discussion of stress points help doctor and patient understand where imbalance exists to ensure that acupuncture treatment feels relaxing.

Acupuncture Treatment

The treatment room design is comforting, as well. Ambient room temperature, gentle spa music combined with comfortable anti-gravity treatment tables help relax the body and mind. We invite patients to change into commodious clinic clothing available, as needed. A call button is available to request assistance during treatment.

The acupuncture needle is a single-use, sterile, ultra-thin (32-36 gauge) device. Dr. Oskardmay, like all licensed acupuncturists, uses Clean Needle Technique to ensure patient safety. A small hand-held insertion tube guides the acupuncture needle into skin regions, and most patients do not feel the initial insertion of the acupuncture needle.

Depending on tissue and depth and texture and point function and treatment goal, Dr. Oskardmay may mobilize the needle somewhat. Some patients experience a sensation of a dull ache or de qi as the needles remain in the skin for 15-20” time duration, although that is not always the case, and the sensation may come and go. Most patients can relax on the treatment table for the duration of the experience, in a nonmoving, meditative state and profound repose. When Dr. Oskardmay removes the needles, most patients do not feel this process.

Dr. Oskardmay explains each procedure before using acupuncture to help individuals know what to expect. Suppose you are new to this ancient therapy. In that case, you can be confident that you are in good hands at Acupractic Natural Healing Center and Acupuncture at Eastowne. For more than 27 years, Dr. Oskardmay has provided safe and effective alternative medicine therapy. Please note that the description of acupuncture treatment above does not necessarily pertain to DNT or Dry Needling Technique. However, upon request and patient need, Dr. Oskardmay is trained to provide that aspect of care that utilizes acupuncture needles but in a different, more vigorous way.

Visit us online to learn more about how acupuncture and chiropractic can help you feel better. Call 919 929-1400 during office hours or schedule online at acudocnc.com 24 hours a day. We look forward to serving your healthcare needs.