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!


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.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Chiropractic and Acupuncture Care

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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.

What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and How Can It Benefit You?

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People recognize the strength of acupuncture treatment to reduce body pain, headaches, insomnia and stress, nausea, and even enhance fertility. But many people need to be aware that this aspect of Chinese medicine can also improve facial appearance, lessen wrinkles, and lift sagging skin. Also known as cosmetic acupuncture or acupuncture facelift, Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a safer alternative to surgery or Botox that improves overall skin health while addressing the signs of aging. Users say it helps the skin look younger, healthier, and naturally smother without toxic injections or costly surgical procedures. As a licensed acupuncturist trained in Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture, Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill enjoys helping clients naturally regain a more youthful appearance.

Acupuncture is a popular, safe body and mind treatment used worldwide. Dr. Lisa Oskardmay follows strict guidelines to maintain her client’s safety. Before starting facial acupuncture sessions, the client and doctor review past medical history via a health history intake form and physical review. Dr. Oskardmay performs a pulse assessment and examines the skin and other areas to determine overall body health and areas of qi stagnation. She believes fully in the ability of acupuncture and other natural treatments to improve overall body health, a requisite to looking and feeling better.

Facial Rejuvenation Treatment

Each facial rejuvenation treatment begins with massage and aromatherapy. Using tiny, thin acupuncture needles, she insets into specific regions and points; Dr. Oskardmay helps to stimulate qi flow in the face and surrounding areas. Following gentle point stimulation, clients rest comfortably on the treatment table with calming spa music, warm ambiance, soothing scents, and breathing instructions designed to awaken the body’s inner healer.

While most treatment points are in the face, Dr. Oskardmay also chooses several body points along specific meridians or channels to support qi flow in particular areas. All elements- wood, fire, earth, metal, and water- exist in the face as much as they live in the limbs and other body areas; imbalance in any of these areas is portrayed in the face, and acupuncture generally helps to resolve the imbalance.

For instance, the eyes are the opening of the wood channel. Stagnation of wood qi may impede qi flow to the organs of vision and reflect in areas surrounding the eyes. The tongue and blood reflect fire qi, and too much or too little fire element may show in the face as pale and sallowness. Earth qi manifests in the muscles and the mouth area. Wrinkles around the mouth and worry lines suggest earth element imbalance. The nose region reflects the metal element. Pore size, the sense of smell, and other aspects show balance in the metal element. Lastly, one sees the water element in the eyes, surrounding creases, and musculature.

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a safe, helpful method to improve overall facial and body appearance. Dr. Oskardmay loves helping patients look and feel better naturally using this acupuncture subspeciality. Call today at 919-929-1400 to learn more about how acupuncture can help you. Serving the Durham, Chapel Hill, and wider Triangle region, Acupractic Natural Healing Center in Chapel Hill is here for you. Or visit us online at acudocnc.com anytime to learn more and to schedule an appointment. Open Monday through Friday, we hope to see you soon!


Does Insurance Cover Acupuncture?

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As the popularity of acupuncture treatment for many conditions grows, more insurance plans offer acupuncture benefits. This is terrific news for patients who need care for conditions such as headaches, back and neck pain, shoulder aches, carpel tunnel, infertility, insomnia, and many other disorders acupuncture helps. Nonetheless, insurance coverage for acupuncture must be more consistent between plans, and coverage guidelines may be hard to understand. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, we know this and strive to help each patient with insurance questions related to our acupuncture and chiropractic.

Patients may need to go into their insurance plan’s online search database to determine if acupuncture is a covered benefit. Four principal codes are available for acupuncture benefits, as indicated by the following ICD (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems) codes. 97810 means the first 15″ of acupuncture treatment, 97811 is the second 15″, 97813 indicates the first 15″ of electro-acupuncture treatment, and 97814 is the dual 15″. One can use these codes to determine if one’s plan covers acupuncture services.

An insurance carrier may list acupuncture treatment as a covered service under a particular plan. However, when one searches for an acupuncture provider, they often do not find any listed providers. An insurance plan may cover acupuncture treatment provided by licensed acupuncturists, but they do not contract with any licensed acupuncturists. Instead, they cover acupuncture services when provided by certain providers- Participating medical doctors or doctors of chiropractic, for example, certified to practice acupuncture and participating with that particular insurance plan.

Alternatively, some insurance plans cover acupuncture services for licensed acupuncturists (LAc.). In this scenario, one should be able to find a list of LAc. Participating providers when searching for their plan for LAc. Or acupuncturists.

Acupuncture is a recognized therapy for a wide variety of health conditions, ranging from pain to infertility, insomnia to stress. However, few insurance plans pay for all treatments for all diseases. Be sure to ask about this and any other coverage limitations.

Call our office today at (919) 929-1400 to learn more about how acupuncture can help you and about insurance coverage. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, an acupuncture and chiropractic healing center for the Triangle since 1995, we love to help people get well and stay well naturally. Our helpful front desk staff will assist you and verify your insurance benefits before care so that you know what to expect. Visit us online anytime to learn more about how natural medical care improves health and well-being, reduces aches and pain, and schedule an appointment.

Questions People Ask About Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is a popular complementary and alternative medical treatment in this country and worldwide. Nonetheless, many people have questions regarding this type of healthcare. Frequent questions include: Is Acupuncture real? Is it safe? Is Acupuncture covered by Medicare or other forms of insurance? Is it effective? Is it a scam or pseudoscience? Is acupuncture treatment safe during pregnancy? Is it good for low back pain? Do acupuncturists treat sports injuries? Does Acupuncture help fertility? What are the benefits of acupuncture treatment? Is there an acupuncturist near me that takes insurance? Read more about questions people ask about acupuncture.

In this blog post, I will tackle the first question- Is Acupuncture real? For answers to other questions people ask about acupuncture, visit our webpage: Acudocnc.com, or call the office of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay LAc, DC, at (919) 929-1400, or come in for a consultation. Located in Chapel Hill in Eastowne Hills and serving the Triangle region since 1995 with quality acupuncture and chiropractic, we look forward to helping you.

Is Acupuncture Real?

Acupuncture is real. According to a branch of the NIH called the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health, for more than 2,500 years, acupuncture practitioners have used fine needles to treat many health conditions. Initially a branch of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture has gained worldwide support since 1970; Acupuncture is used in 80% of the world’s countries. Acupuncturists may manipulate acupuncture needles manually or with a small electric current (electroacupuncture).

Imaging studies on the brains of humans and animals show that Acupuncture may affect nervous system function. Other studies show Acupuncture’s effects on connective tissue such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, Dr. Lisa Oskardmay uses Acupuncture as part of a holistic treatment regimen to effect needed changes in the body and mind.

Many studies show that ‘real’ acupuncture treatment is more effective than no treatment and more effective than ‘sham’ or fake medicine. Many patients with back and neck pain, knee pain from osteoarthritis, or post-operative pain know that Acupuncture helps them. Additionally, Acupuncture can help reduce joint pain from cancer therapy, such as breast cancer aromatase inhibitor treatment. Analysis of data from more than 6,000 participants who had painful conditions such as back pain, headaches, or osteoarthritis show that the benefits of acupuncture treatment continued for more than a year or more after treatment. Other research described by the NCCIH shows the use of Acupuncture for non-pain conditions such as allergies, stress incontinence, nausea and vomiting from cancer treatment, and asthma.

At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, our patients enjoy the full benefit of Acupuncture, spinal and joint mobilization chiropractic, and soft tissue massage. Acupuncture provides natural relief for many people worldwide, and in our office, we are proud to offer treatments that help people get well naturally. Open Monday to Friday, we accept new patients and look forward to helping you get the answers and healthcare you need. Call us today at (919) 929-1400, email us at schedule@acudocnc.com or schedule online at acudocnc.com.


Acupuncture Practitioners and Acupuncturists in the U.S.

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Acupuncture is an ancient healing regimen in some countries, only relatively recently discovered by us Westerners. The practice of this ancient medicine has changed over time – laws surrounding its course have changed, and the procedure itself has evolved. Patients and consumers benefit from knowing how acupuncture can help them, and guidelines surrounding the practice help to safeguard everyone. At the acupuncture and chiropractic offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, we enjoy helping patients understand how acupuncture can benefit them. As a fully licensed North Carolina acupuncturist, Dr. Oskardmay can safely and effectively provide acupuncture services independently or in addition to chiropractic care for patients desiring both.

According to the NCBI, acupuncture started in China about 5000 years ago. The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, dating back to 100 BCE, describes acupuncture as an organized system of diagnosis and treatment relying on knowledge of qi flow along channels of energy flow in the body. Over time, the discovery of acupuncture points along channels helped to standardize treatments and regimens. Modern-day acupuncturists continue to use acupuncture channels and point to this day because the acupuncture system is logical and works.

Nonetheless, the practice of needle therapy in China was always limited; with warnings that it was dangerous, hardly any of China’s 400 Emperors received the treatment, and, in 1822, the Imperial Medical Academy abolished acupuncture and moxibustion. In 1954, the development of ‘Traditional’ Acupuncture brought a new, very different form of acupuncture to China.

While still reliant on the fundamental concepts of yin and yang energy flow in the body, modern-day TCM practitioners utilize health issues, anxiety, stress, digestive disturbances, and more. Acupuncturists use palpation and other diagnostic criteria before inserting tiny sterile needles to low to moderate depths to stimulate energy or Qi flow and get effective results more safely today. Japanese acupuncture emphasizes even more gentle needle stimulation, shorter depth of penetration, and smaller needles than Chinese acupuncture. Highly trained acupuncturists like Dr. Lisa Oskardmay can use tiny, fine needles inserted to small depths to get desired results without the risk of nerve or muscle damage.

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as beneficial for treating pain, headaches, stress, digestive disturbances, anxiety, PMS, insomnia, and more. Acupuncture treatment can be relaxing and meditative. When used with chiropractic care at our office, acupuncture following manual or activator adjusting joints and muscles is extremely helpful.

For safe and effective alternative medicine healthcare emphasizing acupuncture, call us today. 919 929-1400, visit us online at acudocnc.com any time to learn more, or email us at schedule@acudocnc.com.

Helping to heal the Triangle naturally since 1995, the acupuncture and chiropractic offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay DC, LAc., a fully licensed North Carolina acupuncturist, are here for you.


How Often Should I Visit My Acupuncturist?

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Acupuncture treatment helps people in many ways- from stress reduction to managing aches and pains. Many people find that regular acupuncture care relieves menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and cramping, whereas others find it helps their insomnia. Natural acupuncture care from a qualified, licensed acupuncturist soothes numerous ailments. Numerous people in the Triangle include an acupuncturist in their healthcare team. How often should I visit my acupuncturist? Read more to find out.

The Question of How Often to Visit an Acupuncturist is a Personal One

The question of how often to visit an acupuncturist is a personal one. At the acupuncture clinic of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, LAc. in Chapel Hill, she finds that patients benefit from seeing the holistic healthcare center at least once every couple of months but then more frequently when problems arise; for instance, one person may want to schedule an appointment on a bi-monthly basis for regular check-ups and care, but then call if they suffer an injury or illness that makes them feel uncomfortable. Others choose to schedule once a month for routine maintenance or even more frequently because they find that care helps them reduce the need for other interventions, such as pain medications. The decision of how often to come in for care is personal.

Nonetheless, following an initial visit to our office, we recommend a treatment plan for patients. A treatment plan helps patients align their healthcare goals with accurate, helpful options. For example, a patient who has had headaches for several years will likely find it beneficial to receive acupuncture care two to three times a week for several weeks, then increase spacing between visits to once a week as progress occurs. Similarly, someone who has just suffered a motor vehicle accident benefits from more routine care in the first month or even two as the body heals. Dr. Oskardmay teaches patients how to use their innate relaxation response to further their healing between visits. It takes the body and mind to heal, to get better, and someone cannot rush their recovery.

Alternately, sometimes people do not have big healthcare problems and want to come in for care on an as-needed basis. Many choose to schedule a follow-up appointment weeks or months in the future. Acupuncture, massage, exercises and nutrition counseling, and chiropractic provided by Dr.Oskardmay at our Acupuncture at Eastowne Clinic are available to anyone who wishes to experience natural healing in a safe, comfortable environment.

If you or a loved one is interested in natural medicine, call us today at (919) 929-1400 or visit our website 24 hours a day to learn how ancient therapy can rejuvenate you.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

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The practice of acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny acupuncture needles into the body to stimulate qi or energy flow. Sometimes people wonder if the treatment hurts and may avoid the helpful therapy because of this concern. Nonetheless, when performed by an experienced professional acupuncturist such as Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, acupuncture should not hurt. Many people find the experience very relaxing; some even fall asleep during the therapy.

Points on the hands and feet may be more sensitive because these areas contain more sensory nerves than others. Additionally, people may experience more sensation from acupuncture in tightness and muscle contraction areas. Before treatment, Dr. Lisa performs palpation and massage to begin the relaxation process; be sure to let her know of any undue discomfort you may experience during treatment. A call button is also available at your side during your time at the table.

Acupuncture Needles

Modern acupuncture needles range in size from very small 7 mm or ¼ inch to 150 mm or 6 inches, and skinny 44 gauge or .12mm diameter to large 26 gauge or .40 mm. Additionally, acupuncturists may use press tacks that are extra small. Tiny and thin needles are appropriate for use in delicate areas such as the face, ear, hands, and feet or for very sensitive people. Acupuncturists may use large needles for regions such as the buttocks. We commonly use acupuncture needles at our office ranging in size from half to one inch and 32 to 36 gauge. Because of the small size, many people refer to the acupuncture needle as the ‘painless needle’.

Most acupuncture needles today are made of stainless steel, occasionally silver or gold. The needles are divided into five parts: tip, body, root, handle, and tail. The tip and body enter the patient, and the practitioner uses the handle and tail to mobilize the needle. The root connects the body and handle of the needle. Acupuncture needle tips are (surprisingly) blunt, which, for their tiny size, has less chance of cutting the tissue it enters than a sharper needle. In our office and others, the acupuncturist uses a small disposable guide tube to introduce the acupuncture needle. This guide tube helps to reduce pain sensation as it distends the skin around the insertion point before entry.

Acupuncturists use the ‘Clean Needle Technique’ technique to ensure patient and practitioner safety. After treatment, needles are disposed of in needle disposal boxes.

Modern acupuncture is safe, gentle, and effective for various health conditions, from pain to stress relief. Call today at (919) 929-1400, email us at schedule@acudocnc.com or schedule online at acudocnc.com. Located in Chapel Hill, Dr. Lisa Oskardmay has offered acupuncture and chiropractic services since 1995.

Comparison of Chiropractic and Acupuncture

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Chiropractic and acupuncture are both holistic healthcare practices that aim to help people without emphasis on medications or surgery. These two natural healthcare methods have different origins and techniques, but they work well together to help the body heal itself. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, NC, patients can receive the benefits of each treatment in one location. Read more about the comparison of chiropractic and acupuncture. 

Origins of Acupuncture

Acupuncture arose in Asia some three thousand years ago. The first documentation of acupuncture in The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine described it as an organized system of diagnosis and treatment. Acupuncturists use tiny filiform needles to stimulate qi or energy flow in body channels to improve healing response. Acupuncture treats various conditions, including pain, anxiety, digestion, etc.

Origins of Chiropractic

On the other hand, chiropractic was developed in the United States to cure disease and illness without drugs. Its founder, DD Palmer, in the late 1800s, studied the spinal structure and the ancient art of moving the body with the hands (adjustment). Today’s chiropractic strives to support spinal alignment and joint motion of the spine and extremities to improve nerve flow and overall body balance and function. While many people think chiropractic only works on back pain, studies show it benefits many other areas. Chiropractic patients worldwide report improvements in headaches, stress relief, hip and shoulder pain, and hormonal problems with chiropractic care.

Both acupuncture and chiropractic emphasize full-body integration rather than just symptoms. Both healing methods benefit musculoskeletal pain, such as neck and back problems, sciatica, and headaches. They are also helpful in addressing nervous system problems such as sciatica and carpel tunnel syndrome or plantar fasciitis.

Some acupuncturists use massage and other manual therapy techniques, and some chiropractors use acupuncture in their offices. Combining natural healing methods benefits patients who receive a more comprehensive and practical approach to their healthcare. Nonetheless, patients must find a qualified and experienced practitioner in each field, as all chiropractors or acupuncturists regularly practice both. Practice, education and experience in chiropractic and acupuncture benefit our patients daily.

As a licensed acupuncturist and Doctor of Chiropractic, serving the Triangle Community since 1995, Dr. Lisa Oskardmay enjoys helping people get well using a combination of chiropractic and acupuncture. Contact our office today to learn more about the comparison of chiropractic and acupuncture and to see how alternative and complementary medicine, chiropractic, and acupuncture can benefit you. Call 919-929-1400 or visit us online at acudocnc.com.

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