Post-Surgical Help

Chiropractor and Acupuncturist Chapel Hill, NC

Following a surgical procedure, many people need help dealing with post-surgical status and healing, in general. At Acupractic Natural Healing center, the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, we sometimes see patients struggling with the aftermath of surgery. We enjoy helping them with treatments and helpful guidance. Read more to learn how Dr. Lisa Oskardmay strives to assist patients with post-surgical help.

Sometimes surgery is unexpected- the result of an accident or other situation that took one by surprise. In cases like these, it is essential to rely on a friend or family member to be present when talking with caretakers in the surgical ward or hospital to get as much advice as possible because the patient may be groggy from experience. Getting appropriate after-care as soon as possible is crucial for good recovery, and having available help will assist in this vital step. Patients may want to get permission and use the recording function of their phones to record doctors’ orders, if possible. Trying to keep all paperwork in one location is helpful, as well.

Some aspects of home life may be more difficult when you get home. People who live alone have different issues than persons who have help nearby. If the patient’s role is that of caretaker to another person or even an animal, that raises additional concerns. Nonetheless, taking the time to consider needs before problems arise is a good way to avoid unnecessary trouble later.

After some surgery, bathing, cooking, moving from one room to another may be difficult. Take time to assess your needs and help you be safe. Do you need a grab bar installed in the tub or shower? Is the thing you need in easy reach to keep you from needing to bend over or move too much? In the kitchen, do you have adequate and healthy food? Are cooking supplies easily accessible? Could you use some help uncluttering your space to facilitate safe passage into and out of rooms? Can you get into and out of bed quickly? Do you have a way to contact help if you fall or need assistance any time of day? Do you have a place to sit and relax that supports good posture and is comfortable? Is lighting adequate in the home pleasing to easily see?

Other aspects of self-care after surgery may include wound care and medication management. These vital aspects require careful planning and understanding of a lot of information. Take notes and ask for help whenever needed. Make sure to have appropriate supplies and pill organization holders at the ready if needed.

At our office, Dr. Oskardmay, enjoys helping patients recognize ways to get the help they need. During an office visit before or after surgery, consider the questions above when thinking about home care. Ask a friend to help shop for needed items or order things online and have them delivered, if at all possible.

Part of natural care is taking the steps needed to heal well at home. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center chiropractic and acupuncture offices in Chapel Hill, we strive to help patients get well and stay well. Call 919-929-1400 to learn more about post-surgical help or to schedule an appointment today or visit us online at acudocnc.com 24 hours a day to see how we can help you heal naturally.

Natural Healing for the Best Valentine’s Day

natural healing methodsValentine’s Day is a favorite among many of us. Natural healing methods can help make it more enjoyable. Let’s count the ways that Chiropractic and acupuncture at Triangle-based Acupractic Natural Healing Center with Dr. Lisa Oskardmay C, LAc. can help.

  1. Chiropractic and acupuncture help to reduce pain.
  2. Chiropractic and acupuncture improve flexibility.
  3. Chiropractic and acupuncture reduce shoulder pain.
  4. Chiropractic and acupuncture reduce neck pain.
  5. Acupuncture helps with weight loss.
  6. Chiropractic improves posture.
  7. Chiropractic improves nerve flow to vital organs.
  8. Acupuncture enhances qi flow throughout the body.

Pain reduction makes every Day better. Non-drug pain reduction techniques at a natural healing center like ours are especially beneficial because the focus is on prevention and long-term results without adverse side effects. Dr. Oskardmay adjusts spinal misalignments to restore pain-free spinal range of motion. Acupuncture used to reduce pain does so by building relaxation and balancing autonomic nervous system response. She also applies massage, which soothes soreness away, as well.

A flexible body can bend over backward to make Valentine’s Day more enjoyable. The hands-on or Activator chiropractic adjustment helps to improve flexibility by improving joint mobility and ligament function. Acupuncture can help to reduce trigger points in muscles, which enhances overall muscle flexibility. Dr. Oskardmay can also employ TENS unit electrostimulation or hot pack application, or other treatments to relieve strength and ligament tightness where needed.

Sore shoulders make it hard to hug, so consider Triangle Acupuncture and Chiropractic care to prevent shoulder pain. The lower cervical vertebrae relay nerve input to the shoulders. The large trapezius and latissimus muscles, which are the shoulders’ primary movers, also cover the whole back into the neck. Chiropractic care of the back and neck affect the shoulders in fundamental ways. Acupuncture balances qi flow and reduces stagnation in the metal and wood and fire channels that impact the shoulders.

Neck pain will affect kissing, tilting the head, and many other things. Dr. Oskardmay uses hands-on gentle chiropractic adjustments to reduce spinal subluxations that cause neck pain. A licensed acupuncturist, she also understands how to use acupuncture meridians to heal neck pain. Relaxing acupuncture applied to impacted channels reduces neck pain, as well.

Acupuncture, shown to help improve satiety and willpower, helps many people lose weight. Dr. Oskardmay also enjoys helping patients understand how food choices and other daily habits impact their weight. As a licensed chiropractic physician, she helps restore vertebral alignment, assisting people to stand taller with less pain and better posture, which presents a more attractive countenance for Valentine’s Day and every day.

Acupuncture and Chiropractic both work to improve each body’s innate healthy response. Balancing Qi flow and enhancing nerve flow are natural healing methods that can help you this Valentine’s Day and any day. Call us at 919-929-1400, email schedule@acudocnc.com or visit our website acudocnc.com anytime to schedule your self-care appointment and make every Day lovely.

Electro acupuncture shown to stimulate stem cell production and release in the body.

Stem cell therapy is a fairly new, but increasingly widely used medical treatment for many conditions. Promise using stem cell injections has been shown for rotator cuff repair, knee tendonitis, Parkinsonism and even Type 1 diabetes.  Stem cells derived from the recipient’s own body or another source are injected into specific regions to promote tissue regrowth and repair- stem cells then attach and rebuild missing or damaged tissue. While not FDA approved, the treatment holds promise and clinics are moving forward to provide such treatments. Nonethless, there are dangers and risks associated with this new treatment.

The human body utilizes stem cells naturally to heal itself in virtually every organ, muscle, ligament is contains. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could increase our own healing response internally using stem cells our body already makes?

In the NIH grant funded medical journal Stem Cells Journal (May 2017) (https://stemcellsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/stem.2613), its authors show that electro-acupuncture applied to specific points in the body stimulates significant release of stem cells by action of the hypothalamus. Release of stem cells may provide another reason why acupuncture treatment helps improve healing for such conditions as arthritis and asthma.  With the production of stem cells occuring in ones own body, this may obviate the need for harvesting and injection of stem cells back onto the body, a costly and potentially more dangerous route than allowing the body to use its own resources, stimulated by electroacupuncture.

People who receive acupuncture frequently experience healing on several levels. Stimulation of pluripotent stem cells may be one mechanism of action.

 

Serving the communities of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, Hillsborough, and the rest of the NC Triangle

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

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