Complementary Medicine for Pain Relief
Approximately 100 million U.S. adults suffer from chronic pain. This common condition drives the greatest number of patients to seek treatment using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Some reasons that patients might seek complementary medicine for pain relief are because pharmaceuticals are ineffective or too expensive, or they do not want to become dependent on their medications or suffer side effects. Dr. Bret Mosher offers acupuncture and other non-pharmacologic pain management therapies to patients seeking to explore their options outside of or in addition to standard medical care. Using a functional medicine approach that treats the whole person, Dr. Mosher develops highly individualized treatment plans that can treat your pain and revitalize your health. To learn more about using complementary medicine for pain relief, schedule a consultation at our office in Poway today.
A Different Approach to Pain Management
It is common for chronic pain to be accompanied by poor sleep, difficulty functioning, depression, and anxiety—a snowball effect that encroaches on virtually every area of a patient’s life. Dr. Mosher’s functional approach can be an effective way to address the range of problems that can result from chronic pain. Instead of focusing on symptoms and individual body parts, his approach seeks the root cause of disease and views the body as one integrated system. It empowers patients to gain control of their own wellness, and stop the spiral of decline that so often accompanies chronic pain.
Your treatment plan will be completely customized to you. First, Dr. Mosher will perform a very thorough evaluation and physical exam to diagnose the underlying cause of your pain. Since acupuncture treatments consistently deliver excellent pain relief, they often are recommended for patients seeking relief from chronic pain. Dr. Mosher is a state-licensed acupuncturist with decades of experience, and recent clinical evidence cited by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports the use of acupuncture to help manage the following types of pain:
- Back Pain: Comprehensive and combined analyses from 2007 and 2012 found fair evidence that acupuncture is helpful for chronic low-back pain.
- Osteoarthritis: Combined analysis from 2012 on several studies indicated that acupuncture can be helpful for osteoarthritis pain; an earlier review from 2010 reached similar conclusions for osteoarthritis of the knee or hip.
- Headaches: A 2012 combined analysis of several studies indicated that acupuncture can be helpful for headaches and may reduce the frequency of tension headaches and migraines.
- Neck Pain: A small amount of evidence exists that acupuncture may be helpful for neck pain.
Dr. Mosher offers several other natural pain relief therapies in addition to acupuncture. With relaxation techniques, he can show you how to reduce your pain and also help you deal more effectively with it. Advanced clinical nutrition is another way Dr. Mosher can help. By making changes to your diet based on your unique metabolic type and biochemical expression, you can ease chronic pain and promote function and vitality. Dr. Mosher also prescribes non-toxic Chinese herbal blends to treat the source of disease instead of merely masking its symptoms.
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When selecting a complementary healthcare practitioner, it is important to choose an expert to help guide you in the use of natural therapies safely and wisely. Dr. Mosher is a doctor of oriental medicine with over forty years of experience helping patients optimize their health and improve their quality of life. To learn how Dr. Mosher’s customized treatments can help you, contact our warm, caring staff today.