A Holistic Approach to Orthopedics - Part II
Updated: Nov 7
THE FIRST SESSION
We begin treatment with an assessment of the areas that the patient expresses concern about. Then treatment commences with either acupuncture or some light Tui na. These therapies are sometimes preceded or followed by any combination of stimulation to Motor points or Trigger points and/or electro-stimulation. After the acupuncture treatment we employ Tui Na (Chinese medical massage) and possibly manual manipulation (Chinese Orthopedics) to help align and “smooth” the patient's muscles and joint spaces.
We finish with a discussion about desk or sleep position and assign the patient a corrective exercise related to the injury to help maintain what we’ve accomplished during the session. This allows the patient to continue to work with their issue at home in between treatments and is a proactive way to get them involved in their healing.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT
Sometimes patients will feel sore after the first treatment, as we are moving and rebalancing muscles that have likely been stuck for a while - much like what you might feel after a gym workout - when you haven't exercised for a while. However, after 24 hours or so, most patients report increased range of motion, flexibility and a relaxed feeling in the muscles or joints that have been treated during the session.
Every condition is different of course, but our holistic approach creates a re-balancing and restoration of the patient's whole body, which relieves the tension and stress the system has been experiencing. We discuss this during the first treatment and outline the natural progression from the "sympathetic" phase, where the body is on constant alert, to the parasympathetic phase, where the "exhale" happens, and where at least partial function returns. Though the original pain may not be completely gone, it is most times considerably better as we move towards stabilization of the health issue.
MAINTENANCE TREATMENT SCHEDULE
After we've stabilized a patient's condition, we recommend that the patient return for what we call "Maintenance" treatments. Old habits have a way of creeping in and sometimes a patient will either lapse with the exercises we have recommended or
re-injure a recently recovered area.
For 3-6 months after recovery from an injury, certain areas of the body can be vulnerable to re-injury if the patient moves too quickly back to full workouts or even new training. Excited that their body feels well they may dive back in without caution. The Maintenance program is designed to help maintain our patient's recovery and provides feedback as to which activities would be advised and which to steer clear of.
We are always available for questions and direction. We feel it important for our patients to understand that after recovery from an injury the next steps should be approached with guidance and perspective. We offer that option to every patient whether they are a top athlete or a weekend sports enthusiast.
Optimal function is our goal and we strive with every session to help our patients ultimately move toward self-care.
Phil Veneziano, M.S, L.Ac.
Seven Point Wellness is an Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Clinic located at 187 Millburn Ave., Suite #101 in Millburn, NJ, in the Trader Joe / CVS Business Complex.
We are an easy drive from Maplewood, South Orange, Short Hills, Livingston and most cities in Union, Morris and Essex County, NJ. We are also an easy walk from the New Jersey Transit via bus or train.
Give us a call if you have any questions!
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