Ancient medicine for modern people

Treating Chronic and Acute Pain, Low-Back Pain, Neck Pain, Cancer Pain, Menstrual Cramps, Endometriosis, and Breast Pain

The acupuncture experience for me was something that added a new dimension of help in my recovery. Having never experienced any kind of surgery before, having bilateral knee replacement surgery was overwhelming. The 3rd day post operatively, I was offered the opportunity for acupuncture. Dr. Fine introduced the proceedure and within 20 minutes into the process, my pain level dropped from 9+ to 3+. By the time the treatment was over, I experienced no pain and felt calm and clear in my thinking besides relief from pain. The effect lasted 5 hours and it was as much relief as medication but with a calmness that medication could not achieve. I continued using pain medication and acupuncture for the next several weeks after leaving the hospital. The treatment added a dimension of relief that was extremely benificial. In addition Dr. Fine has a calming, understanding and accepting attitude that also contributed to my treatment. I am grateful for the experience and help from acupuncture and Dr. Fine´s approach. I would encourage other people experiencing pain and trauma resulting from an illness or surgery to do a trial of acupuncture.

~Jane J., Colorado Springs, CO

Chinese Medicine and Pain Treatment

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is quite effective in treating a wide range of both chronic and acute pain conditions. Areas of pain I address include: neck pain, sciatica, TMJ, arthritis, and abdominal and digestive pain, cancer pain, sinusitis, plantar fasciitis, neuropathy and post-surgical pain. You can obtain relief from low back pain, fibromyalgia and migraine headaches, to many gynecological issues including menstrual cramps, endometriosis, and breast pain.

My treatments include acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional counseling. I also work with your other medical specialists to integrate acupuncture and herbal remedies into your existing treatment plan.

Low-Back Pain

Up to 80 percent of people worldwide suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. According to a study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain, acupuncture is a safe and effective procedure for low-back pain, with remarkable effects lasting six months or longer for some individuals.

Fibromyalgia

A chronic condition characterized by pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue and insomnia, fibromyalgia generally affects more women than men. A Mayo Clinic study showed that patients receiving acupuncture reported a noticeable reduction in symptoms.

Migraines and Tension Headaches

Tension headaches feature a constant, dull pain that starts at the back of the head or in the forehead and spreads over the entire head. Migraines are characterized by a sharp, throbbing pain that is often in one side of the head, as well as symptoms that include nausea, visual auras, and dizziness. Migraines are often triggered by stress, menstruation, food allergies, and muscular tension. My treatment plan for you may include five to ten acupuncture sessions over a two- to four-week period. Herbal medicine, supplements and dietary and lifestyle changes are often prescribed.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy occurs when peripheral nerves are damaged due to lack of circulation, chemical imbalance, or trauma. It is commonly seen in patients with type II diabetes, HIV, or as a side effect from chemotherapy. Pain is often characterized by numbness or tingling in the hands and feet. Acupuncture can be quite effective at giving relief for this challenging condition, when little else may often be of help.

© 2009 Elizabeth Fine, LAc, DOM

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