When Patients Turn to Alternative Therapies

Dry Needling is Acupuncture | Rivertown AcupunctureLiving in our technologically advanced society, it’s easy to think that the solution to a problem is just a screen tap away. However, when it comes to our health, finding the answer can sometimes be challenging. And when a health condition begins to limit the capacity to live a full life, it’s not hard to understand why some of us may try anything to regain our well-being.

As the New York Times reports in its review of Susannah Meadows’ new book The Other Side of Impossible, some people facing seemingly insoluble health burdens such as rheumatoid arthritis, severe food allergies, or even ADHD, seek out alternatives to traditional Western medicine so that they can find a remedy for the ailment that is causing so them so much pain and distress.

These people persevere in the face of adversity despite having hit a dead end. In one case, a woman who had been confined to a wheelchair and diagnosed with a progressive form of multiple sclerosis that Western medicine could not treat well, tried a diet that eliminated grains, dairy, and sugar but included berries, vegetables, and grass-fed beef. She also incorporated neuromuscular electrical stimulation and exercise into her health care regimen.

Within a year, she was free of the wheelchair and able to ride a bicycle. Having been told she would have to live with the condition, she refused to accept that conclusion and her hard work eventually paid off. Such tenacity demonstrates that sometimes being open to an alternative form of therapy can make a difference when pursuing better health.

Here at Rivertown Acupuncture, I also see patients who are suffering from a mystery illness or are unable to get a clear diagnosis from medical professionals. They can feel like they’re going around in circles consulting one specialist after another, becoming frustrated as a resolution seems impossible to obtain. In those cases a careful, patient, holistic course of acupuncture treatment can shed much needed light on underlying issues causing a patient’s suffering. I also employ muscular electric stimulation as a part of acupuncture treatment for some patients.

Commitment to finding a path to better health, even in the face of challenging obstacles, can sometimes make the difference in achieving a resolution to a health issue. If you haven’t yet explored alternative therapies like acupuncture, it may be worth discovering how they can help you improve your well-being.