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acupuncture after surgery to help with pain

dbullwinkelddbullwinkel Posts: 224
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Alternative Treatments
Has anyone used acupuncture as a way to deal with muscle spasms and pain due to healing from surgery?
My brother (cardiologist) suggested I ask my surgeon about it as a way to decrease pain meds. I trust his opinion, haven't asked the doctor yet, but was looking for experiences from members.


  • I tried it BEFORE surgery-for my neck and back. It did NOTHING for me but waste my time. If you are desperate enough, you will try everything. What would it hurt to try it?
  • I also tried it before with no luck..but was thinking now that problem is (hopefully)fixed the acupuncture would target muscle spasms, etc. i will ask my doctor friday when I go.
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  • That does acupuncture for me, a person either does or does not respond well to acupuncture. Another possibility is the person placing the needles doesn't really know what they are doing. Some just follow charts without fully understanding what they are doing.

    It never hurts to try. Oops, maybe it does. =))

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,348
    I know people who had great success with acupuncture and for myself I had about a 50-50 success rate.
    Some of it does depend on your own situation and what the problems are, but as "C" mentioned, a lot of it depends on who administers the acupuncture.
    Understanding the qualifications of the person that is going to provide you with some sort of medical treatment is so important.
    You should always ask to see the person's qualifications. Two areas where I have first hand knowledge is Acupuncture and Deep Tissue Massage.

    There are really no regulations on who can claim they do deep tissue massage. So, almost anyone can hang a sign out saying that they do that. After going to a person who specializes in that, I wanted to test a few other locations. Five minutes after talking to a person at a massage shop, it was clear they had zero idea what real deep tissue massage was about. I have seen other business offices that say they do acupuncture. Look into the qualifications on how to be come a person that can do it. Its so simple, so almost anyone can say they do it.

    So, when its your body on the line, you owe it to yourself to question the person who is going to perform medical treatments. Quiz them, ask to see credentials, etc. The ones that are really qualified will have no problem with this. The ones that get the training on a match book cover will have problems.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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