Micropoint Stimulation: Painless Acupuncture by Tampa St. Pete’s Medical Acupuncturist

Posted by Anne Hermann on Thu, May 10, 2012 @ 11:03 AM

Microcurrent Point Stimulation is a technique in which an acupuncturist, physical therapist or massage therapist applies low frequency, DC current stimulation to acupuncture and trigger points.  It is FDA approved and often covered by insurance as part of a physical therapy treatment.  The treatment takes 5 to 15 minutes.  It feels like a buzzing on the surface of the skin.  Micropoint stimulation is a well proven method for pain management.  It can be used on its own or with physical therapy to give improvement in pain above physical therapy alone.

If you are considering acupuncture, but are afraid of needles, microcurrent point stimulation is a safe, effective way to have the benefits of acupuncture without needles.  Many patients request laser acupuncture.  This is a technique in which low level lasers is applied to acupuncture points.  While we have the laser required for laser acupuncture, we do not use it much. Painless acupuncture without needles is better than laser acupuncture. Microcurrent Point Stimulation is better proven by studies and is the method we prefer to use.

Anne Hermann, MD is double board certified in Internal Medicine and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. To schedule your appointment, please call 813-902-9559.

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Trigger Point Injections for Pain Management: From Tampa and St Petersburg’s Holistic Pain Doctor

Posted by Anne Hermann on Fri, May 04, 2012 @ 07:04 AM

Dr. Anne Hermann

Most adults have small, tender, damaged areas inside muscles called trigger points.  They are the size of a pencil eraser and feel like a knot when you press on them.  They can be in any muscle, including the neck, jaw, back, shoulder, hip, arm and leg muscles.  Trigger points are caused by injury or overusing a muscle.

A doctor performs trigger point injections by injecting into the trigger point.  The fluid injected can be sterile saline, lidocaine, steroid or herbal anti-inflammatory such as Trameel.  Trigger points have scar tissue inside them that prevents healthy blood flow.  The fluid breaks up the knot so that the muscle will relax and normal blood flow can return to the area.  Often, the patient will feel a muscle ‘release’ as when the knot is injected.

Trigger point injections are safe and often covered by insurance.  They can provide significant relief for many pain syndromes.  In our clinic, we also perform trigger point release with pressure or “dry needling” in which we needle the trigger point to release the knot, but do not inject fluid.

Learn how acupuncture point injection therapy and trigger point injection work together to eliminate pain at Dr. Terry Graham’s blog: http://www.doctorhermann.com/blog/bid/129100/Acupuncture-Treatments-Tampa-St-Pete-Acupoint-Injection-Therapy.  Even Dr. Oz has supports trigger point injections as an alternate cure for pain:http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/alternative-cure-biopuncture

Anne Hermann, MD is double board certified in Internal Medicine and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. To schedule your consult, please call 813-902-9559.

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