Acupuncture: Recovery from Surgery

 

Are you facing surgery? Worried about your recovery after surgery?

Did you know that acupuncture has been scientifically shown to reduce post-operative pain and to diminish the need for post-op pain medication?

Surgeries can be intimidating, scary and even cause physical and emotional distress. But a recent study at Duke University has shown that acupuncture can be a real benefit to anyone who is facing or recently recovering from major surgery.

Anesthesiologists from Duke studied the findings from more than fifteen different acupuncture tests and found that it is best to receive acupuncture both BEFORE and AFTER surgery. Another great thing about this study is that is showed that pre- and post-surgery acupuncture treatments significantly reduced the need for opiates and the effects that opiates can cause.

With so many Americans facing issues of opiate addiction that stem from post-surgery treatment, why wouldn’t you want a healthier alternative?

 

Acupuncture was also shown, during these same studies, to decrease nausea after surgery by as much as 33 percent! Acupuncture also reduced dizziness by 40 percent and urinary retention by a whopping 70 percent!

But there’s more! Doing acupuncture ahead of your surgery also strengthens your immune system. This will help you heal faster after your surgery is complete, and recover much quicker and easier.

Acupuncture also helps reduce scarring after surgery – both cosmetic and internal – by bringing back sensation to the affected areas.

A key component to a successful surgery involves reducing stress and anxiety before the procedure. Meditation and prayers are highly recommended, to help prepare you for your surgery. We suggest acupuncture and maybe qigong to help reinforce that mindful practice.

There are so many benefits to acupuncture. If you have never had an acupuncture treatment before, please call Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness today at 605.858.9571. We are always happy to listen to your concerns and provide sound answers to help you make the most informed decision. Your health and wellbeing require that you are informed and in control of the choices you make.

Make acupuncture one of your health and wellness choices, especially when you’re facing major surgery!

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