Update from Dr. JoshuaDr. Joshua O. Dea, Doctor of Oriental Medicine. I have been treating Queena since January 2012. Queena continues to show steady progress in her rehabilitation. During my time treating her, Queena has overcome numerous obstacles. Her courage, commitment, and dedic tion to her recovery is inspiring to all who know her. My treatment plan for Queena consists of Neural Therapy, Trigger Point Injections, acupuncture, and nutritional supplements.
Neural therapy is an injection technique known to provide instant releif of pain, increased motion and return of function for some problems not able to be helped by other methods. Neural means nerves. Nerves work by havign a normal nerve flow. Nerves monitor and control all the body's parts. Muscles move because of nerve flow to them. The heart beats because of nerve flow controlling it. All the special senses and internal organs work due to the control of the nerves. The nerve flow is critical to the sensation, function and movements of the entire body. When nerves become damaged through surgery, injury, falls, burns, and so forth, this vital nerve flow is broken. The broken nerve flow is liek a short circuit in your house wiring. Pain, lack of motion, loss of function, poor endurance and many other body control malfunctions result from broken nerve flow and remain until the nerves are fixed. Everyone knows that local anesthetics block pain. The new information is that local anesthetics restore normal nerve flow. When the nerve flow is restored by the exact placement of local anesthetic into and around the precise nerves involved.
Trigger point injection is a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax. Many times, such knots can be felt under the skin. Trigger points may irritate the nerves around them and cause referred pain, or pain that is felt in another part of the body. A trigger point is a painful area in a muscle. It may feel liek ther eis a knot in the muscle or an area of tightness. When pressur eis applied to the trigger point, the pain spreads out to other areas of the body. A trigger point injection is a shot that is given in this painful spot. The injection may contain a long-acting pain releiver,a water solution, or numerous other medicines. Sometimes the doctor will simply put the needle into the trigger point and not inject any medicine. This is all done to break the pain cycle at the trigger point. Trigger point injections are given to reduce pain and increase physical functioning so that you can participate in a physical therapy program.
Acupuncture is a collection on of procedures which involves the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques, such as penetrating the skin with needles that are then manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation. It is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine, and is among the oldest healing practices in the world. According to the traditional Chinese medicine approach, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians.
I am continually amazed with Queena's grit and determination. I am proud to be part of her support team, and am excited for what God has in store for her future.
Vanna, Queena's Mom
Vanna, Queena's Mom
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