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Treating Veterans with Medical Acupuncture Treatment for PTSD

Family Integrative Medicine Dr Eddie Rivera does medical acupuncture treatment for ptsd in veteran

At Family Integrative Medicine, we help patients in Central Florida who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in addition to other chronic conditions. A high percentage of the patients at our practice who seek help for PTSD symptoms fall into the category of past or present military service personnel. As a result, Family Integrative Medicine is proficient at treating veterans with medical acupuncture treatment for PTSD.

A complex mental illness, acute PTSD can develop into long-term mental disorders after the patient suffers a traumatic event. PTSD often presents alongside other mental health conditions, such as major depression or sleep disorders. Those with PTSD often report symptoms that include:

  • Avoidance of trauma-related stimuli or memories
  • Flashbacks and nightmares
  • Panic attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Hypervigilance
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Negative or sudden mood changes
  • Pervasive sense of impending doom
  • Uncontrollable thoughts and feelings

Recently, a clinical study assessed the effectiveness and safety of medical acupuncture treatment for PTSD patients, using subjects who retired from the military. According to the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information, medical acupuncture played a full advantage in mental diseases such as depression, anxiety and insomnia. Evidence showed that acupuncture could remarkably relieve the symptoms for PTSD patients.

Additional studies by the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) indicate that acupuncture is also effective for the following conditions treated at Family Integrative Medicine:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Lower back pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tennis elbow

Where to Find Medical Acupuncture Treatment for PTSD

Are you looking for medical acupuncture treatment for PTSD in Central Florida? The quality of your appointment may vary depending on where you choose to go for treatment.

The State of Florida requires four years of undergraduate education followed by a four-year master’s degree for any aspiring physician. Next, they must practice acupuncture and Oriental medicine and pass four separate board exams before qualifying for licensure. With their new license in hand, the acupuncture physician can render acupuncture at a local clinic or hospital, such as a federal government hospital.

However, the standards for acupuncture physicians at Family Integrative Medicine are set much higher than state regulations or common hospital practice. All of our medical acupuncture physicians have sought additional training and specialization within their field. Several even have a doctorate with a subspecialty, bringing a level of expertise to our patients that is hard to find at other medical facilities.

Additionally, Family Integrative Medicine’s approach to treating PTSD differs from some of our hospital counterparts. When a patient with PTSD arrives at one of our medical clinics in Central Florida, we take the time for a thorough introduction. We focus on all aspects of their health to uncover any contributing factors that may be present through nutrition, hormone levels, lifestyle choices and toxicities. These have the potential to interfere with the body’s ability to heal from PTSD.

A regular treatment plan includes medical acupuncture, delivered at an interval of two to three times per week. It is important that the patient receives consistent, holistic services at this strong frequency while maintaining appropriate treatment length. This ultimately leads to the successful treatment of the psychosocial symptoms of their trauma.

Unfortunately, it is not always possible for some hospitals to deliver this caliber or frequency of treatment. While medical acupuncture is a go-to treatment modality for PTSD, sometimes the demand outweighs resources, resulting in longer patient wait times. Patients may end up with gaps between regular treatment, with intervals as low as three to four times per month. Plus, the staffing issues that are affecting health care centers around the country also impact federal government hospitals. This can lead to abbreviated treatment durations or group treatment, which reduces individualized attention given to a patient’s mental health needs. To meet this health care shortage, Veterans in Central Florida choose Family Integrative Medicine, an esteemed VA Community Care Network (VACCN) Preferred Provider.

It is also important to note that some hospitals typically use one specific protocol to render services. This allows a technician, medical assistant or nurse to administer universal treatment to all patients. This means that each patient will receive medical acupuncture in the same basic way. However, therapy modalities should evolve as a patient’s physiology responds positively to treatment. Seasonal and lifestyle changes also play a role in a patient’s changing needs and should be considered.

Our medical acupuncture experts rely on years of clinical experience and training to modify treatment protocols based on what is best for meeting a patient’s needs. The goal is to stimulate faster and better healing so that you can recover from PTSD and live a full, rich life without being held back by this condition.

About Family Integrative Medicine

As a leader in person-centered care, Family Integrative Medicine serves patients in Orlando and surrounding areas in Central Florida who want to pursue faster and more effective healing for a variety of health conditions treated at our medical clinics, including medical acupuncture treatment for PTSD. Schedule a consultation today to help us understand how we can support your healthcare needs to improve your quality of life, starting today!

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