Acupuncture for Pain?
According to Lixing Lao, M.D, Ph.D., the impact of acupuncture on chemicals in the blood that are markers for pain will also be investigated.
"Shock Center patients who have received acupuncture as part of their pain management have reported significant drops in their pain scores; now we want to see if we can quantify the percentage of that change."
For the actual protocol of this study, you may want to
read the text of the article
from University of Maryland.
Another Therapy: Reiki
Initial findings for the benefits of this Energy Medicine known as Reiki are that it helps patients to relax, says Donna Audia, R.N., certified Reiki master as well as nurse on the Center's pain management team.
"By using Reiki with these patients, we are not only helping them to relax, we're also making them active participants in their own healing, and that can be very empowering....We find that Reiki promotes a feeling of calmness and well-being. Patients who have received this therapy tell us that they feel more relaxed and that their pain sometimes decreases. In some patients, heart and breathing rates actually slow down."
Reiki is the most requested follow-up treatment so far. In fact, many family members ask to be part of the Reiki session. Although Reiki's been used to treat people with cancer and other illnesses, its use for those with injuries of this type widens its application.
And a Third Alternative: Music Therapy
With a flow of over 7,500 injured patients each year, the Center in downtown Baltimore, Maryland, has a steady stream of willing people. Specially trained musicians play on request as a music therapy those recently injured.
The sooner the better, researchers are discovering.
Dr. R. Adams Cowley, for whom the Center is named, pioneered the concept of the "golden hour," the idea that those who receive specialized treatment within the first hour after a traumatic injury are more likely to have better outcomes.
...I was very glad to see this major U.S. academic health center conducting research--as well as offering care to patients--on complementary therapies! -The Health Hound