Acupuncture Can Relieve Pain in Children with Cerebral Palsy
Children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities can experience pain relief with individually adjusted acupuncture, and the approach could be a valuable non-toxic treatment option for their everyday pain management, according to a case review study published by Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in the journal Medical Acupuncture. People with cerebral palsy, spinal injury, and other complex conditions can experience chronic pain, a long-lasting effect of their disease or condition. “The minimally invasive outpatient procedure could be an alternative for children who are already burdened with surgeries, frequent hospital stays, and medications,” Schwantes said.
This study shows that acupuncture can be a safe, well-tolerated, and effective therapy for children and young adults with pediatric-onset disabilities. The case study looked at nine pediatric patients with different complex medical conditions, including cerebral palsy, who were treated at Gillette between June 2014 and June 2015. All were given acupuncture therapy individually tailored to their condition, meaning the acupuncture might have included energetic work, bio mechanical treatment (surface release technique, per-cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), or ear stimulation.