RSD/CRPS produces true chronic pain in patients that exceeds all scales of pain measurement and results in some very unique physical changes to their body.
Neuropathic pain is a kind of chronic pain that usually results from damage to or malfunction of the nervous system, as experienced by RSD/CRPS patients. This makes it different from the usual type of pain that is a direct result of injury. Successful treatment for neuropathic pain can be difficult; often, the approach is with a combination of medications, physical and psychological methods, and complementary and alternative practices.
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese medical treatment and represents one of these complementary and alternative practices:
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese tradition that dates back thousands of years and in Chinese belief, an energy called qi (“chee”) runs throughout the body. When something blocks or slows down the flow of qi, a person may feel pain. An acupressurist treats this pain by placing hand pressure to these points of the body to increase the energy flow, to make sure that the flow of qi is clear.
Acupressure feels more like a deep tissue massage when the therapist’s hands press down on certain muscle areas of your body, called trigger points. The goal of the treatment is to create an all-around feeling of relaxation in that area. This pressure may help to relieve the tingling, burning, or “prickly” feelings in the body that are associated with neuropathic pain, while also helping with other symptoms, like dull pain or stiffness.
There is some evidence that acupressure may release a type of molecule called opioid peptides in your brain. These molecules have a pain-relieving effect, almost like natural narcotics. Opioid peptides produced in the body act as neuromodulators that modify the actions of other neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. By altering the electrical properties of their target neurons, thereby making these neurons more difficult to excite, opioid peptides can influence the release of various neurotransmitters. As a result of this modulation, opioid peptides can—among other functions—induce pain relief and euphoria
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a division of the National Institutes of Health, is currently helping with a number of studies about the use of acupressure for different types of conditions.
Belt Law Firm, P.C., is an Alabama law firm with extensive national experience in representing RSD/CRPS afflicted persons and handling RSD/CRPS cases with a focus on regional litigation in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Delaware. To learn more, call the firm toll-free at 205-933-1500 or use its online form.
The personal injury attorneys at Belt Law Firm have successfully represented RSD/CRPS clients in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. These cases involved injuries from automobile accidents (shoulder injury, ankle fracture), product malfunctions (hand crush, wrist fracture), slip and falls (knee contusion, wrist fracture), poorly performed blood draws (antecubital pain), and crush injuries (ankle, Achilles tendon).
Among the settlements we have achieved in RSD/CRPS cases are: $2,500,000 for a (AL) slip and fall case involving a woman who developed RSD after suffering a broken wrist, $1,300,000 for a (FL) case where a woman developed RSD after an improperly performed blood draw, and $800,000 for a (TN) woman who developed RSD after suffering a bruised knee due to a slip and fall in a grocery store. ...Read More