Alternative Therapies

Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD -  - Pain Management

SEVA Pain Institute

Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD

Pain Management located in Tracy, CA

Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD, of SEVA Pain Institute in Tracy, California, believes in an integrative approach to medical care that incorporates alternative therapies. There is a great deal of value in both modern Western medicine and traditional healing practices from other parts of the world. By combining multiple approaches, Dr. Dhaliwal is able to craft customized pain management plans that address your specific set of needs. When you’re ready to try a new approach to pain care, book an appointment at SEVA Pain Institute, either online or by phone.

Alternative Therapies Q & A

What are alternative therapies?

The term “alternative therapies” refers to treatments used in place of more mainstream medical approaches. Approximately 40% of Americans have tried some type of alternative therapy, including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Ketamine infusions
  • CBD
  • Yoga
  • Cryotherapy
  • Tai chi
  • Psychological therapy

At SEVA Pain Institute, alternative therapies can be used as standalone treatments, or in conjunction with more modern approaches. When used alongside mainstream treatments, alternative therapies are more accurately referred to as complementary medicine.

How can acupuncture improve pain?

Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine that relies on the insertion and placement of thin, sterile needles. The traditional view of acupuncture is based on the belief that your body has clearly defined pathways, called meridians, that allow a life force called “qi” to flow.

If those pathways become blocked, your qi cannot move freely, leading to various health issues. Acupuncture is used to correct the flow of qi.

A more Western explanation of acupuncture is that treatment needles can stimulate your nerves, muscle tissue, and connective tissue, increasing blood flow and prompting a natural pain relief response.

How can practices like yoga and tai chi help manage pain?

Both of these activities involve mindful movement that engages your body while increasing strength and flexibility. Yoga and tai chi can help you become more fit, calm your mind, and teach you the importance of inward focus.

Can CBD help manage chronic pain?

Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is one of more than 100 chemical compounds found in cannabis. Research suggests that CBD can help treat chronic pain by reducing inflammation and impacting the neurotransmitters within your nervous system. There’s also evidence to suggest that CBD offers neuroprotective benefits.

What is cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is a treatment that uses short exposure to extremely cold temperatures to reduce inflammation, boost mood, and reduce pain. Cryotherapy can be used in localized areas, or as a whole-body treatment option.

Cryotherapy creates measurable improvements in many conditions, including arthritis, migraines, mood disorders, skin issues, and even dementia. Athletes and fitness enthusiasts report less pain and faster recovery when incorporating cryotherapy into their training.

What are ketamine infusions?

Ketamine is a generic drug that interacts with receptors in the brain to alter the way that you experience pain. Specifically, ketamine is thought to block pain signaling by interfering with N-methyl-D-aspartate, or NMDA.  

This treatment is a good option for those who are opioid-dependent and looking for a pain treatment option that doesn’t rely on opioid medications. It’s also beneficial for those who can’t tolerate opioids due to conditions like sleep apnea.

To learn more about alternative therapies, book a visit with Dr. Dhaliwal online or by phone.