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How Can Acupuncture Help Treat Pain and Many Other Ailments?

Therapeutica, 24548 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance, CA 90505

8/1/16 Dr. Sal

Acupuncture first originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, and has gained popularity in the United States in over the past 40 years.

As reported by the Huffington Post on Monday, August 1, 2016, while acupuncture is not a cure-all treatment, it provides as a drug-free option for relieving different types of pain such as osteoarthritis, low back pain, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, carpel tunnel syndrome, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, postoperative pain and many more. Also, there have been studies that support acupuncture’s helpfulness in treating depression, digestive disorders, and menopause symptoms like hot flashes.

Commonly Asked Questions:

1. How or why acupuncture works?

It is not fully understood how or why acupuncture works, but it is based on the traditional Eastern theory that vital energy flows through pathways in the body, and when any of these pathways get blocked, pain and illness result. Thus, acupuncture clears the pathways to restore health. However, today, most U.S. medical doctors tend to believe that acupuncture works because it stimulates the nerves causing the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkiller hormones. It is also shown to increase blood circulation, decrease inflammation, and stimulate the immune system.

2. The needles, does it hurt?

An acupuncture treatment is nothing like getting a shot or blood drawn. In fact, it is quite relaxing. The needles are sterile and disposable, and as thin as a cat’s whisker. The number of needles used for each treatment can vary from a few, up to a dozen or more. And the location where the needles are actually stuck depends on the condition being treated.

You may feel a brief, sharp sensation when the needle is inserted, but generally it is not painful. The needles are typically inserted about one-quarter to an inch deep, and are left in place for about 20 minutes. The needles may sometimes be twirled or manipulated, or stimulated with electricity or heat. Once the needle is in place, one may feel a tingling sensation, numbness, mild pressure or warmth.

3. How many treatments are needed?

The number of treatments depends on the severity of the condition. Most licensed acupuncturist advice 12 treatments to be done weekly or biweekly.




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What you should know about Sciatica


What is Sciatica? /By Dr. Sal

Sciatica is when there is pain that originates in the lower back or buttock that travels to one or both legs.  Sciatica is mostly caused by sciatic nerve compression.  Sciatic nerve pain usually stems for disc herniation (bulged discs) explains Dr. Sal

205159Because most individuals spend too much time sitting, the spinal discs endure a lot of compression and stress  and over time the discs can rupture and bulge out. Dr. Sal recommends Regular micro breaks and at work and   regular stretches to alleviate some of that tension in the lower back and hips.



  • Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
  • Burning or tingling down the leg
  • Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
  • A constant pain on one side of the rear
  • A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up


There are  different ways to treat sciatica; here at Therapeutica some of the techniques we use include:

  • Spinal decompression
  • Ultrasound- gentle heat created by sound waves that penetrates deep into tissues. Ultrasound increases circulation and helps to reduce muscle spasms, cramping, swelling, stiffness, and pain.
  • Core exercises
  • Specific manual therapy

Recommended Diet By Dr. Sal

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  • The key to good health is balance. The Mediterranean diet is a good model for that. Although it may vary slightly depending upon your condition and background.
  • Remember, you do need fat in your diet. Many hormones are made from cholesterol for example Estrogen, progesterone, and Testosterone among many. The key again is to consume it in moderation
  • Stay away from processed foods! The body does not know what to do with it. For example you’re better off consuming a regular soda than a diet one because the chemicals added to it are ultimately more harmful than the alternative. Just don’t consume it much…
  • lastly, Exercise regularly, 3-4 time a week. It does not have to be an intensive workout every time. Walk regularly. Next time you go to your local market or shopping centre, park further away from the entrance and walk.
  • When you pay a visit to your doctor take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • It all adds up and makes a difference at the end!


How to Strengthen Your Immune System


At Therapeutica, Dr. Sal stresses the importance of maintenance and prevention through the use of natural treatments, such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and nutrition.

Allergy season is amongst us yet again and you may find yourself with itchy eyes, congested sinuses, runny nose, a cough, and everything in between!

At Therapeutica, we can help assist patients suffering with allergies with the use of Acupuncture. Acupuncture has been proven to help relieve the pain and unblock certain points on the sinuses. Acupuncture has also been proven to help boost the immune system by increasing the white blood cells in the body and moderating the immune system allowing it to react swiftly and strongly to threats.

One way to combat these symptoms and boost your immunity is through your diet. Eating a colorful array of fruits and vegetables packed with the necessary vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants is the best way to go. For instance, Bromelain, found in pineapple, has been found to reduce swelling of the nasal cavity and thinning of the mucus to help inhalation easier. Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits like lemon and oranges also help boost the immune system. Local honey (which can be found at your local farmers market) is also an excellent remedy when combating flu-like symptoms because the honey harvested comes from bees that pollinate in your specific area, making you become immune to the pollen that is flying around.

Besides nutrition, another way to help strengthen the immune system is getting regular sleep and exercise. By exercising, you can help your body get rid of all the harmful toxins that may be lingering in the body through sweat.76402bb85ab97fa5006a330acd83ce30

Aromatherapy can also be used with scents such as Eucalyptus, Menthol, or Lavender to help open up the nasal and throat cavities as well as help calm and relax your nervous system.



Maintenance care improves the performance of athletes, as well as the wear and tear the average person deals with on a daily basis. says Dr Sal. The risk of injury can be avoided if the necessary steps are taken to ensure that the body functions at its’ optimal potential.


The 5-time winning Olympic swim star, Dara Torres, understands the importance of maintenance care. She regularly visits a chiropractor, acupuncturist, as well as a massage therapist, to help prepare her body for upcoming events and heal her body after training. Therapeutica  offers a combination of chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage therapy to help aid maintain, and speed up the healing process for our patients. Dr. Sal and his staff address each individual holistically and tailor their treatments to their specific needs.

Try not to wait until you are symptomatic and in pain, but rather seek care when you start feeling tightness, stiffness, and certain restrictions. Dr. Sal is trained to treat the spine, hips, knees, and shoulders and uses specific manual therapies to help you become more functional in a way that can not be addressed with stretches or exercises.