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Acupuncture, New Year's resolutions

By Dr. Layne Towery

Originally published December 8, 2015 at midnight,


I am wanting to lose some weight and stop smoking as a New Year's resolution. I have tried multiple programs on my own and have failed. It seems like I have tried everything except acupuncture. I am also considering a body cleanse to rid my body of toxins. How effective are these cleanses? How many acupuncture treatments will it take? What else will I need to do to speed up my results? Can I do acupuncture for weight loss and smoking at the same time? What is your success rate?

The ancient practice of acupuncture has been used for hundreds of conditions for thousands of years. I always tell people it has stood the "test of time." People become overweight for a host of reasons including slowed metabolism, hormone imbalances, poor nutrition, overeating, and last, but not least, lack of daily exercise.

Acupuncture for weight control is based on the the premise that excessive weight gain is many times caused by disturbed energy flow to the body's hypothalamus - the regulating center of the brain. The hypothalamus is responsible for maintaining the body's homeostasis or sense of well-being. It helps regulate hormones and has the ability to secrete neurotransmitters that regulate thirst, hunger, temperature and cardiac rhythm.

Acupuncture is thought to help influence the body to increase certain hormones like ghrelin, a hunger related hormone and helps decrease hormones like leptin which regulates fat retention and energy production.

It has been my experience that acupuncture will help decrease your cravings for food, especially sweets and carbohydrates. Many people tell me it helps their energy, aids in digestion and just makes them feel and sleep better.

I recommend a body cleanse to help get your body's metabolism jump-started. Most cleanses will help you drop 4 to 5 pounds in your first week. You need to also start walking 20-30 minutes three to four times a week. Walking with 3-pound hand weights is also recommended. Drink eight to 10 glasses of purified water a day. No sodas.

Increase your fruits and vegetables and stay away from red meats. Try to stick with fish and chicken for your protein. The body tends to be acidic so eat more alkaline foods and vegetables.

There may be other supplements that can help speed up weight loss, but that is usually determined by your doctor on a individual basis. It is suggested that you try at least six to eight acupuncture treatments to give acupuncture treatments a fair chance. Treatments cost is around $50 per session.

I do not recommend doing acupuncture for weight loss and smoking at the same time. Too many treatments at one time tends to confuse the body and makes treatments less effective. Good luck and happy holidays.



Top 10 Suggestions for back pain relief

By Dr. Layne Towery

Originally published November 10, 2015 at midnight,


Top 10 suggestions for back pain relief

My husband and I have both been experiencing some problems with our back and neck. It all started after we moved some heavy furniture several months ago. We have gone to our family doctor and he prescribed muscle relaxers, which did not help. Over-the-counter pain meds offer no relief. What should we try next? Do we need to get a MRI? We have never been to a chiropractor or acupuncturist and are a little leery about trying something new. Suggestions?

I understand your frustrations. Here are my Top 10 suggestions to help your pain.

1. Find yourself a good chiropractor. Chiropractors are back pain specialists. What they do all day long is take care of bad backs and necks. Google chiropractors and read their reviews. Go to their websites and learn about their practice and qualifications. Better yet, ask your friends who they go to. Word of mouth is the best advertising.

2. Try acupuncture. Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and has helped millions of people with a variety of different pain conditions. The small needles stimulate the body to release a variety of different neurotransmitters that help in pain control.

3. Get some massages. Massage has been around since the beginning of time. What did your mother do when you hurt yourself as a child? What do you do now when you have a painful area? Rub or massage it, of course. Massage is very relaxing and tends to increase circulation, which speeds up the body's ability to heal itself.

4. Exercise and stretch. I am a firm believer in doing as much as you can at home to get yourself pain-free. Start out with a slow walk for 10-15 minutes. After a week or so, build up to a brisk walk of 30-45 minutes. Use some 3- to 4-pound hand weights while your walking. Keep your arms moving and pumping at all times.

5. Buy yourself a home TENS unit. This portable compact electrical device is used to stimulate the body's nervous system to release various neurohormones for pain control. The first thing I do when I get a muscle or joint pain is use my TENS machine. TENS machines can be prescribed or purchased at most chiropractors or doctors offices.

6. Support the area. If it is your lower back that is bothering you, get a back support. If it is an extremity, get you a elastic support and wrap it. This support will will offer some pain relief. This is temporary until the pain subsides.

7. Use ice, not heat. When you have pain you almost always have inflammation. Use ice to the affected area 30 minutes at a time, several times a day.

8. Rest and lay down for a while. Back pain either likes you moving or it likes you lying down. Lying down for 20-30 minutes several times a day helps take the pressure and weight off the spine. Apply ice while you rest.

9. Try yoga or meditation. Both of these have had great success in the past for pain relief.

10. It has been my experience that the above treatments will help the vast majority of back pain suffers. If not, further testing and a visit to a medical pain specialist or orthopedic surgeon may be needed.



Alternative treatments for sports injuries

By Dr. Layne Towery

Originally published October 20, 2015 at midnight,


My son injured his back and knee last night playing football. He also has been complaining of his shoulder hurting some.


My wife wants him to see her orthopedist in Houston, but that may take several days or more. The coaches suggest I to take him to a local chiropractor. What should I do first? Are chiropractors trained to treat sports juries? What about acupuncture for these types of problems? What can we do at home until he is seen.


He is one of the better players and we need him for the playoffs. We need help quick.


I am sorry to hear of your son's injuries.


To first answer your question about a chiropractors training in sports injuries: All chiropractors have training in appendicular orthopedics. Many chiropractors, like myself, have gone to extra post-graduate classes in sports injuries to claim board eligibility in orthopedics and a few chiropractors hold chiropractic orthopedic status.

My first suggestion would be to call a chiropractor and get him scheduled for an evaluation as soon as possible. Most chiropractors can see your son immediately.


Get him evaluated first to see if any X-rays or further testing is needed. Many injuries do not require extensive testing, just proper evaluation and some physical therapy and/or home treatments.


If the chiropractor feels a second opinion is needed, he will refer you to the proper specialist.


Acupuncture is probably one of the most important treatments for sports injuries. Why? Here is how it works. Simply put, acupuncture helps the body heal itself faster. How? Every time a needle is inserted in an injured or painful area the body reacts and sends signals to the brain telling the brain that an invasion in that area has occurred.


The body then starts sending a variety of neurotransmitters to the injured or painful area to begin or speed up the healing process. There is a lot more to it, but that is as simple as I can explain it.


Until he is seen by a physician, have him ice the injured area for 30 minutes at a time or better yet, get a small paper Dixie cup and fill it with water almost to the top.


Freeze it, then take it out and tear off the rim around the top until the ice is exposed. Do a ice massage to the injured area for three to five minutes using circular motions four to five times a day. Do not hold the ice on there, it will burn you. Remember keep the ice moving.


Next, try to wrap the injured area with a bandage, or better yet, put some type of brace on to support the injured area and take the weight off. Rest the area as much as possible and elevate the injured limb if you can. Good luck.


Layne Towery is a Victoria Chiropractor and Acupuncturist and can be reached at towerygl@yahoo.com or 361-570-6284.



Pain management vs. conservative treatment for low back pain?

By Dr. Layne Towery

Originally published September 8, 2015 at midnight,


I am a 62-year-old female who has had lower back and neck pain for years. Recently, after doing some strenuous yard work I really aggravated my condition. I now have tingling, numbness and shooting pains down the back of both of my legs.

My whole spine and neck are stiff. Coughing and sneezing even hurts my lower back. Just turning in bed makes my back spasm. I went to the walk-in clinic all they said was I "pulled a muscle" and offered me Tramadol for pain, which did not help. The walk-in clinic said I needed an MRI and need to go to pain management for stronger medication or injections. My family doctor said to try a chiropractor or acupuncture for my pain. What should I try first? Do you think surgery would help my condition? How about a back brace? Will insurance pay for chiropractic treatments? Please help me.


Let me first say that you are like thousands of people across the nation who suffer from chronic back pain. They have a problem but do not know were to go to get it fixed. I know what you are going through. Several years ago, I hurt my back shoveling some wet sand for my son's remote control racetrack. My pains were just like yours, so I know what you are going through.


It sounds like you have torn some fibers in one or more of the lumbar discs. Your are having what is called sciatica. When you hurt the lower back, the sciatic nerve - the biggest nerve in the body - gets inflamed and causes pain, numbness and tingling down the legs. Here are some suggestions that may help you.


You do not need to go for a MRI just yet. Always try conservative care first. To start with, you need to get a low back support to help take some of the pressure off the spine.


When you hurt your back, it is like spraining an ankle, you should support it or wrap it, ice it and rest it. The brace should be worn mainly when you are on your feet but not while sitting. Wear it when you sleep if it helps. Back braces can be purchased at most chiropractors' offices.

Your need to try to reduce the swelling around the disc with an ice pack. Get a large flexible ice pack and ice your back three to four times a day for 30 minutes at a time. You can put your ice pack on the inside of your brace so you can be mobile. Take something for inflammation like Aleve.

Next is to make an appointment with a chiropractor to get your condition properly evaluated. He will do a through exam to determine weather chiropractic or acupuncture can help you. You should get some relief after the first four to five visits, if not an MRI may be warranted. Depending on what the MRI shows, your chiropractor will direct you on your options.


Most insurances including Medicare not only cover conservative chiropractic care but recommend it first. Remember, surgery should only be considered after all conservative measures have been exhausted.


Layne Towery is a Victoria chiropractor and acupuncturist and can be reached at towerygl@yahoo.com or 361-570-6284.





Alternative shingle pain treatments

By Dr. Layne Towery

Originally published August 11, 2015 at midnight,


My mother recently got shingles and is in a lot of pain. Her doctor said there is no cure, and she is going to have to just deal with the pain until it is over. He prescribed an anti-depressant and an anti-viral medication but wouldn't prescribe her a pain pill. What is shingles and is there anything you can suggest naturally for the pain?


Your question really hits home. My wife is just now getting over the shingles, so I know firsthand about this awful virus/disease. Here are some suggestions on some things that may help your pain and shorten the duration of shingles.

Shingles is a secondary outbreak of the chicken pox virus, also called herpes zoster. The World Health Organization states that about one out of three adult Americans over the age of 50 will get the shingles in their lifetime.


A outbreak can happen years after the original chicken pox infection. People who have had chicken pox in the past are more prone to get the shingles. Shingles may also be caused by receiving the shingles vaccine, if so, these cases are usually more painful and last longer so states Thomas Corriher in his article "The Health Wyze Report." This virus occurs when your body's immune or defense system is low. People who have never had the chicken pox are also at a high risk of contacting shingles from people with active shingles.


Medical doctors prescribe all kinds of medications for shingles. The most common ones prescribed are Neurontin, antidepressants, antiviral, Tramadol for pain and antiviral creams to help heal the wounds. These standard treatments rarely offer much relief and often suppress the body's immune system making the outbreak last even longer. Antidepressants have horrible side effects, and in my opinion, need to be avoided.


Corriher also states that Herpes can only survive in a body that has a weakened immune system and is particularly affected by a persons L-arginine and L-lysine ratio. These are a natural occurring amino acids that come from foods.


There must be a greater level of L-arginine in the body for herpes virus to thrive.


Corriher goes on to suggest the following foods to eat: all fish, chicken, yogurt, cheese, milk, eggs, apples, pears, apricots, avocados, pineapple, green beans and asparagus.


Avoid the following: tomatoes, wheat germ, bean sprouts, cashews, grapes, pumpkin seeds, pecans, blackberries, blueberries, peanuts, chocolate and all sugars.


Shingles may lay dormant in the spinal column and nerves for decades.


When the spine gets out of alignment, the immune system is compromised and the virus will come alive. These alignments can be helped and corrected by chiropractic adjustments. Acupuncture to the area of involvement can also help with the pain and speed the recovery process.


For pain and itching, Corriher said to soak a cloth rag in apple cider vinegar and dampen the area of involvement. Then, sprinkle cayenne pepper powder over the lesions and cover them with the dampened rag. Now, apply some heat to the area and let sit for 30-45 minutes. Repeat several times a day. In between treatments, I suggest massaging the lesions with a new shingles cream called Terrasil. This is available over the counter.


Corriher recommends taking a large dose of L-lysine of up to 2,000 mg per day until the shingles outbreak is gone. Oral dosages of colloidal silver also be helpful because colloidal silver is harmful to viruses.


I suggest you increase your vitamin C intake to 3,000 mg and take a good Hi-B complex vitamin to help strengthen the immune system.


Also, remember to stay away from all nuts until all the shingles symptoms have all gone.


Layne Towery is a Victoria chiropractor and acupuncturist and can be reached at towerygl@yahoo.com or 361-570-6284.



Home treatments, therapy machines for pain control

By Dr. Layne Towery

Originally published June 9, 2015 at midnight,


I am 67 years old with chronic back and neck pain. I have been told that I have fibromyalgia and arthritis all over my body. I live far out in the country so I do not get to Victoria much. What treatments can I do at home to get some pain relief? My acupuncturist years ago suggested a Qi Gong machine. What is that and how will that help? Will medicare pay for this machine or home therapies?


I am a firm believer in home therapies and treatments. After your first visit to my office, I suggest the following to many of my patients. Not everything works on everybody so these are some of your home options to help your pain.


First of all, any time you have pain, you have inflammation and many times, swelling. To start with, I always suggest using ice on affected areas for the first two weeks - no heat.


After two weeks, you can alternate the two if you want. Ice should be left on for 30 minutes at a time for best results. Ice will help reduce the swelling and inflammation and give you some immediate pain relief.


Next, I would support or wrap the area of complaint with some type of orthopedic brace. Examples would be a elastic low back support similar to those used by employees at local stores. Other supports are available for your knees, wrists, thighs, elbows, etc.


Then I would suggest you massage the painful area several times a day with some type of analgesic cream. My favorites are Bio-Freeze, Tiger Balm and China Gel. Bio-Freeze also comes in a clear spray that sprays upside down, so you do not have to get it on your hands. There are many others, so try several brands to see which one works the best for your pain.


Getting you a home transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator would be my next suggestion. These portable machines have been used for years for pain relief and muscle spasms. It comes with four stick on pads and can be used virtually anywhere for pain relief.


A Qi Gong machine is a low frequency vibrator that mimics the same low frequency of a purring cat. Acupuncturists like myself use this unique machine every day in our practices.


Taking over-the-counter medication for pain and inflammation may also be helpful. Usually, I suggest Aleve gel caps - stay away from acetaminophen, it has been shown to cause a lot of liver damage. Better yet, try something all natural like Inflam-95 from Biospec. My patients say it really makes them feel better with no side effects.


Last but not least, if the above treatments do not get the job done for you, you may have to make the trip to town to get your pain further evaluated. Medicare and most insurances pay for chiropractic treatments, but do not pay for acupuncture or the above items and home therapies.


Layne Towery is a Victoria Chiropractor and Acupuncturist and can be reached at towerygl@yahoo.com or 361-570-6284.



Does acupuncture work for weight loss?

By Dr. Layne Towery

Originally published May 19, 2015 at midnight,

I am a 45-year-old female who needs to lose about 35-40 pounds. I have tried every diet under the sun but none have worked for me. I lose some weight, but I gain it all back. I want to try acupuncture as my last resort. How does it work and what other things do I have to do to keep the weight off? I also am borderline diabetic and have blood pressure problems that I want to try to manage without taking medication.

It is a staggering fact that 65-70 percent of Americans are overweight. Studies have shown that 50 percent of our children are overweight and many of them classified as obese. As a nation, for more than 15 years, our government monitored obesity index has risen consistently at an alarming rate.


Everyone is looking for the secret to weight loss, without falling victim to the latest gimmicks. Fortunately, there is a technique for weight loss that has been tested for centuries: acupuncture.


First of all, acupuncture helps balance your hormones and increase the body's ability to increase endorphins, which is a "feel good" hormone that reduces cravings and generally just makes you feel better with more energy. The more energy you burn the more calories you burn. It is really quiet simple.


Studies have shown that acupuncture helps reduce leptin and blood sugar levels. Leptin regulates fat storage and metabolism and stimulates and tricks your body into feeling full, a term called satiety. Insulin regulates carbohydrate and fat metabolism and the absorption of glucose from the blood. This finding suggests that acupuncture may actually reduce the hormones that lead to overeating.


If leptin stimulates the feeling of being full, why is it important to have reduced levels? Like insulin-resistance, cells can become immune to the effects of leptin when the levels are too high. Many obese people have high levels of leptin. When your leptin levels are high you do not know when to stop eating. Restoring balance to leptin levels helps reduce overeating.


The third way acupuncture helps the body lose weight is by reducing cortisol production, the stress hormone. Cortisol can affect weight in several ways. It disrupts digestion and contributes to depression and escalates your "fight or flight response," which can make you feel overwhelmed, which can make you overeat.


My suggestion to you is to get you a weight loss coach. Start an aggressive cardiovascular exercise program. Simple brisk walking for 30 minutes a day is a start. Start a one week detoxification program like Nu-lean and do a fasting three day lemon-aid only diet for three days. Then start eating a lot of fruits and vegetables staying away from sweets and simple carbohydrates like breads and tortillas.


Acupuncture treatments are performed two times a week for four to six weeks. Most treatments run around $50 and some insurances will pay for treatments. If you have any questions you can contact me through my website at DrTowery.com or just call my office to schedule a free phone consultation. I will be starting some free weight loss seminars in the near future so watch for details in the Victoria Advocate.


Layne Towery is a Victoria Chiropractor and Acupuncturist and can be reached at towerygl@yahoo.com or 361-570-6284.



Try conservative care first

By Dr. Layne Towery

Originally published April 7, 2015 at midnight,


I am a 54-year-old female that hurt my back lifting some feed sacks. My back went into severe spasms, and I could not walk. I waited several days to see if it would get better but it didn't. My husband had to carry me into the walk-in clinic. The doctor ordered an MRI and wants me to see a surgeon because my leg is numb and tingles. My insurance (BCBS) has refused the MRI and the surgical consult because I have not gotten at least four weeks of conservative treatment like chiropractic and/or physical therapy. Can insurance do that? I have never been to a chiropractor, and I am leary of having my back popped. What other treatments do chiropractors provide? Can you explain?


Insurance companies can do just about anything they want. New insurance guidelines require you to at least try several weeks worth of some type of conservative care before they will pay thousands of dollars for testing, surgical opinions and surgery. It is simply a cost-cutting strategy.


They realize most people who get a series of conservative treatments, like chiropractic manipulation with physical therapy, sometimes get better in several weeks and do not need all that expensive and unnecessary testing and surgeries.


Modern chiropractic treatment includes spinal manipulation, manual therapy, acupuncture, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, ice or heat treatments, traction and exercise instruction. The main treatment is the chiropractic adjustment.


The spinal adjustment involves using the hands or a device to apply a controlled, sudden force to a joint, moving it beyond it's passive range of motion. This is also associated with a audible "pop" or "crack." This sound is a release of gas within the joints, which relieves pressure and pain and many times, increase your range and quality of motion. The procedure is usually painless and usually gives the patient instant relief.


Chiropractors do not utilize drugs or surgery. However, if the patient fails to respond to conservative care, then it may be necessary for the patient to seek further diagnostic testing and a second opinion from a pain management specialist or other appropriate physician.


Layne Towery is a Victoria Chiropractor and Acupuncturist and can be reached at towerygl@yahoo.com or 361-570-6284.



Acupuncture can help chronic nerve pain

By Dr. Layne Towery

Originally published March 10, 2015 at midnight,


I am 63 years old and in good health for my age. During the last four to five months, I have noticed numbness, tingling and a burning sensation in my feet. My feet feel swollen or stiff, like I have tight socks on. The symptoms are getting slowly worse and are now affecting my gait, balance and stamina. I am afraid I am going to fall at times. My doctor says it is neuropathy or as he puts it "old age." I tried a drug called Neurontin and an anti-depressant with no relief of symptoms. Can acupuncture help me? How long will it take before I get relief? Any other natural suggestions? I am miserable.


Neuropathy, especially peripheral (hands and feet) neuropathy is very common as we age. While every person's experience with peripheral neuropathy can be as unique as the individual, the symptoms that you are experiencing are very common.


I would venture to say about 25 percent of the people reading this article have some type of neuropathy or nerve pain. Medications help sometimes but they come with a long list of side effects that give you other problems.


Acupuncture has been used for nerve pain for thousands of years. It is really not totally understood how sticking little tiny needles in you can help nerve pain but one of the simplest explanations is it stimulates or "tricks" the body into healing itself. Here is one theory on how it works.


The body wants to be well. It thrives on trying to maintain homeostasis or a sense of well being. The body usually can heal itself without any assistance. Other times it needs help such as drugs, therapy, surgery etc. When the body's largest organ (the skin) is penetrated the body goes into repair mode and the immune system is activated. It starts releasing a variety of neurochemicals and neurotransmitters and starts increasing blood flow to the area of invasion so the body can start healing the area. It is that simple.


Most people with peripheral neuropathy get some relief with within eight to 10 acupuncture treatments.


Other suggestions would be to have your spine examined by a chiropractor to see if some spinal mis-alignments may be contributing to your pain.


Putting a ice pack on your lower back for 20-30 minutes will help with swelling around the nerves. Taking some supplements like Alpha-lipoic acid and a product called "Nerve-Cal" may also be helpful.


Layne Towery is a Victoria chiropractor and acupuncturist and can be reached at towerygl@yahoo.com or 361-570-6284.



Acupuncture has successful record with sports injuries

By Dr. Layne Towery

Originally published February 10, 2015 at midnight,



We are a very health conscious and athletic family. Recently, my son hurt his neck and right shoulder in baseball, my daughter hurt her back and hip in basketball, my husband has developed shin splints and ankle pain from jogging, and I hurt my knee and hip while performing a yoga maneuver. We do not like to take prescription medicine - we prefer the more natural route. Can acupuncture or chiropractic manipulation help these sports related conditions? Will insurance cover these treatments?


There are generally two types of sports injuries, one that happens suddenly (acute) and one that occurs gradually over time (chronic). It usually involves a sprain (ligament) and/or a strain (muscle and tendon) around a joint. Besides pain, the typical inflammatory response may include swelling, redness or purple skin discoloration, along with reduced motion of the involved joint. Weakness and a deep dull aching feeling is often reported.


Acupuncture has a very successful record with sports injuries. Most professional sports teams, including the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers, have acupuncturists and chiropractors on staff to help with painful injuries and increase healing time. The use of acupuncture and chiropractic manipulation to treat acute and chronic injuries has been around for centuries. It was, and still is, one of the most popular means for quick healing in the martial arts sport.


Pain is one of the most common complaints in sports injuries followed by reduced or loss of function. The holistic approach of acupuncture and chiropractic is to treat the pain, increase your function and to return the body to its natural state without drugs or surgery. Treatments are geared toward rectifying disorder and restoring internal harmony.


Studies show that acupuncture and chiropractic manipulation can effectively treat all kinds of sports injuries like sprains and strains, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle pain, along with shin splints. Acupuncture and chiropractic manipulation often improve performance and give athletes a competitive edge.


The largest clinical study of acupuncture ever conducted was published in the December 2004 Annuals of Internal Medicine and found that acupuncture to significantly reduce and improve function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.


In recent years, it has become more and more popular in Western countries and is now recognized by the National Institute of Health as an acceptable form of treatment for all kinds of pain. Most insurances cover treatments.


Layne Towery is a Victoria chiropractor and acupuncturist and can be reached at towerygl@yahoo.com or 361-570-6284.


Acupuncture can help sinus, allergies


By Dr. Layne Towery

Originally published January 13, 2015 at midnight,


I am a 32-year-old female who has had trouble with sinus and allergies for years. Sometimes, my sinuses get really bad, and I get an infection that lasts for months. I have constant drainage and a pressure in my forehead that gives me bad headaches. My medical doctor prescribes me oral antibiotics but that gives me a yeast infection. Then, I am really miserable. My doctor suggested me try acupuncture. Can acupuncture or chiropractic help sinus?

Chronic sinusitis affects more than 38 million Americans a year. By far, it is the most common chronic condition in the United States today. Sinusitis is caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa and environmental conditions, such as molds, can cause sinusitis.


Chronic sinusitis is a prolonged sinus infection, one that usually lasts for more than three months. When you breath in through your nose, the sinuses act like a filter, which creates a mucus. If your sinuses do not properly drain, your sinuses can become diseased. This causes difficulty breathing through your nose, facial pain among other symptoms.

When a patient complains of sinus discharge, post nasal drip; headache; hearing problems; ear infections; a sinus cold that won't go away, I think chronic sinusitis. Common Western doctors prescribes oral and intravenous antibiotics, nebulized antibiotics and sometimes surgery to open nasal passages.


Acupuncture is a common alternative to Western treatments. Ten to 12 tiny needles are inserted in the facial area and sometimes in the hands and other strategic areas. Chinese herbs, sinus washes and streams, and pressure point massage are also helpful.

I personally find acupuncture to work wonders immediately for clearing the sinuses and for relieving sinus pressure and headaches. Nutrition, including diet and nutritional supplements, are also a major part of the treatment plan.

What do you think about wearing a back brace for a acute herniated disc? Some say it is good, and others say you should avoid them. What is your take on this subject? How about ice verses heat? Other suggestions for my low back pain.

I am a firm believer in supporting your back with a lumbar support after injury. It will help take the weight of the body off the injured area and give your body a chance to heal. A brace should only be worn during the acute stage and should be "winged" as soon as possible to avoid dependence.


I always recommend using ice not heat for acute pain. Why? Anytime you hurt yourself, the body creates an inflammation and swelling. Ice should be used for several times a day for 30 minutes at a time for the first couple of weeks, then you can alternate ice and heat as needed.

Chiropractic and acupuncture also work well for back pain and herniated discs. It is always in your best interest to try conservative care first before considering unpredictable back surgery.


Layne Towery is a Victoria chiropractor and acupuncturist and can be reached at towerygl@yahoo.com or 361-570-6284.




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