Acupuncture and Pain Relief — Podcast Interview with Misty Kammarada

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Topic: Acupuncture and Pain Relief

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PodCast Interview:

RC: Hello everyone, this is Liz Harvey coming to you from our razorcast™ studios in New York City where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the United States.

In today’s episode we are speaking with Misty Kammarada. Misty a licensed acupuncturist practicing at Ferraro Spine & Rehabilitation which is a multi-specialty wellness facility serving northern NJ and the NY metro area for the past 18 years.

Misty Kammarada is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is NCCAOM Certified in Acupuncture & Herbs and CCAOM Certified in Clean Needle Technique. Misty has been part of the team at Ferraro Spine & Rehabilitation since 2012.
Misty Kammarada is widely considered to be one of the top acupuncturists in the country and she is also a contributing member of our national network of industry professionals.

Today we are going to talk about a very important topic: Acupuncture and Pain Relief

RC: Hi Misty how are you today?

Misty Kammarada: Hi Liz thank you for having me.

RC: Well thanks for being here.

Question 1: What happens physically and chemically in the body during an acupuncture treatment?

RC: So what happens physically and chemically in the body during an acupuncture treatment?

Misty Kammarada: Well there’s a few ways to answer that question. So in terms of eastern philosophy when it comes to Chinese medicine when the body is healthy there’s an abundant supply of life energy or chi that flows through the body’s meridian which is basically like a roadway map through the body. And so when there is an adequate supply of chi flowing through the body, the body remains healthy and balanced. Now when there is any kind of blockage or stagnation, when chi fails to move properly through the channels then disease and pain develop. So when you use acupuncture on a patient who’s experienced any kind of discomfort or disease, we’re really looking to restore that energy flow through those channels in the body.

Western medicine in certain studies has shown that acupuncture can stimulate the release of pain modulators in the body. It could also sort of help to reduce the pain signals from the body that’s affected to the brain. So there’s a few ways to kind of look at it.

Question 2: What areas of the body experiencing pain are most responsive to acupuncture treatments?

RC: What areas of the body experiencing pain are most responsive to acupuncture treatments?

Misty Kammarada: Well there’s really no limitation. Any area of the body can be treated pretty successfully. It just really depends on the art of diagnosis. You know, to be able to diagnose properly what has happened and then to treat it accordingly. You can treat the tips of the fingers just as effectively as you can treat the lower back.

Question 3: Do you have a special process for treating headaches and migraines?

RC: And do you have a special process for treating headaches and migraines?

Misty Kammarada: Well everybody’s a special process really because everybody who has a headache has a headache for a different reason or a migraine for a different reason. The pathomechanism is quite different in everybody. Someone might have a migraine because they have an allergy to some foods they’re eating therefore we would start to work on the stomach versus the head. Somebody might have a migraine because they have some blood stagnation maybe in the head or the neck so we’d work on it differently for that. So really everyone is so individual that there really is no one protocol or empirical method to treat anything. Which is why it’s such a great medicine. It treats everybody so differently based on their own lifestyle and their own personal habits really.

Question 4: Arthritis and joint pain can be debilitating, can acupuncture help reduce pain and restore function and mobility?

RC: And arthritis and joint pain can be debilitating, can acupuncture help reduce pain and restore function and mobility?

Misty Kammarada: Acupuncture is very effective with any kind of arthritis or any kind of pain condition in the body and we also do, within the scope of Chinese medicine, we also do a lot of myofascial work around those areas. So not even just using needles to reduce pain but using our hands to restore circulation and to promote the movement of energy in the areas that are affected and in pain.

Question 5: How soon do patients feel pain relief after an acupuncture treatment? And how often are treatments scheduled?

RC: And how soon do patients feel pain relief after an acupuncture treatment? And how often are treatments scheduled?

Misty Kammarada: My goal is always to get somebody’s pain decreased after the first visit. They should always feel a shift after the first visit. Now how long that will last is really dependent on the patient and what they’re doing outside. If they are giving their body adequate time to sort of take in the treatment and heal. But my goal is always to have them at least walk out of the office feeling different. Like the quality, the intensity, the frequency of their pain, should change. Like I said I would love it if one session worked forever but that doesn’t always happen and usually any kind of pain syndrome I say twice a week for at least four weeks. We should hopefully by then see a real shift if not the complete eradication or the original problem.

RC: Okay great. Well thank you Misty for joining us today I just want to thank you for your time and for sharing this information with us.

Misty Kammarada: I’m happy to do it. Thank you so much.

RC: And for our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with Misty Kammarada, you can go online at www.ferrarospine.com  or call (973) 478-2212 to schedule an appointment.

On behalf of our entire team at razorcast™, we want to thank you for listening and we look forward to bringing you more top quality content from our country’s leading industry professionals.

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