Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County Integrates Alternative and Traditional Medicine with Addition of Acupuncture Services

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Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County now offers patients and area residents an opportunity to explore the benefits of one of the most commonly used alternative medicine practices around the world for pain and other disorders, with the addition of acupuncture services.

Acupuncture has a unique ability to reach patients in a way that other modes of care have not and fosters an improved sense of well-being.

Acupuncture often comes into play if other types of care haven't worked or if the patient needs additional care or adjunct treatment to supplement other care,” said Frank Pileggi, PhD, RHP director of the Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies.

Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County now offers patients and area residents an opportunity to explore the benefits of one of the most commonly used alternative medicine practices around the world for pain and other disorders, with the addition of acupuncture services.

According to statistics, Americans spend over $34 billion annually on complementary and alternative medicine. Considered an alternative medicine, acupuncture therapy is used by approximately 3.1 million Americans each year, according to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey.

Pain and musculoskeletal complaints, such as back and joint pain, severe headaches and migraines and recurring pain, are among the top conditions for which people seek acupuncture treatment.

Recognizing the growing demand and the important role the mind-body-spirit connection plays in healing, Lourdes has expanded the reach of its acupuncture services to include its medical center in Willingboro.

“In our current healthcare system, acupuncture often comes into play if other types of care haven't worked or if the patient needs additional care or adjunct treatment to supplement other care,” said Frank Pileggi, PhD, RHP director of the Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies. “Acupuncture has a unique ability to reach these patients in a way that other modes of care have not and fosters an improved sense of well-being in the majority of patients.”

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy of health maintenance and involves painlessly inserting superfine, hair-like needles at pressure points on the body to restore the body’s pattern of energy flow, known as qi, and thus improve overall function and health.

Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of common and uncommon disorders, such as:

  • Digestive disorders like reflux, spastic colon and diarrhea
  • Respiratory disorders like sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis
  • Neurological and muscular disorders like headaches, facial tics, neck pain, tennis elbow,

arthritis, urinary and menstrual and reproductive problems

It is also considered an innovative approach to managing weight and dealing with stress and chronic pain.

Acupuncture sessions at Lourdes Burlington will be offered on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and are by appointment only. Heather M. Malatesta, Dipl. Ac., a nationally certified acupuncturist, will be performing acupuncture at the medical center.

Malatesta has used her expertise to treat a wide range of conditions from chronic fatigue and stress-related syndromes, to high blood pressure, migraines, skin disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, PMS, facial toning, scars and allergies, as well as pain and musculoskeletal disorders of all varieties.

Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County is located at 218A Sunset Road, in Willingboro, New Jersey. Acupuncture patients are asked to use the Women's Center Entrance on Hospital Drive.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (856) 869-3125.

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