Anita D. Spitz, MD  
Family Practice and Medical Acupuncture

Alternative Treatments

Alternative treatments can include a wide variety of options, varying from the well proven to the less well studied. Dr. Spitz does acupuncture and microcurrent electrical stimulation, and recommends nutritional supplements for a variety of illnesses and for general well being.

Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a traditional oriental approach usually involving inserting small needles in carefully selected points of the body. It has been accepted by the FDA, since 1997, as an effective treatment for pain, and research is ongoing to determine what other and more specific benefits it can provide. Dr Spitz has been doing acupuncture since 1998, and has had success treating many conditions too numerous for a complete list. Her most frequent treated diagnosis are arthritis, acute injuries, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia, lymphedema and abdominal pain.  See also the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

Electrical Stimulation
: Electrical stimulation can provide many of the benefits of acupuncture but is easier to administer, even allowing the patient to treat themselves at home. Dr Spitz has found that the Alpha-Stim electrical treatment is an effective adjunct to acupuncture, and has used it as such since the year 2000. The Alpha-Stim is an FDA approved device for pain, anxiety, depression and insomnia. She has been able to help many patients with the Alpha-Stim alone. It is a prescription item that patients can purchase or rent and quickly learn how to self administer treatments as needed.  See also the Alpha-Stim website.

Nutrition: Sound nutrition is vitally important for optimal health. Since September 2005 Dr. Spitz has been offering vitamins and supplements to her patients. She offers the NutraMetrix line that has superior quality, in particular providing superior absorption. Everyone should take multivitamins, B-complex vitamins and Omega III fish oils. NutraMetrix also has special vitamin formulas to help heart disease, high cholesterol, menopause, osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer, vision problems, arthritis and male issues.  See also NutraMetrix.

Massage Therapy: Massage therapy can help patients with a variety of problems including headaches, head and neck range of motion limitations, low back pain, old injuries/scar tissue, fibromyalgial, TMJ dysfunction, piriformis syndrome (sometimes mislabeled "sciatica"), carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, trigger finger, and runner's knee.  Medical massage is performed with the intent of improving conditions or pathologies that have been diagnosed by a physician who has written a prescription for massage.  A wide variety of modalities and/or procedures are utilized to focus the treatment on the diagnosed condition.  See also


      Massage room                                                                   Alpha-Stim: Cranial                                                                                                                             electrical stimulation


Electrical Stimulation (Alpha-Stim)

Vitamins can improve health

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Massage feels good and helps with many medical problems