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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes — Acupuncture Naturally Relieves Stress and Strain

Acupuncture is good for the whole body!

Acupuncture is good for the whole body!

Sometimes the natural approach just works best!

Acupuncture has been used to relieve pain from head to toe for thousands of years, and without side effects! Let’s take a look at what acupuncture can do for your head, shoulders, knees and toes!

Acupuncture Works for Headaches/Migraines

Acupuncture can provide patients who suffer from tension and migraine headache an alternative treatment for their pain.In addition to treating the symptoms of headaches, acupuncture always looks to the underlying causes as well, and thereby can help to prevent any future occurrences. A migraine can last from a few hours to as long as three days, which in some cases may completely incapacitate the person suffering an attack.

Signs that a migraine is imminent include the Prodrome phase (typically involving mood swings, fatigue and muscle tightness) followed by the Aura phase (visible bright flashes, dizziness and loss of sensation in extremities).

Triggers for a migraine include stress, changes in sleep and eating patterns, foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG) and sensory overloads (such as bright lights, loud sounds and certain smells).

Migraines can be treated preventatively with acupuncture, and a few treatments will clear up most migraine patterns, permanently! Each person is evaluated individually – history and other problems (symptoms) are taken into consideration, so the treatment points will vary. The treatment is painless and gentle.

Acupuncture for Shoulder (and Neck) Pain!

Acupuncture is very effective for muscle sprains and strains. Often relief is felt at the first treatment, and usually only a few are needed, with range of motion restored. When longstanding pain or injuries are the cause, then more treatments will be needed, and acupuncture will help speed the healing process. In addition, acupuncture is good at reducing the tension in the neck tendons and muscles, in the shoulders and also the back. It can help relieve pain and tightness by increasing the circulation of blood and energy, and it can also help to relieve stress.  Acupuncture has a relaxing effect on many people and some even fall asleep during the treatment.

Acupuncture for Knee Pain!

Knee pain usually arises from injury or a degenerative problem.  Acupuncture can revitalize the energetic systems surrounding the knee, enabling the body to heal the knee tissues. Acupuncture helps to stabilize the knee muscles during the healing process and decrease pain and swelling.

Acupuncture for Foot Pain!

Acupuncture reduces the pain, inflammation and tension of Plantar Fasciitis, which is one of the most common orthopedic complaints. It also relaxes muscles in the lower legs and low back which relate to the soles of the feet through the fascia.

Acupuncture is also a very effective treatment for acute or chronic muscle tension and soreness, even if there is no diagnosed injury. Acupuncture relaxes the individual muscle fibers, releases endorphins, and increases blood flow to tense and blocked areas. This lets you feel better, and move forward!

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“Let it Go…” Release Stuck Energy and Heal with Acupuncture

Grief, anger, old wounds, both physical and emotional — wouldn’t it be great to have a tool to help release all that stuck-ness and thrive?
Feeling Stuck? Let it go with acupuncture!

Feeling stuck? Let it go with acupuncture!

Life brings challenges. And that can certainly be an understatement. Everyone gets stressed out, and everyone feels tension and overwhelmed by emotions sometimes.  However, the bad news is that tension in the body can cause energy to be blocked, and that stuck energy affects various organs and meridians within the body.  

Traditional Chinese medicine regards emotions as a significant contributor to a person’s health. The body has a history that it subconsciously remembers and that can affect its ability to be optimally functioning and healthy.

In some people, the build up and stagnation of energy can cause muscle tension, pain, and spasms through the shoulders, neck and temples, and cause headaches. If tension isn’t released in a healthy way, it will find an outlet, and it’s often expressed in angry outbursts — while it helps in the short run to relieve the pressure, it sure can cause damage inside and out. And strain relationships. If this stagnation remains unresolved, it can become chronic, and can lead to habitual anger, migraines and high blood pressure among other possible symptoms.  

Grief is also a very powerful emotion. The organ considered most connected to grief is the small intestines. The small intestines meridian houses the points related to repression, resistance, and the deep holding of emotions. If blocked, chi (life force) becomes stagnant and can manifest in an array of symptoms such as fatigue, hair loss, insomnia, and depression.  

Another place energy can get blocked is in the chest area — this can cause physical symptoms such as shallow or difficult breathing or heart palpitations. The heart is the emotional center, and tension often brings with it feelings of nervousness, anxiety or even feeling emotionally cut-off, which can lead to long- term depression. 

For emotional tension, if there is a deficiency of energy in the heart, acupuncture can help to bring energy to the area and to balance it.  A heart that has been closed off emotionally can start to gently relax and open. The heart must be free of blockages and illness to fully express joy, its natural emotion, to its fullest capacity.

Acupuncture is used to unblock energy, and move it through channels in the body and either balance it or repel it from the body via the meridian system, balancing emotional levels. This causes energy to flow freer in the channels of the body, strengthening the organs, removing the blocked emotions,  allowing the person to feel more relaxed, balanced, and able to focus.  

Acupuncture also stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals decrease inflammation and pain and bring your system back into balance. This energetic and biochemical balance stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities and promotes physical well-being.  Acupuncture promotes blood flow,  stimulates the body’s built-in healing mechanisms, releases natural painkillers (such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin) and reduces stress. Interested in How Stress is Relieved by Acupuncture? 

It’s time to let it go!

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“Don’t Tread on Me!” Plantar Fasciitis – Acupuncture Puts Your Best Foot Forward

Happy Feet with Acupuncture!

Happy Feet with Acupuncture!

Does the thought of your feet hitting the floor in the morning have you cringing in pain? 

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot is overused or overstretched. When stress placed on the plantar fascia ligament,  it is stretched irregularly, and it can cause small tears and inflammation. This can be painful and make walking more difficult. The pain is often most severe when first stepping out of bed onto the floor in the morning.

The most common complaint is pain, burning and stiffness in the bottom of the heel. The heel pain may be dull or sharp. Another symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain when lifting the foot towards the shin (dorsiflexion).

Who gets it? Plantar fasciitis is most often seen in people who have suddenly gained weight or are obese, and persons whose jobs require a lot of walking or standing, especially on hard surfaces. Plantar fasciitis is also seen in athletes, especially long-distance runners, and those who often run downhill or on uneven surfaces.

It is seen in both men and women, however, it most often affects active men ages 40 – 70. It is one of the most common foot-related orthopedic complaints.

The pain is usually worse after standing or sitting for a while, when climbing stairs, and after intense activity. The pain may develop slowly over time, or suddenly after intense activity.

You are more likely to get plantar fasciitis if you have foot arch problems (both flat feet and high arches), tight Achilles tendon, and shoes with poor arch support or soft soles.

Turn those hurting heels into happy feet with acupuncture! Acupuncture has been used successfully for many musculoskeletal pain conditions, including heel pain. Acupuncture relieves pain and also stimulates circulation. And now, new research concludes that acupuncture is effective for treating plantar fasciitis. 

In a controlled clinical investigation, an acupuncture group demonstrated a significant reduction in foot pain while the control group showed only minimal changes. The control group received five weeks of analgesic medications, stretching exercises and shoe modifications. The acupuncture group received the same therapies plus electro-acupuncture treatments. The researchers concluded that, “Electro-acupuncture coupled with conventional treatments provided a success rate of 80% in chronic plantar fasciitis which was more effective than conventional treatments alone.”

That’s great news indeed!

Stretching and exercises (as well as proper shoes, and shoe inserts) can also really make a difference, especially first thing in the morning, when the pain and stiffness can be at its worst.

Here’s a few stretches that can help!

  • Hold a wide belt with one end in each hand. Place the center of the belt over the ball of the foot. With your knee straight, pull your ankle back toward you using the belt and the muscle on the front of your leg. Think about reverse stretching your arch. Pull back and hold for ten seconds. Relax and repeat for five to ten minutes.
  • Use the wall!  To stretch the fascia, prop your toes up against a wall, keeping your arch and heel flat so the toes stretch. Hold for a count of 10. Repeat 10 times three or four times per day.
  • Roll a frozen water bottle under the arch. Stretch first then roll out the arch for 10 minutes; you don’t want to stretch the tendon when it’s ice cold.
  • Freeze a golf ball and massage the fascia. Roll the frozen golf ball under the foot, starting from the front and working your way
    back. Put good pressure on each spot—the medial, center and lateral positions—for 15 seconds before moving to the next area. Then, roll the ball back and forth over the entire foot.

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References:

The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, An International Journal of Comparative Medicine East and West. Efficacy of Electro-Acupuncture in Chronic Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Wipoo Kumnerddee and Nitsara Pattapong. Volume 40, Issue 06, 2012.

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You Wanted Spring…But the Allergies? Acupuncture Gives Allergy Relief!

Allergy Relief with Acupuncture

Enjoy Spring! Allergy Relief with Acupuncture

Spring’s sprung, your allergies have been triggered and your nose and eyes are running in fear. What do you do?

It was a long winter, for certain. And it’s not like you don’t appreciate the beauty of the flowers and the budding of the trees. But…you know what it means. Weeks of sneezing, nose-blowing, headaches…and that’s just the average symptoms.

It’s not just Spring…it’s ALLERGY SEASON.

An allergy is an immune system disorder that occurs when your body has an inflammatory, hypertensive reaction to what is a normally benign substance. Like pollen. Common conditions such as hay fever, eczema, hives and asthma are actually allergic reactions; others include food allergies, reactions to bee stings, and certain medications. There are several types of tests you can take to gauge exactly what allergens your body has a reaction to.

There are two main factors that can make you susceptible to allergens — host and environmental factors.

Host factors are items that are genetic (race, age, gender, and heredity) while environmental factors are exposure to pollution, diseases, and exposure to high levels of allergens, particularly at a young age. The dangers posed by allergies range from the merely annoying and/or inconvenient (pollen that causes a runny nose) to the truly life threatening (exposure to certain foods, such as shellfish).

Most treatments aim to reduce the discomfort of the symptoms temporarily, and they often come with negative side effects.

Well, Spring allergies…Acupuncture is always in season.

Acupuncture is one of the major holistic therapies used for thousands of years to address the underlying energetic relationships in the body that makes those allergic reactions happen. Acupuncture treatments aim to, and yes, give immediate relief from the symptoms, and further, it can address the variety of underlying causes.

Point sites for the underlying causes will be found on an individual basis after a thorough case history. Point sites for immediate relief include local points near the actual symptom places such as the sinus areas, and others not so obvious to understand such as near the hands or feet.  The point sites are always on the skin and the surface of the body.  A patient will happily experience immediate improvement of the symptoms, and be encouraged therefore to continue to pursue the underlying causes in future treatments.

Long term? The symptoms stop, and the reactiveness calms down.

You can get back to your regularly scheduled life. Enjoy the outdoors again!

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“The Long Goodbye” — Acupuncture Beneficial for Alzheimer’s Sufferers

Acupuncture Can Help with Alzheimer's

Acupuncture Can Help with Alzheimer’s

There is good news for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and someone develops it every 67 seconds. It is the sixth leading cause of death.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia diagnosed in the aging population worldwide. 

It is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. The cause of Alzheimer’s is still not clear, and there is no cure.  The search for new treatment is made ever more urgent due to increasing population aging.

But there is help and hope for those who suffer from it. Researchers around the world are working on a number of treatment strategies that might change the course of the disease. And acupuncture is one of them.

A new study using MRI imaging revealed that acupuncture enhances brain activity in Alzheimer disease patients. Researchers investigated the effects of two important acupuncture points on the human brains of Alzheimer disease patients using fMRI imaging with a SIEMENS verio 3-Tesla scanner. After acupuncture, MRI imaging revealed that AD patients had significant improvements in connectivity for both frontal and lateral temporal regions of the hippocampus. The researchers note, “Due to the cognitive impairment associated with AD, acupuncture on specific acupoints can modulate the cerebral blood flow and strengthen the hippocampal connectivity in AD patients.” The study suggests that acupuncture may provide important clinical benefits to AD patients.

Acupuncture can also assist with the emotional toll of Alzheimer’s. Another study conducted  by a senior scientist, Dr. Nancy Emerson Lombardo at Wellesley College concluded that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for anxiety and depression in persons with Alzheimer’s disease.

The subjects in the study were 11 patients, average age 76 years, diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease or Vascular Dementia. Assessments were completed by the research team neurologist, psychologist, and acupuncturist, as well as by family caregivers and the subject. A number of standardized tests were used to measure pre- and post-treatment anxiety, depression, and cognitive functioning. Researchers concluded that acupuncture is very helpful for reducing anxiety and depression associated with Alzheimer’s. They also found that the patients had a positive change in mood, experienced more energy, and received relief for age-related pain complaints like arthritis. Decrease the Pain of Arthritis and Increase Mobility with Acupuncture

Knowledge is power. Check over this list from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease 

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2. Challenging in planning and solving problems
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
4. Confusion with time or place
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
8. Decreased or poor judgment
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
10. Changes in mood and personality

If you notice any of the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s in yourself or someone you know, don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor. If the disease is detected early, medical intervention can extend the period during which patients and their families can enjoy a relatively high quality of life.

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References:
Wang, Zhiqun, Peipeng Liang, Zhilian Zhao, Ying Han, Haiqing Song, Jianyang Xu, Jie Lu, and Kuncheng Li. “Acupuncture Modulates Resting State Hippocampal Functional Connectivity in Alzheimer Disease.” PloS one 9, no. 3 (2014): e91160.

Emerson Lombardo N, et al, Acupuncture to treat anxiety and depression in people with Alzheimer’s disease and with vascular dementia: a pilot feasibility and effectiveness trial. Presented at World Alzheimer’s Conference, Washington DC, July 9-18, 2000 and at Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, Wellesley, Massachusetts, June 7, 2000.

Alzheimer’s Association http://www.alz.org

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Is That Bundle of Joy Making You Want to Heave? Acupuncture to the Rescue!

Morning Sickness Blues? Try Acupuncture!

Morning Sickness Blues? Try Acupuncture!

Morning Sickness Is Not the Best Baby Gift…

Motherhood. The beautiful glow of pregnancy, the sudden running to the bathroom…

Nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy are definitely issues for some women, and for others the “morning sickness” can last all day, every day.  What Mama-to-be has time for that!?

Did you know that acupuncture is a fantastic addition to traditional Western prenatal care, and that it has many benefits that come with it? And as acupuncture has very few side effects, many pregnant women now seek this other option to drug therapy for these and many other common pregnancy complaints.

And it’s been shown that acupuncture can help. A single blind randomized controlled trial was undertaken by a maternity teaching hospital in Adelaide, Australia to determine whether acupuncture reduced nausea, dry retching, and vomiting, and improved the health status of women in pregnancy.

The trial consisted of 593 women less than 14 weeks pregnant that had symptoms of nausea or vomiting that were randomized into 4 groups. The results? Women receiving traditional acupuncture reported less nausea throughout the trial and less dry retching from the second week, compared with women in the no acupuncture control group. Women who received p6 acupuncture reported less nausea from the second week of the trial, and less dry retching from the third week compared with women in the no acupuncture control group. Women in the sham acupuncture group reported less nausea and dry retching from the third week compared with women in the no acupuncture group.

So, acupuncture was indeed found to be an effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy.

But is acupuncture safe?

Another study in 2002 conducted at the same hospital on the safety of acupuncture for nausea in early pregnancy verified that there is no increased risk of congenital anomalies, miscarriage, stillbirth, placental abruption, pregnancy-induced hypertension, preeclampsia, premature birth, or normal measures of neonatal health (such as maturity or birth weight) when women receive acupuncture during pregnancy.

The study was conducted during the first trimester of pregnancy, when fetal development is most vulnerable. These results have been replicated at other research institutions worldwide.

So not only is acupuncture effective, it’s safe!

Acupuncture is an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that has been used for thousands of years, and is a wonderful holistic therapy.  The procedures are relatively painless, the effect can be immediate and can even be relaxing. Acupuncture is also excellent for relieving stress, hip and low back pain, breech position, mild to moderate depression, inducing and decreasing the length of labor. A true Mother’s Helper!

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Source: Birth. 2002 Mar;29(1):1-9.
Acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial.
Smith C, Crowther C, Beilby J.
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Adelaide University, Adelaide, Australia.

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Suffering and Want Dizziness and Vertigo Verti-gone? Experience Acupuncture!

 

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Enjoy the Movie, But Relieve the Symptoms of Vertigo!

Is the world spinning you “right ’round like a record, baby?” Acupuncture lends a calming hand!

Dizziness and vertigo are two very uncomfortable traveling companions.

How to tell them apart? Dizziness may be experienced internally with uncomfortable sensations, and occasionally loss of balance, and vertigo may be experienced as more of an external imbalance where objects may seem to move around while the sufferer feels still.  In most cases, vertigo occurs when the the inner ear and its nerves (which are not functioning properly) disrupt the brain’s ability to accurately perceive motion. People with Labyrinthitis and Meniere’s disease often suffer vertigo.  When severe, vertigo can be debilitating, and in some cases can cause vomiting and imbalance.

It seems the unsavory traveling companions aren’t always traveling alone, either.  Vertigo can exist on its own, or it can be associated with other issues, such as migraine headaches and nausea. Let’s Get Rid of Headaches With Acupuncture!

Ailments like dizziness and vertigo result from imbalances within the body, and acupuncture is used to restore the balance and alleviate symptoms.

Acupuncture is an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that has been used for thousands of years, and is a wonderful holistic therapy that looks into all the relationships that are important for generating these symptoms. The acupuncture points used differ from patient to patient. We treat several meridians, with local point sites to the surface of the stomach area, as well as back points, and leg points. A complete history helps to uncover all of the factors that can be participating. The procedures are relatively painless, the effect can be immediate and can even be relaxing. You will welcome the relief!

Feeling Dizzy or Suffer Vertigo? Check this list…

  • Read the labels on your medications. Dizziness can be a side effect of certain medications, including some antihistamines, blood pressure medications, sedatives, tranquilizers, and many others. Review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist for side effects.
  • Be sure to stay hydrated. Dehydration can make you feel lightheaded or dizzy. Be sure that you’re getting enough water or other liquids during the day.
  • As they say, “You are what you eat.” By eating or drinking certain foods or liquids, it can set off the symptoms of vertigo for some people. Everyone is different, but food items to consider as triggers for vertigo may include sugar, dairy, and gluten. For some, just cutting out/ limiting certain foods can go a long way to curbing the effects of vertigo. Take a good, critical look at your diet. Are you getting enough protein, whole grains (if gluten is not an issue), vegetables, and fruit each day? Good nutrition is very important, too.
  • Do limit your intake of caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco. All have the ability to cause you to feel dizzy. Feel it’s time to quit? Acupuncture can also help you quit for good! Help Beat Addiction with Acupuncture
  • Stand up slowly, as this is a prime cause of some episodes of dizziness, and can help those with vertigo keep their balance.
  • Try Acupuncture!

If you suffer from vertigo or dizziness, schedule your acupuncture appointment today and experience relief sooner than you could have imagined!

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