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Acupuncture is Better than a Babysitter – An Ally for The Work At Home Parent!

Acupuncture - Relieving the Stress of Parenthood for Thousands of Years

Acupuncture – Relieves the Stress of Parenthood

When you think about it, the Stay-At (and very often Work-From) Home Mom and Dads do it all.

They are Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Plumbers, Mediators, Housekeepers, Cheerleaders, Chauffeurs, and everything in between.  They bring home the bacon with a child tucked underneath an arm, putting out fires and removing peanut butter from the cat while on speakerphone with the Boss. Sometimes even successfully. But all this juggling can have consequences.

We finish Take Acupuncture to Work Week with a tip of the cap to the Work From/Stay at Home Moms and Dads!

Days are full, often beginning before the alarm goes off.  They often don’t end even when heads hit the pillows, if the little one needs…well, anything.  Exhaustion can set in. Stress can go through the roof, when commitments and obligations start seeming out of control. Backs can be tweaked while wrestling a toddler, or necks strained while scrubbing who-knows-what from the walls, and headaches abound. And how many different kinds of colds are there, and why does everyone in the house keep seeming to share them?

Obviously things like proper diet and exercise can reduce stress and keep the body from running out of steam, but when life gets a bit out of control, it’s sure nice to know that WonderMom or SuperDad has an ally waiting in the wings — Acupuncture!

Acupuncture is a wonderful way to relieve headaches, improve sleep, reduce stress, help with back pain, alleviate fatigue, and a host of other symptoms and illnesses, including the common cold.

Chinese medicine practitioners and many traditional medical doctors recommend acupuncture as a natural way to boost your immune system, keeping it strong against intruders, fighting against Little Johnny Sneeze-a-Lot that lives next door and seemingly has adopted you.

Acupuncture heals imbalances in your immune system and also restores energy channels that have become disrupted. When these channels are open, the immune function functions at an optimal level and your body stays healthy, letting you drive Megan to dance practice for the 964th time. Scientifically, researchers have found that acupuncture enhances the production of natural killer cells, the body’s defense mechanisms against viruses and bacteria (and Little Johnny Sneeze-a-Lot). Acupuncture also regulates the activity of white blood cells, which also fight against infection and allergic reactions.

During cold and flu season, particularly for people susceptible to colds, it’s a good idea to boost your immune system every few weeks. The great benefits are that besides avoiding illness, you will see numerous positive side effects, such as a deeper sleep, clearer skin and a more relaxed and positive attitude. And that positivity just spreads to the kids, to your work, and your whole life!

Kudos to all the heroes out there — work hard, play hard, relax, and try acupuncture!

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Acupuncture is the Plumber’s Helper! Take Acupuncture to Work Week Continues…

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Acupuncture is the Plumber’s Helper!

They aren’t your typical hero, that’s for certain…but when you need them…aren’t you really glad they are at your door?

Take Acupuncture to Work Week’s star of the day is… the Plumber!

Plumbing is an occupation that require manual dexterity as well as technical expertise. Plumbers go through strict training programs that prepare them for the rigors of the field, and successfully meet licencing, registration or certification requirements. They are also faced with a multitude of physically demanding tasks, from hauling giant hoses across septic fields to making repairs in tiny cramped spaces, dealing with things that most of us generally choose not to think about.

One would imagine that the plumber’s major complaint is an aching back — hours of toil in the soil can take its toll!

One of the common causes of back pain is Sciatica.  Sciatica, (also known as sciatic neuritis) is the result of the compression of the sciatic nerve in the lower back. It produces pain and/or numbness in the lower back, the glutes, and even down the entire length of the leg. Plumber’s misfortune!

Treatment options vary depending on the specifics of the case. Muscle spasms, tight tendons and connective tissue, bulging or herniated discs, misaligned spine, or spinal degeneration is often the cause for sciatica. In most cases, relieving the pressure on the sciatic nerve can be achieved without undergoing surgery. That means no -recovering-from-surgery-time!

Acupuncture is wonderful at releasing the extra tension that causes the tendons, and muscle spasms, to irritate the sciatica nerve bundle. When symptoms are closer to the origin area in the lower back, the outer nerves are irritated in the bundle. As the symptoms reach (radiate) farther down the leg to the foot, and pick up numbness, the deeper nerves in the bundle are also getting irritated. And so’s the Plumber.

This is obviously something for everyone suffering from Sciatica — you want to be trying acupuncture pronto to stave off surgery. Many patients feel immediate improvements which is very encouraging. Caught early, the tension clears faster. Point sites will be local to the lower back, but also up to the upper back and neck area (where some great exit points live).

When you (and the plumber) come in, we will look at your whole health history, sports traumas, falls, bumps and bruises, as well as all other stories, (maybe even including the ones involving septic tanks?). The body likes to remember its history to help protect you. Acupuncture helps to reduce the residual effects that linger, sometimes for years.  There is more information on the tongue and the pulse, in addition to your history. Also, when there is flinching during touch or treatment, we know there has been trauma.

Back pain is one of the most frequently treated symptoms. Most people clear up nicely. Happy Plumbers! Happy People!

Thanks for those that do such a good job at all the dirty jobs out there…

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Author: Andrée Lambertson

Source: Health Aspects of Plumbing, World Health Organization/World Plumbing Council, 2006

Nurses Have a Pointed Interest in Acupuncture – Take Acupuncture To Work Week!

Acupuncture is a Great Nurse's Aide!

Acupuncture is a Great Nurse’s Aide!

“Take Acupuncture to Work Week” continues with an amazing group of people that are deeply committed to health and wellness, and certainly go above and beyond — Nurses! 

The first known Nurse, Phoebe, was mentioned in Romans 16:1. During the early years of the Christian Church, St. Paul sent a deaconess Phoebe to Rome as the first visiting nurse. She took care of both women and men. Nurses are the champions of the ill and recovering, provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. 

In the United States (according to the 2010 US Bureau of Labor Statistics) there were 2.74 million RNs, 752,000 LPNs, and 1.5 million nursing, psychiatric and home care aides. That is quite a lot of people caring for other people! 

There are a lot of challenges to being a nurse, and stress can be a major issue.

Some nurses work just 36 hours a week. But those hours are sometimes compressed into three 12-hour shifts, sometimes on consecutive days. A 40-hour workweek might consist of four 10-hour shifts. Furthermore, some states permit health care workplaces to institute mandatory overtime to make up for staffing shortages.

Regardless of the hours, nursing takes a toll on the body as well. Nurses risk joint and muscle strain from walking, standing and moving patients. They’re exposed to body fluids and other biological hazards, viruses, harsh sterilizing chemicals and radiation from X-rays and other diagnostic tools. 

The job can be psychologically draining, too.  They may experience emotional weariness from being closely involved with people’s suffering — sometimes called compassion fatigue — or from feelings of inadequacy and self-blame, a condition called stress of conscience. Conflicts between personal values and employer practices on ethical issues can lead to moral fatigue.

Stress and fatigue are two things that acupuncture is great at relieving — here’s how acupuncture can help nurses!

Stress is a blanket term for a number of factors that describe the brain’s response to events (typically unpleasant ones), which the patient feels he or she has only limited control over. Stress can manifest itself in a virtually unlimited number of ways, including headaches, muscle spasms, depression, insomnia, hypertension, and inappropriate social behavior, among many others. 

Acupuncture’s goal is to re-unite the body with the mind so that the flow of electricity, blood, lymph, and qi (life force) is harmonious in the body. The end result is a place of peace; a solid foundation for managing our stress. The positive changes that occur as a result of an acupuncture session can last a long time, and are cumulative in effect.

There are many relevant point sites, and our choice will depend on the patient’s story of signs and symptoms. The treatment is gentle, painless, and relaxing. Lots of relief from even the first treatment!

Fatigue is a general term for a number of issues that affects people mentally, physically, or both. Also referred to as exhaustion, lethargy, languidness, tiredness, languor, lassitude, and listlessness, fatigue is typically classified as a symptom as opposed to a condition. Physical fatigue is indicated by a general lethargy or listlessness, while mental fatigue is characterized by a feeling of drowsiness and an inability to pay attention.

Both of these types of fatigue are obviously a severe challenge to a nurse needing to stay on alert and at the top of their game — here’s how acupuncture can help.

Acupuncture is very helpful in the treatment of the symptoms as well as in the underlying causes of the fatigue, also often after just the first treatment. A thorough history, and an individual approach in the choice of point sites will usually give immediate positive results.

Acupuncture analysis includes a peek at the tongue, as well as checking the pulses. Improving the diet is always a good idea. Often patients remark that for even other primary concerns, fatigue was the first improvement they noticed. That is encouraging, and helps them continue further treatments for the other perhaps more stubborn symptoms. 

When the body is internally balanced and in harmony with the external environment, energy flows smoothly throughout to nourish all organs and tissues. By adjusting and stimulating the flow of energy through acupuncture, we stimulate the body’s natural healing ability to maintain health and protect against disease.  

Thank you to those amazing nurses out there — good health and happiness to you!

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Author: Andrée Lambertson

Sources: DeWit, Susan (2009). Fundamental Concepts And Skills for Nursing. Missouri: Saunders Elsevier. p. 964.

Fight Fire with…Needles? Acupuncture Great for Firefighters! Take Acupuncture To Work Week Continues…

Acupuncture Can Assist Firefighters!

Acupuncture Can Assist Firefighters!

Today’s installment deals with a hero to many a person!  Burning buildings, medical crises to avert or assist with are everyday tasks for the modern day firefighter. Firefighters have been battling the elements for centuries, putting life and limb on the line to bring safety to people, and protect property. Today, Fire and Rescue is still a mix of full-time paid, paid-on-call, and volunteer responders. In fact, in 2011, 1,100,450 firefighters from 30,145 local fire departments protected the United States. That’s a lot of people!

This heroism does not come without its risks — 70,090 firefighters were injured in 2011, and strain, sprain, and muscular pain were the leading type of injury.  Here’s where acupuncture can help the firefighter!

A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament (a band of fibrous tissue that connects two or more bones at a joint).  A strain is an injury to either a muscle or a tendon (fibrous cords of tissue that connect muscle to bone). Depending on the severity of the injury, a strain may be a simple overstretch of the muscle or tendon, or it can result from a partial or complete tear.

That sounds painful! And keeps a firefighter from doing what they do best — running around saving the day!

Acupuncture can be used to reduce swelling and pain and increase blood flow to the area to promote healing and increased range of motion. Acupuncture can also be used to balance the body’s natural muscular structure, avoid bracing from surrounding muscles, and strengthen the site of injury.

Acupuncture is 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.  If the injury is serious, it can also prepare the body for surgery (if it is needed) for a faster recovery. Post-surgery, acupuncture can target the pain and assist with tissue regeneration. Acupuncture to the rescue!

We will now move to the opposite end of the spectrum — a serious matter that affects many first responders…Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

PTSD is defined as an anxiety disorder triggered by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. Over a 30 year career, a firefighter bears witness to many of life’s traumas. We can characterize PTSD as a dysfunction of the body’s stress-coping system, which could lead to depression, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts. It can be subdivided into three categories: re-experiencing the trauma (intrusive memories), the numbing of affect and the avoidance of trauma-related stimuli (emotional numbing), and symptoms of excessive arousal not present before the event (increased arousal). Some of the physiological effects of PTSD include a higher resting rate, higher resting blood pressure, cognitive and mood disturbances, and abnormal changes in cortisol and norepinephrine (a hormone similar to adrenaline and “The Stress Hormone, respectively).

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is being seen in persons whose work exposes them to traumatic events or who treat trauma survivors. These occupations include military personnel, firefighters, police officers, emergency medicine specialists, search-and rescue personnel, and disaster investigators.  Acupuncture can assist in alleviating some of the ailments related to PTSD such as anxiety/panic disorders, depression, insomnia, and mental fogginess.

Fatigue is another common symptom associated with depression or PTSD. Many firefighters are so tired that they become inactive. Inactivity is associated with chronic medical conditions like hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis. This could lead to depression and helplessness. PTSD sufferers commonly express a feeling of helplessness.

Acupuncture helps to improve fatigue immediately, after the first treatment. Often patients remark that for even other primary concerns, fatigue was the first improvement they noticed. That is encouraging, and helps them continue further treatments for the other perhaps more stubborn symptoms.

Acupuncture does help to identify causes and relevant events with effects residing in the body memory. It is good to pinpoint some of the stressed and traumatized areas, release and reduce the levels of stress, so a new level of calm and comfort is gained. Point sites may be on the upper back, neck, lower back, hands or feet. Acupuncture is good for reducing anger, fear, sadness, worry, anxiety, depression, and stress of all kinds.

Acupuncture is of great benefit to all those looking for relief of many ailments, from the basic to the complex, the emotional and the physical.   We’ll leave firefighting to those brave, glorious people, and get back to what we do best — helping to heal!

Thank you to all those that make such a great difference to us all — you are valued more than you know.

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Author: Andrée Lambertson

Sources: U.S. Fire Department Profile Through 2011, by Michael J. Karter, Jr.
Firefighter Fatalities in the United States-2011, by Rita F. Fahy, Paul R. LeBlanc and Joseph L. Molis
U.S. Firefighter Injuries 2011, by Michael J. Karter, Jr., and Joseph L. Molis. Bryant, RA, & Harvey, AG. (1995).
“Posttraumatic Stress in Volunteer Firefighters: Predictors of Distress,” Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 183, 267-271. Del Ben, KS, Scotti, JR, Chen, Y, & Fortson, BL. (2006).
Prevalence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in Firefighters,” Work and Stress, 20, 37-48.

An Oral Report! Acupuncture Gets An A From Teachers! Take Acupuncture To Work Week!

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Acupuncture Gets An “A”!

Without teachers, we would none of us know a thing, including rules about double negatives.

That being said, we’ll open up “Take Acupuncture to Work Week” with one of the most honorable of professions, the Teacher. With summer here, school is out for many, but teaching is often a year ’round commitment.

How can acupuncture help Teachers? Well…what do Teachers use the most? Their brains, hearts, voices, back, fingers and feet…basically it’s a head to toe position, especially if someone is a teacher of movement! Stress is also a factor with this job — lots of people, lots of commitments, lots of energy expended, lots of exposure to lots of contagions from all of those people.

All of that stress can cause…headaches! Unruly students, school bells, fire drills during exams, PTA meetings, 350 papers to grade, the janitor is having to visit the classroom with a mop and bucket…again…temples begin to throb just thinking about it.

Because “headache” is a blanket term for over 200 conditions that fall into multiple classifications, the symptoms (and treatment) depends on the type of headache. The severity of a headache ranges from a tightness in the neck area to an incapacitating migraine that can last several days. And that’s not good for a teacher (or their students)!

Whether it is a tension headache, or a wicked migraine (think of those poor Driver’s Ed teachers), acupuncture is quickly helpful. The treatment is gentle, and painless (unless we treat a forehead point site – ouch – but still better than a headache! Or a tack in a chair. No, really, it is!) Luckily that causes an immediate relief from the pressure there, and the headache eases. Back to school! Call the substitute back!

Take that, headache!

On to…blood pressure.  Thump thump. Thump thump..EVERYONE forgot their homework?!…thump thump thump thump…

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the body becomes elevated. The most prevalent type is classified as “primary hypertension”, and a far less-common type of hypertension is “secondary hypertension”, which is caused by a condition in another part of the body, such as the heart, kidneys or endocrine system.

Left untreated, high blood pressure is a leading cause of strokes, heart attack, kidney failure and arterial aneurysm. Serious subject matter indeed. And apparently necessitates another call to the substitute.

Here’s an oral report! Acupuncture is very helpful in the treatment of high blood pressure. The choice of point sites varies with the consideration of other factors in the medical history. Hypertension means a little too much tension or contractive energetic going into the muscles and the smooth muscle of the arterial walls. The acupuncture treatment helps those point sites release the extra tensive energy out, by way of an intrinsic expansive function those same point sites also have.

You learn something new every day!

We will end today’s lesson with the backbone of the Teacher’s arsenal. The…back.

Have you seen their chairs? And linoleum or concrete just isn’t as soft as it used to be to walk on. Teachers are athletes of the mind,  reaching for the stars to share them with their students, and the back sure can get torqued.

One of the top causes of back pain are sprains (overstretching one or more of the ligaments in the back) and strains (a rip or tear in the muscle caused by sudden force). This can happen from an injury, poor posture, or improper lifting. Say, Coach tried to show off for the Seniors when he hadn’t stretched properly. Acupuncture continues to gain popularity in this country because it is an effective treatment of acute and chronic backache, in fact, back pain is one of the most commonly treated symptoms. Acute pain can often be cleared up in a few sessions.

And now the gym students can learn about how to properly lift now that Coach is back from acupuncture!

Thanks to all the fantastic teachers out there that makes such a difference every day.

Happy Summer!

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Author: Andrée Lambertson

Acupuncture Very Helpful With Acne

Improve your Complexion with Acupuncture

Improve your Complexion with Acupuncture

Beautiful skin is certainly desired.

Always a sensitive topic, acne is among the most common of skin conditions.  It afflicts almost all adolescents to some degree, and can extend into adulthood.  The degree of severity can vary widely, and sometimes scarring can occur.  But no matter how bad, acne can have a significant effect on social and emotional health.   It can also be the source of physical pain and local skin infections. 

According to Western medicine, acne is a disorder of the hair follicle sebaceous gland.  This gland can get clogged, the clogged pore then becomes a pimple.  Hormones and bacteria in the skin further exacerbate the clogging of pores.  In some people, the pimple can become inflamed leading to development of large painful pimples, commonly referred to as cysts. 

In acupuncture, we consider physical, emotional, and environmental factors of the individual when treating skin problems. Acne is most often associated with heat and dampness effecting the organs and channels of the lungs, stomach, and spleen.

Each organ has specific functions and is connected to a channel that runs from the skin’s surface internally to connect with the organ. The organs involved with acne are because of both the function as well as the locations of their channels.

Stress, overwork, and congenital factors are some of the most common reasons for disharmony.  Food choices are also a common cause. For example,  eating greasy, spicy, and heavy foods disrupt the function of the spleen in digestion that can lead to dampness, which can influence an acne flare-up.  

In women, if acne becomes worse around the menstrual cycle, it may be related to the qi, the body’s energy, and blood.  Qi flows throughout the body’s channels.  Emotions such as stress, frustration, and anger can cause the qi to slow down to stagnate.  Frequently, acne and other skin problems which occur around the menses are caused by qi and blood stagnation.  For this acupuncture points such as Liver 3 on the foot, and Spleen 6 above the ankle may be used.  

By taking the pulse, asking in-depth questions, and observing the tongue and skin, we will make an individualized diagnosis. Acne is treated very well with acupuncture. Acupuncture can help regulate your body’s hormone output, thus regulating the skins oils and make your skin clearer. Acupuncture is effective in stimulating the bodies immune responses which can help deal with the bacteria that cause the acne. Acupuncture is a holistic treatment.  It can help those with all degrees and types of acne with clearing the skin, as well as improve overall wellness.  

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Acupuncture and Weight Loss – A Great Tool To Use With a Weight Loss Program

Weight Loss with Acupuncture

Weight Loss with Acupuncture

There are many reasons people become overweight — some of the most common reasons are hormone imbalances, slowed metabolism, overeating, poor nutrition and lack of exercise.

While it’s usually a tool to aid in relieving illness or disease, acupuncture also works in many ways to aid in weight loss.

Often acupuncture is used to help correct the appetite in a weight loss program. Point sites for appetite control are found on the external ear, as well as odd places like the feet, or hands, or even the abdomen. Upper back point sites may be chosen. Treatments often include other considerations such as metabolism improvements, elimination of fats and fluids, as well as improved diet and exercise advice. Emotional aspects that underlie can also be addressed with acupuncture. The body has a history that it subconsciously remembers and that can affect its ability to be optimally functioning and healthy. Acupuncture theory can recognize some signs to that history, and how the body is currently affected, and then chose appropriate point sites to give improvement.

Of particular interest is the ability of acupuncture to influence obesity hormones. Research measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss found treatments increased ghrelin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and decreased leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism. The release of stress reducing endorphins helps you to manage the challenges of food cravings and weight gain anxiety.

The guiding principal is that acupuncture can give additional power to any other weight control strategy by curbing appetite, quelling cravings, boosting metabolism, improving digestion, regulating obesity-related hormones and enhancing the way nutrients are used. It can unblock energy flows to and from the hypothalamus, the region within the brain that controls the appetite.  It also strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats. Acupuncture may also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full.  In addition to weight loss effects, acupuncture has shown to decrease problems with joint pain, insomnia and headaches.

What a wonderful tool to use!

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Suffer No Longer with a Sore Throat – Acupuncture Treats Holistically

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Sore Throats Relieved with Acupuncture

A sore throat is a common ailment that can be caused by a number of factors, usually inflammation, infection, or irritation. It is a symptom of another problem; in most cases an infection is to blame, but in some rare instances it can be something more serious than that. The pain from a sore throat can range from slightly irritating to extremely painful.

Determining the cause of the sore throat is essential to treatment. As mentioned, a viral infection is the most common cause, but bacterial infections, inflamed tonsils, environmental factors, tumors, reflux, and can cause a sore throat. Post-nasal drip and allergies are also typical causes as well. 

Acupuncture is appropriate for treating a sore throat, as we will look into all the history and other symptoms that might explain why the throat is sore. I have also treated singers and speakers, with great success.  We have a holistic approach to analyzing your health and habits. We will preferably treat the causes to your throat symptoms, and will treat the throat points as well as other points on the surface of the body. Boosting the immune system, and clearing the lymphatic system might be a good starting point. Diet changes could also be helpful. Treatments are gentle, painless, and relaxing. 

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Stuffy Nose? Rhinitis Improved Immediately with Acupuncture!

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Rhinitis Improved Through Acupuncture

Also known as a cold or stuffy nose, rhinitis is an extremely common condition. It is caused by an irritation and inflammation of the nasal area. In most cases it is caused by bacteria, a virus or some sort of irritant, which results in the excess production of mucus, causing a runny nose, nasal congestion or post-nasal drip. Rhinitis is extremely common; as much as 20% of the U.S. population is estimated to be suffering from it at any given time.

Although there is no known cure for the common cold, treatment for rhinitis involves alleviating the symptoms. In most instances, moisturizing nasal spray is helpful for keeping the nasal passages lubricated, drinking extra fluids, avoiding extra stress, and getting a little extra rest is good advice.

Acupuncture is helpful immediately in opening up the sinus cavities and promoting good drainage. The local point sites give immediate improvement. In addition to local point sites, for immediate relief, we also look to the whole health picture, and want to treat underlying causes as well. Acupuncture can help strengthen the immune system, and clean up many of the waterways in the body. One can think of the acupuncture pathways as waterways where micro-amperage current ripples along, facilitating the communication between all the tissue structures, cells, and parts of the mind-body complex. We really think that way! There is a bit of physics to the acupuncture workings. When you have a cold, your head is too cloudy and clogged to understand this – just get me relief you ask!

Acupuncture helps to address underlying allergies that sometimes add to the frequency of sinus symptoms.  Treatments aim to, yes, give immediate relief from the symptoms, and further, it can address the variety of underlying causes. 

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Manage Your Stress with Acupuncture!

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Acupuncture Relieves Stress

Contrary to popular opinion, not all stress is a bad thing. Human beings have natural built in mechanisms that help us to know how much effort to exert. These environmental cues are essential to keep us safe in a world that can be difficult to navigate. Well-managed stressors can be good motivation for us to keep reaching for our full potential. The problem occurs when either we are exposed to stressors that seem too great for us to manage, or if little stressors are allowed to build up because they were not fully processed the first time.

Stress can manifest itself in a virtually unlimited number of ways, including headaches, muscle spasms, depression, insomnia, hypertension, and inappropriate social behavior, among many others. Increased heart rate, changes in breathing patterns, muscle tension and high blood pressure are common reactions from a change in brain chemistry that occurs with stress.  The human body reacts to stress appropriately when faced with a “fight or flight” situation and adrenaline is released inside the body.  This is the reaction that helps us cope in a disaster or stressful situation.  Imbalance occurs when this reaction is frequent and is not due to outside factors.  The body can become used to the adrenaline and corticosteroid release and become dependent on this state.   

From what we can tell so far the emotional brain or limbic system is affected the most. With so many stimuli to process, when we have a problem in part of our bodies that can be ignored for the short term, our brain is likely to selectively throw a circuit breaker so that we are not even aware of the issue. We no longer notice the pain, inflammation, lack of range of motion, etc. Acupuncture can re-awaken a brain that has lost it’s awareness of the body it manages by freeing the flow of information and electricity.  Like other conditions, treatment depends on multiple factors, both physical and emotional, but in most cases getting adequate sleep, maintaining a proper diet, and exercise are recommended.

Acupuncture’s goal is to re-unite the body with the mind so that the flow of electricity, blood, lymph, and qi is harmonious in the body. The end result is a place of peace; a solid foundation for managing our stress.  Change is a guaranteed thing, so it seems some stress is also. The positive changes that occur as a result of an acupuncture session can last a long time, and are cumulative in effect.

There are many relevant point sites, and our choice will depend on your complete story of signs and symptoms. The treatment is gentle, painless, and relaxing.

Lots of relief from even the first treatment!

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