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Life Being a Pain in the Foot? Acupuncture Brings Relief!

Happy, Healthy Feet with Acupuncture

Happy, Healthy Feet with Acupuncture

Love your feet? Want the pain gone? Acupuncture!

The foot is one of the most complex parts of the body. This small amount of square footage consists of 38 bones connected by numerous joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and is vulnerable to many stresses.

Foot pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, most often improper foot function or poor posture. Poor choices of footwear can worsen and, in some cases, produce foot problems. Shoes that are too tight, for instance, can increase pressure and stress, while shoes that are too loose can let the foot slide and rub, creating friction. Overuse and exercise-related problems can also cause foot pain, as do bunions and hammertoes.

Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective in relieving foot pain. A study published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine found acupuncture to be effective in relieving otherwise unresponsive chronic foot pain.

Acupuncture also treats plantar fasciitis, one of the most common cause of heel pain.

The journal Medical Acupuncture conducted a study using electroacupuncture on plantar fascitis. According to this study, 82 percent of patients claimed a 50 percent or more improvement in pain reduction.

Happy Feet with Acupuncture!

Jump for joy! Acupuncture works!

How exactly does this work? Acupuncture treatments help to release endorphins and enkephalins, substances needed for pain management within the body. It also stimulates certain neurotransmitters, which are also important in pain perception, as well as ACTH. ACTH is a hormone that triggers the release of cortisol from the adrenal glands. Cortisol is important in the body’s inflammatory response, and it is also involved in the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine, a potent hormone that can help decrease pain perception.

Acupuncture also improves circulation and speeds the healing process for strains and sprains.

In plain terms, acupuncture works to relieve pain by working with your body’s natural resources, speeding the healing process and helping the body produce its own pain relieving chemicals.

Want to get back up and running with your best foot forward? Try acupuncture!

Sources: Erickson RJ, Edwards B. Medically unresponsive foot pain treated successfully with acupuncture. Acupuncture in Medicine November 1996.

Medical Acupuncture; Low-Frequency Electroacupuncture in the Management of Refractory Plantar Fasciitis: A Case Series; Perez-Millan, R., M.D. and Foster, L., D.O.; January 2001

Want more information on how acupuncture can help you? Visit us at CT Acupuncture Center

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

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Trying for a Bundle of Joy? Acupuncture Boosts Fertility!

Painless and Effective -- Acupuncture for Fertility!

Painless and Effective — Acupuncture for Fertility!

Want a safe, effective way to increase your fertility odds?

Acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive and easy way to potentially increase your chances of getting pregnant, and there are many who are turning to acupuncture for fertility solutions when they are having difficulty conceiving.

Acupuncture greatly helps in curing fertility problems by encouraging follicle production, improving blood circulation in the uterus (which creates a more welcoming environment for the embryo), improving uterine lining thickness, improving egg quality, treating menstrual cycle disorders and improving overall health, which leads to the ability to more easily conceive and remain pregnant. 

One of the ways acupuncture treatments increases fertility is by reducing stress, which is often a key factor in the fertility of both men and women. When people are under stress, the hormone cortizol is released in the brain. This alters the brain’s neurochemical balance, which changes hormone levels and disrupting the pituitary balance that is key to the reproductive cycle. 

Stress can also alter sperm counts, motility, and cause impotence. Acupuncture can help with this too — a 2005 study published in Fertility and Sterility showed acupuncture can help treat male infertility by increasing the number of normal sperm and decreasing the number of defective sperm. Acupuncture infertility treatments counter the effects of stress and cortizol by releasing endorphins in the brain.

Acupuncture also works at stimulating the hypothalamus to effectively balance the endocrine system and its hormones and to get to the root cause of both male and female infertility. Acupuncture infertility treatments also have the added bonus of producing few or no side effects. 

Happy and Healthy with Acupuncture!

Happy and Healthy with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture is relaxing, painless and gentle. Less stress, a healthy body, balance – and the endorphins are certainly a bonus! Acupuncture helps you with your pregnancy from start to finish — a happy, healthy you…and baby!

Want more information on how acupuncture can help you? Visit us at CT Acupuncture Center

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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Asthma Sufferers — Acupuncture Is a Breath of Fresh Air

Suffer from Asthma? Breathe Easier with Acupuncture!

Suffer from Asthma? Breathe Easier with Acupuncture!

Breathe Easier with Acupuncture!

Do you or someone you love suffer from asthma? You’re not alone — approximately 20 million Americans have asthma, 9 million of them children. In fact, asthma is the most common chronic childhood illness. About half of all cases develop before the age of 10, and many children with asthma also have allergies.

Who gets asthma? Well, asthma is most likely caused by several factors. It could be in your genes — you’re more likely to develop asthma if others in your family have it. For those who are prone to it, exposure to environmental factors such as allergens, substances that cause an allergic reaction, or infections may increase the chance of developing asthma as well.

Most people with asthma may go for periods of time without any symptoms, then have an asthma attack. Some people have chronic shortness of breath that gets worse during an attack. Asthma attacks can last minutes to days, and can become dangerous if airflow to the lungs becomes severely restricted.

Allergens Can Play a Part in Asthma

Allergens Can Play a Part in Asthma

Primary symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing — usually begins suddenly; may be worse at night or early in the morning; can be made worse by cold air, exercise, and heartburn
  • Chest tightness
  • Cough (dry or with sputum) — in cough-variant asthma, this may be the only symptom

There are typically two types of asthma—extrinsic and intrinsic—and both will respond to acupuncture. Intrinsic asthma is caused by factors such as chemicals, cold air, exercise, infection and emotional upset. Extrinsic asthma is allergy-related and is triggered by pollen, dust, mold and animal dander.

Acupuncture acts on the nervous system by soothing the parasympathetic nerves while stimulating the sympathetic nerves. This causes the bronchioles to expand and mucus membranes to contract, leading to improved breathing. Acupuncture also reduces the level of inflammatory chemicals in the blood, thereby reducing the allergic response.

The effects of acupuncture are cumulative. After a series of treatments, patients notice a reduction in the frequency and severity of their attacks. Acupuncture has the effect of strengthening a person’s constitution and overall health so that their allergic response is reduced.

Many have found relief with acupuncture — contact us for more information today!

Source: Asthma | University of Maryland Medical Center 

Want more information on how acupuncture can help you? Visit us at CT Acupuncture Center

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

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Acupuncture’s Got Your Back! Natural Relief for Back Pain

Happy Backs with Acupuncture!

Happy Backs with Acupuncture!

“Live life and forget your age.” -Norman Vincent Peale

Norman had it right, except all it takes is hurting your back, and then you feel your age every minute!

When back pain has you suffering, consider this:

Acupuncture is one of the most time-tested treatments known to mankind. It’s a very effective treatment for many different symptoms. These symptoms include pain from a variety of causes, as well as many other conditions including nausea, smoking cessation, problems with addiction, inflammatory conditions, anxiety and depression, to name just a few.

Acupuncture is very helpful for back pain as well. Clinical practice guidelines issued by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians recommend acupuncture as one of several non-drug approaches physicians should consider when patients with chronic low-back pain do not respond to self-care (practices that people can do by themselves, such as remaining active, applying heat, and taking pain-relieving medications).

Let Acupuncture Relieve Your Back Pain

Let Acupuncture Relieve Your Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most frequently treated symptoms, and most people experience great results.

Let acupuncture help bring you relief from back pain!

Here’s some tips for a healthy back (brought to you by the North American Spine Society)

  1. Standing… keeping one foot forward of the other, with knees slightly bent, takes the pressure off your low back.
  2. Sitting… sitting with your knees slightly higher than your hips provides good low back support.
  3. Reaching… stand on a stool to reach things that are above your shoulder level.
  4. Moving Heavy Items… pushing is easier on your back than pulling. Use your arms and legs to start the push. If you must lift a heavy item, get someone to help you.
  5. Lifting… kneel down on one knee with the other foot flat on the floor as near as possible to the item you are lifting. Lift with your legs, not your back, keeping the object close to your body at all times.
  6. Carrying… two small objects (one in either hand) may be easier to handle than one large one. If you must carry one large object, keep it close to your body.
  7. Sleeping… sleeping on your back puts 55 lbs. of pressure on your back. Putting a couple of pillows under your knees cuts the pressure in half. Lying on your side with a pillow between your knees also reduces the pressure.
  8. Weight Control…  additional weight puts a strain on your back. Keep within 10 lbs. of your ideal weight for a healthier back.

Want more information on how acupuncture can help you? Visit us at CT Acupuncture Center

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

 Acupuncture in Action with Ingri Boe-Wiegaard 

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