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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Winter Shoveling is a Pain! Acupuncture Brings Relief to Overworked Backs

Acupuncture brings a wintery mix of health!

Acupuncture brings a wintery mix of health!

Does your back hurt after shoveling out from the latest blizzard of the century? Acupuncture to the rescue!

Snowmageddon! There’s been an awful lot of shoveling and maneuvering of icy sidewalks lately, and the back sure can suffer.

Back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment. What causes it? Some of the top causes are sprains which can occur when one or more of the ligaments in the back is overstretched and strains, which is a rip or tear in the muscle caused by sudden force. This can happen from an injury, poor posture, or improper lifting, such as improperly hefting too big of a pile of Mother Nature’s bounty.

Back problems are also, by far, the primary reason for appointments with acupuncturists. For those who suffer from chronic back pain, clinical practice guidelines issued by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians recommend acupuncture. They consider it 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).

Acupuncture can effectively help acute and chronic back pain and many other pain related issues naturally. Back pain limits range of motion and complicates daily activities. Some back pain is accompanied by tingling and burning and acupuncture treatments work wonderfully for those conditions as well. 

Shoveling have you flat on your back? Acupuncture to the rescue!

Shoveling have you flat on your back? Acupuncture to the rescue!

With acupuncture, we look at your whole health history, sports traumas, falls, bumps and bruises, as well as all other stories. The body likes to remember its history to help protect you. Acupuncture helps to reduce the residual effects that linger, sometimes for years.

Back pain is one of the most frequently treated symptoms, and most people experience great results. It’s time to enjoy winter!

Some tips for healthy and happy shoveling:

  • Push the snow, don’t lift it.
  • In terms of your shovel, use a smaller one; the less snow you move at once, the safer you’ll be.
  • Don’t start shoveling while snow is still falling (it’s colder, so you’ll put additional strain on your heart)
  • Breathe during the exercise; keep checking yourself to make sure you’re not accidentally holding your breath.

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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Arthritis Sufferers – Acupuncture Works to Relieve Pain, Drug Free!

Acupuncture Brings Arthritis Relief!

Acupuncture Brings Arthritis Relief!

Don’t suffer with arthritis – let acupuncture bring relief! 

Arthritis is one of the most pervasive diseases in the United States and is the leading cause of disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every three Americans (an estimated seventy million people) is affected.

Arthritis is a disease that affects the joints of the body. While medicine has identified over 100 different forms of arthritis, there are some symptoms that are common in every variety. These include pain, stiffness and inflammation, while extreme cases can even result in physical disfiguration. Other non-localized symptoms can include fatigue, insomnia, weight loss and fever.

In most cases arthritis is limited to one part of the body, typically the hands, feet, knees, hips or any of the major joints. Arthritis is also seen in auto-immune diseases like Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis and Scleroderma and as a manifestation of problems in body chemistry as in Gout.

For most people, arthritis pain and inflammation cannot be avoided as the body ages. In fact, most people over the age of fifty show some signs of arthritis as joints degenerate over time. Fortunately, arthritis can often be managed with acupuncture.

Greater Mobility and Range of Motion with Acupuncture!

Greater Mobility and Range of Motion with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture decreases pain by increasing the release of endorphins, which are the morphine-like chemicals produced in our own bodies during times of pain or stress. Many acu-points are near nerves. When stimulated, these nerves cause a dull ache or feeling of fullness in the muscle. The stimulated muscle sends a message to the central nervous system, consisting of the brain and spinal cord, causing the release of those endorphins, which, along with other neurotransmitters, which are the chemicals that modify nerve impulses, block the message of pain from being delivered up to the brain.

We work with each patient to customize a treatment plan that can be tailored to their condition. Less pain, greater mobility and range of motion, as well as improved strength come quickly with a series of treatments, and best of all — it’s all drug free!

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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Beat the Heat of Hot Flashes and the Insomnia of Menopause with Acupuncture!

Let Acupuncture Be an Ally During Menopause

Let Acupuncture Be an Ally During Menopause

Would you like relief from hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia due to menopause? 

Today approximately 40 million American women suffer with the unpleasant and sometimes debilitating symptoms of menopause — about 80% of them having hot flashes and night sweats.

Hot flashes are a series of symptoms that affect women, mostly those approaching or in menopause. Hot flashes may be the single most aggravating symptom during menopause — they are the subjective sensation of intense warmth in the upper body, neck and face. They are caused by hormone changes within the body and when they occur at night, are referred to as “night sweats.”

It is not uncommon for women affected by them to experience insomnia, restlessness, irritability, and depression. They may occur in 80% of menopausal women, and may last for up to five years.

It’s no wonder that women are taking charge of their health and looking for relief! 

Women are also looking towards holistic therapies to treat their symptoms.  And studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment.

From 1997 to 1999, one of the first studies in the United States to explore the effectiveness of acupuncture in alleviating hot flashes, insomnia and nervousness, conducted by Dr. Susan Cohen, D.S.N., APRN, associate professor of the University of Pittsburgh, it was found that during the course of acupuncture treatments, hot flashes decreased by 35% and insomnia decreased by 50%. A follow-up study revealed hot flashes significantly decreased in those receiving acupuncture, compared to those receiving routine care. 

Acupuncture almost always clears the hot flashes easily and quickly, with only a few treatments. What a wonderful relief! The point sites chosen do not hurt, are gentle, and effective. Patients feel a sense of increased well-being and a higher energy level.

Other symptoms such as insomnia can be treated at the same time. In fact, acupuncture is helpful and relevant for treating all sleep problems. Acupuncture works by approaching the mind and body holistically to address internal imbalance, encouraging the flow of natural energy, and releasing physical and mental tension.

Rest Easy - Acupuncture is Effective for Insomnia

Rest Easy – Acupuncture is Effective for Insomnia

Acupuncture can curb hot flashes and night sweats, balance the endocrine system, improve sleep quality and energy levels, improve irritability and the feeling of fogginess, increase your immune function, promote mind-body relaxation, and strengthen metabolism.

All of this combines to promote better health and an enhanced quality of life, and with no side effects. What an ally to menopause!

 

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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Beat Down Those Bad Habits and Boost Your Health with Acupuncture!

Embrace Health and Happiness in 2015!

Embrace Health and Happiness in 2015!

Acupuncture can decrease cravings for drugs and alcohol, reduce withdrawal symptoms, relieve tension, and help people relax!

Addiction is rampant in our society. Similar to other illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, addiction is classified as a chronic illness that causes long-term physical, psychological and social affects. There are many things that people can become addicted to. Alcohol. Cigarettes. Video Games. Medications and drugs. If use turns into addiction, there is help!

Acupuncture is very helpful in treating all forms of addictions—from serious ones involving alcohol and hard drugs to relatively less serious ones involving nicotine and overeating.

How does it do that? Research has shown that acupuncture can raise the level of endorphins in the nervous system.  Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers, resembling opiates in structure and function. Cravings and withdrawal symptoms experienced by people giving up smoking or drugs can be alleviated by raising the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Some researchers also believe that the desire to eat is also mediated by the endorphin level in the brain, which would explain why acupuncture helps dieters to control their appetites.

Food, smoking, and medication addictions are the ones that are most common and acupuncture certainly gives great results. With smoking, often only one treatment is needed! With medication addiction, a series of treatments over a short period of time is appropriate. With food, and appetite control, acupuncture is helpful quickly. The point sites vary a little from person to person, but ear points can always be included in the choice. A complete history and exam is always important to guide in the choice of point sites.

Acupuncture alleviates withdrawal symptoms (including cravings, body aches, headache, nausea, sweating, muscle cramping, etc.) so mental and physical stability are quickly achieved, reduces the physical symptoms of withdrawal, relieves depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

Feel Relaxed and Rejuvenated with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture for Health!

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.

Other benefits? Acupuncture also works to clear the mind, build energy, and give a sense of well being. And that’s a great foundation to build upon for a strong and healthy 2015!

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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Holiday’d Out? Acupuncture for Rest, Relaxation and Rejuvenation!

Feel Relaxed and Rejuvenated with Acupuncture!

Feel Relaxed and Rejuvenated with Acupuncture!

The holidays are over — and it’s time to relax!

Acupuncture is a fantastic way to release built up stress, and head off tension before it starts to cause trouble.

Relieving tension is important for the sake of your health. Here’s why — too much tension in the body can result in disharmony and illness, causing blockages of energy in the body. There is a linked relationship between apparently mild symptoms such as “feeling a little tense” and it affecting different organs and bodily functions, and developing into potentially serious diseases.

Tension and stress affect different people in different ways. For some, the build up and stagnation of energy can cause muscle tension, pain, spasm and headaches. If the tension remains unresolved and is allowed to become chronic, it can lead to habitual anger, migraines and high blood pressure, among other symptoms.

In other people, it manifests as emotional tension. Energy can stagnate in the chest area, and heart palpitations and nervousness can occur, as well as feelings of anxiety or feeling distant emotionally. Among other factors, this can be caused by chronic unexpressed emotions such as anger or grief, poor breathing habits, smoking, and emotional excesses or habits.

Relax into Better Sleep with Acupuncture!

Relax into Better Sleep with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture is an ally for those looking to reduce stress and avoid health issues. Acupuncture treatments often have the quality of sleep and deep relaxation.

The treatment is communicating a message to the body, mind and spirit, asking it to process in a specific way. This is why an hour-long acupuncture treatment can often feel like an entire night of restful sleep, and why so much healing can be achieved. It is a condensed, directed sleep; utilizing the healing power of sleep in an efficient, guided way.Trauma, disappointment, guilt and uneasiness is able to be resolved within this state, and joy can take its place!

Acupuncture also has the added benefit of re-uniting 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 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 the choice depends on each person’s complete story of signs and symptoms. The treatment is gentle and painless, and really can help in reducing stress and tension — you will feel so relaxed!

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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