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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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(Did You) Burn Baby, Burn? Acupuncture Can Bring Sunburn Relief

 
 
It always starts innocently enough...acupuncture can help relieve sunburn!

It always starts innocently enough…acupuncture can help relieve sunburn!

Are you looking for relief from that fun in the sun aftermath? 

Summertime. Sunshine. Sunburn…acupuncture!

It’s not necessarily the first thing you think about when you are wondering what on earth will speed up the healing process of sunburn, but acupuncture will not only help soothe the pain, it will make you feel more relaxed in the process!

How do you know you have sunburn? You know you’ve been in the sun too long if your skin looks pink or red, feels hot to the touch, or is painful. Once you feel this, however, it’s likely too late. Most sunburn symptoms don’t show until a few hours after exposure, but the full extent of the burn may not appear for a day or more.  

When you get a sunburn, you might experience redness, blisters, pain, swelling, itching, chills, headache, fever, dehydration and nausea. And if you make a habit of getting them, prolonged and repeated sunburns can cause aging of the skin, loss of skin elasticity, and greatly increase your risk of skin cancer. 

Here’s how we can help!

Millions of Americans get acupuncture yearly, most often for relief from chronic pain, back problems, addiction, headaches, menstrual discomfort and arthritis.

Acupuncture - it's  like sunbathing, but it soothes sunburn instead!

Acupuncture – it’s like sunbathing, but it soothes sunburn instead!

Acupuncture is also great for relieving sunburn.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, sunburn is a trapping of damp heat in the skin that must be treated by releasing the heat and soothing the accompanying pain. In addition, acupuncture can also give the immune system a boost, and relieve the general fatigue and malaise often present after a major sun exposure. 

Besides aftercare, a little prevention goes a very long way — here’s some great advice for more fun than burning in the sun…

Tips For Avoiding Sunburn
  • Seems simple…avoid the sun when it’s at super strength. Don’t stay out for long periods of time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you’re outdoors during this time, keep in mind that you’ll burn faster than at other times of the day.
  • Beware of reflective surfaces. Water or sand can bounce as much as 17% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays back at you. 
  • Wear clothing that will  protect you from the sun. If you’ve been out in the sun for a while and want to protect your skin, use clothing such as cover-ups, long, loose-fitting pants and tops, and wide-brimmed hats. Choose lightweight fabrics that are cool, but will still give you sun protection. Remember your sunglasses (sunburned eyes…it can happen).
Protect that gorgeous skin with sunblock!

Protect that gorgeous skin!

  • Wear sunblock! Sunblock will protect your skin from the sun’s rays, but be aware that many contain questionable chemicals that are not typically regulated. Choose natural varieties from your health food store, and be sure to reapply the sunblock if you have been in the water or have been sweating. 
  • Be shady! A simple way to avoid sunburn is to go in a shaded area to get out of the sun. If a shaded area (such as under a tree) is not available, use an umbrella. It will also make it easier for your friends and family to locate you on the beach! Win/win!

Interested in acupuncture and how it can help you? Please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com 

Questions about acupuncture?  Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture

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