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Get Natural Relief from Plantar Fasciitis with Acupuncture!

If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis and want natural relief, acupuncture is the answer!

There are a variety of different foot problems that involve heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is the most common condition.

Plantar fasciitis occurs through tension and small tears of the soft tissue under the bottom of the heel bone. This painful condition is characterized by intense burning pain after rest. Plantar fasciitis usually occurs when the tension in the legs and lower back add to the strain on the heel fascia.

Acupuncture is very effective in treating plantar fasciitis because of its ability to reduce inflammation, the primary cause of the syndrome. It can also help to balance the muscles involved in walking so that the fascia is not strained, allowing it to heal. Acupuncture also relaxes the muscles of the foot, further decreasing inflammation, and stimulates the body to release endorphins, naturally relieving pain. Stretching your calf muscles before running or walking and wearing properly supportive footwear will also help your fascia heal.

Acupuncture is an ancient, time-tested form of therapy that has exceptionally few side effects. Modern research shows that not only is acupuncture effective in relieving foot pain, it can also treat other systems in the body like the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system.

With acupuncture, we look at your whole health history and tailor a treatment specifically to your needs. Many patients feel immediate improvements.

The best part? The treatment is safe, natural, effective and drug-free. 

Give yourself the gift of improved health and get relief from pain and stress today! Schedule an appointment at the CT Acupuncture Center.

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

Questions about acupuncture? Visit: Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture
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Lyme Disease — Acupuncture Brings Relief from Symptoms

Boost your immunity and health with acupuncture!

Boost your immunity and health with acupuncture!

If you want to boost your immunity, and get relief from the symptoms of Lyme Disease, acupuncture is the answer!

Lyme disease by now is the best-known, worldwide example of a tick-borne disease. Many people have Lyme disease without experiencing any discomfort from symptoms. Many others are struggling with complex symptoms of Lyme, but are unaware that they are infected.

Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick, specifically deer ticks. This tick, which is infested with a spirochete, bites a human and transmits the bacterium into the bloodstream. The symptoms typically appear within 7 to 14 days. A simple blood test is all that is required to determine if Lyme disease is present.

Lyme disease produces toxins and lipoproteins which trigger the immune system to produce many different kinds of inflammation.

Typical symptoms include joint ache, a rash on the skin (particularly in the area surrounding the bite) that often looks like a bull’s eye, headaches, fever, profuse sweating and fatigue, and neurological issues, though all of the symptoms are not present in every case.

Boost your whole family's immunity with acupuncture!

Boost your whole family’s immunity with acupuncture!

Lyme disease imitates a variety of illnesses and its severity can vary from person to person. Early detection and treatment is vital in preventing Lyme disease from advancing to the later stages.

At the earliest point in time, as soon as recognize you may have Lyme, go to a doctor, and get antibiotics immediately. The quicker and earlier the treatment, the better. The spirochetes are a serious problem that require proper antibiotics and MD care.

Give your health a boost with acupuncture!

Acupuncture is highly relevant and helpful for all phases of this disease, and is a wonderful addition to your primary support physician.

You will be amazed at the immediate improvement of joint symptoms, as well as the chronic fatigue factors that respond to the very first treatments. You can return to being pain-free, with a clear mind and good energy, without unpredictable ups and downs.

Acupuncture can improve the body’s immune response, the healing action, the body chemistry, and clearing the blockages in the energy pathways. Acupuncture also helps your brain to overcome the symptoms of neurological inflammation from the disease.

Depending on how long you have had Lyme, how many times, or how many years, you will need a series of treatments to hasten your complete recovery. Also important is ongoing attention to a healthy diet, nutritional supplementation, physical activity, and a positive mental outlook.

Lyme disease can be a very challenging condition to fight and recover from. As in all conditions and all patients, acupuncture treatment is always on a case-by-case basis. There are no harmful side effects and no possibility for addiction.

Give yourself the gift of improved health and get relief from pain and stress today! Schedule an appointment at the CT Acupuncture Center.

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

Questions about acupuncture? Visit: Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture
Back pain relief in action! Want to see an acupuncture session in action for yourself? Check this out…

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Anxious to Get Rid of Anxiety? Acupuncture to the Rescue!

 
Feel relaxed and breezy with acupuncture!

Feel relaxed and peaceful with acupuncture!

Anxiety getting out of control? Let acupuncture bring you back into balance! 

Anxiety is a completely normal human emotion. Many people feel nervous or anxious when faced with problems at work, before taking an exam, or making a difficult life decision. It’s a perfectly normal reaction to stress.

Anxiety disorders, however, are different. They can cause such distress that it interferes with someone’s ability to lead a normal life. And distress can disturb the body’s internal balance or equilibrium, leading to physical symptoms such as headaches, an upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, sexual dysfunction, and problems sleeping. Emotional problems can also result from distress.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) occurs when someone feels worried and stressed about what could be seen as average, everyday events and activities. Often the things are small or unimportant. This type of worry can become disruptive, and affect daily life. Everyone gets worried or anxious sometimes. But people with generalized anxiety disorder experience more than normal everyday worries, and often have physical symptoms such as headaches, body aches or fatigue, among others. 

The cause of generalized anxiety disorder is not known. Some studies show that it might be passed genetically, and hyperthyroidism has been shown to cause generalized anxiety symptoms.

Besides GAD, many people often suffer from panic disorder, or panic attacks. People with this condition have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly without warning. Other symptoms of a panic attack include sweating, chest pain, palpitations (unusually strong or irregular heartbeats), and a feeling of choking, which may make the person feel like they are having a heart attack or are losing their sanity. 

Also within the anxiety spectrum is social anxiety disorder, or social phobia. Social anxiety disorder brings feelings of overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about normal, everyday social situations. The worry often focuses on a fear of being judged negatively by others, or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or lead to ridicule. This can keep people from going out, meeting new people, moving ahead in their careers or towards their goals as they might wish. 

There is no reason to suffer from anxiety alone any longer. Acupuncture is a powerful treatment for relieving anxiety — it is highly effective in treating emotional problems, and it also addresses the physical realm, relieving the headaches, upset stomach, muscle aches, insomnia, and irritability that anxiety and stress can cause.  

Acupuncture treatments are based on treating your mental, emotional and physical symptoms. The resulting effect from acupuncture treatment is a feeling of relaxation, calm and an overall sense of well-being. 

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

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Want to Love Your Guts? Acupuncture Improves Digestive Health!

 
Improve Your Digestive Health with Acupuncture!

Improve Your Digestive Health with Acupuncture!

 Do you want to be friends with your belly again?

It’s been said that it’s the way to a man’s heart, and sometimes our eyes are larger than it is (which can definitely cause some digestive issues). Obviously our stomachs and digestive systems are a very central part to our well-being. We pat them when we’re satisfied. But sometimes there can be trouble in tummy paradise — between 60-70 million people are affected by some form of digestive disorder. That’s about 20% of our population.

Digestive function is a complex process, involving multiple organ systems, enzymes and hormones. Our digestive system is also home to many of the body’s immune cells. If our digestive system is not functioning properly, it needs to use enzymes normally associated with our immune system, thus weakening our immunity, and without proper elimination of waste products, the build up of toxic by-products in our body increases, leading to a greater chance of illness.

Poor digestive function can be affiliated with fatigue, accelerated aging, allergies, weak immune system and cancers, to a name a few. Happy life = happy guts!

Acupuncture has been used for a very, very long time to help people gain digestive health, and heal while improving immunity!

Acupuncture is very helpful for many common digestive disorders including:

  • Acid Reflux
  • Constipation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating/excess gas
  • Heartburn
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Chron’s Disease
  • Celiac Disease

In traditional Chinese medicine, disease is seen as an imbalance of qi, or vital energy, in the body. The placement of needles at different points in the body helps unblock and stimulate this flow of energy. Acupuncture works to help your body heal and resolve the problem. I base treatment on each individual’s needs, which could include either an excess or deficiency of qi. 

Acupuncture heals the channels of the entire digestive system. Acupuncture helps ease symptoms and discomfort immediately, relieving indigestion, stomach ache and acid reflux, bloating and constipation. Acupuncture may also benefit patients who find their symptoms are brought on or worsened by stress, anxiety and emotional issues. Acupuncture works to relieve the body of these stressors by helping to calm the nerves thus inducing a state of relaxation. A relaxed body, and a happy, healthy belly!

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

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Summer Health and Happiness – Acupuncture Can Relieve Worry and Pain

Acupuncture Helps You Be Worry and Pain Free!

Acupuncture Helps You Be Worry and Pain Free!

Imagine how it would be if you had added energy, relief from stress and freedom from pain.

Acupuncture has been around for centuries, and for good reason — it works!

Most everybody worries sometimes. But sometimes the worry gets out of control. In the United States, anxiety disorders affect about 40 million adults — women twice more than men. In Western medicine, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a psychological and physiological state characterized by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about every day or upcoming life events with no obvious reasons for the worry. People with symptoms of GAD tend to always expect disaster and seemingly can’t stop worrying about things such as health, money, family, work, or school, and the worry is often unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation. Daily life can become a constant state of worry, fear, and dread. Eventually, the anxiety dominates the person’s thinking and eventually interferes with daily functioning. This is not what we want for anybody! 

Acupuncture is a safe and natural way to treat many cases of anxiety and depression, including GAD. It’s an excellent complementary therapy as well. In more severe cases that are interfering with your daily activities and responsibilities over the long term, acupuncture can work in conjunction with other treatments such as therapy or medication, helping to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment and minimize side effects.

What is causing this imbalance? There can be many different reasons for the disharmony within the body that result in emotional disorders, but anger, irritability, and frustration are all signs that our qi (energy) is not moving smoothly. Often irritability and moodiness can be the consequence of built up stress in your life. Those little things can really add up! Over time these emotions can develop into more serious emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression, as well as other health concerns such as digestive problems, trouble sleeping and the tendency for a weakened immune system.  

The liver is responsible for the smooth flowing of qi throughout the body and for calming our emotions. When the liver’s function of moving qi is disrupted, qi can become stuck or stagnant. This is referred to as liver qi stagnation. Liver qi stagnation is one of the most common patterns of disharmony that we see in patients.

Here’s the good news! Acupuncture is excellent at relieving liver qi stagnation. The treatment for irritability and moodiness associated with the stagnation focuses on moving qi, and supporting the liver and spleen organ systems with acupuncture, lifestyle and dietary recommendations. Acupuncture often gives an immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes. 

Acupuncture can help smooth your emotions and bring your hormones into balance. It can also help improve the overall health of your liver as well as treat stress, anger and frustration — which will make everyone happier…and you much more healthy!

Acupuncture is also helpful for relieving pain.

It serves to reduce inflammation and help injured muscles heal more quickly. In the case of lower back strain, acupuncture helps to relieve those stresses that are causing tension so that the hamstring muscles can recover, and also reduces the body’s reactive guarding that often contributes to further distress. Acupuncture also restores and improves circulation to your injured parts, enabling them to heal more quickly.  It will also promote good sleep, and aid in digestion. Acupuncture supports healthy hormone function which will help support your joints’ integrity, gives you more energy, and can help create pain relieving substances within the body to help it feel better! 

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

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Or…check out this video below and see those questions answered by Ingri!

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Back Pain Keeping You from Your Garden? Acupuncture Cultivates Health!

  
Acupuncture Has Your Back in the Garden!

Acupuncture Has Your Back in the Garden!

You Don’t Need to Let Back Pain Keep You From Playing in the Yard!

You’ve been aching to get at your yard and garden…and now working your land has you landed on your back!

Spring has been a long time in coming, and often people over do it, attacking their garden, and then feeling it attack in return. Back pain keeps many people from doing all that they’d like to. It’s also one of the most common reasons why people see their doctor — and their acupuncturist! 

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. Planted the rutabaga and now you’re feeling the burn?  Some back pain is accompanied by tingling and burning and acupuncture treatments work very well for those conditions as well. 

Wanting to continue the all natural approach after coming in from the garden? 

An acupuncture trial in four Melbourne emergency departments has found it is just as good as drugs in relieving lower-back pain and that from sprained ankles and migraines. 

Emergency physicians at The Alfred, Northern, Cabrini and Epworth hospitals joined with RMIT’s school of health sciences to see if acupuncture could relieve acute pain in hundreds of patients that came to the hospital with either lower-back pain, sprained ankles or migraines.

While data from the study is still being analysed and finalized for publication in a medical journal, one of the researchers, Dr Michael Ben-Meir, said it showed acupuncture offered the same level of pain relief as analgesic drugs when patients rated their pain one hour after treatment.

Dr Ben-Meir also said the randomized controlled study of about 550 patients also found that the combination of acupuncture with standard pharmaceutical care delivered equivalent pain relief to acupuncture alone or standard care alone. He said it was particularly good for people who did not want drugs, such as pregnant women, and for those whose pain was not relieved by Western medicine.

Want a naturally healthy, happy back? Try acupuncture!

Here’s some helpful tips to avoid overdoing it in your personal Garden of Eden…
  • To prevent overstretching your back, warm up before you start. Try taking a walk around the block, to loosen up your limbs, or a hot shower.
  • Even when you’re warmed up, it’s still possible to injure your back. Repetitive motions and lifting heavy objects improperly are definitely risky garden business for backs. Don’t bend and twist when lifting something heavy!
  • Try switching tasks every 15 minutes, and use knee pads when pulling weeds and planting. Lift with your legs and keep your back straight.
  • Rake with one leg in front of the other — and switch the front leg once in a while.
  • Stop and smell the roses!

Interested in acupuncture? Please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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Ladies? Low Libido? Acupuncture Can Help Improve the Mood!

 
Get that Spark Back with Acupuncture!

Get that Spark Back with Acupuncture!

If you suffer from a low libido, you’re not alone.

A common complaint for many women is the loss of libido, or sex drive. However, acupuncture is a wonderful ally in the search to rediscover your inner She-Ra!

Acupuncture improves libido but also addresses the reason why it was lost or diminished in the first place.  

Common causes of waning sexual interest include emotional issues, post-childbirth, breast-feeding, the onset of menopause, reactions to medications, stress, weight gain, relationship conflicts, and hormonal imbalances, among other issues. 

 How does acupuncture increase your libido? 
  • Hormones are brought back into balance! The body’s hormonal balance, and therefore overall homeostasis, is thrown into disarray during menopause. As we mentioned, hormonal imbalance (female hormones, thyroid hormones, etc.) can be a factor for the loss of libido, and acupuncture helps to regulate the hormones.  Recovery does not happen overnight, but you will start seeing positive changes as soon as after the first treatment.
  • Acupuncture increases blood flow to the reproductive organs. This one is rather self-explanatory. 
  • Acupuncture improves energy.  Acupuncture naturally eliminates stressors that block energy channels and prevent a smooth flow of energy. 
  • Acupuncture helps to fight off fatigue. Low thyroid, low adrenal function and other disorders may cause low energy. Once the balance is restored and organs are functioning properly libido increases. Acupuncture’s natural balancing effects help to restore regular sleeping patterns. Just a few treatments may be enough to restore your body’s natural energy flow and give you healthy sleep! 
  • We are emotional beings, and often emotional issues can get in the way of feeling free to express all aspects of yourself. Acupuncture relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety. There are a large number of causes for depression, including genetics, chemical imbalances, hormone issues  and other medical conditions. The energetic systems involved will vary for each individual.  Acupuncture often provides immediate improvement on the symptoms present, as well as a deeper improvement on the underlying causes. Sometimes an emotional issue that has repressed a person’s energy and feelings of well being for years can clear up within just a few acupuncture sessions.

Acupuncture is also very helpful for infertility and impotency issues, as well as so many other symptoms and conditions. It is an effective and 100% natural and safe method of treatment. 

Interested? Please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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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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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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“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.

And try Acupuncture!

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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