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Sore Back from Shoveling or Hurtling Down Icy Sidewalks? Acupuncture Can Help You Want to Play in the Snow!

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Acupuncture Can Make Winter More Fun!

The holiday is fast approaching, and aches and pains are starting to abound like the famous reindeer on the roof! There’s been an awful lot of shoveling and maneuvering of icy sidewalks, and sometimes the back sure does get tweaked.

Back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment. What causes it? Some of the top causes are sprains (overstretching one or more of the ligaments in the back (why can’t they make shovels like they used to?) and strains (a rip or tear in the muscle caused by sudden force). This can happen from an injury, poor posture, or improper lifting. (“With the knees! Lift with the knees!”)

Another source of back pain comes from a herniated disc — which is a disc that bulges out from its place between two vertebrae. 

Sciatica is also a culprit that causes pain in the back. 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.

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!

Back problems are also, by far, the primary reason for appointments with acupuncturists. 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. As you might be as well! And Santa’s watching!

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).

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. 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, and most people experience great results. Now get back out there and finish that shoveling! 

For more information about back pain and how acupuncture can help, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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Acupuncture is a Nauseous Mother’s Helper! Give the Heave a Heave Ho!

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Acupuncture Helps with Pregnancy Complaints

It’s morning, the birds are singing, and you’re accompanying them with a dry heave.

Nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy are definitely issues for some women. Acupuncture is a fantastic addition to traditional Western prenatal care that has many benefits that come with it. And because acupuncture has very few side effects, many pregnant women now seek this other option to drug therapy for these and many other common pregnancy complaints.

And it’s been shown that acupuncture can help. A single blind randomized controlled trial was undertaken by a maternity teaching hospital in Adelaide, Australia to determine whether acupuncture reduced nausea, dry retching, and vomiting, and improved the health status of women in pregnancy.

The trial consisted of 593 women less than 14 weeks pregnant that had symptoms of nausea or vomiting that were randomized into 4 groups. The results? Women receiving traditional acupuncture reported less nausea throughout the trial and less dry retching from the second week, compared with women in the no acupuncture control group. Women who received p6 acupuncture reported less nausea from the second week of the trial, and less dry retching from the third week compared with women in the no acupuncture control group. Women in the sham acupuncture group reported less nausea and dry retching from the third week compared with women in the no acupuncture group. 

So, acupuncture was indeed found to be an effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy. 

But is acupuncture safe?

Another study in 2002 conducted at the same hospital on the safety of acupuncture for nausea in early pregnancy verified that there is no increased risk of congenital anomalies, miscarriage, stillbirth, placental abruption, pregnancy-induced hypertension, preeclampsia, premature birth, or normal measures of neonatal health (such as maturity or birth weight) when women receive acupuncture during pregnancy.

The study was conducted during the first trimester of pregnancy, when fetal development is most vulnerable. These results have been replicated at other research institutions worldwide.

So not only is acupuncture effective, it’s safe! Acupuncture is also excellent for relieving stress, hip and low back pain, breech position, mild to moderate depression, inducing and decreasing the length of labor. A true Mother’s Helper!

For more information, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

 

Source: Birth. 2002 Mar;29(1):1-9.
Acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial.
Smith C, Crowther C, Beilby J.
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Adelaide University, Adelaide, Australia.

Photo by Anna Langova

Whether It’s From Twerking or Working — Acupuncture Helps with Back Pain!

Back Problems Helped with Acupuncture

Happy Backs with Acupuncture!

If you’ve “dropped it like it’s hot” and you can’t get back up again…acupuncture can help!

Back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment. What causes it? Some of the top causes are sprains (overstretching one or more of the ligaments in the back — maybe you couldn’t do that cartwheel across the front lawn after all) and strains (a rip or tear in the muscle caused by sudden force). This can happen from an injury, poor posture, or improper lifting. Another source of back pain comes from a herniated disc — which is a disc that bulges out from its place between two vertebrae.

Sciatica is also a culprit that causes pain in the back. 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.

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!

Back problems are also, by far, the primary reason for appointments with acupuncturists.  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. As you might be as well!

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).

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. 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, and most people experience great results. Get back to working, twerking, rocking and rolling!

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Photo: Oriental Dance by Petr Kratochvil

Back Pain Treated Wonderfully with Acupuncture! Here’s What It Looks Like!

Back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment, in fact, over 30 million Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives.

It is also the number one reported reason for seeking acupuncture. Acupuncture heightens the effectiveness of the areas of the brain responsible for regulating pain signals, and is an effective treatment option for chronic back pain, especially in patients with a long history of unsuccessful conventional treatment.

Many patients feel immediate improvement!

If you’ve ever wondered how the process works, enjoy this video by CT Acupuncture!

Featuring Ingri Boe-Wiegaard, L.Ac. CT Acupuncture
Offices in Wilton, Fairfield, and Bethel, CT
www.ctacupuncture.com

Help Beat the Strain of Summer Traveling with Acupuncture

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Feel Like You’ve Had a Vacation with Acupuncture!

Who knew that a ten hour car ride would end with one stiff neck? And that motel mattresses are often stuffed with what feels like a heady combination of bricks and cotton batting, causing your back to feel like you’ve slept on…well, bricks and cotton batting? That bike tour didn’t look quite so long when we looked at the brochure and now that we’ve stopped…OW! When summer traveling has got you down, consider acupuncture!

For something that is so strong, a neck sure can be finicky while traveling. A stiff neck is a condition when pain is experienced when attempting to turn or move the neck. In most instances it involves the elevator scapulae muscle, which is located at the side and back of the neck and connects the neck to the shoulder. Sometimes a stiff neck occurs in conjunction with a headache. What fun! There are many other muscles and tendons around the neck area that can get tight, irritated, and spasm a little. And all this can add up to one cranky traveling partner…even if you’re traveling alone.

Common causes for a stiff neck include poor posture, stress, extra hard work, even reading too much, holding the neck and/or shoulders in an unnatural position (think falling asleep in the back seat of the station wagon, or in coach on that cross-country flights, head lolling to the side), sleeping without proper head support (hotel pillows!!) or even exposure of the neck to a cold draft (that restaurant that insists on having the a/c set to “North Pole”).

Acupuncture is very helpful and quickly so. Acupuncture is good at reducing the tension in the neck tendons and muscles. Often relief is felt after the first treatment, and usually only a few are needed. When long-standing pain or injuries are the cause, then more treatments will be needed. We will look into your history of health, and include your other symptoms in our considerations.

Acupuncture is also excellent for back pain. 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. Or from flinging your suitcase that’s just a little too heavy, at just a little too weird of an angle, perhaps while trying to make a point about keeping to schedules, and now you’re moving much more slowly than you’d like?

Acupuncture continues to gain popularity in this country because it is an effective treatment of acute and chronic backache. That’s excellent news for no matter where you are! Acupuncture helps alleviate the muscle spasms that can keep you from sleeping at night. Acute pain can often be cleared up in a few sessions. More treatments may be needed if there is an underlying deficiency, or a reoccurring problem, or sciatica.

Don’t let the wear and tear of summer traveling keep you from enjoying it to the fullest! Give acupuncture a try!

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Author: Andrée Lambertson

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

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 Can Help Sciatica!

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Sciatica Relief Through Acupuncture

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.

Treatment options vary depending on the specifics of the case. Muscle spasms, tight tendons and connective tissue, pregnancy, 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.

Acupuncture is awesome 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. 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). We will 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. Some of these residual “fight, flight, fall, and freeze” patterns are part of the whoops and yikes that slips and falls cause. Acupuncture helps to reduce the residual effects that linger (for years). When I look at your tongue, I will see for example a little tremor or jiggle as you put your tongue out. There is the evidence to me that you harbor some old injuries. There is more information on the tongue and the pulse, in addition to your history. Also, when I see flinching during touch or treatment, I again know there has been trauma.

Back pain is one of the most frequently treated symptoms at my office. Most people clear up nicely.