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Why Haven’t You Tried Acupuncture? Let’s Explain the Fears Away…

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Curious about Acupuncture?

Acupuncture. You’re been reading about it. Some of your friends and family may have tried it. You’ve been thinking about picking up the phone…but there’s something keeping you back. Are you interested in trying acupuncture but really want some questions answered? Problem solved! Read on…

First and most pressing…Does it hurt?

Here’s the initial caveat — every person is different, and can have different reactions. The actual sensations caused by the needles vary. Some people feel a little pain as needles are inserted, but most patients feel no pain at all. The needles are tiny, just a bit larger than a cat’s whisker or human hair.

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Acupuncture needle, third from the top. Surprisingly small!

The depth of needle insertion varies depending on the area of the body to be treated. For example, a fleshier area of the body may require a different needling technique. Typically, needles are inserted at depths ranging from 1/8” to 1 ½”. Many people find the treatment very relaxing, and often fall asleep!  Sometimes a little soreness in the treatment area can happen but generally dissipates within 24 hours of treatment. Proper rest and hydration is also recommended.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe, all-natural, drug free therapy which yields no side effects. There is little danger of infection from the needles, which are sterile, used once and then discarded.

Here’s some of the benefits of acupuncture — less pain, better sleep, more energy, mental clarity, a stronger immune system, better digestion, less stress, less pain, and did we mention less pain?

How May Treatments Will I Need?

Acupuncture awakens your self-healing capabilities. The number of treatments varies from person to person. For some, relief will be immediate; others may take months or years to achieve results. Chronic conditions often take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month of treatments to see significant change. 

What Conditions Can Be Treated by Acupuncture? Can you help me?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognize acupuncture as an effective method of treatment for the following conditions: 

Allergies, addiction, ankle pain, anxiety, appetite control, arthritis, asthma, Bell’s palsy, blood pressure, bronchitis, cancer, carpal tunnel, chronic fatigue, cluster headaches, colitis, common cold, constipation, dental pain, depression, diarrhea, digestive trouble, ear aches, emotional problems, eye problems, food allergies, facial palsy/tics, fatigue, fertility, fibromyalgia, fibroids, frozen shoulder, gastritis, GERD, gout, headache, heartburn, high blood pressure, hot flashes, heel pain, incontinence, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, jaw pain, joint pain, low back pain, Lyme disease, knee pain, menstrual problems, menopause, migraine, morning sickness, Morten’s neuroma, muscle pain, nausea, neck pain, osteoarthritis, pain, PMS, rheumatoid arthritis, reproductive problems, rhinitis, sciatica, shingles, shoulder pain, sinusitis, sleep disturbances, smoke cessation, sore throat, sports injuries, stiff neck, stress, tennis elbow, tendonitis, tooth pain, torticollis, trigeminal neuralgia, tmj, urinary tract, vomiting, weight loss, and wrist pain.

See yourself somewhere on that list? Wouldn’t it be nice to feel less stress, less pain? 

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Reduce Pain Sensitivity, and other Symptoms of Fibromyalgia with Acupuncture!

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Reduce Symptoms of Fibromyalgia with Acupuncture!

It is estimated that fibromyalgia affects 5 million Americans age 18 or older, and between 80 and 90 percent of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women. However, men and children also can have the disorder. Most people are diagnosed during middle age.

Fibromyalgia is a pain syndrome affecting the soft tissues and often involves sleep disturbances, tenderness at specific points, muscle pain, fatigue and depression. A literal translation of the term is pain of the muscles and fibrous tissues. Other associated symptoms can include lack of cognitive function, fatigue, depression, insomnia, joint stiffness, and a disruption of normal bodily functions.

No definitive cause for fibromyalgia has been diagnosed; however most medical experts cite stress, a hormone imbalance and psychological factors as the most likely causes. Maintaining a high level of fitness and a regular sleep regiment has been effective in lessoning the symptoms; in addition, physical therapy, massage and acupuncture are extremely helpful.

In fact, a study published in Clinical Rheumatology concludes that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome. The researchers concluded that acupuncture demonstrates definitive “beneficial effects” in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Other research performed at the prestigious Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester concluded that acupuncture is effective in treating fibromyalgia and showed specific efficaciousness in its ability to reduce pain, fatigue and anxiety.

Acupuncture treatments are painless, and gentle. Acupuncture will most likely not chase each tender spot, as there are too many! We will do a complete history, and evaluate the tongue and pulses as well. Here is an example where the ph is low in the body fluids, and will need to be raised (more alkaline) with the proper blend of mineral supplements. When the ph is better, the nerve endings don’t complain so quickly. We will also select individually appropriate point sites that will address the underlying causes. And yes, there will be immediate and quick improvements on the various symptom locations! Acupuncture has been proven to be an important and effective method for the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome, and improves quality of life.

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

Sources: An overview of systematic reviews of complementary and alternative medicine for fibromyalgia. Rohini Terry, Rachel Perry and Edzard Ernst. Clinical Rheumatology
Volume 31, Number 1 (2012), 55-66, DOI: 10.1007/s10067-011-1783-5.

Mayo Clin Proc. 2006 Jun;81(6):749-57. Improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms with acupuncture: results of a randomized controlled trial. Martin DP, Sletten CD, Williams BA, Berger IH. Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota.

Fibromyalgia – Acupuncture Treatments are Painless and Gentle

Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder that is characterized by pain in the muscles and connective tissues. Other associated symptoms can include lack of cognitive function, fatigue, depression, insomnia, joint stiffness, and a disruption of normal bodily functions. Fibromyalgia has a female to male incidence ratio of about 9:1.

Acupuncture on Back of Neck

Acupuncture Helps with Fibromyalgia

No definitive cause for Fibromyalgia has been diagnosed; however most medical experts cite stress, a hormone imbalance and psychological factors as the most likely causes. Maintaining a high level of fitness and a regular sleep regiment has been effective in lessoning the symptoms; in addition, physical therapy, massage and acupuncture are extremely helpful.

Acupuncture will most likely not chase each tender spot, as there are too many! After we do a complete history, and evaluate the tongue and pulses as well, we select individually appropriate point sites that will address the underlying causes. And yes, there will be immediate and quick improvements on the various symptom locations. That is encouraging right away. Here is an example where the ph is low in the body fluids, and will need to be raised (more alkaline) with the proper blend of mineral supplements. When the ph is better, the nerve endings don’t complain so quickly. The treatments are painless, and gentle. Acupuncture is an awesome help.

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