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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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An Oral Report! Acupuncture Gets An A From Teachers! Take Acupuncture To Work Week!


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

PMS Symptoms Relieved with Acupuncture

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PMS Symptoms Relieved by Acupuncture

Premenstrual syndrome (commonly abbreviated as PMS) is a blanket term for a number of physical and emotional symptoms that relate to a woman’s menstrual cycle. Although these symptoms are totally normal and have no bearing on physical or mental well being outside the short time they occur, they nonetheless range in severity from barely noticeable to extremely uncomfortable.

PMS typically manifests itself in both physical (cramps, bloating, headaches) and emotional (anxiety, irritability, insomnia, moodiness) symptoms. There are over 200 different symptoms associated with PMS, but in most cases women are affected with only a few. For some women, symptoms last only a few hours, often a few days, but a few women have severe discomfort up to 3 weeks each month.

I have had many patients referred to me from doctors, who say, “Try acupuncture, we have heard good things about it”. It does usually clear up the problem nicely, and it is certainly good to avoid medications when possible.

Acupuncture is appropriate prior as well as during the symptom time. I prefer to work preventatively, to clear up the causes before the symptoms attack. Attack is a harsh word; some symptoms do feel that way though. The point sites chosen will vary a little based on the individual, as we assess the history and the whole health picture. We will also look at the tongue and pulse diagnosis, and perhaps consider your diet as well. Point sites chosen will include lower back as well as lower abdomen. There will be others as well, perhaps on the top of the foot! (liver 3) and maybe inside of ankles… The point sites are painless, and gently treated.

Your very next month will be so much better!

A testimonial from one of our patients…

“Hi there, don’t know what you did but my cramps went from bad to nothing ……I feel much better! Thank you! I am so impressed with your work! Thank you again!”

-Melissa Bonet

Yesterday’s Focus — Migraines. Today..Headaches! Who Needs Them Either?!

A headache is a pain, either acute or dull, anywhere in the head or neck area. 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.

43r-headacheA “tension headache” is the most common (and usually mildest) type of headache, and can be caused by stress, lack of sleep, bad posture or substance withdrawal, including nicotine and caffeine. As the name suggests, it is caused by increased muscle tension in the head and neck region. Also common to the headache group are those caused by stuffy sinuses. Whether it is a tension headache, or a wicked migraine, acupuncture is quickly helpful. We always look to the underlying causes as well, and thereby help to prevent any future occurrences.

The treatment is gentle, and painless (unless we treat a forehead point site – ouch – but still better than a headache…) Luckily that causes an immediate relief from the pressure there. Yippee. Next time you have a tension headache, come in and I will show you how true it is.