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Tune Up and Spring Ahead with Acupuncture!

Put some spring in your step with acupuncture!

Put some spring in your step with acupuncture!

The season has changed. Does Daylight Savings has you feeling off? Acupuncture is the season pass for feeling good!

Ok,  we changed the clocks. At least the ones we found on the first pass. And now many of us are feeling majorly off.  So what’s going on?

Well sunrise now comes as late as it did at the end of December, during the darkest days of the year. Sure, we also get a nifty hour added on at the end of the day, but for your inner clock, that’s no help. It is early morning light that we rely on to keep in sync with the natural world. The easiest explanation is that the time shift confuses the circadian clock in the brain. Your inner clock relies on timed exposure to light, especially natural light, to keep itself in synchronization with the daily cycle of 24 hours.

So when you’ve lost an hour of sleep and your daily rhythm is thrown off, it can also throw off your inner clock and sleeping patterns. Most of us need a week or more to adjust, and some researchers suggest that our clocks never fully adjust to Daylight Savings Time.

Feeling off-balance? Try acupuncture!

Feeling off-balance? Try acupuncture!

Many people also suffer from headaches, drowsiness, and additional stress. In fact, sometimes the stress can overwhelm the body.

Stress no more! Acupuncture is a wonderful ally for the body to help it adjust to Daylight Savings Time. One way to make this transition is to use the energy of the meridians that we all have, they are rivers of energy that flow through our bodies. The meridians have many points on them. Acupuncture stimulates the body to adjust and heal itself. When we gently contact these meridians it balances our daily time clock. When the energy flows free of obstructions we experience a sense of ease.  Acupuncture also helps to release neurotransmitters such as endorphins. They are our “feel good” hormones that invite relaxation and peacefulness during treatments. 

Acupuncture treatments also help with insomnia, and eases many other stress related issues. The treatment is gentle, painless, and relaxing. Acupuncture is good for reducing anger, fear, sadness, worry, anxiety, depression, and stress of all kinds. Acupuncture can calm and balance the body as well as help it sleep.  It is fantastic for readjusting the body seasonally as well as for jet lag.  It will help you adjust in this time of change!

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Acupuncture Offers Hope for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Acupuncture Brings Relief to Sufferers of PTSD

Acupuncture Brings Relief of PTSD

Don’t go it alone! Acupuncture is highly beneficial to those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is seen in persons whose work exposes them to traumatic events or who treat trauma survivors. These occupations include military personnel, firefighters, police officers, emergency medicine specialists, search-and rescue personnel, and disaster investigators.

PTSD is also seen in survivors of serious accidents, natural disasters, neglect, or physical, verbal or sexual assault in adult- or childhood.

There are 5.2 million U.S. adults aged 18 to 54 who suffer from PTSD during the course of a given year, with women twice as likely as men to develop it. People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged, and these symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to significantly impair the person’s daily life.

But there’s hope. The use of acupuncture for PTSD has been scientifically proven to show reduced anxiety levels and stress in individuals. Acupuncture can assist in alleviating some of the ailments related to PTSD such as anxiety/panic disorders, fatigue, depression, insomnia, and mental fogginess. In more severe cases, 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.

Acupuncture helps to improve fatigue immediately, after the first treatment. Often patients remark that for even other primary concerns, fatigue was the first improvement they noticed. Acupuncture is of great benefit to all those looking for relief of many ailments, from the basic to the complex, the emotional and the physical.

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Acupuncture does help to identify causes and relevant events with effects residing in the body memory. It is good to pinpoint some of the stressed and traumatized areas, release and reduce the levels of stress, so a new level of calm and comfort is gained. In turn, this allows the individual to focus on their activities and enable them to deal with daily events. Point sites may be on the upper back, neck, lower back, hands or feet.

Acupuncture is good for reducing anger, fear, sadness, worry, anxiety, depression, and stress of all kinds.

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Banish Sleep Disorders with Acupuncture

Acupuncture Brings Restful Sleep, Not Counting Sheep

Acupuncture Brings Restful Sleep, Not Counting Sheep

Acupuncture is safe and effective at helping sleep disorders!

Whether it’s due to a hectic schedule and the wheels that won’t stop turning, poor lifestyle choices, or an emotional crisis, a sleep disorder is never cause for celebration. At least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders each year, and an additional 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems.

Acupuncture provides fast relief to break the cycle of bad sleep, and rebuild your quality of life. Acupuncture is often thought of for the treatment of stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and chronic fatigue. Acupuncture is helpful and relevant for treating all sleep problems, including insomnia and nightmares.

Treatment for sleep disorders is based on the specifics of the patient and the diagnosis, family and medical history as well as the patient’s overall emotional health. At the initial consultation, we gather information to get a complete picture of what is causing the bad dreams and disturbed sleep.

Wouldn't you be rather be sleeping at home? Try acupuncture!

Don’t get keyboard cheeks during the day!  Acupuncture promotes healthy sleep.

Looking into diet issues, as well as the body ph (acid/base balance) can be helpful as well. Also important to factor in is the age of the patient; treatment for children with sleep disorders will be different from that for adults who have the same symptoms.

Acupuncture can free up energetic and physical blocks, leading to ideal movement and function throughout the body. Patients typically feel a sense of relaxation after the needles are inserted.

The therapy boosts your mood and immune system. It relaxes muscle tension, enhances circulation, and promotes better sleep! These and many other benefits of acupuncture stop that vicious cycle of stress and bad dreams.

As your mental and physical well-being improve, the insomnia is lifted, bad dreams become less intense and less frequent, and nightmare-related stress, anxiety, and depression fade, letting you get the restful sleep you so need and deserve. Best of all, it’s drug-free.

Acupuncture combined with lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Luckily most people experience improvement quickly, with few treatments. Here’s to sweet dreams with acupuncture!

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Ladies! Acupuncture Eases PMS, Bloating and other Gifts from Mother Nature

Feel Like Yourself Again with Acupuncture!

Are you suffering from PMS or menstrual cramps? Acupuncture is safe and effective at easing pain and stress! 

Bloating. Mood swings. Headache. Fatigue, anxiety and depression. It must be that time of the month! It doesn’t have to be this way.

Premenstrual syndrome occurs during the luteal phase of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Scientists are unclear of the exact cause of PMS, although they have found correlations. Some studies show that glutamate levels in the brain spike prior to menstruation, which can cause mood swings and anxiety. Other scientists suspect that low levels of serotonin or beta-endorphin, which are both neurotransmitters that promote positive moods, may underlie the symptoms of PMS.

Hormone levels naturally fluctuate during the menstrual cycle. However, stress, discomfort and anxiety that arise from these changing levels are not! In extreme cases, PMS can interfere with everyday life.

Regardless of the exact cause, premenstrual syndrome is easy to cure.

Acupuncture is extremely effective at treating menstrual disorders including: painful periods, irregular periods, amenorrhea and PMS. It’s also excellent at relieving symptoms of stress of all kinds. With its balancing effects, acupuncture restores harmony to the hormonal and energy systems of the body, healing the causes of PMS.

The end result? You feel better, your mood improves, your headache goes away and your energy returns. If you suffer any discomfort during menses, such as cramps or nausea, acupuncture will ease these symptoms for you as well.

Whether it’s easing PMS or alleviating painful cramps, acupuncture is certainly an excellent ally during the challenging part of a woman’s month!

Other Ways to Reduce the Symptoms of PMS

  • Changing your diet to a healthier one can make a difference. Up your intake of fruits, veggies, and whole grains and cut back on sugar, artificial sweeteners, fat, and salt.Red sweater and mug lady
  • Consider limiting alcoholic drinks, as well as food and beverages containing caffeine throughout your cycle. Alcohol can make feelings of depression worse. Reducing caffeine may also minimize breast tenderness and irritability.
  • Drink plenty of water, or herbal teas. Many find chamomile soothing.
  • Exercise! You may not want to, but get in your workout anyway. The endorphin rush will help relieve cramps and raise your levels of serotonin.
  • Try to relax! Easier said than done, but many find that yoga, deep breathing, or meditation really helps. Stretching techniques such as yoga or tai chi can also help you relax.

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Acupuncture For Pregnancy — How Is It Helpful?

Acupuncture for Fertility and Pregnancy

Acupuncture for Fertility and Pregnancy

Are you looking for a safe, effective way to boost your fertility, or ease the discomfiture of pregnancy?

Acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive and easy way to potentially increase your chances of getting pregnant, and there are many who are turning to acupuncture for fertility solutions when they are having difficulty conceiving.

Acupuncture greatly helps in curing fertility problems by encouraging follicle production, improving blood circulation and lining thickness in the uterus, improving egg quality, treating menstrual cycle disorders and improving overall health, which leads to the ability to more easily conceive and remain pregnant.

One of the ways acupuncture treatments increases fertility is by reducing stress, which is often a key factor in the fertility of both men and women. Stress can also alter sperm counts, motility, and cause impotence. Acupuncture infertility treatments counter the effects of stress and cortizol by releasing endorphins in the brain.

Acupuncture also works at stimulating the hypothalamus to effectively balance the endocrine system and its hormones and to get to the root cause of both male and female infertility. Acupuncture infertility treatments also have the added bonus of producing few or no side effects.

Once you’re pregnant, acupuncture is still very much an ally. Women experience discomfort in all stages of their pregnancy, whether it’s pelvic pain, hip pain, lower back pain or ligament pain. Acupuncture is a safe, natural and effective way to improve circulation and quell these common ailments, in addition to headache or migraine relief.

Happy Baby, Happy Mom!

Happy Baby, Happy Mom!

Speaking of discomfort, pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting are common among women, particularly in the first and second trimesters. During this time, rising levels of hormones, fatigue and stress wreak havoc on the digestive system. Acupuncture restores balance to this sensitive area and offers often immediate relief.

Acupuncture is relaxing, painless and gentle, and drug-free.  Less stress, a healthy body, balance – and the endorphins are certainly a bonus! Acupuncture helps you with your pregnancy from start to finish — a happy, healthy you…and baby!

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Acupuncture Loves Your Neck! Holistic Relief for Neck Pain

Woman's Neck with OrchidAttention commuters, snow shovelers and all those suffering with neck pain — Acupuncture can help relieve stiff necks!

Sometimes shoveling Nature’s bounty, working endless hours hunched over a computer or all those hours spent commuting can be a literal pain in the neck. The neck is more subject to injury than any other portion of the spine, because of its position and range of motion, and because it plays such a vital role in the support of the head.

There are so many tendons and connecting tissue structures that enable the movement of the neck and arms, and we can also store our stress there. It is easy for nerves to get irritated in the mix, and when we add extra strain of commuting long hours or lifting endless piles of snow, this can really cause problems.

Neck pain can be mild enough so that it is a mere annoyance, or severe enough that it can interfere with quality of life. Sometimes a stiff neck occurs in conjunction with a headache.

Acupuncture can relieve both!

Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective in relieving certain types of neck pain, particularly those caused by whiplash.  In many cases, acupuncture has worked for patients whose conditions could not be solved using conventional approaches.

Let it snow! Acupuncture relieves neck pain!

Let it snow! Acupuncture relieves neck pain!

Acupuncture is very helpful and quickly so. Often relief is felt at the first treatment, and usually only a few are necessary, unless longstanding injuries are the cause, in which case more treatments will be needed. We treat local point sites, and include points at the neck area, as relieving the extra tension there gives immediate improvement.

We will look into your history of health, and include your other symptoms in our considerations. Acupuncture gives quick and steady improvement, without use of drugs, and is gentle and relaxing.

Wouldn’t it be nice to feel pain-free?

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Ditch the Mid-Winter Drearies! Acupuncture Eases Seasonal Affective Disorder

Happy Feet with Acupuncture!

Feel Free from the Winter Doldrums with Acupuncture

If you’re suffering from seasonal depression, acupuncture can help!

We are certainly in the thick of winter, and it can certainly seem to be never ending. Are you feeling irritable, finding it hard to sleep or relax, wanting to avoid social situations, and perhaps feeling a bit more down than you’d like to feel?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects over ten million of us in the United States each year. For many, the symptoms start in the fall and carry on through the winter, although some people do suffer seasonal depression in the spring or early summer. It’s more common in women than in men, but men often suffer more severe symptoms.

While the true cause of SAD is not known, it is commonly thought that decreased melatonin levels caused from the limited exposure to sunlight in the winter are involved, as well as decreased serotonin levels which may trigger depression. This lack of natural light may also be upsetting to your “biological clock,” which controls your sleep-wake pattern and other circadian rhythms.

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Enjoy Winter with Acupuncture!

Common symptoms of SAD may include:

  • Feelings of depression or hopelessness
  • A desire to sleep more
  • Withdrawal from social life
  • Lack of interest in activities that you normally enjoy
  • Feeling like your body is heavy, or feeling low in energy, even after a full night’s sleep
  • Increased appetite, craving for high-carb / high-fat foods, and weight gain

As with other types of depression, SAD can get worse and lead to serious problems if it isn’t treated.

Here’s some good news — acupuncture can help! Acupuncture is one of the most time-tested treatments known to mankind. Treating depression with acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, and avoids the potential side effects of traditional medication.

Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and cause the release of neurotransmitters.  Acupuncture also reduces insomnia through increasing nighttime endogenous melatonin secretions. Besides acupuncture, it is also helpful for people to stay active and ensure that they have proper nourishment, rest, and time for introspection. There’s lots of fun outdoor activities despite the cold weather, and fresh air and exercise can make a big difference.

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Turn the Lights Back On! Acupuncture Brings Relief to Migraine Sufferers

Get Back to that Book! Acupuncture Brings Migraine Relief

Get Back to that Book! Acupuncture Brings Migraine Relief

Acupuncture can bring relief to those suffering from migraines, and without side effects! 

Do you or someone you love suffer from migraines? What is a migraine? Migraine is a primary headache disorder defined by a painful headache and nausea, often accompanied with an increased sensitivity to light and sound, vomiting and a pulsating sensation, which is usually only present in one side of the head.

For many, migraines can strike without warning, and can often manifest as recurring attacks, usually lasting for 4 to 72 hours and involving pain of moderate to severe intensity. Migraines can completely incapacitate the person suffering an attack. In fact, The World Health Organization places migraine as one of the 20 most disabling medical illnesses on the planet.

Who Does Migraine Affect? (courtesy of American Migraine Association)

  • Thirty-six million Americans, about 12% of the population, suffer from migraine headaches.
  • One in four households in America has a member with migraine.
  • Migraine is 3 times more common in women than men. Migraine affects 30% of women over a lifetime.
  • Migraine is most common between the 3rd and 6th decades of life in both men and women. However, migraine affects people of all ages, including children and the elderly.
  • Although most people with migraine have a few attacks or less per month, 3% of the population have chronic migraine. Chronic migraine indicates the presence of at least 15 days of headache each month for at least 6 months.migraine triggers

Triggers for a migraine include stress, changes in sleep and eating patterns, foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG) or tyramine (red wine, certain cheeses, smoked fish and chicken livers, among others), menstruation, and sensory overloads (such as bright lights, loud noises and certain odors).

Migraines can be treated preventatively, and a few treatments will clear up most migraine patterns, permanently! The points chosen are usually on the upper back, neck, ear, abdomen, and the temple area of the head. Leg points are also relevant. Each person is evaluated individually, so the treatment points will vary. The treatment is painless and gentle, and without the side effects that over-the-counter and prescription medications bring.

Open the drapes, and turn on the lights! Acupuncture can bring relief and let you get back to your life.

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Winter Shoveling is a Pain! Acupuncture Brings Relief to Overworked Backs

Acupuncture brings a wintery mix of health!

Acupuncture brings a wintery mix of health!

Does your back hurt after shoveling out from the latest blizzard of the century? Acupuncture to the rescue!

Snowmageddon! There’s been an awful lot of shoveling and maneuvering of icy sidewalks lately, and the back sure can suffer.

Back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment. What causes it? Some of the top causes are sprains which can occur when one or more of the ligaments in the back is overstretched and strains, which is a rip or tear in the muscle caused by sudden force. This can happen from an injury, poor posture, or improper lifting, such as improperly hefting too big of a pile of Mother Nature’s bounty.

Back problems are also, by far, the primary reason for appointments with acupuncturists. For those who suffer from chronic back pain, clinical practice guidelines issued by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians recommend acupuncture. They consider it 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).

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. Some back pain is accompanied by tingling and burning and acupuncture treatments work wonderfully for those conditions as well. 

Shoveling have you flat on your back? Acupuncture to the rescue!

Shoveling have you flat on your back? Acupuncture to the rescue!

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.

Back pain is one of the most frequently treated symptoms, and most people experience great results. It’s time to enjoy winter!

Some tips for healthy and happy shoveling:

  • Push the snow, don’t lift it.
  • In terms of your shovel, use a smaller one; the less snow you move at once, the safer you’ll be.
  • Don’t start shoveling while snow is still falling (it’s colder, so you’ll put additional strain on your heart)
  • Breathe during the exercise; keep checking yourself to make sure you’re not accidentally holding your breath.

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Arthritis Sufferers – Acupuncture Works to Relieve Pain, Drug Free!

Acupuncture Brings Arthritis Relief!

Acupuncture Brings Arthritis Relief!

Don’t suffer with arthritis – let acupuncture bring relief! 

Arthritis is one of the most pervasive diseases in the United States and is the leading cause of disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every three Americans (an estimated seventy million people) is affected.

Arthritis is a disease that affects the joints of the body. While medicine has identified over 100 different forms of arthritis, there are some symptoms that are common in every variety. These include pain, stiffness and inflammation, while extreme cases can even result in physical disfiguration. Other non-localized symptoms can include fatigue, insomnia, weight loss and fever.

In most cases arthritis is limited to one part of the body, typically the hands, feet, knees, hips or any of the major joints. Arthritis is also seen in auto-immune diseases like Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis and Scleroderma and as a manifestation of problems in body chemistry as in Gout.

For most people, arthritis pain and inflammation cannot be avoided as the body ages. In fact, most people over the age of fifty show some signs of arthritis as joints degenerate over time. Fortunately, arthritis can often be managed with acupuncture.

Greater Mobility and Range of Motion with Acupuncture!

Greater Mobility and Range of Motion with Acupuncture!

Acupuncture decreases pain by increasing the release of endorphins, which are the morphine-like chemicals produced in our own bodies during times of pain or stress. Many acu-points are near nerves. When stimulated, these nerves cause a dull ache or feeling of fullness in the muscle. The stimulated muscle sends a message to the central nervous system, consisting of the brain and spinal cord, causing the release of those endorphins, which, along with other neurotransmitters, which are the chemicals that modify nerve impulses, block the message of pain from being delivered up to the brain.

We work with each patient to customize a treatment plan that can be tailored to their condition. Less pain, greater mobility and range of motion, as well as improved strength come quickly with a series of treatments, and best of all — it’s all drug free!

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